Marine Policy & Law

eCOAST offers objective and scientifically based advice on the use of and the interaction with natural resources of the sea, thanks to extensive knowledge and experience on different aspects of the marine environment.


Challenges occur where opposing interests arise. Examples are the accessibility of ports, sea routes and estuaries, the production of energy in or from the sea, marine aquaculture or fisheries. eCOAST aims at attaining a sustainable management of the marine ecosystem, with room for economic, social and ecological development.



On October 12th 2014, with the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol, an additional legal instrument under the Convention on Biological Diversity , the legal landscape surrounding the access to and utilization of genetic resources will change. The EU Regulation 511/2014, which implements the Nagoya Protocol within the European Union, will impose significant new obligations on ‘Users' i.e. researchers in universities, institutes and companies utilizing genetic resources in their R&D.


eCOAST has both the legal and scientific expertise to assist researchers with the compliance requirements under the Nagoya Protocol. We can help with setting up and negotiating Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) and with Material Transfer Agreements (MTA).


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