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News article30 June 2023Representation in Cyprus

EU Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters': €106 million for 18 new projects for protection, conservation, depollution and innovation

The Commission announced today 18 new projects which will receive over €106 million  to contribute to the EU Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters'.

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The projects gather over 370 beneficiaries from 36 countries, including SMEs, research institutions, local authorities, schools and businesses. They will play a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature by protecting and restoring biodiversity in waters, cutting pollution, supporting a sustainable blue economy and developing the European Digital Twin of the Ocean. All EU Member States are involved in the projects, with actions from the Baltic and North Sea, through the Danube River, Mediterranean Sea, and across to the Atlantic.

Investing in nature and local communities

The projects will deliver a wide variety of benefits to the ocean and waters, such as:

  • Protection and restoration solutions for degraded coastal and marine habitats
  • Protection and restoration of wetlands, flood plains, coastal wetlands and salt marshes in the Danube
  • Actions to prevent, minimise and remediate chemical pollution in the Mediterranean sea
  • Bringing sustainable algae-based products and solutions to the market in the Baltic and the North Sea
  • Preventing and eliminating litter, plastics and microplastics – innovative solutions for waste-free European rivers
  • Reducing marine litter and pollution by using smart and low environmental impact fishing gears
  • Integration of biodiversity monitoring data into the Digital Twin Ocean
  • Creation of an e-library of marine and freshwater species
  • Developing local community-driven business models for ocean farming.

More details on the projects, including budget and beneficiaries, can be found in the overview of projects.

Background

Established under the Horizon Europe programme for the years 2021-2027, EU Missions are a new way to bring solutions to some of society's greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver tangible results by 2030.

Launched in September 2021, the EU Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters' aims to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters by 2030 through research and innovation, citizen engagement and investments in the blue economy. The Mission addresses the ocean and waters as one and plays a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature.

The Mission supports regional engagement and cooperation through area-based ‘Lighthouses' in major sea and river basins: Atlantic-Arctic, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic-North Sea, and Danube-Black Sea. Mission lighthouses are sites to pilot, demonstrate, develop and deploy the Mission activities across EU seas and river basins.

Today's projects were selected following a call for proposals launched in 2022, including a peer evaluation by independent experts. The projects will be managed by CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency).

For More Information

Website of the EU Mission 'Restore our Ocean and waters'

Overview of projects

Dashboard of projects managed by CINEA

Virtual exhibition of Mission Ocean projects

Quote(s)

These 18 new projects aim to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters in the areas of biodiversity, freshwater ecosystems, pollution, blue economy and decarbonisation. More than 370 beneficiaries - SMEs, research institutions, local authorities, schools and businesses - are mobilised to bring solutions that can turn green challenges into innovation opportunities.

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age - 30/06/2023

 

These new projects represent a further push towards achieving the objectives of the Mission. I am eagerly awaiting the tides of transformation these projects will bring, and invite all to join us on this journey to save the ocean and our rivers.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries - 30/06/2023

Details

Publication date
30 June 2023 (Last updated on: 30 June 2023)
Author
Representation in Cyprus