Making an impact, Case 4: Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management

Published on
December 21, 2016

Demonstrating the societal relevance and impact is an increasingly important part of social scientific research. The Environmental Policy Group has developed a series of ‘impact case studies’ to highlight how our work goes beyond the walls of academia.

Environmental Policy group researchers were asked to answer four questions in the development of their impact case studies: What was the problem? What did we do? What happened? Who did we influence?

This week: project ODEMM.

The Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based marine Management (ODEMM) project focused on the structure, tools and resources required to choose and evaluate management options that are based on the principles of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM). ODEMM was funded by the EU and ran from 2010 to 2014. The ODEMM consortium, coordinated by the University of Liverpool, was a collaboration between 17 partners across Europe's four regional seas - the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the North East Atlantic Ocean.

Within ODEMM, researchers of ENP – together with researchers of Innovative Fisheries Management of the University of Aalborg (Denmark), Wageningen Maritime Research and Marine Law of Galway University (Ireland) – contributed to the understanding of the different nested governance structures and legal of the European seas and the development of alternative governance models to facilitate thinking about the options and possibilities of stakeholder involvement and regional cooperation and collaboration for the implementation of the Maritime Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

You can read more about the research design, societal relevance and impact of project ODEMM on this page.