Marine Cadastre in Europe : state of play

Evangelia Balla, Rik Wouters

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Throughout human history considerable efforts and resources have been directed at effectively managing land whereas the marine environment has been given a lower priority. However over 70 percent of the planet's surface is covered by water, the majority of which is in the world's seas and oceans which are vital for supporting human well-being by contributing to poverty eradication, food security, creation of sustainable livelihoods and jobs, and protection from natural disasters ( Hoegh-Guldberg, 2015). Oceans and seas are also a valuable asset for the European Union (EU). The EU’s maritime economy alone employs more than 5.4 million people, creates a gross added value of just under €500 billion per year, with a high potential for further growth (EC, 2006).
The paper presents the results of a preliminary study on the status of Marine Cadastre across Europe, which was conducted in 2016 for the five leading European organizations on Cadastre, Land Registry, Mapping and Surveying (CLGE, ELRA, Eurogeographics, EULIS, PCC). It aspires to motivate the discussion in the European continent about the benefits of a sound registry system in the marine environment as a basis for legal certainty with multiple benefits in the sector of the Blue Economy and in marine spatial planning as well.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2017: Responsible Land Governance: Towards and Evidence Based Approach - Washington, United States
Duration: 20 Mar 201724 Mar 2017
Conference number: 18


Conference18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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