Towards local community-driven business models: regenerative ocean farming | Deadline: 27 September 2022

Deadline: 27 September, 2022
Budget: €3.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

 

Objective

This topic aims at supporting the development of sustainable locally-led initiatives for regenerative ocean farming, accelerating their uptake, anticipating and planning necessary future investments. Activities will focus on assessing the technical and operational feasibility as well as the economic viability of site-specific community-driven regenerative ocean farming initiatives.

The “community-driven” approach under this topic puts strong emphasis on skills and capacity of coastal communities and relevant actors to manage the natural resources they depend upon in a sustainable way, as well as on the establishment of partnerships and cooperation to build local expertise and enhance knowledge that will support the community. This, in turn, will contribute to preserve and protect marine and coastal habitats, build climate change resilience, develop livelihood opportunities and stimulate investments.

Activities under this topic will, therefore, contribute to the achievement of Mission Objective 3 “Making the blue economy sustainable, carbon neutral and circular” by fostering technological, socio-economic and human-centric transformations in “blue” sectors in Europe whilst protecting and preserving blue natural capital (Mission Objective 1).

Regenerative ocean farming is a form of mariculture that involves restoration and regeneration[1] of seaweed forest habitats and/or other marine habitats in nearshore or offshore ocean environment, following sustainable mariculture principles such as marine permaculture, with zero feeds and fertilisers inputs in the system, with the effect of sequestration of carbon and nutrients and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Regenerative ocean farming may include seaweed and/or combinations of seaweed, shellfish and/or other low trophic organisms.

Proposals will address all key issues concerning the technical, organisational, financial, environmental and socio-economic feasibility of new community-driven regenerative ocean farming initiatives in at least three sites, each located in a different Mission sea basin[1] and will:

  • demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of site-specific regenerative ocean farming, with a focus on innovation and on sustainable and low impact harvesting methods and technologies;
  • demonstrate the social and economic viability and relevance of regenerative ocean farming for related local communities;
  • identify challenges and barriers, including legislative, regulatory and standard related issues, to the implementation of regenerative ocean farming and propose possible solutions;
  • assess the site-specific socio-economic impact of community-driven regenerative ocean farming;
  • assess market potential along the value chain and identify possible end-users/applications;
  • assess the capacity of related ecosystem services to generate socio-economic value;
  • develop and implement training and skill development actions involving local communities.

 

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