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Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas

Objective

The project MERCES is focused on the restoration of different degraded marine habitats, with the aim of: 1) assessing the potential of different technologies and approaches; 2) quantifying the returns in terms of ecosystems services and their socio-economic impacts; 3) defining the legal-policy and governance frameworks needed to optimize the effectiveness of the different restoration approaches. Specific aims include: a) improving existing, and developing new, restoration actions of degraded marine habitats; b) increasing the adaptation of EU degraded marine habitats to global change; c) enhancing marine ecosystem resilience and services; d) conducting cost-benefit analyses for marine restoration measures; e) creating new industrial targets and opportunities.
To achieve these objectives MERCES created a multi-disciplinary consortium with skills in marine ecology, restoration, law, policy and governance, socio-economics, knowledge transfer, dissemination and communication. MERCES will start from the inventory of EU degraded marine habitats (WP1), conduct pilot restoration experiments (WP2, WP3, WP4), assess the effects of restoration on ecosystem services (WP5). The legal, policy and governance outputs will make effective the potential of marine restoration (WP6) and one dedicated WP will assess the socio-economic returns of marine ecosystems’ restoration (WP7). The transfer of knowledge and the links with the industrial stakeholders will be the focus of WP8. The results of MERCES will be disseminated to the widest audience (WP9). The project will be managed through a dedicated management office (WP10).
MERCES will contribute to the Blue Growth by: i) improving the EU scientific knowledge on marine restoration, ii) contributing to EU Marine Directives; iii) implementing the Restoration Agenda, iv) enhancing the industrial capacity in this field, v) increasing the competitiveness of EU in the world market of restoration, and vi) offering new employment opportunities.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2015-two-stage
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 650 000

Participants (28)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 372 088,75
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 363 000
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 455 000
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 630
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 144 998,75
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 154 921,25
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 878,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 249 750
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ABO AKADEMI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 305 250
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Abo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 215 000
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FACULTY OF SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Horvatovac 102/A
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 345 000
Address
Piazzale Flaminio 9
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 192 862,50
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOPATH INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE ASOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Calle Mestre Nicolau 8
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles Barcelona
Activity type
Other
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 207 500
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORSK INSTITUT FOR VANNFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 505 000
Address
Okernveien 94
0579 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 70 810,71
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOREACH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 205 000
Address
Corso Stamira, 61
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STUDIO ASSOCIATO GAIA SNC DEI DOTTORI ANTONIO SARA E MARTINA MILANESE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 125 374,89
Address
Piazza Della Vittoria 15/23
16121 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEEP SEAS ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 134 383,20
Address
Woodlands Road - Meadowsweet 132
SO40 7AP Southampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARINE LAW AND OCEAN POLICY RESEARCH SERVICES LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 136 998,46
Address
Harbour Lodge The Quay
F28 EW73 Westport
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WWF ITALIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 121 662,50
Address
Via Po 25/C
00198 Roma
Activity type
Other
WCMC LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 441,25
Address
Huntingdon Road 219
CB3 0DL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
AKDENIZ KORUMA DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 255 000
Address
Kalabak Mah 3360 Sk Doga Park Vilalari Sitesi 16
35430 Urla Izmir
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 129 427,50
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 287 950
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IODINE SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Dreve Du Rembucher 34
1170 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 34 189,29
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
Activity type
Research Organisations