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Danube river basin lighthouse – Demonstration of effective and sustainable management of sediments in the Danube river-Black sea system

Grant
HORIZON-MISS-2023-OCEAN-01-02
Digital, Industry and Space
€8.5 Million
Innovation Action

In the Danube river basin area and the Danube river delta more than 70% of its wetlands, flood plains, coastal wetlands such as salt marshes have been lost and/or disconnected and the remaining wetlands are under pressure from human activities, such as discharges of sewage and waste water, drainage for agricultural use and pollution. Yet, wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems and they are important hotspots of biodiversity. They provide key ecosystem services, such as water retention and purification, serve as a buffer in case of floods and droughts, remove excess nutrients and reduce of eutrophication as well as contribute to the management of riverine sediments. They have also a potential as carbon sinks reducing the input of greenhouse gas emissions in the future

-Demonstration of active and passive restoration of wetlands, flood plains, coastal wetlands such as salt marshes including in the transitional waters of the Danube river delta at a large scale
-Monitoring of carbon sequestration capacity of the wetlands, coastal wetlands such as salt marshes covered by the projects and of the impacts of changes in the climate system on this capacity as well as assessment of the impact of different ecosystem management methods and human activities in these ecosystems on their carbon sequestration capacity

-Contribute to the European Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy, the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan and the Water Framework Directive as well as other EU instruments and policies that concern freshwater ecosystem protection
-Contribute to the implementation of the protection and restoration of wetlands, flood plains and coastal wetlands and salt marshes under the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance
-Reverse the deterioration of the wetlands, flood plains, and salt marshes in the Danube river basin
-Improve protection of local communities and ecosystems from extreme events

HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01-02
Digital, Industry and Space
€8.5 Million
Innovation Action
12/05/2022
27/09/2022

In the Danube river basin area and the Danube river delta more than 70% of its wetlands, flood plains, coastal wetlands such as salt marshes have been lost and/or disconnected and the remaining wetlands are under pressure from human activities, such as discharges of sewage and waste water, drainage for agricultural use and pollution. Yet, wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems and they are important hotspots of biodiversity. They provide key ecosystem services, such as water retention and purification, serve as a buffer in case of floods and droughts, remove excess nutrients and reduce of eutrophication as well as contribute to the management of riverine sediments. They have also a potential as carbon sinks reducing the input of greenhouse gas emissions in the future

-Demonstration of active and passive restoration of wetlands, flood plains, coastal wetlands such as salt marshes including in the transitional waters of the Danube river delta at a large scale
-Monitoring of carbon sequestration capacity of the wetlands, coastal wetlands such as salt marshes covered by the projects and of the impacts of changes in the climate system on this capacity as well as assessment of the impact of different ecosystem management methods and human activities in these ecosystems on their carbon sequestration capacity

-Contribute to the European Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy, the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan and the Water Framework Directive as well as other EU instruments and policies that concern freshwater ecosystem protection
-Contribute to the implementation of the protection and restoration of wetlands, flood plains and coastal wetlands and salt marshes under the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance
-Reverse the deterioration of the wetlands, flood plains, and salt marshes in the Danube river basin
-Improve protection of local communities and ecosystems from extreme events

HORIZON-EUSPA-2022-SPACE-02-56
Digital, Industry and Space
€4.1 Million
Research & Innovation Action
03/11/2022
02/03/2023

The actions should focus on technical developments of EU-space-based applications/solutions, dissemination, and awareness-raising, as well as provide opportunities for the creation of business-oriented partnerships of European industry with international partners. By doing so the action should be achieving a critical mass of space based-application success stories, demonstrating the advantages and differentiators of EU space-based solutions and services and making it an attractive option for public authorities, private industries and private investors in Europe and elsewhere


Scope:
– Lead to new or improved products, processes or services using EU space technologies that are capable of generating a marketable solution for the local market
– Maximise and spread the benefits of space-based applications and solutions enabled by EGNSS and/or by Copernicus, to leverage downstream space excellence in particular of SMEs and universities, to facilitate investments and to foster market uptake
– Create partnerships with non-EU entities towards commercialization, triggering public and private investment from Europe and beyond to take advantage of EU and local markets
– Build capacity and raise awareness around EGNSS and Copernicus based applications and solutions for regulated domains


Topics:
– The use of EGNSS and sharing of expertise with public and/or private entities to introduce EU-space-based applications/solutions leveraging their innovative, unique features, in particular, Galileo differentiators (authentication, high accuracy) and EU know-how
– The use of Copernicus data, to develop jointly algorithms, services and/or products, which serve local user needs and/or enhance the Copernicus global product quality
– The combined use of EGNSS and Copernicus to develop innovative downstream applications combining positing navigation and timing with Earth observation services

HORIZON-CL6-2024-GOVERNANCE
Digital, Industry and Space
€4 Million
Research & Innovation Action

Fit for purpose in-situ Earth observations are essential for understanding environmental systems and assessing feedback loops/impacts in important interfaces, as is the land-sea interface at the coastal zones. Especially through the contribution of satellite data, there are still important gaps to be addressed to integrate in-situ Earth observations from the terrestrial and marine domains. There is a need for increased capacity to assess trans domain impacts, develop and validate detailed models and forecasting applications in the land-sea interface.

