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Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management

Implementation Period:
Specific Funding Programme:

FP7 (EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development)


€ 6,500,000

About the Project:

ODEMM focuses on the structure, tools and resources required to choose and evaluate management options that are based on the principles of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM). The approach proposed is one which can translate policy driver objectives to an operational process of creating, appraising and choosing management options to inform decision makers.  The ODEMM Linkage Framework can be used to identify all of the links between sectors, pressures, ecological components and Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s Good Environmental Status Descriptors. The Linkage Framework gives a holistic overview of all the potential interactions in the system. To develop this further, the Pressure Assessment can then be used to begin to weight the impact of the sectors and pressures which occur. The Pressure Assessment illustrates a broad picture of all the pressures that occur together in a system. It may also be useful to further rank these pressures in some way to prioritise management. The Risk Assessment quantifies the Pressure Assessment results and can give a relative risk value of pressures in the system and which sectors contribute these.

ODEMM approach diagram

Project partners: 

  • University of Liverpool - Lead partner (UK);
  • Marine Law and Ocean Policy Services Ltd (IR);
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (UK);
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (GR);
  • Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (UA);
  • Innovative Fisheries Management (DK);
  • Imares (NL);
  • Middle East Technical University (TR);
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG);
  • Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research (IL);
  • National Institute for Marine Research & Development (RO);
  • National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (PL);
  • Scottish Agricultural College (UK);
  • Finnish Environment Institute (FI);
  • Tel Aviv University (IL);
  • University of Thessaly (GR);
  •  Wageningen University (NL).