Recent policy events on both sides of the Atlantic provide a window of opportunity to significantly improve marine governance in national and international waters. As the impact of climate change on our oceans and coasts and our global demand for marine resources increase, the development of an integrated, holistic marine governance framework has become a key goal for the European Union (EU) and the United States (US). In line with the pursuit of this goal, in January 2010, CALAMAR was initiated by experts on both sides of the Atlantic to foster transatlantic stakeholder dialogue. Final results of the dialogue were shared at the conclusion of the project at a conference in April 2011.

Key project objectives:

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  • strengthen networks by building strong alliances among key stakeholders
  • contribute policy recommendations that incorporate stakeholder perspectives on the integration of marine policies and more effective transatlantic cooperation

CALAMAR was funded by the European Union.  The project team included five organisations from the US and the EU: Ecologic Institute (Germany/US; project lead); Meridian Institute (US; project co-lead); The Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (US); The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations – IDDRI (France); and the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware (US). The dialogue commenced in January 2010 and concluded in June 2011.

CALAMAR placed special emphasis on the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders to address major issues in transatlantic ocean governance. Experts participated from government, industry, nongovernmental organisations, academia and other key ocean stakeholders. Experts were invited to contribute to the project through four multi-stakeholder working groups co-chaired by one representative from the US and one from the EU on the following issues:

  • Integrated marine policies and tools
  • EU/US Transatlantic cooperation
  • Oceans and climate change
  • High seas

To avoid the tendency toward sectoral approaches, the working groups addressed cross-cutting issues such as stakeholder involvement, the policy-science interface, and national security to encourage an integrated dialogue. Project reports and policy briefs are available for download.