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Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation

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Project "SponGES" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN 

Organization address
address: MUSEPLASSEN 1
city: BERGEN
postcode: 5020
website: www.uib.no

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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Total cost 10˙225˙865 €
 EC max contribution 9˙994˙302 € (98%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.3.2. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy)
 Code Call H2020-BG-2015-2
 Funding Scheme /RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2020-02-29

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN NO (BERGEN) coordinator 2˙455˙429.00
2    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 1˙274˙693.00
3    INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA ES (MADRID) participant 773˙900.00
4    UPPSALA UNIVERSITET SE (UPPSALA) participant 674˙547.00
5    HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL DE (KIEL) participant 599˙250.00
6    IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR PT (HORTA) participant 524˙330.00
7    AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS ES (MADRID) participant 491˙922.00
8    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UK (LONDON) participant 484˙685.00
9    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 453˙293.00
10    BANGOR UNIVERSITY UK (BANGOR) participant 443˙711.00
11    STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE NL (DEN HOORN TEXEL) participant 381˙132.00
12    UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO PT (BRAGA) participant 374˙680.00
13    FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO IT (ROMA) participant 366˙250.00
14    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) participant 311˙250.00
15    STUDIO ASSOCIATO GAIA SNC DEI DOTTORI ANTONIO SARA E MARTINA MILANESE IT (GENOVA) participant 208˙750.00
16    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) participant 136˙477.00
17    ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG DE (BREMERHAVEN) participant 40˙000.00
18    ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE CA (HALIFAX) participant 0.00
19    FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES US (BOCA RATON) participant 0.00

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 Project objective

The objective of SponGES is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use vulnerable sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The SponGES consortium, an international and interdisciplinary collaboration of research institutions, environmental non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, will focus on one of the most diverse, ecologically and biologically important and vulnerable marine ecosystems of the deep-sea - sponge grounds – that to date have received very little research and conservation attention. Our approach will address the scope and challenges of EC’s Blue Growth Call by strengthening the knowledge base, improving innovation, predicting changes, and providing decision support tools for management and sustainable use of marine resources. SponGES will fill knowledge gaps on vulnerable sponge ecosystems and provide guidelines for their preservation and sustainable exploitation. North Atlantic deep-sea sponge grounds will be mapped and characterized, and a geographical information system on sponge grounds will be developed to determine drivers of past and present distribution. Diversity, biogeographic and connectivity patterns will be investigated through a genomic approach. Function of sponge ecosystems and the goods and services they provide, e.g. in habitat provision, bentho-pelagic coupling and biogeochemical cycling will be identified and quantified. This project will further unlock the potential of sponge grounds for innovative blue biotechnology namely towards drug discovery and tissue engineering. It will improve predictive capacities by quantifying threats related to fishing, climate change, and local disturbances. SpongeGES outputs will form the basis for modeling and predicting future ecosystem dynamics under environmental changes. SponGES will develop an adaptive ecosystem-based management plan that enables conservation and good governance of these marine resources on regional and international levels.

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