HERMIONE Science-Policy interfaces
There is currently a heavy international policy focus on deep-sea ecosystems and resources in various fora at the global and European level and under regional multilateral agreements and conventions. The many stakeholders and policymakers involved urgently need integrated, interdisciplinary natural and social science knowledge to prioritise and guide action in support of policy development and implementation strategies. To ensure the effective use of deep-sea science in deep-sea governance and management, as well as the policy relevance of deep-sea research, effective science-policy interfaces must be developed. For instance, a well functioning science-policy interface is required to decide whether, when, and how to go forward with exploitation of deep-sea resources, whether, when, and how exploitation should be restricted or prohibited for conservation purposes, or how and where to designate offshore marine protected areas.
HERMIONE aimed to address some of the key gaps in socio-economic and governance knowledge and methodologies as well as developing and implementing appropriate science-policy interface mechanisms to ensure policy-relevance of the research and to facilitate translation of research into policy advice at national, European and international levels. Click on the links around this page to find out how HERMIONE used a science-policy panel and other methods to achieve these goals.