Innovating solutions to accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize effects from global change

Belmont Forum awards funding for ocean sustainability research

The Belmont Forum funds projects in a Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on Ocean Sustainability, within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no. 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development). Because the challenge is complex, there is a need for integrated, transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches, bringing together natural and social sciences as well as policymakers, resource managers, industries, citizens and other societal partners.

Following an international call, funding organizations from 16 countries have agreed to award 13 international consortia of researchers and stakeholders a total of 14 250 000 € plus in-kind contributions over 4 years. The projects will use transdisciplinary processes to bring together stakeholders and researchers from across the globe to innovate solutions to accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize the effects from global change.

CRA Ocean Sustainability – a Belmont Forum, Future Earth and JPI Oceans co-branded Collaborative Research Action on Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

Awarded projects:

Short Name Title Consortium Lead
Salt-Mine Beyond freshwater generation: Mineral extraction from seawater desalination brine and seawater greenhouse farming Kuria Ndungu, Norway
ARMSRestore ARMS to reefs: A new tool to restore coral reef biodiversity, fisheries yields, and human health in Madagascar Aaron Hartmann, USA
MARISCO Marine Research and Innovation for a Sustainable management of Coasts and Oceans Helmut Hillebrand, Germany
OCEANS PACT OCEAN Sustainability Pathways for Achieving Conflict Transformation Michael Gilek, Sweden
COAST Coastal OceAn SusTainability in Changing Climate Sergey Gulev, Russia
OA-ME Evaluation, Mitigation and Adaptation of Impacts of Ocean Acidification to Marine Ecosystems Hajime Kayanne, Japan
MULTI-FRAME Assessment Framework for successful development of viable ocean multi-use systems Susanne Altvater, Germany
ShipTRASE Global shipping: Linking policy and economics to biogeochemical cycling and air-sea interaction Anna Rutgersson, Sweden
OceanFrontCHANGE Managing Ocean Front Ecosystems for Climate Change Lee Hannah, USA
PolyCone Integrated and sustainable regulation of cones in Eastern Polynesia Tamatoa Bambridge, France
COAST Card Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation William Dennison, USA
NO CRISES Negotiating Ocean Conflicts among RIvals for Sustainable and Equitable Solutions Ingrid van Putten, Australia
EXEBUS Ecological and Economic impacts of the intensification of extreme events in the Benguela Upwelling System Albertus Smit, South Africa

 Participating organizations:

Country Funding organization, website
Australia Oceans and Atmosphere, CSIRO
Brazil São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP
France National Research Agency, ANR
Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF
Iceland Icelandic Centre for Research, RANNIS
India Ministry of Earth Sciences, MoES
Japan Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST
Norway Research Council of Norway
Philippines Department of Science and Technology, DOST-PCIEERD
Russia Russian Foundation for Basic Research, RFBR
Saudi Arabia King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST
South Africa National Research Foundation, NRF
Sweden Swedish Research Council for Env, Agric Sci & Spatial Planning, FORMAS
Sweden/for East African countries Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA
USA/international Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, BOEM
USA National Science Foundation, NSF


Partners:                               Future Earth,

                                             JPI Oceans,

Funding awarded for ocean sustainability research – Belmont Forum