Copernicus Marine for Outermost and Maritime Regions

Mercator Ocean International, the Azores Regional Government and NEREUS organize on June 6-7 2019 in Azores, Faial Island, Horta city, an event entitled “Copernicus Marine for Outermost and Maritime Regions”.  This event is of interest to all maritime regions as the thematics  discussed will be relevant to all maritime areas and activites and focuses on the following objectives:

  • Allow for Public Authorities to share issues they are facing regarding their maritime activities (water quality monitoring, aquaculture and fisheries management, renewable energy farm implementation, EU Directive and UN Sustainable Development Goal monitoring, etc…) and their expectations about the potential of Copernicus in this regard;
  • Assess Public Authorities’ experience/needs/priorities in terms of marine data and information with regards to the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service;
  • Present Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service experts and users to respond to those issues with existing examples and known solutions;
  • Put in practice some of the existing examples and known solutions within 3 marine hands-on technical training sessions.

Please answer the following questionnaire in order to assist in the organisation of the “Copernicus Marine for Outermost and Maritime Regions” event.

This event is organised within the context of EU's strategy for the nine European Outermost Regions (OR), which was presented in 2017.  The Azores (PT), the Canary Islands (ES), Guadeloupe (FR), Guyana (FR), Madeira (PT), Martinique (FR), Mayotte (FR), La Réunion (FR) and Saint Martin (FR) are located thousands of kilometers from continental Europe and have a number of specific features that limit their growth. These common features, such as remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate, have been acknowledged and are the basis for the special status of ORs. The European Commission is now working with the Member States to establish customized support to help these regions build on their unique assets and create opportunities for their inhabitants.  

The European Commission’s Strategy for Outermost Regions, the Copernicus Programme of the European Union and more specifically the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, implemented by Mercator Ocean International, provide support to the Outermost Regions and their respective Public Authorities in a broad range of policy domains which are crucial to the local economy (fisheries, climate change and renewable energy).

Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal
6-7 June 2019