JPI Oceans committed four actions
On the occasion of the high-level "Our Ocean" conference in Malta, hosted by the European Union on 5 and 6 October 2017, the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) announced four commitments for 2018-2019:
1. Understanding Deep-Sea Ecosystems
Under the framework of JPI Oceans, 5 European countries announced to commit to a 2nd phase of research funds of approximately EUR 7 million in 2018 and to provide ship time to study the impacts of marine mineral mining.
2. MarTERA: Developing sustainable maritime technologies
Under the framework of JPI Oceans, 16 countries, in partnership with the European Commission (via its Research and Innovation Programme H2020), announced to commit research funding of up to EUR 30 million to marine and maritime technology development in a call.
Under the framework of JPI Oceans, 10 European counties have an ongoing commitment of over EUR 7.5 million on transnational research projects, investigating microplastics in the marine environment.
4. Blue Bioeconomy
Under the framework of JPI Oceans, 17 European countries announced to have the ambition to commit at least EUR 30 million in partnership with the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme by 2019 to fund research and innovation that will support the development of a sustainable and climate-friendly blue bioeconomy, targeting zero waste, production, harvest and exploitation of aquatic biomass for use in food and other bio-based value chains.
To read the full text of the commitments, please go to the JPI Oceans website