EMOD-PACE (EMODnet PArtnership for China and Europe) is funded under the EU Partnership Instrument on 31 October 2019 (EuropeAid/139904/DH/SER/CN ‘Strengthening international ocean data through the EU’s ocean diplomacy with China’). It is a collaborative project with China aiming to promote international ocean governance and support the implementation of global commitments through closer collaboration between Europe and China. This will be achieved by developing new information products, improving the sharing of marine observation data, marine expert knowledge and by establishing a close working relationship between the National Marine Data and Information Service of China (NMDIS) and the European Marine Observation Data Network (EMODnet). The collaboration will further our knowledge about the behaviour of the seas, assist those who are relying on high quality marine data and data products at global level and to protect and sustainably manage the marine environment.
The EMOD-PACE project has 18 European partner organisations, started officially on 19 February 2020 and will run for a period of 30 months. The project aims to deliver a major part of the EU contribution to the EU-China Blue Partnership for the Oceans.
In June 2017, during the EU China Blue Year Event - forecasting, data, monitoring, planning, indicators, National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) of China put forward a cooperation initiative to build a China-EU Marine Big Data Center and promote marine data sharing and technical exchanges between the two sides. In July 2018, China and the European Union signed a unique ocean partnership agreement, Blue Partnership for the Oceans: Towards Better Ocean Governance. In September the same year, an EU delegation composed of representatives from EU Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and the Delegation of the European Union to China visited NMDIS in Tianjin. The two sides had productive talks and agreed on developing cooperation between China and the EU on marine data sharing and exchange, mutual study of marine data and information management and service standards, joint marine data products R&D and application, to jointly improve the social and economic efficiency of marine data management services, promote marine science and technology development, and contribute to global ocean conservation and climate change adaption.
In response to the EMOD-PACE at EU side, NMDIS started its work on developing the China-EU Marine Data Network Partnership (CEMDnet), which aims at connecting the EMODnet and data sharing platform running by NMDIS, to facilitate marine data interoperability between EMODnet and NMDIS. Meanwhile, EMODnet and NMDIS will jointly work on marine data and information management services, standards and product R&D in the fields of ocean reanalysis, seabed habitat mapping, ecological vulnerability and coastal zone adaptability, etc.
CEMDnet was officially launched in February 2020 for a period of 30 months. The implementation of the project is expected to make positive contributions to the China-EU Blue Partnership for the Oceans.
The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is financed by the European Union under Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.