Baseline study for the implementation of lighthouses of Mission ‘Restore our ocean and waters by 2030’

Baseline study for the implementation of lighthouses of Mission ‘Restore our ocean and waters by 2030’

The study set a comprehensive baseline for Mission lighthouses in the Atlantic and Arctic Sea basins, Danube River basin and Mediterranean Sea basin on the implementation of two Mission objectives: the protection and restoration of marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity (for Danube, Atlantic and Arctic) and the prevention and elimination of pollution in marine and freshwater ecosystems (for the Mediterranean).

This baseline study and lighthouse project was part of ‘Restore our ocean and waters by 2030’ – one of the five missions of the Horizon Europe Regulation. In the ‘development and piloting’ phase the Mission rolled out ‘lighthouses’ in major European sea and river basins, as the Mission sites. Lighthouses acted as hubs and platforms for the development, demonstration and deployment of solutions to those challenges.

The project aimed to map each lighthouse area including all relevant stakeholders, establish the status in 2021 for the relevant Mission targets in the basin, check for possible solutions and options for R&D and identify synergies that help protect aquatic and marine ecosystems.

Fresh Thoughts was mainly involved in work on the Danube lighthouse case. The Danube was the selected area for the 1st objective of the mission: ,,Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity (freshwater)’’.

Fresh Thoughts took on the lead of work related to the Danube ‘lighthouse area’, and fulfilled different tasks, such as:

  • Developing Lighthouse-specific baselines;
  • Analysing Governance structures and stakeholder involvement;
  • Enabling Citizen engagement and ocean and water literacy;

FT was also involved with the preparation of the project synthesis and coordination.






European Commission, DG Environment

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Thomas Dworak
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