Atlantic Interactions is a new intergovernmental initiative to unleash the potential of the Atlantic for Society. It fosters knowledge-driven solutions for Atlantic and Global Societal challenges that require interdisciplinary research and innovation of complex Earth systems through cooperation targeting the Atlantic.
It recognizes the relevance of an integrative approach from deep-sea to Space allowing a holistic governance of the Atlantic region and improving its prosperity and wellbeing of its citizens. By increasing the knowledge of “Atlantic Interactions” we can better protect and explore in a sustainable way this important region of the Planet, propose knowledge-driven solutions to address systemic risks and foster innovation-based growth and development.
It builds on the success of existing international framework agreements such as the “Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation” between the European Union, the United States and Canada of 2013, and supports the objectives of ongoing initiatives such as the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA). It builds on the decades-long efforts of Atlantic countries to foster scientific cooperation and creates synergies with existing public and private initiatives at national, European and international level.
Atlantic Interactions aims at fostering new paradigms of interaction across the Atlantic and across disciplines to foster new knowledge on ocean, climate and energy sustainability. It takes advantage of the most advanced technologies to build new and integrated knowledge of the Atlantic that will allow for its enhanced management and sustainable exploration of its resources, benefitting decision-makers, researchers, companies and the society in general.