The CPMR took part in the Copernicus Marine Week, held from 25 – 29 September in Brussels. The discussions focused on how to improve the service provided by Copernicus to users of marine data, including public authorities and private actors.
During these discussions, the CPMR highlighted the results of the Coastal Mapping project, funded by European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and piloted by SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy).
Coastal Mapping focuses on bathymetric data, which enables the detailed visualisation of the seabed. This is essential for many maritime actors, particularly regional authorities, who can use this information to develop maritime projects or policies such as offshore wind farms, erosion control and sediment displacement analysis.
Coastal Mapping enabled the CPMR to deepen its work carried out in the Maremed project, piloted by the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Region, along with several other member regions in the CPMR’s InterMediterranean Commission.
The analysis developed via Coastal Mapping shows the diversity of European funding sources that are available to finance the development of bathymetric data. It also shows the need for a European strategy to improve the compatibility of the data financed by the various European funds, particularly the ERDF, Interreg and Horizon 2020.
The introduction of common and more precise technical standards for projects financed by the different European funds is a potential approach that should be considered.
The CPMR and Copernicus plan to continue their collaboration on the subject of adapting Copernicus services to the needs of the CPMR member regions.