European policies play an important role in regulating the uses of the marine environment and protecting marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. Such policies include the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Birds and Habitats Directives. Our work in marine policy has included analysing the implementation of marine protected areas in Europe and the funding opportunities for supporting marine environmental protection. We have also been at the forefront of research into EU policies to tackle marine litter pollution and are involved in analysing the impacts of marine renewable energy production on species and habitats.

Our work also includes a major contribution to policy analysis for future European marine policy within the 7th Research Framework Project KnowSeas – Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Regional Seas. The aim of this work was to increase the evidence base available for decision makers and to facilitate the practical implementation of the Ecosystem Approach.

Regarding work in this area, please contact Andrew Farmer.