EU-funded research is developing advanced modelling tools to help assess the full extent of the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and how it is affecting the marine environment.
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Environmental research and innovation
Europe has proven expertise in ensuring the sustainable management of the environment and its resources. This booklet presents a selection of recent projects supported through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (2007-2013), focusing on the seven research priorities identified within the Environment research theme. These priorities are biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate action, cultural heritage, disaster risk reduction, earth observation, eco-innovation and water. Emphasis was placed on predicting climate, ecological, earth and ocean systems changes. There was also a focus on tools and technologies for monitoring, prevention, mitigation of and adaptation to environmental pressures and risks to health, as well as for the sustainability of the natural and man-made environment.
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
The objective of the Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' is to achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.
The calls launched in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 focus on investing in systemic innovation by promoting resource efficiency for a greener and competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. Systemic innovation calls for the adoption of a challenge-driven, solutions-oriented research and innovation strategy that crosses disciplinary boundaries and involves co-creation of knowledge and co-delivery of outcomes. Actions described in this publication address gaps in the knowledge base needed to understand changes in the environment, identify the policies, methods and tools that would most effectively tackle the above mentioned challenges, and support innovators and businesses to bring green solutions to the market.
The European Commission together with 27 EU Member States are active members of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which provides a global voluntary framework where governments and participating organisations can coordinate their strategies and investments in the field of Earth observation while promoting full and open access to data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
24 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium - Designing FP9 – a closer look on the impact of European cancer research
26 April 2018, Kinsale, Ireland - Foodborne pathogens: from farm to pharmacy
7 May 2018, Lisbon, Portugal - Deep Sea Mining... and opportunity to do things right.