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Mission Ocean

The mission in this area is called Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030.

Man-made, climate-driven changes are putting our ocean and waters and consequently our societies at a serious risk.

The mission’s new, systemic approach will address the ocean and waters as one and play a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature.

The mission will help achieve the EU objectives of protecting  30% of the EUs sea area as well as restoring marine eco-systems and 25.000 km of free flowing rivers, prevent and eliminate pollution by reducing plastic litter at sea, nutrient losses and use of chemical pesticides by 50% and make the blue economy climate-neutral and circular with net-zero maritime emissions.

EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”

The EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” is a large-scale, “Appollo-11 style” push to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters. The objective of the Mission is to ensure the ocean plays its part in meeting the 2030 targets of the European Green Deal for:

  1. protecting and restoring marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity;
  2. reducing pollution in our ocean and waters;
  3. making the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular.

The Mission will support an inclusive concept, “lighthouses”, focusing on developing and testing solutions in a given area. In the first phase (2021-2024) there are four lighthouses for:

  • protecting and restoring marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity;
  • reducing pollution in our ocean and waters;
  • making the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular.

Key enablers will facilitate the restoration through a digital knowledge ocean and water system (European Digital Twin Ocean) and public mobilisation and engagement.

EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver tangible results by 2030. EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

 

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/mission-ocean

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