GAPS AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR MARITIME SURVEILLANCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

In the framework of the PANORAMED Extraordinary Steering Group Meeting held in Marseille on 11 September 2019, project partners specialised on maritime surveillance presented a Gaps and Growth Opportunities Report for this thematic area

Led by France’s Directorate General of the Sea, PANORAMED’s work on maritime surveillance (including maritime safety, marine environment and multimodal/marine transports) reaches a new milestone.

The objective of this Report is to propose a synthetic analysis of the development, needs and potentialities of maritime surveillance in the Mediterranean, in relation with the implementation of the Axis 4 of the transnational MED programme (PANORAMED project). This Axis 4 includes the launch of strategic projects, the implementation of mainstreaming and liaising activities aiming to share projects results with other public policies and programmes, and to promote a better coordination with surrounding areas. This Report will help identify maritime surveillance tools and processes developed at national and international level and have a better view of strategic issues where new projects and additional financing could be provided.

On this issue, EU member states develop their own national systems, with a coordination role played by the European Maritime Safety Association (EMSA) at EU level. These systems must however be constantly improved and adapted to the evolution of risks and for a better coordination (increasing maritime traffic, pollution and environment, climate change, migration…). At international level, and despite the role played by the EMSA and international organisations, the sharing of information and the interoperability of observation systems constitute a major challenge for a more efficient maritime surveillance. The Gaps and Growth Opportunities Report focuses on these issues to help decision makers elaborate future projects and draw guidelines for post 2020 priorities especially in the field of transnational and cross border Mediterranean cooperation.