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Scenarios and drivers for sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and coasts

Maritime economic activities are crucial for Europe and its coastal regions, which are home to about 40% of the EU population and account for a production value of some €450 billion. In view of the current economic, financial and social crisis, seriously affecting the maritime sectors, new growth potentials are being explored for the post-crisis period.

Ecorys has identified future sources of sustainable growth and employment based on marine resources (living and non-living), scientific or economic activities in established, emerging or future maritime sectors and in the coastal regions. The study team sketched sustainable economic growth scenarios to guide future policy strategies covering all relevant maritime policy areas as well as for programming research, technological development and innovation activities.