Work Package 3 - Capitalization

Partner responsible - CIIMAR
The capitalisation strategy focuses on policy integration, synthesis and translation of findings from the MOSES project to develop support materials and data products for policy makers and other stakeholders to help them to meet European goals in relation to blue growth objectives and marine-biodiversity protection policies. Policy integration concerns the management of cross-cutting issues in policy-making that transcend the boundaries of established policy fields. This implies developing capacities which promote joint reflection, co-creation of knowledge and multi-actor responsiveness across different spatial and jurisdictional frameworks, and across diverse policy departmental and academic disciplinary silos, several sectors and practice communities and alternative stages of innovation and policy processes. The Work Package will be coordinated by NUI Galway, with each partner’s active involvement in developing effective stakeholder support, which is crucial in this process. AZTI will be responsible for demonstrating the policy implications from the environmental pressure assessment work in WP5 and University of the Basque Country will be responsible for demonstrating the policy implications from the coastal vulnerability assessment of WP6. National and European bodies responsible for assessments under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive will be particularly interested in these results and through contacts within the OSPAR Commission and EU DG Maritime Affairs will be kept abreast of developments in these WPs. A dedicated Policy and Decision Forum (PDF) will be formed, comprising representatives from the project’s academic partners and participants from policy-making bodies and stakeholder organisations. The role of the PDF will be to deliberate, reflect upon and inform the work carried out in the tasks listed below, at three one-day professionally facilitated workshops, held in tandem with three of the project meetings in different project partner countries.
Policy design involves priority setting, generation of possible solutions and evaluation of required resources. Policy implementation implicates the development of feasible actions plans, and the reinforcement of operational capacities assisted by EU-wide states, and/or regional authorities. This work package will examine how the MOSES project outputs fit with existing related projects on a pan-EU and national basis, exploring complementarities and policy input mechanisms which will assist with marine and coastal issues beyond the Atlantic region. The idea is to gather critical reflection upon evidence of what interventions work well, in what circumstances and why. It also draws on previous related knowledge of policy integration, such as the United Nations Expert Forum on Policy Integration for Sustainable Development, which introduces the idea of a strategic triangle of policy integration. The development of Marine Sustainability Assessment Toolkits in WP 8 will be instrumental to inform policies and practices beyond the Atlantic area suggesting guidelines for transition to more sustainable growth paths for a number of key marine sectors. The aim is to engage with EU-wide organisations such as the European Environment Agency to build relationships outside the partnership and assist other regions in understanding and quantifying the sustainability dimension of Blue Growth with respect to the potential environmental impact of key strategic marine sectors. NUIG will lead these discussions
WP3 Actions and Outputs
Action #
Description of Action

Action 1
Policy integration
This action integrates four tasks: (1) State of the art review of policy integration relevant to marine-biodiversity protection at pan-EU, national and sub-national levels, (2) Formulation of an appropriate model framework for policy integration, (3) Development of a pan-EU framework on marine-biodiversity policy integration through the specification of action plans for each national or subnational institutions and (4) Design of concrete measures to put in place action plans.

Action 2:
Synthesis of main findings of the MOSES project
This Action will synthesise the results produced in the principal empirical components of the project, i.e. WP No. 4 to WP No. 7, to develop an integrated understanding of the empirical data and the implications thereof for EU member states. The core, academic research partners have considerable experience in interdisciplinary scientific practices which will be essential to combine the insights from the project’s qualitative and quantitative datasets.

Action 3:
From the combined evidence base, the project findings will be re-assessed. Based on the feedback obtained from the thematic activity work packages and the continual engagement with stakeholder organisations, this analysis and reflection will form the basis for translating the research into evidence-based policy recommendations, developed and refined via policy briefings and wider contact with the policy community through policy and decision forum (PDF).

Action 4:
Establishment of the policy and decision fora (PDF)
This action involves the selection of participants of the PDFs including project partners, policy makers and stakeholder organisations in an inclusive manner, in line with the selection of participants in WP Nr. 5. The role of the PDF will be to deliberate, reflect upon and inform the work carried out in Actions 1-3, at three professionally facilitated workshops, one each to be held in Spain, Ireland and the UK.