The Marine Biological Association is currently celebrating the start of three Horizon 2020 projects! Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a focus on excellent science and tackling societal challenges.

The MBA is one of 32 partners in the 4-year FutureMARES project, which is investigating how nature-based solutions can help lessen the effects of climate change along seas and coasts. The project aims to examine the relations between climate change, marine biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Kelp during Spring low tides

The project, which works in five case study regions across the globe, aims to provide science-based policy advice on how best to use nature-based solutions. Three nature-based solutions will be developed:

  1. Effective restoration of habitat-forming species that can act as ‘climate rescuers’
  2. Effective conservation strategies considering the impacts of climate change on habitat suitability for flora and fauna
  3. Sustainable harvesting of seafood from fisheries and aquaculture – flexible, adaptive, managed on ecosystem basis

Through these solutions, the FutureMARES project will safeguard future biodiversity and ecosystem functions, maximising natural capital and its delivery of services from marine and transitional ecosystems.

Receiving a contribution of €235,000 from the overall €8.5 million project budget, the MBA will lead on Work Package 1, which aims to establish a common knowledge base, contributing to improved monitoring and biodiversity indicators and guiding FutureMARES activities.

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Oct 16, 2020 By loiflo