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PERMAGOV sets out to improve EU marine governance so that it can better meet the goals and objectives established in the European Green Deal. The current largely fragmented nature of marine governance needs to evolve toward a more cross-cutting and agile arrangement, one that is in sync with wider developments taking place at sea, at shores and on land. PERMAGOV will achieve that by piloting a novel multi-level governance approach for various regional seas and national waters around Europe, targeting four areas of key importance to sustainable development: marine energy, maritime transport, marine life, and marine plastics.

Whale PERMAGOV marine governance

Target Areas

Case Studies

PERMAGOV will streamline the performance of marine polices by conducting a deep-dive assessment of 9 cases that share thematic relevance to the European Green Deal 

PERMAGOV case studies: decarbonising shipping, floating wind energy in the Celctic Sea, offshore wind, energy islands Denmark, marine litter in the Baltic Sea, seabed integrity in the Baltic Sea, marine plastics, sustainable fisheries in Italian marine protected areas, motorways of the sea in the Adriatic Sea

Integrated Approach

PERMAGOV regime complexes: marine energy, maritime transport, marine life, marine plastics

Part of the problem with EU marine governance is its disjointed nature, with fragmentation observed between institutions, regulations and sectors. PERMAGOV aims to streamline the implementation of sustainable marine management by focusing on cross-cutting policy priorities in the four regime complexes, and by analysing within them factors that cause fragmentation.

PERMAGOV marine governance knot

Achieving the ‘blue’ dimension of the EU Green Deal will require innovative, multi-level and crosssectoral governance approaches which break down long-standing institutional barriers and dependency on established paths.

Judith van Leeuwen

PERMAGOV Coordinator

Expected Results

PERMAGOV results
PERMAGOV expected results
PERMAGOV expected results

State-of-the-art analysis of institutional and conceptual fragmentation at different levels, and the enabling and constraining challenges to improve performance of marine policies

A multi-level governance approach for the Adriatic, Baltic, Celtic and Mediterranean seas, as well as three national waters bordering Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark, and Norway 

Multi-layered collaborative e-governance strategies across the four regime complexes 

Enhanced stakeholder capabilities to effectively implement new strategies and approaches in support of the EU Green Deal and wider international commitments e.g. 30-by-30 (COP15)

Sustainable exploitation of ocean resources that supports humankind and all other life on the planet long into the future

PERMAGOV regime complexes: maritime shipping, marine life, marine energy, marine plastics

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