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

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

Objectif

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. SpongeGES 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.
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Coordinateur

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Adresse

Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen

Norvège

Type d’activité

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Contribution de l’UE

€ 2 004 391,99

Participants (24)

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Tout développer

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

États-Unis

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Espagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 773 900

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Suède

Contribution de l’UE

€ 674 547,50

Natural History Museum

Royaume-Uni

Contribution de l’UE

€ 496 209,51

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Espagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 491 922,50

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Pays-Bas

Contribution de l’UE

€ 434 125

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Pays-Bas

Contribution de l’UE

€ 1 274 693,75

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Royaume-Uni

Contribution de l’UE

€ 318 711,25

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Royaume-Uni

Contribution de l’UE

€ 136 477,50

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Portugal

Contribution de l’UE

€ 374 680

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

Contribution de l’UE

€ 524 330

ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE

Canada

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Pays-Bas

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Pays-Bas

Contribution de l’UE

€ 400 301,25

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Allemagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 599 250

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Pays-Bas

Contribution de l’UE

€ 311 250

STUDIO ASSOCIATO GAIA SNC DEI DOTTORI ANTONIO SARA E MARTINA MILANESE

Italie

Contribution de l’UE

€ 208 750

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO

Italie

Contribution de l’UE

€ 366 250

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Allemagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 40 000

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

Canada

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Allemagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 170 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

États-Unis

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING

Norvège

Contribution de l’UE

€ 140 512,50

CIIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental

Portugal

Contribution de l’UE

€ 254 000

Informations projet

N° de convention de subvention: 679849

État

Projet en cours

  • Date de début

    1 Mars 2016

  • Date de fin

    29 Février 2020

Financé au titre de:

H2020-EU.3.5.

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Budget total:

    € 10 275 365,25

  • Contribution de l’UE

    € 9 994 302,75

Coordonné par:

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norvège