(Atlantic Ecosystems Assessment, Forecasting & Sustainability) — European H2020 Program.
The EU-funded AtlantECO project aims to develop and apply a novel, unifying framework that provides knowledge-based resources for a better understanding and management of the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystem services.
AtlantECO will engage with citizens and actors from the industry and policy sectors in order to stimulate responsible behaviour and Blue Growth.
The project focuses on three pillars of research: microbiomes, plastic and the plastisphere, and seascape connectivity.
In pursuit of this goal, AtlantECO is bringing together experts and pioneers from Europe, South America and South Africa with the relevant resources, knowledge and experience.
EqualSea Lab is co-leading Work Package 3 (WP3), focused on Marine ecosystem health & services. Some of their goals are:
-Assemble and map existing statistics and indices of ecosystem health and services.
-The OHI data layers will be updated whenever possible to produce improved estimates of ecosystem health under achievement of current societal goals. The OHI data layers will be used to assess the selected ecosystem services.
-Social, cultural and economic evaluation of ecosystem services.
-With improved calculations and having identified key environmental stressors and management levers a connection is made between OHI and MSFD.
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Gillian Ainsworth, Pablo Pita, Ignacio Gianelli, Sebastián Villasante, Natali Lazzari, Katina Roumbedakis.