Coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most productive and biodiverse. They have the potential to mitigate climate change impacts through carbon capture and storage (known as “blue carbon”), to provide coastal protection and improve climate resilience.

They also provide a wide range of multiple socio-economic benefits such as enhanced fisheries, improved water quality, recreational blue spaces and human well-being.

In this context, Horizon 2020 Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas (MERCES) project and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Algal Forest restoration in Mediterranean Sea (AFRIMED) project are joining forces to advance the knowledge base and demonstrate practical approaches to implement marine ecosystem restoration, in Europe and beyond.

Read the full article on the EASME website and watch the joint AFRIMED-MERCES video