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Reducing and preventing drivers of marine biodiversity loss

Reducing and preventing drivers of marine biodiversity loss
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Reducing and preventing drivers of marine biodiversity loss  Cordis News

Reducing and preventing drivers of marine biodiversity loss

Protecting Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Protecting Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Goal 14: Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • Goal 15: Life on Land – Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

The Threats to Our Oceans

The world’s oceans, which feed us, regulate our climate, and generate much of the oxygen we breathe, are threatened by human activities. Pollution, plastic waste, habitat loss, and climate change are rapidly changing our seas and reducing the resilience of marine ecosystems and their ability to recover, putting pressure on marine biodiversity.

EU-Funded Projects for Marine Conservation

European researchers are actively working to protect marine ecosystems and conserve their biodiversity through various EU-funded projects. These projects focus on addressing the threats posed by human activities and finding sustainable solutions. The projects include:

  1. Investigating Sustainable Plastic Sources: Researching sustainable plastic sources or biodegradable alternatives to plastics to reduce plastic waste in the oceans.
  2. Enhanced Waste Management and Recycling: Developing improved waste management and recycling methods to prevent pollution and reduce the impact of human activities on marine ecosystems.
  3. Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity: Conducting research on ecosystem health, biodiversity, and coral adaptation to understand and protect marine ecosystems.
  4. Nature-Based Solutions: Studying nature-based solutions, such as algae and oyster reef farms, to restore and preserve marine habitats.
  5. Sustainable Fisheries Technologies: Developing sustainable fisheries technologies to ensure the long-term viability of marine resources.

A Path to Cleaner Seas

An ecosystem-based management approach can mitigate the adverse impacts of fishing, extraction, and other human activities on sensitive species and seabed habitats. Better protection of marine ecosystems not only benefits our seas but also leads to significant health, social, and economic benefits for coastal communities.

The European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy aims to restore ocean health by protecting 30% of the EU’s seas by 2030. It also targets strict protection of at least one third of EU marine areas in the future. This strategy is part of the European Green Deal, which aims to restore biodiversity for the benefit of people, climate, and the planet.

Spotlight on EU-Funded Research

This CORDIS Results Pack highlights 11 projects funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research programs. These projects demonstrate the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services research for Europe’s environmental sustainability and its relevance to current and future policy objectives.

The projects include:

  • AMBI-ROBI: Developing a process for low-temperature anaerobic treatment of municipal wastewaters to reduce the impact of waste on marine habitats.
  • ECOLACTIPACK: Developing biodegradable packaging based on casein to reduce plastic waste.
  • In-No-Plastic: Producing and demonstrating cleaning technologies for nano, micro, and macroplastics to prevent their accumulation in the oceans.
  • MAELSTROM: Identifying European ‘hotspots’ for marine litter and advancing remediation technologies powered by renewable energy.
  • SeaClear: Developing autonomous robots for underwater litter collection to clean up marine environments.
  • EuroSea: Working to improve the European ocean observing and forecasting system in a global context.
  • iAtlantic: Assessing the health of Atlantic ecosystems against multiple stressors and global change to determine their stability and vulnerability.
  • OPERANDUM: Investigating the protection of European territories from extreme weather events through nature-based solutions.
  • MAREA: Combining native flat oyster restoration with mussel aquaculture to restore reefs and preserve ecosystem services.
  • SMARTFISH: Improving the monitoring of fish stocks to reduce the impacts of unregulated harvesting.
  • UNITED: Promoting the joint use of marine resources by developing real-life ocean multi-use pilots based on offshore wind farms, tourism, and aquaculture.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

  1. SDG 14: Life Below Water

    • Target 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, particularly from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
    • Target 14.2: By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans.
    • Target 14.5: By 2020, conserve at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information.

    The article discusses the threats to marine ecosystems and the need to protect marine biodiversity. It mentions research projects that aim to find sustainable alternatives to plastics, improve waste management and recycling methods, study ecosystem health and biodiversity, and develop sustainable fisheries technologies. These efforts align with SDG 14’s targets to reduce marine pollution, protect marine and coastal ecosystems, and conserve coastal and marine areas.

  2. SDG 15: Life on Land

    • Target 15.5: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species.

    The article mentions the goal of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to restore ocean health by protecting 30% of the EU’s seas by 2030. This aligns with SDG 15’s target to take urgent action to reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, and protect threatened species.

  3. SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    • Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.

    The article discusses the need for enhanced waste management and improved recycling methods to address the pollution and plastic waste in the oceans. This aligns with SDG 12’s target to substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 14: Life Below Water Target 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, particularly from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution. The article mentions the need to find sustainable alternatives to plastics, improve waste management, and develop recycling methods to address marine pollution.
SDG 14: Life Below Water Target 14.2: By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans. The article discusses research on ecosystem health, biodiversity, coral adaptation, nature-based solutions, algae and oyster reef farms, and sustainable fisheries technologies.
SDG 14: Life Below Water Target 14.5: By 2020, conserve at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information. The article mentions the goal of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to protect 30% of the EU’s seas by 2030.
SDG 15: Life on Land Target 15.5: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species. The article mentions the goal of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to restore ocean health and protect threatened species.
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse. The article discusses the need for enhanced waste management and improved recycling methods to address marine pollution and plastic waste.

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Source: cordis.europa.eu

 

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