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Responsible Research and Innovation for ocean conservation and sustainable blue growth
by XPRO Consulting and Nausicaa on behalf of the MARINA European Union funded project (Partnership)
Increase policy, industry, academic and society awareness of the Responsible Research and Innovation potential and federate them to strengthen ocean conservation actions and lead Blue Growth initiatives in a responsible manner through governance, ethics, citizen involvement, ocean science education and gender equality.

Implementation Mechanisms:
34 local mobilization and mutual learning workshops and 8 international workshops in 11 European countries carried out with highly participatory methods for policy makers, scientists, private sector and citizens to help them discuss a specific marine hot topic such sustainable tourism, marine litter, microplastics, overfishing, aquaculture and tidal energy, etc., create a common vision and a concrete roadmap of SMART actions to execute.
4 international policy workshops, 3 international scientific conferences using highly participatory methods and widely disseminating the results in Europe and abroad.
A digital knowledge management platform open to all and federating marine stakeholders for generating responsible research and innovation action in marine and maritime sectors.
A responsible research and innovation roadmap, lessons learned and guidelines will be published and openly accessible.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Building
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
Responsible Research and Innovation Roadmap and Guidelines
MARINA Knowledge Platform
Results of the Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Workshop Report
Lessons Learned and Best Practices Report
Other, please specify
Embed Responsible Research and Innovation (citizen engagement, open science, science education, governance, ethics and gender equality) in political, academic and industrial processes.
Other, please specify
Federating policy, industry, academia and society to create ocean problem solution roadmaps.
Other, please specify
Raising awareness about ocean challenges towards policy, industry, academia and society.
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2016 - April 2019
1 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Other relevant organization Public Research) 2 Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (Other relevant organization Public Research) 3 XPRO Consulting Limited (Private Sector) 4 Fundao EurOcean (Non-Governmental Organization) 5 Organizatia Ecologista Neguvernamentala Mare Nostrum (Civil Society Organization) 6 ShitasutusTeaduskeskus AHHAA Science Center AHHAA Foundation (Other relevant actor) 7 SmartBay Ireland, Limited (Private Sector) 8 Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (Other relevant actor) 9 Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (Other relevant actor) 10 Societe d'exploitation du centre national de la mer (Private Sector) 11 Reseau Ocean Mondial AISBL (Non-Governmental Organization) 12 Associacion Centro de Investigacion Cooperativa en Nanociencias CIC-NANOGUNE (Other Relevant Actor) 13 Aalborg University (Academic Institution) 14 Istambul University (Academic Institution) 15 Institute of Oceanlology of Polish Academy of Sciences (Academic Institution) 16 Fundo Regional para a Ciencia e Tecnologia of Azores (Government) 17 GeoEcoMar National Research Institute Romania (Government) 18 Center for Marine and Reneable Energy (MaREI) (Academic Institute)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
European Commission International marine and maritime communities Governments and NGOs, CSOs and citizens at large Academia
Contact information
Xenia Schneider, Owner and Principal Consultant, xenia-schneider@xpro-consulting.com,
Nicosia, Cyprus
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