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Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas (MERCES)


The MERCES project is focused on the restoration of different degraded marine habitats, with three main objectives:

1) assess the potential of different technologies and approaches;

2) quantify the returns in terms of ecosystems services and their socio-economic impacts;

3) define 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 contributes to the Blue Growth by improving the EU scientific knowledge on marine restoration, contributing to EU Marine Directives, implementing the Restoration Agenda, enhancing the industrial capacity in this field, increasing the competitiveness of EU in the world market of restoration, and offering new employment opportunities.


ECCA 2021 - Climate Adaptation solutions video - MERCES

Project information


Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy


State Agency Superior Council of Scientific Research, Spain;

Hellenic Centre for marine research, Greece;

IMAR, Institute of marine research, Portugal;

Alfred Wegner Institute, Germany;

IFREMER, Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, France;

National University of Galway, Ireland;

Wageningen University, Netherlands;

Åbo Akademi University, Finland;

University of Tartu, Estonia;

Faculty of Science University of Zagreb, Croatia;

Conisma Consortium, Italy;

NWO-I (Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes), the Netherlands;

Ecopath International Initiative Association, Spain;

Catholic University Foundation, the Netherlands;

Norwegian Institute for water research, Norway;

United Kingdom research and innovation, UK;

Ecoreach srl, Italy; Associate Studio GAIA snc, Italy;

Deep seas environmental solutions LLtd, UK;

Marine Law and ocean policy research services limited, Ireland;

WWF Italy;

WCMC LBG,  United Kingdom;

Mediterranean protection association, Turkey;

University of Barcelona, Spain;

HERIOT-WATT university, UK;

Iodine sprl, Belgium;

National Oceanography centre, UK.

Source of funding

H2020-EU.3.5.2. - Protection of the environment, sustainable management of natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems

Published in Climate-ADAPT Mar 23 2021   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 12 2023

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