– Assessment of current in-situ observing capabilities and protocols of the terrestrial and marine domains, including hydrology, with emphasis on the coastal zones and focus on terrestrial/hydrological input to the sea
– Development of methods, tools, technologies and processes to fill the identified gaps

following the assessment and to increase integrated observing capacity in the coastal

zones and in the land-sea interface

– Development of interoperability standards between terrestrial and marine data and coordination of existing observation services and networks

– Advance forecasting and modelling capacity in the coastal zones
– Developing close coordination and collaboration across scientific communities

– Increased availability of integrated in-situ observations at the land-sea interface, with particular emphasis on river mouths, estuaries and deltas in Europe

– Appropriate/improved interoperability standards and new methods, protocols and technologies for integrated observation at the land-sea interfaces, standardised methods to efficiently combine Earth observation data from different sources

– Improved hydrological, biogeochemical, ecological and coastal modelling based on the integration and combination of these new sources of in-situ observations and their combination at the land-sea interface

– Enhanced networking between the relevant observation communities and training of the citizen science community

HORIZON-CL6-2023-GOVERNANCE
Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Research & Innovation Action

Pest monitoring is typically performed through costly and time-consuming on-site visits, resulting in certain cases in limited spatial and temporal resolution. Consequently, there is a need for more cost-effective approaches to detect and discriminate infested plants and/or trees at large spatial scales and within reasonable time frames.

– Develop and test early detection strategies by exploiting digital technologies

– Enhance and optimize the use of insect traps in a network setting for an IoT approach

– Develop user-friendly and accessible tools or methods

– Contribute to disentangle biotic and abiotic stresses, enabling the early detection of pests

– Collect standardised and comprehensive data

– Assess the cost-benefits of the proposed methods;

– Integrate citizen science as a tool to monitor pests

– Increase the availability of large-scale and robust plant scanning methods to monitor plant pests, to assist territorial surveillance and help with timely eradication or optimisation of containment measures

– Enhance innovative and cost-efficient integration of methods
– Strengthen capacities to prevent entry and spread and to monitor EU regulated plant pests and support plant health territorial surveillance

– Foster transdisciplinary cooperation in the fields of plant health, environmental sciences and earth observation

– Support relevant EU and Associated Countries’ plant health policies

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-01
Digital, Industry and Space
€6 Million
Research & Innovation Action

Subsoil refers to the horizons immediately below the topsoil. In the past, this layer has often been neglected as most land management practices (e.g. tillage, cover crops) are focused on the topsoil. The same goes for the availability of spatial datasets on soils at both national and EU-scale. However, the subsoil can have a large impact on a soil’s potential productivity and supply of ecosystem services. It is estimated for example that plants extract between 10 and 80% of their nutrient and water requirements from the subsoil. Also, subsoils play a key role in the carbon cycle: globally, subsoils store two times more soil organic carbon than the uppermost 30 cm.

-Identify drivers and pressures on the subsoil that impair a range of soil functions and ecosystem services as well as on subsoil degradation and identify indicators to assess changes in soil ecosystem functioning
-Develop tools and methods for risk assessment as regards subsoil degradation
-Identify existing as well as develop and test sustainable management practices to improve subsoil conditions (e.g. water retention, nutrient provision, habitat for soil biodiversity, carbon storage) and minimise soil disturbances
-Establish robust methods to spatially assess and monitor the state of subsoils and improve data collection. The long-term storage and access to subsoil data should be done in close collaboration with the European Soil Observatory (EUSO)

-Improved access to data and knowledge on the spatial variations in the chemical, physical and biological conditions and dynamics in subsoils for land managers and public authorities to support the development of sustainable management practices and financial and policy incentives
-Enhanced access and deployment of sustainable management practices to improve the protection, sustainable management and restoration of subsoil in agricultural and forest soils and to increase relevant soil-dependent ecosystem services such as the provision of food and fibre or the enhancement of soil biodiversity
-Improved understanding of the role of subsoil in climate change adaptation and mitigation, e.g. regarding carbon and water storage

HORIZON-CL4-2023-RESILIENCE-01-06
Digital, Industry and Space
€6.7 Million
Innovation Action

The Earth Observation platform for Raw Materials should support the implementation of the EU’s international strategic partnerships with resource rich countries (e.g. Canada, Ukraine, Africa countries or Latin America).

