Sep 30 2014 Posted: 12:32 IST

SEMRU, the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at NUI Galway, has joined a number of partners in a major new EU funding programme.

SEMRU joins the University of Portsmouth, UK, Technopôle Brest-Iroise, France and the BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain as the focal points for a new EU funded Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP). The AAP has identified four focus areas for research and investment to tackle common challenges. These are:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Protect, secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment.
  • Improve accessibility and connectivity.
  • Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development.

While addressing these challenges, an important operational objective for the AAP is to avoid overlaps with individual countries’ policies and plans concerning the development of their marine and maritime economies. Hence, the AAP is required to enhance and work effectively alongside existing policy frameworks that are active in the AAP territories. The Assistance Mechanism for the AAP is tasked with communicating and implementing these objectives of the AAP. The project will run until April 2016.

The team members of SEMRU at NUI Galway involved in the project are: Dr. Stephen Hynes  and Dr. Amaya Vega.

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