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PEGASEAS was an INTERREG IVa cross Channel capitalisation project between France and the United Kingdom and its aim was to promote the efficient governance of the Channel ecosystem.

The Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at Plymouth University was the lead partner of the project. The other partners were: Association des Ports Locaux de la Manche, Agence des Aires Marines Protégées, Devon County Council, Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, Marine Biological Association, Région Haute Normandie, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, University of Portsmouth.

PEGASEAS seeked to identify common governance outcomes, outputs and lessons learnt from a suite of relevant INTERREG IVa Channel Area Projects relevant to the effective governance of the Channel ecosystem (including biodiversity, ecosystem management, marine conservation and planning, coastal management, blue growth, managing the human use of the Channel, scientific research). When combined, the results of these projects offered important new insights into effective Channel governance and provide clear, powerful, communicable and compelling advice to support improved governance of the Channel marine ecosystem.

PEGASEAS tailored its findings to align with current and forthcoming marine policy and law to facilitate their integration into governance practice. This includes the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) and the forthcoming Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management. PEGASEAS had a strong focus on high-level influence, including launching the Channel Governance Guide at a House of Commons reception in late 2014.

The deliverables from the PEGASEAS project fed directly into enhanced policy or practice and therefore seeked to generate and demonstrate impact on the governance of the Channel including recommendations on the composition of the INTERREG V programming period (2014-2020).


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updated on 03/05/2015
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