The EU Missions have ambitious goals and will deliver concrete results by 2030, supporting Europe’s transformation into a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient continent. One of the five EU Missions, “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” aims to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters through research and innovation, citizen engagement and blue investments. BlueMissionAA is the coordination hub that will support the implementation of the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” in the Atlantic and Arctic sea basins.


The five EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges, supporting the transformation of Europe into a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient continent. They are a coordinated effort by the European Commission to pool the necessary resources in terms of policies and regulations, as well as other activities, and mobilization of the various public and private actors, such as EU Member States, regional authorities, research institutions, entrepreneurs, investors and citizens. The EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” (Mission Ocean & Waters) aims to restore the health of one of our most precious common goods: our ocean and waters. It reflects the political ambition of the European Green Deal, and converts it into a transformational, decisive push.

BlueMissionAA coordination and supporting action (CSA) is the coordination hub that will support the implementation of the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” in the Atlantic and Arctic basins (Atlantic & Arctic Lighthouse). Focusing on the restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems and increased climate resilience, BlueMissionAA aims at structuring and mobilising a broad community of Atlantic and Arctic stakeholders to create a well-functioning innovation ecosystem that will allow to upscale existing solutions and initiatives for restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems across the basins and beyond.

Specific objectives of BlueMissionAA include the deliver of guidelines and recommendations for effective governance frameworks aligned with policies, initiatives and actions at national, regional and EU level for the Atlantic & Arctic Basins; build a monitoring platform to assess the progress of the Mission implementation in the Atlantic and Arctic Lighthouse; provide catalogues and inventories of existing ecological restoration solutions, initiatives, know-how and services; develop and foster an attractive innovation ecosystem for ecological restoration that allows the transfer of mature technologies and solutions to market; and mobilize and engage citizens to contribute to the Mission and boost society uptake of new solutions for the protection and restoration of oceans and waters through participative means.

AIR Centre coordinates BlueMissionAA and the consortium of BlueMissionAA is composed of 15 partners from 8 countries: Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre, Portugal), Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung (AWI, Germany), Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR, France), Consorcio para el diseño, construcción, equipamiento y explotación de la Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN, Spain) , Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer, Germany), Fundo Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT, Portugal) , Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER, France), Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA, Portugal), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES, Denmark), Marine Institute (MI, Ireland), National Research Council (CNR), Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (NIVA, Norway), Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI, Portugal , Syddansk Universitet (SDU, Denmark), and University College Cork (UCC, Ireland).

Acronym: BlueMissionAA
Title: BlueMissionAA
Start-End: November 2022 – October 2025
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This project is financed by:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research And Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 10109396