Marine environment and maritime knowledge/data

How can Good Environmental Status be achieved in the Mediterranean by 2020?

How can information and knowledge exchanges between private and public stakeholders be fostered at the regional level, in order to increase public and private sectors’ competitiveness, and at which level (national, regional, local)?

How can data collection, maintenance and storage be promoted in an efficient and effective manner?
Are the existing sources/databases appropriate for being expanded geographically and thematically across the region (e.g. European Marine Observation and Data Network and the Virtual Knowledge Centre)?
Do we need to deploy further efforts to develop an integrated observation system in the region?

Would it be possible to develop a science-policy interface (ISP) as a means of using effectively science and other forms of knowledge in decision and policymaking? Notably, for fisheries, where high quality data is essential for policy makers.