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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. More information:

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

457 actions

Name of organisationEnd date of the actionTitle of the actionList of PartnersType of action proposedBasin coverageBudget allocated for the actionWebsite link
"For a Clean Lithuania"/ Všį "Už švarią Lietuvą"15/03/25Walking expedition around the Baltic Sea. Citizen engagement, citizens-science, youth-led initiatives, communities of practice, ocean and water literacy, outreach, awareness raising and participatory approachesBaltic/North Sea1000000 
Atılım University25/03/24Marine Social Sciences Education in Turkey Education and trainingMediterranean Sea0 
TRESOILPower2X10/01/25TRESOILPower2X Waste Plastic To Hydrogen/Ammonia

Danube Romania and Bulgaria

Upscaling, deployment and replication of solutionsDanube River20000000 


Citizen engagement, citizens-science, youth-led initiatives, communities of practice, ocean and water literacy, outreach, awareness raising and participatory approachesMediterranean Sea120000Link
Forum Oceano19/12/25Blue Impact Ports Accelerator Network

Cluster Marítimo de Baleares - Spain
Cluster Marítimo Andalusia - Spain
Institute for Maritime Development (IMDO) - Ireland
Pole Mer Mediterranée - France
Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique - France
Federazione del Mare - Italy
Blue Italy Growth Cluster (BIG) - Italy
Strategis Maritime Cluster - Greece
Black Sea Accelerator - Turkey
The Dock - Israel
Tunisian Maritime Cluster - Tunisia
Blauwe Cluster - Belgium
Platform Zero - Netherlands
GCE Ocean Tech Cluster - Norway
Iceland Ocean Cluster - Iceland
Ocean Super Cluster - Canada
Conference of Peripherical Maritime Regions (CPMR) - (FR)
AIVP - Inspiring People of Port Cities (FR)
Ocean Born Foundation - Spain
Beta-i - Portugal

Upscaling, deployment and replication of solutionsCross-basin15000000

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