News: EU Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’: over 400 pledges, 20 new projects and 4 lighthouses to restore our blue planet by 2030

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The EU Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’ is going at full sail. Since its launch in September 2021, it has put in place 4 lighthouses in major basins, selected 38 multinational projects for funding and counts with over 400 pledges in support of restoring our blue planet.


Launched in September 2021, the EU Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’ aims to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters through research and innovation, citizen engagement and investments in the blue economy. 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.

The Mission Charter was launched in June 2022. The actions pledged are assessed to confirm the relevance and contribution to the Mission objectives. Positively assessed actions may then be assisted in searching ways to scale up and finding partners or funding for their next endeavours. 

The 20 mission projects under Horizon Europe funding were selected following a call for proposals launched in 2021. The selected projects received the highest marks in a peer evaluation run by independent experts. The projects have recently signed their grant agreements with the Commission and can therefore start their activities.

For more information:

Website of the EU Mission 'Restore our Ocean and Waters' 
Mission Charter Actions 
Virtual exhibition of Mission Ocean projects 

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News Posted on 24/05/2023