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Mission Ocean and Waters

With a 2030 target, the EU Mission "Restore our Ocean and Waters" aims to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters through research and innovation, citizen engagement and blue investments. The Mission’s new, systemic approach will address the ocean and waters as one and play a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature.

The Mission supports regional engagement and cooperation through so-called area-based “lighthouses”. Mission lighthouses will be research and innovation project portfolios, hubs for the development, demonstration and deployment of new solutions in major sea/river basins. In the first phase, there will be four Mission lighthouses at basin scale in the Atlantic-Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic and North Sea, and the Danube river basin.

EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. They are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. You will find more information in the Mission Ocean and Waters service portal: mission-ocean-and-waters-service-portal.

Join the Mission Charter

The Charter of the EU Mission "Restore our Ocean and Waters 2030" calls for joining efforts to achieve the three objectives of the Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 to:

  1. Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030
  2. 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
  3. 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.

To reach these objectives the Mission is also putting in place two enablers:

  1. Digital Ocean and Water Knowledge System
  2. Public mobilisation and engagement.

This Charter is non-binding and open to any public or private interested parties You can contribute by pledging actions to co-design, propose and implement policies, programmes, projects or initiatives that will contribute to the restoration of our ocean and waters.

By adhering to the Charter, you will be able to access services and tools the Mission Ocean and Waters will deploy, best practices from previous projects as well as tools to empower citizens to take action. You will become part of the Mission community and be involved in major Mission fora and events, allowing you to network with other participating communities.

Click here to endorse the Mission Charter.

Mission Ocean and Waters Actions

622 actions

Name of organisation End date of the action Title of the action List of Partners Type of action proposed Basin coverage Budget allocated for the action Website link
FLAG Tramuntana 01/05/27 Collection and removal of sea waste

Port Authority and utility companies

Research and innovation Mediterranean Sea 50000 Link
Comune di Menfi 31/05/25 Ripristino e mantenimento area portuale di Porto Palo

EN : Restoration and maintenance of the port area of Porto Palo
  Upscaling, deployment and replication of solutions Mediterranean Sea 0  
FISHERY LOCAL ACTION GROUP SMALL TOWN 01/01/26 Mapping of aquaculture in FLAG Small Town area   Upscaling, deployment and replication of solutions Mediterranean Sea 200000  
Perez Sala school 20/06/25 VIRTUES PROJECT



submon (NGO)

Catalan waste agency

Education and training Mediterranean Sea 10 Link
Komunalno Basilija d.o.o. 03/11/24 Waste cleaning from the bottom of the sea

Municipality of the island of Šolta, Diving club Nautilus, Association of Veterans of the Croatian Navy

Citizen engagement, citizens-science, youth-led initiatives... Mediterranean Sea 12000 Link

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Mission Charter dashboard

The Mission Charter dashboard below is a visualisation tool on existing Mission Charter actions.
It serves the following purposes:

  • Provide publicly accessible data on the scope of Mission Charter actions
  • Produce visualisation on Mission Charter actions
  • Enable interactive access for users to identify relevant actions

For more information on the methodology used to produce this data, please access the document here
To download all the information on the Mission Charter actions, please access the Excel here.