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Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas

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.
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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 (29)

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AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 372 088,75

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 363 000

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 455 000

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

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 180 630

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 144 998,75

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 154 921,25

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 319 878,75

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 249 750

ABO AKADEMI

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 305 250

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 215 000

FACULTY OF SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 135 000

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 345 000

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 192 862,50

ECOPATH INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE ASOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 207 500

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 505 000

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

ECOREACH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 205 000

STUDIO ASSOCIATO GAIA SNC DEI DOTTORI ANTONIO SARA E MARTINA MILANESE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 125 375

DEEP SEAS ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 134 383,20

Marine Law and Ocean Policy Research Services Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 136 998,75

WWF ITALIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 121 662,50

WCMC LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 179 441,25

AKDENIZ KORUMA DERNEGI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 255 000

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 129 427,50

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 287 950

IODINE SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 85 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 689518

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2016

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 651 118,20

  • EU contribution

    € 6 651 118,20

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy