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ESSEM COST Action 638
Investigating and managing the impacts of marine sand and gravel extraction and use

1. Action aim

The main aim of this Action is to bring together and add value to the disparate national and European research initiatives to create a unified, clear position to feed into European marine policy. This Action will aim to erase the 'grey' areas which exist in marine research and policy and work to disseminate collaborated European research results to assist future national and marine policy objectives.

2. Action objectives

The objectives of the Action are to:

- Share information across Europe to identify problems and solutions within current practices, to strengthen research links and collaboration and to facilitate integrated marine management.

- Work across disciplines to identify synergies and develop an integrated approach to study the management, effects, policy and processes involved in marine aggregate extraction.

- Disseminate this collaborative research to aid policy and regulation of marine aggregate exploitation from which the wider scientific community can benefit; e.g. fisheries, marine archaeology, maintenance dredging.

- To bring together research from different fields and areas to integrate industry objectives into marine research.

- Disseminate the Action results as widely as possible to end-users

The more specific measurable objectives of the individual working groups are detailed in Section D.

C3. Dissemination objectives

The dissemination of the work group results and the Action’s outputs play a crucial role in the success of this Action. It is important that targeted dissemination takes place and is of relevance to the audience. Key dissemination objectives are to:

- Form a European Users Group to target policy makers, advisers and stakeholders for COST countries to ensure Action outputs have clarity and relevance for the policy audience.

- To ensure dissemination represents the views of the Action participants and is integrated, focused and applicable to the audience.

- To disseminate outputs to a wide targeted audience.

(Descriptions are provided by the Actions directly via e-COST.)

General Information*

Chair of the Action:


Vice Chair of the Action:

Mr Nick BEAN (UK)

Science officer of the Action:


Administrative officer of the Action:



Action Fact Sheet

Download AFS as .RTF

Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF

Progress Report

Download Progress Report as PDF


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Last updated: 02 May 2011 top of page