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Funding Programme:

Horizon 2020

Funding Programme:

European's Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme



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Specific Funding Programme:

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - RISE.

About the Project:

The PADDLE Consortium aims to develop a more inclusive Community across tropical Atlantic joining researches about marine spatial planning in Brazil, West Africa and Europe, and explore alternative options to ensure that new models of production and ocean governance explicitly include local communities and do not shift wealth away from them. The Tropical Atlantic is a shared ocean which links developed, emerging and developing countries. Through its study regions, the PADDLE project will focus on the specificities of MSP for tropical oceans. PADDLE will bring together internationally renowned researchers and actors, from countries bordering the tropical Atlantic and from the EU, to create a network and a colloborative platform, which will build theory and methods for pertinent MSP in tropical areas. This interdisciplinary team will be a pillar of knowledge-based MSP by providing critical analyses of the tools and methods used, and by designing innovative approaches to efficient MSP. The PADDLE proposal will create the first North-South interdisciplinary consortium on MSP in the tropics, highlighting opportunities and limits of tropical MSP and producing toolboxes for a broad range of stakeholders.

WP2: Key Ecosystem Dynamics for Marine Spatial Planning

WP3: Policy and Governance Dynamics in Marine Spatial Planning

WP4: Challenges and Solutions for for Tropical Atlantic Marine Spatial Planning

WP5: From Key Processes of Tropical Socio-Ecosystems to a Network of Tropical MSP Tools

The three study sites include Senegal, Brazil and Cape Verde.


  • French National Institute For Sustainable Development (IRD), France (lead)
  • University of Western Brittany (UBO), France
  • National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • University of Nantes
  • Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation (FGF), Portugal
  • University of the Azores (UAC)
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), Portugal
  • Wageningen University (WU), Netherlands
  • Universidad De Sevilla (USE), Spain
  • Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT), Germany
  • Terra Maris, France
  • CREOCEAN, France
  • University Cheikh Anta Diop (Ucad), Senegal
  • National Institute For The Development Of Fisheries (INDP), Cape-Verde
  • Universidade Federal Rural De Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil
  • Universidade Federal De Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil
  • Universidade Presbiteriano Mackenzie (UPM), Brazil
  • Union Internationale Pour La Protection De La Nature (IUCN), Senegal