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Improving the PERformance of MArine GOVernance in support of the EU green deal

Implementation Period:

4 919 744 €

About the Project:

PERMAGOV aims to streamline the implementation of sustainable marine management by focusing on cross-cutting policy priorities in key areas of transport, energy, life and litter.

The European Green Deal aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing Europe and the world, among them environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and pollution. Oceans are vital to life above and below ground, so their sustainable exploitation will be necessary to ensuring their effective functioning – as a climate regulator, as source of clean air, energy, jobs, and food, as one of the main trading routes – for generations to come.

However, the current setup of marine governance is not conducive to reaching Green Deal objectives, because it is hampered by institutional barriers, lack of coherent policy mechanisms, and ineffective governance systems. Marine governance must evolve to become more agile and flexible, cross-sectoral and multi-actor, in tune with changing dynamics in policy, science, technology, industry and society. This is exactly the objective of PERMAGOV, the new Horizon Europe project. Over the next four years, PERMAGOV will set out to support the improvement of EU marine governance performance in four selected seas (Adriatic, Baltic, Celtic, and Mediterranean) and three national waters bordering Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark, and Norway.

  • Wageningen University, NL (coordinator)
  • Aalborg University, DK
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway, NO
  • Research Institute for Sustainability – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, DE
  • The Finnish Environment Institute, FI
  • LifeWatch ERIC, ES
  • Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, DK
  • European Shippers Council, BE
  • WWF Italia, IT
  • Plan Bleu, FR
  • The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission, FI
  • Arctic Energy Partners, NO
  • The Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
  • 21c Consultancy, UK
  • Celtic Sea Power, UK