Caring about the future

GES4SEAS- Achieving good environmental status for maintaining ecosystem services, by assessing integrated impacts of cumulative pressures
Coordinator - Angel Borja
CESAM Responsible researcher - Heliana Teixeira
Programme - Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Actions (Biodiversity and ecosystem services HORIZON-CL6-2021-BIODIV-01)
Execution dates - 2022-09-01 - 2026-08-31 (48 Months)
Funding Entity - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 432.404 €
Total Funding - 10000000 €
Proponent Institution - AZTI Foundation
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (NIVA)
Aarhus Universitet (AU)
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (CEFAS)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina Grigore Antipa (NIMRD)
Suomen Ymparistokeskus (SYKE) Johann Heinrich Von Thuenen-Institut,
Bundesforschungsinstitut Fuer Laendliche Raeume, Wald Und Fischerei (TI-SF)
Panepistimio Aigaiou (UAegean)
Stichting Wageningen Research (WR)
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists Ltd (IECS)
Marine Institute (MI)
Universidade de Aveiro (UAVR)
Turkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (TUBITAK)
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA)
Scitation - Science Communication Lda (Scitation)
MariLim Gesellschaft für Gewässeruntersuchung mbH (MariLim)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Project Description
The main objective of GES4SEAS is to guide marine governance processes on minimizing human pressures and their impacts on coastal and marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, while maintaining the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services. GES4SEAS will achieve this objective through the development of an innovative toolbox, tested, validated and demonstrated, in the context of an adaptive ecosystem-based management (EBM). This will allow competent authorities to assess and predict the effect of multiple stressors (including climate change) and pressures from human activities, at the national, sub-regional, regional and European level, and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES).
•WP1 will identify the policy and societal needs and validate the solutions proposed by GES4SEAS.
•WP2 will define the conceptual framework and theory underpinning the project and will give the background and approaches to filling knowledge gaps.
•WP3 will develop the knowledge base in order to quantify, assess and forecast the consequences of anthropogenic perturbations.
•WP4 will operationalize integrative and holistic solutions through a scientific framework and software toolbox for analyzing, assessing and mapping (i) cumulative pressures (Cumulative Impact Assessment/Combined Effects Assessment (CIA/CEA)), (ii) GES and (iii) ecosystem services.
•WP5 will apply the GES4SEAS toolbox to LSs, to extract lessons.
•WP6 will make solutions available and ready to use.

CESAM members on this project
Ana Hilário
Cristina B. Pita
Heliana Teixeira

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020