- PDFHZ-05-21-339-EN-N, ISBN 978-92-95225-21-3, DOI 10.2926/8331
- Publication date
- 9 December 2021
- European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency
The EASME/EMFF/2019/126.96.36.199, “Feasibility study on an observatory for the blue economy and the sea satellite accounts for the European Union”, has as a main objective to assess the feasibility of an observatory on the Blue Economy and a Sea Satellite Account (SSA). The study enables a comprehensive and integrated approach to measuring the impacts of the Blue Economy, expanding the sources currently in existence by adding complementary sources. To conduct the feasibility assessment, four tasks were performed over the course of the study:
- Identification of Blue Economy sectors and databases by reviewing the available data consisting of sectors that have been a salient part of the Blue Economy for many years (e.g. Fisheries and aquaculture, Maritime transport) and sectors that have more recently gained prominence, either due to their accelerated growth (Off-shore wind energy) or due to their importance towards sustainability (Bio-Economy, Ecosystem services);
- Data collection for selected case study countries: Spain, France and Sweden;
- Feasibility analysis for an actual setup of the Blue Observatory and a roadmap for phased implementation of the Observatory. It discusses the possibility of an EU-wide Blue Observatory, its function, setup and potential cost implications for such an endeavour;
- Feasibility analysis for National/EU Sea Satellite Accounts - the actual setup of a Sea Satellite Account, independent of an observatory and the underlying effort to set it up per Member State.
The feasibility study (CINEA/EMFF/2019/188.8.131.52/SI2.815496-SC05) provides a recommendation for the structure and functions of the set-up of a Blue Economy Observatory as well as its financial requirements and should be the basis of the new contract - Observatory on Blue economy activities - under WP2021.
The final report and the three summaries (ENG, ES and FR) can be found here below (you can click here for the appendices):