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Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas

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Funded by the EU under FP7 Theme “Oceans of Tomorrow” OCEAN.2011-3. Grant Agreement No. 287600


EUR 16 994 500,54

About the Project:

The overall scientific objectives of PERSEUS were to identify the interacting patterns of natural and human-derived pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas, assess their impact on marine ecosystems and, using the objectives and principles of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive as a vehicle, to design an effective and innovative research governance framework based on sound scientific knowledge.

The project brought together a community of experts, 54 partners, from 22 countries, who worked together to support regional policymakers for the Southern European Seas towards a common goal: Good Environmental Status (GES)
The project developed new tools to evaluate the current environmental status, by way of combining monitoring and modelling capabilities and existing observational systems will be upgraded and extended. In view of reaching Good Environmental Status (GES), a scenario-based framework of adaptive policies and management schemes were also developed. A feasible and realistic adaptation policy framework was defined and ranked in relation to vulnerable marine sectors/groups/regions in order to design management schemes for marine governance.

Project partners

  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (GR) (PROJECT COORDINATOR)
  • Middle East Technical University (TR)
  • Institut Francais de Recherche Pour L'Exploitation de la Mer (FR)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC (ES)
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare (IT)
  • Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Geologie si Geoecologie Marina-Geoecomar (RO)
  • Plan Bleu pour L'Environnement et le Developpement en Mediterrannee, Plan (FR)
  • Cosnav Engineering SRL (IT)
  • Universita Ta Malta (MT)
  • EIR Symvouloi Anaptyxis Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis (GR)
  • BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change - Klima Aldaketa Ikergai (ES)
  • Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia(ES)
  • Universitat de Barcelona (ES)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, UPC, (ES)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR)
  • Universite de la Mediterranee D'Aix-Marseille II (FR)
  • Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (FR)
  • Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III (FR)
  • Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per I Cambiamenti Climatici Scarl (IT)
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT)
  • Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, L'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (IT)
  • Joint Research Centre (EC), Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (IT)
  • Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (IT)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)
  • University of Plymouth (UK)
  • Sticthting Deltares, Deltares (NL)
  • Universiteit Utrecht (NL)
  • Universite de Liege (BE)
  • University of Aegean - Research Unit (GR)
  • National an Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR)
  • University of Crete (GR),
  • The Cyprus research and Educational Foundation (CY)
  • University of Cyprus (CY)
  • Nacionalni Institut Za Biologijo (SI)
  • Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (HR)
  • Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd (IL)
  • University of Haifa (IL)
  • Black Sea NGO Network (BG)
  • Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski (BG)
  • Institut Po Bioraznoobrazie i Ekosistemni Izsledvaniya Balgarska Akademiya Na Naukite (BG)
  • Institute of Oceanology-Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG)
  • Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina Grigore Antipa (RO)
  • Istanbul University (TR)
  • a.o. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (UA)
  • Marine Hydrophysical Institute-Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (UA)
  • Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University (UA)
  • p.p. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (RU)
  • Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (GE)
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (EG)
  • Institut National De Recherche Halieutique (MA)
  • CLU srl (IT)
  • ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH (DE)
  • Sarost SA (TU)
  • EIR Global SPRL (BE)