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AquaTrace project, aiming at "the development of tools for tracing and evaluating the genetic impact of fish from aquaculture". AquaTrace focuses on the most reared finfish species in Europe: Atlantic salmon, brown trout, European sea bass, turbot and gilthead sea bream. The project aims at providing new, forensically validated, DNA based tools to identify the origin of wild and farmed fish and to detect interbreeding between farmed and wild stocks.



    BARGAIN "The BAnquette of Posidonia: integrating knowledge and promoting an ecologic management model for responsible management", project funded under the Lazio Region Call for Proposals for Research Groups, aims to identify and promote strategies for eco-sustainable and innovative management of Posidonia accumulations on the shores at the regional level.


    Assimilation of national water quality data in coastal areas for a marinedirectives oriented downstream product

    EU countries are requested to comply with many Directives with respect to coastal and marine environment (e.g., WFD, UWWTD, BWD, MSFD). Such Directives either specify threshold values to comply with, or prescribe environmental assessment procedures and actions to reach specific targets. CADEAU is a downstream coastal service that aims to routinely produce an annual environmental bulletin based on an integrated model downscaling of the regional Mediterranean Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS).


    The Eco-AlpsWater project aims to analyze environmental DNA (Environmental DNA - eDNA) in water bodies, using the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technique.


    EUSeaMAP 2

    Seabed Habitats was initiated in EMODnet Phase I (2009-2013) through the EUSeaMap project. During the current Phase II (2013-2016), Seabed Habitats will extend the work carried out during the preparatory Phase 1 to move from a prototype to an operational service delivering full coverage of a broad-scale map for all European sea-basins, along with the dissemination of maps from surveys.


    GRRinPORT (Sustainable management of waste and wastewater in ports) is a project launched in April 2018 and will last 36 months, until 2021. GRRinPORT aims to improve the quality of marine waters in ports by limiting the impact on the environment of the activity port and maritime traffic.



    Harmonization and Networking for contaminant assessment in the Ionian and Adriatic Seas



    Port Impact on Protected Marine Areas: Cooperative Cross-Border Actions. IMPACT tackles the challenge of managing protected marine areas (PMA) near port zones. The objective is to define cross-border sustainable management plans for the effective protection of PMAs in harmony with the development requirements of ports, fundamental elements of Blue Growth.


    The LIFE LAGOON REFRESH project foresees the diversion of a freshwater flow from the Sile river into the lagoon, necessary for recreation of the typical salt gradient of buffer areas between lagoon and mainland, for restoration of the reedbed habitat, and for improvement of the Lagoon environment and its biodiversity.

    Life+ SERESTO

    The Life project aims to trigger a process of aquatic angiosperm recolonization in SIC IT3250031 “Northern Lagoon of Venice”, mainly through the transplantation of Zostera marina and Nanozostera noltii.







    The activities of the project "Marine knowledge sharing platform" funded by the program "Science with and for Society" of the Community Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 began on May 1, 2016 and have a duration of 36 months. The project, of which ISPRA is a partner, is coordinated by the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS) of the National Research Council



      The project aims at networking representative MPAs, scientific organizations and environmental NGOs for developing, testing and applying efficient, easy to apply and cost-effective protocols to monitor and manage litter impact on biodiversity.





      ML-REPAIR aims at strengthening joint governance on marine litter management in Italy and Croatia. It will contribute to an environmentally sustainable growth of tourism and the fishery sector in the Adriatic Sea by supporting behavioural changes through raising awareness activities and innovative approaches.


      The project aims to verify the ability of nanostructured material to adsorb organic and inorganic contaminants present in marine and river sediments, coupled with dehydration, using geotextile drainage membranes (geotube), in order to reduce the volumes of materials.




      The project PIANO (Policies, Innovation, And Network for enhancing Opportunities for China-Europe watercooperation) is funded by EU Programme Horizon 2020 and supported by the China-Europe Water Platform CEWP. It aims at strengthening the international cooperation in the field of water between Europe and China and promoting the creation of networks of companies, SMEs, entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers, regulators and funding agencies to create business and social opportunities.


      The project Plastic Busters, to clean the Mediterranean from plastic, supported by numerous partners including Ispra, aims to make a "snapshot" of the macro and microplastics that pollute the Mediterranean, illustrate the consequences on the marine environment and the health of its fauna and implement the actions necessary to plan, at international level, mitigation and reduction interventions.


      The Project  started the first February 2018, has a duration of 48 months and is coordinated by ISPRA. The PlasticBusters MPAs is an Interreg Med funded project with the aim to contribute to maintaining biodiversity and preserving natural ecosystems in pelagic and coastal protected areas by consolidating Mediterranean efforts against marine litter.


      The LIFE project entitled SEAFOREST LIFE "Posidonia meadows as carbon sinks of the Mediterranean" has been approved and funded under the LIFE Program, sub-program 'Actions for the 2017 Climate', a priority area with issues in the mitigation of climate change.


      The SEDRIPORT project (SEdiment, Dredging and PORT RIsk assessment) aims to develop, in the cross-border area, a shared system for the constant monitoring of silting, weather conditions, physical parameters of waters and sediments in ports and adjacent coastal areas and to define common strategies for seabed restoration


      Water JPI - Water Challenges for a Changing World
      (WaterWorks2014 - WaterWorks2015)

      Europe invests around 500 million euro a year to finance public research and innovation in the water sector, of which 370 million invested by European countries and 130 million invested by the European Commission. The Initiative of Joint Programming of research on water, approved by the Council of the European Union on December 6, 2011, helps to reduce the fragmentation of the efforts carried out by Member States in the protection and management of water resources and actively supports the European Commission to ensure that European citizens fully benefit from the investment in the sector.



      Last update: 16/07/2018