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Sectors: Energy, Environment, Innovation, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Corporations, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs

Regions: European Union, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: increasing the amount of environmental data 
Main beneficiaries: corporations, non-profit making, international organisations

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: increasing the amount of environmental data 
Main beneficiaries: Corporations, non-profit making, international organisations

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To increase the amount of environmental data and improve knowledge on assessing possible impacts of ocean energy devices (wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion) deployed at sea; * To contribute to reducing uncertainty in modeling potential impacts of future ocean energy devices;
* To provide guidance to ocean energy developers and to public competent authorities in charge of licensing and maritime planning;
* To inform stakeholders and help feed the public debate.

Priorities
* To collect, process, analyse and share all environmental data and information on the positive, negative or absence of impacts of ocean energy devices;
* To initiate strategic research to address gaps in knowledge to improve the modelling of potential impacts of future deployments and to develop mitigation measures;
* To develop recommendations and actions for engaging with relevant stakeholders and sectors (public authorities, fishing, tourism, NGOs, maritime transport, sailing …) and informing the general public;
* To suggest a planning and consenting procedure based on a risk-based approach to ocean energy licensing

Among financed actions
* Research, data collection and analysis
– Monitoring plan with data mapping and gap analysis;
– Detailed and operational data collection, validation and dissemination process based on existing, developed and agreed methodologies and monitoring equipment;
– Impact assessment methods 

* Environmental demonstration strategy
– Deploying monitoring equipment around devices and arrays operating at sea;
– Practical mitigation measures; 
– Conclusions and recommendations for future devices and larger scale arrays 

* Public engagement
– Best practices, methods and tools on reaching out to and engaging with: local communities, stakeholders, the public at large; 
– Information of the public on results of ocean energy projects, key interactions with marine life and possible risks, as well as mitigation measures

* Consenting and planning
– Information related to risk-based consenting applied to ocean energy; 
– Guidance, recommendations and tools to share best practices 

Additional information:
* This call is an open call for proposal

* Initial duration of the action: 36 month

* Eligibility:
– Be legal person;
– Be a private entity, public entity, or international organisation;
– Be established in an EU Member State or in an OCT;
– Be established in non-EU countries provided their involvement is necessary in view of the nature of the action and in order to reach its objectives

– Actions must take place in the EU