The ocean is a source of food, water, energy and raw materials, a medium for tourism, transport and commerce, and can provide solutions to many European and global policy challenges. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary European research is the key to providing the knowledge and tools that we need to achieve ecosystem-based management and protection of valuable marine resources and services.
In this context the Rome Declaration is calling for:
[…] A fully operational EMODnet, ensuring collected data are well managed and freely available, to support science, industry and policy, aligned with further development of the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS), integrated at the global level (including GOOS, GEO, Copernicus) […]
Rome declaration - complete document