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Marine Coastal Ecosystems Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World

Objective

The EU 2020 Biodiversity strategy and 7th Environment Action Programme highlight the importance of halting the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES) by preserving ecosystems and fully integrating environmental requirements into policymaking to face climate change (CC). The main challenge to help the EU deliver on these targets is to fill knowledge gaps on inter-relations between CC, biodiversity and ES, and to ensure an effective transfer of knowledge to relevant stakeholders. Marine coastal ecosystems (MCE) are European priority habitats as almost half of its population lives in its maritime regions. MaCoBioS objective is to ensure efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies for European MCE to face CC. To this end, MaCoBioS has assembled a multidisciplinary team of experts to fill the lack of knowledge on the impacts of CC on the most important MCE (seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangroves, coralligenous and calcareous bio-concretion assemblages, salt marshes and kelp forests). Four specific objectives have been developed:
1) Develop new empirical models on the interaction between CC, biodiversity, functions and services in MCE along a geographical gradient from the tropics to the sub-polar regions, incorporating indicators of the ecological condition in the functional modelling of MCE.
2) Establish a framework to assess the vulnerability of marine social-ecological systems under CC scenarios. We will develop vulnerability indices specifically for that purpose.
3) Evaluate the effectiveness of nature-based solutions and protection measures at enhancing the resilience capacity of MCE and the delivery of services, with the end goal of providing long-term solutions to CC threats.
4) Provide evidence-based guidance for marine policy formulation and innovative research pathways to support policymakers in developing cost-effective strategies and create further research opportunities to meet the targets of EU strategies on Biodiversity and CC.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-CLA-2019-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 038 224,84

Participants (15)

NOVA BLUE ENVIRONMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 298 750
Address
Rue Chery Rosette 14 Fond Lahaye
97233 Schoelcher
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT OCEANOGRAPHIQUE PAUL RICARD
France
EU contribution
€ 422 700
Address
Ile Des Embiez
83140 Six Fours Les Plages
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACAO GASPAR FRUTUOSO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 349 182,50
Address
Rua Da Mae De Deus Campus Universitario De Ponta Delgada Ilha De Sao Miquel
9500 321 Ponta Delgada
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 380 908,75
Address
Co Kildare
W23 Maynooth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 411 842,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 420 621,25
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER
France
EU contribution
€ 466 250
Address
163 Rue Auguste Broussonnet
34090 Montpellier
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 787 500
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France
EU contribution
€ 291 875
Address
Place De Fontenoy 7
75352 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 478 591,25
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 458 723,75
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 459 706,25
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES U WI*
Jamaica
EU contribution
€ 286 886,25
Address
Mona
7 Kingston
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 169 778,75
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HUMMING DRONE
France
EU contribution
€ 259 116,41
Address
32 Lotissement Gondeau
97212 Saint Joseph
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)