Recently, GreenDeal-NET, PERMAGOV EU, and CrossGov projects organised jointly a roundtable on Delivering the European Green Deal: Towards a Coherent and Integrated EU Ocean Policy Framework for Offshore Renewable Wind Energy and Biodiversity. This roundtable shed light on how policy coherence and institutional integration can help achieve the EGD’s ambitious objectives.

Here are the key takeaways:

🔧 Policy Coherence: Vital for integrating offshore wind energy with biodiversity protection. Understanding the complex governance landscapes is essential.

⚡ Offshore Wind Energy: The EU’s expansion goals for offshore wind energy play a significant role in energy transition and security, contributing to climate neutrality targets.

🌿 Biodiversity Protection: Policies like the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and Birds and Habitats Directive are crucial for safeguarding marine biodiversity.

📊 Research Insights: The CrossGov project and PERMAGOV EU projects are pivotal in navigating marine governance complexities under EGD.

🔍 Diagnostic Tools: These tools have been developed to identify and assess institutional barriers in marine governance, facilitating better policy integration.

🌐 Regional Cooperation: Emphasised effective Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), involving collaboration between EU and non-EU countries to ensure comprehensive ecosystem-based management.

💡 Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement: Key to the sustainable deployment of offshore energy and the protection of marine biodiversity. Engaging diverse stakeholders leads to more robust and inclusive policies.

Expert Panel:
Eloïse COUFFON, Policy Officer at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission
Antonia LEROY, Head of Ocean Policy at WWF European Policy Office
Céline Frank, Policy Officer on Maritime Spatial Planning and the Blue Economy Sectors, DG MARE, European Commission
Alice Belin, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV), European Commission
Thorjørn Larssen as moderator, Deputy Managing Director of Norsk institutt for vannforskning (NIVA) and leader of the EEA – European Topic Centres on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, a partnership with the European Environment Agency (EEA)
Froukje Maria Platjouw, Senior Researcher at Norsk institutt for vannforskning (NIVA)
Judith van Leeuwen, Associated Professor at the Environmental Policy group at Wageningen University & Research

Together, we can harmonise offshore wind development with marine biodiversity conservation, ensuring a greener, more sustainable future for our oceans.

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