JPI Oceans is already actively involved in supporting the EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters as partner in the PREP4BLUE Coordination and Support Action (CSA), established to facilitate the successful first phase of the Mission.
By submitting three Joint Actions to the Mission Charter, JPI Oceans and its Member States showcase their commitment of contributing resources and knowledge to achievement of the Mission objectives.
This first set of three Joint Actions submitted at this stage are ‘Cumulative Effects of Human Activities’, ‘Ecological Aspects of Microplastics’, and ‘Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment’. JPI Oceans is discussing to pledge some further actions to the Mission.
'Cumulative Effects of Human Activities' is a Knowledge Hub of national experts from six JPI Oceans member countries. They generate a report with guidelines and recommendations for procedures on how to assess cumulative effects of human activities on the marine environment.
Under the framework of the JPI Oceans Joint Action ’Ecological Aspects of Microplastics’ fifteen European countries and Brazil have since 2014 committed 18.2 million Euro for 10 pan-European research projects.
Through the Joint Action ’Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment’ a joint call for proposals resulted in five projects. These projects just gathered in Brussels for a kick-off event on 14 February to present their project plans, identify common challenges and seek harmonization opportunities.
The Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters is one of only five EU Missions adopted to enable solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world. The Mission Charter calls for joining efforts to achieve the three objectives of the Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 to:
- Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030;
- Prevent and eliminate pollution of our ocean, seas and waters, in line with the EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil;
- Make the sustainable blue economy carbon-neutral and circular, in line with the proposed European Climate Law and the holistic vision enshrined in the Sustainable Blue Economy Strategy.
The European Commission is calling on stakeholders to adhere to the Mission Charter by submitting actions for achieving the Mission objectives. The Charter is non-binding and open to any public or private interested parties wishing to pledge actions contributing to the Mission objectives. For more information about the benefits of adhering to the Charter and how to submit actions, please visit the PREP4BLUE website.