Dates: 29-30 April 2015
Venue: Ghent, Belgium
Host: University of Ghent
A new activity on marine citizen science was approved by the board. The participants were also presented with two new publications, a new Policy Brief on Europe’s underwater heritage and a booklet on the value of EMB membership.
The open session theme was the changing legal and policy framework for the study and utilization of marine biodiversity – implications for marine research in Europe, and featured the following presentations:
The Nagoya Protocol and EU ABS Regulation and their relevance to marine research, Alicja Kozlowska
Protecting biodiversity in ABNJ through a new UNCLOS Implementing Agreement, John Brincat
Implications for collection and utilization of marine biological samples, Marcel Jaspars
The evening lecture, given by Michael Depledge, was called “Sustaining our seas: How can we identify emerging issues and trends”.