– Develop leverage on existing Copernicus DIAS or other Earth
Observation platform for raw materials similar to ESA platforms
– Increase the uptake of the Earth Observation technologies to deliver a
responsible and sustainable mining industry
– Deliver on-line processing tools, services and / or products to generate value-added raw materials information products, pre-processed optical and radar data
– Improve mineral exploration at regional scale and target definition at local scale
– Map and monitor secondary raw materials in the Europe
– Should map and monitor the environmental impact of mining activities with a focus on soil, water and air pollution
– Facilitate the market uptake of solutions developed through industrially- and user-driven multidisciplinary consortia

-Develop and deploy innovative technologies, products and services based on satellite, airborne and ground based remote sensing data combined with other in-situ data sources

-Improve responsible supply of raw materials to Europe in line with the EU principles for sustainable raw materials

-Develop best practices and standards for innovate EO technologies, products and services for a more efficient permitting and environmental compliance processes.

HORIZON-EUSPA-2022-SPACE-02-51
Digital, Industry and Space
€9.5 Million
Innovation Action
03/11/2022
02/03/2023

The action focuses on the development of close-to-market EGNSS transport applications and mobility services through the realisation of large-scale demonstration and implementation projects, indicating the necessary scale-up needs to wide adopted in Europe and worldwide and associated standards and
certification

Scope:
Proposals may be submitted in any of the transport areas or propose a multi-mode approach.
– Aviation: EGNSS solutions for modernising and improving air operations and traffic management technologies, addressing Communication, Positioning, Navigation and Timing, as well as Surveillance, targeting new navigation processes powered by EGNSS, critical airport and future drone-port infrastructure management, polar routes surveillance against space weather events and
facilitating the integration of drones in the airspace

– Maritime: EGNSS solutions that reduce emissions in shipping and increase the efficiency of operations, safety, and resilience, polar routes surveillance against space weather events and drive the modernization of the sector

– Rail: EGNSS for cheaper, smarter, higher performance, safer and emission-efficient solutions

– Road: EGNSS solutions for regulated markets that reduce traffic, optimise fuel consumption, lower emissions, and foster cheaper, smarter, safer and greener transportation, including smart public transportation

Topics:
– Development of EGNSS-based accuracy, safety-and liability-critical applications in long lead time market segments such as aviation, maritime, rail, road transportation and multi-modal domains

– EGNSS response to the increasing mobility demands and emerging transport
solutions

– Fostering the EGNSS market uptake in transports

HORIZON-CL6-2024-CLIMATE
Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Research & Innovation Action

The EU and China face similar challenges as a result of climate change where it comes to biodiversity related aspects, land use and land condition (including disasters risks). Similar challenges could benefit from similar actions and defining best practices in improving land monitoring in order to design better approaches integrating climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and biodiversity. Reaching climate neutrality will require deep GHG emissions reductions as well as enhancing carbon removals by sinks.

The successful proposal should contribute to a strengthened cooperation between the EU and China, also in the context of a better cooperation between the regional European initiative under the Group on Earth Observations (EuroGEO) and the regional Asia Oceanian initiative under the Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO), building on the nationwide climate and biodiversity monitoring programmes in China and the EU associated to agriculture and land activities as well as the European Green Deal objectives.

– Improved land monitoring for climate and biodiversity actions with the use of environmental and Earth observation data and information

– Geographically-explicit monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon removals on land

– Better assessment of the impact of climate change on biodiversity and the land condition

– Identification, mapping and monitoring methodologies of climate and biodiversity synergies and trade-offs on land management and land-use in particular agriculture

– Development and exchange of best practices in land monitoring for better integrated climate and biodiversity approaches between the China and the EU for use in the EU and China

HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01-01
Digital, Industry and Space
€8.5 Million
Innovation Action
05/12/2022
27/09/2022

The proposed innovation actions for the Blue Parks will seek the most effective and efficient protection and restoration measures, tailored to the specific biogeographical area or marine region. Activities leading to the creation of protected areas should concentrate on areas of high biodiversity value or potential321 and be consistent with the EU Guidance to Member States on the designation of additional protected or strictly protected areas

-Address the degradation of coastal and marine habitats, including degraded seabed habitats and will develop and demonstrate protection and restoration solutions to upgrade and enhance the EU’s blue natural capital
-Identify the connection between marine ecosystems, including seabed habitats and their biodiversity

-Reinforced ecosystem services from restored and protected marine areas
-Seabed protection and restoration solutions, including to preserve seabed carbon sequestration capacity
-Socio-economic transition processes through innovative solutions for ecosystem-based management of marine protected areas -Enhanced resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems
-A blue print for the identification of ecological corridors as part of a blue Trans-European Nature Network, and a strategy to build such a network