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Joint Actions

The central implementation mechanism of JPI Oceans is that of Joint Actions. They are formed around topics that fall under JPI Oceans’ thematic scope and contribute to its goals. They are supported by the interest and commitment of several member or associated countries under the leadership of one or co-leadership of several member countries and have developed a concept for implementation, including plans for resourcing, outcomes and impact.

Current Joint Actions


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Aquatic Pollutants

In an unprecedented collaboration, the three JPIs on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance, together with European Commission aim to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing society – the presence of pollutants and pathogens in water resources.

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    Blue Carbon

    The Scoping Action on Blue Carbon is examining how a JPI Oceans Joint Action could address the knowledge gaps in relation to Blue Carbon as a measure for climate mitigation.

    • Scoping

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    Climate Science for Oceans

    In a joint effort with JPI Climate, this action aims to fund research on ocean-climate interactions, to improve climate models and inform climate change adaptation policies in Europe.

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      Cumulative Effects of Human Activities

      In the Cumulative Effects of Human Activities Knowledge Hub the experts will develop guidelines and common principles for decision makers on how to assess cumulative effects of human activities.

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        Ecological Aspects of Microplastics

        The Joint Action Ecological Aspects of Microplastics was launched as one of JPI Oceans’ pilot activities, to study the sources, distribution and impact of microplastics in the marine environment.

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          MarTERA - ERA-NET Cofund on Marine Technologies

          MarTERA is an ERA-NET Cofund scheme of Horizon 2020 with an overall goal to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in maritime and marine technologies as well as Blue Growth.

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            Science for Good Environmental Status

            The Knowledge Hub constitutes a multi-national expert group that coordinates research and innovation to enable countries to assess and achieve Good Environmental Status.

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              Sea Level Rise

              The Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise is a networking platform promoting the generation, synthesis, exchange and integration of knowledge on local, regional and global, historic and future sea level rise.

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                Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

                For this Joint Action, the Belmont Forum, JPI Oceans and Future Earth have joined forces for this Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability.

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                  Past Joint Actions


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                  Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants

                  The Knowledge Hub on integrated assessment of new pollutants was a network consisting of selected experts from JPI Oceans member countries.

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                  Intercalibration for Water Framework Directive

                  The scientific intercalibration exercise for the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) brought together scientific experts to perform required analyses in the most cost-efficient way.

                  • Concluded

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