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The Adaptive Marine Policy (AMP) Toolbox

The Adaptive Marine Policy (AMP) Toolbox

Supporting Policy-Makers Developing Adaptive Policies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

This article describes the functionality of the Adaptive Marine Policy (AMP) toolbox, which was developed in order to operationalize the design and implementation of adaptive policies on the basis of the Ecosystem-Based Approach (EBA). It aims at providing policy makers with a practical framework to design and implement adaptive policies. The authors, among them Ecologic Institute's Benjamin Boteler and Ina Krüger, summarize the results of the application of the toolbox to the marine litter issue in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The article is available for download.

As adaptive management is essential to the practical application of EBA, the toolbox can be used to build a science-policy interface according to EBA and provide a practical and useful starting point to support the application of the necessary steps and key activities.


Garmendia, M. et al. (2017): The Adaptive Marine Policy (AMP) toolbox: Supporting policy-makers
developing adaptive policies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Marine Policy Journal Vol. 84.

Maialen Garmendia (BC3)
Didier Sauzade (PB)
Nicola Beaumont (PML)
Marta Pascual (BC3)
Taos Boudine (PB)
Margaretha Breil (CMCC)
Elisa Furlan (Università Ca'Foscari)
Areti Kontogianni (UOWM)
Julien Le Tellier (PB)
Emma Gileva (BSNN)
David March (SOCIB)
Gerda Roeleveld (Deltares)
Paolo Ronco (CMCC)
Aleksandar Shivarov (BSNN)
Mihalis Skourtos (AUA)
Anil Markandya (BC3)
Published In
Marine Policy Journal , Volume 84, 2017
11 pp.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The adaptive marine policy toolbox
2.1 Objective
2.2 Structure
3. Insights into the AMP toolbox using marine litter as an example
3.1 Step 1-set the scence
3.2 Step 2-Assemble the basic policy
3.3 Step 3-Make the policy robust
3.4 Step 4-Implement the policy
3.5 Step 5-Evaluate and adjust policies
4. Conclusion

Adaptive Management, Ecosystem-Based Approach, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Adaptive Marine Policy Toolbox, Marine litter, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea