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Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation

Objective

The objective of SponGES is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use vulnerable sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The SponGES consortium, an international and interdisciplinary collaboration of research institutions, environmental non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, will focus on one of the most diverse, ecologically and biologically important and vulnerable marine ecosystems of the deep-sea - sponge grounds – that to date have received very little research and conservation attention. Our approach will address the scope and challenges of EC’s Blue Growth Call by strengthening the knowledge base, improving innovation, predicting changes, and providing decision support tools for management and sustainable use of marine resources. SponGES will fill knowledge gaps on vulnerable sponge ecosystems and provide guidelines for their preservation and sustainable exploitation. North Atlantic deep-sea sponge grounds will be mapped and characterized, and a geographical information system on sponge grounds will be developed to determine drivers of past and present distribution. Diversity, biogeographic and connectivity patterns will be investigated through a genomic approach. Function of sponge ecosystems and the goods and services they provide, e.g. in habitat provision, bentho-pelagic coupling and biogeochemical cycling will be identified and quantified. This project will further unlock the potential of sponge grounds for innovative blue biotechnology namely towards drug discovery and tissue engineering. It will improve predictive capacities by quantifying threats related to fishing, climate change, and local disturbances. SponGES outputs will form the basis for modeling and predicting future ecosystem dynamics under environmental changes. SponGES will develop an adaptive ecosystem-based management plan that enables conservation and good governance of these marine resources on regional and international levels.

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2015-2
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 004 391,99

Participants (22)

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Glades Road 777
33431 0991 Boca Raton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 674 547,50
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 496 209,51
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 265 822,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 434 125
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 274 693,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 318 711,25
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 136 477,50
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 374 680
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 524 330
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE

Participation ended

Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
2705 Fern Lane
B3K 4L3 Halifax
Activity type
Other
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 400 301,25
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 599 250
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 311 250
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STUDIO ASSOCIATO GAIA SNC DEI DOTTORI ANTONIO SARA E MARTINA MILANESE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 208 750
Address
Piazza Della Vittoria 15/23
16121 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 366 250
Address
Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla
00153 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
South Street 6299 Suite 231
B3H 4R2 Halifax
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM HEREON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 170 000
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Lower College Road 70
02881 Kingston
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 140 512,50
Address
Thormohlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO INTERDISCIPLINAR DE INVESTIGACAO MARINHA E AMBIENTAL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 254 000
Address
Av General Norton De Matos S/n
4450 208 Matosinhos
Activity type
Research Organisations