Marine Management and Climate - Adaptation to climate change in Nordic sea and coastal areas, with focus on Skagerrak

10.05.22 | Funding opportunities
The programme Marine Management and Climate 2021-2024 is linked to the Nordic Council of Ministers' Vision 2030 and the strategic priority "a green Nordic region".

Information

Opportunity category
Public procurements
Deadline
Fri, 03/06/2022 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
3.1 mill DKK

Summary in english for Open call - Adaptation to climate change in Nordic sea and coastal areas with focus on Skagerrak

The programme will primarily contribute to activities mentioned under goal 2 (Contribute to the safeguarding of biodiversity and the sustainable use of the Nordic region’s nature and seas) in the action plan for 2021 to 2024. Furthermore, the programme is in line with the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024.

 

The programme has three work packages (WP): WP1 - Climate change in Nordic sea areas towards 2100, WP2 - Adaptation to climate change in Nordic sea and coastal areas, with focus on Skagerrak and finally WP3 - A conference on marine management and climate in the fall of 2022.

 

Under the programme Marine Management and Climate, the Nordic Council of Ministers will fund projects with the aim of increasing knowledge and communicating about possible solutions for adaptation to climate change and to improve the environmental situation in Nordic sea and coastal areas, focusing on the Skagerrak, as described below. Deadline for applications is June 3rd 2022 for funding in the project period 2022-2024.

 

This open call includes topics that will provide more knowledge and experience to make the management of sea areas more climate-adapted through, for example, nature-based solutions and the sea as a climate solver (including sustainable use of blue forests and conservation of natural carbon sinks), restoration of ecosystem functions, marine conservation areas as measures, climate adaptation and transition in marine industries under new climatic conditions (such as seafood production and renewable energy).

 

The steering committee for the programme marine management and climate invites tenders for projects under the following three main themes:

 

1. Knowledge building, including pilot projects, about restoration of ecosystem functions, and through this strengthening the potential for sustainable marine harvesting

 

2. Possible transitions in the marine economy under new climate conditions

 

3. Study on the effect of networks of marine conservation areas as measures for more resilient and productive ecosystems

 

We encourage those who apply for funding to form a consortium across the Nordic countries and apply for the entire work package 2 together.

Background

A steering committee led by the Ministry of Climate and Environment in Norway and with participants from all Nordic countries and autonomous regions has been established for the programme. The Steering Committee will oversee the implementation of the programme according to plans.

 

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) concludes that ocean management needs to adapt to the accelerating environmental and climat change. Ocean management needs to take consequences from climate change into account in addition to other impact effects and to be resilient enough when changes occur.

 

Reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show that climate change will have major consequences both for the sea and for our use of it. The report confirms a need for immediate renewal to a climate resilient development. Both in terms to limit and adapt to climate change and at the same time to acchieve sustainable development. The preservation of ecosystems is fundamental for a durable development.

 

The norwegian chairmanship in the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2022 wants to adress the connection between climate and nature, reduce the loss of biodiversity and to illustrate how naturebased solutions contributes to the green transition. In the program to the norwegian chairmanship, Norway expresse the importance to strengthen the nordic effort for a sustainable ocean management and to assess if experiences from the Baltic Sea motivates a stronger cooperation on environment and sustainability in Skagerrak. This is the outline why work package 2 intends to especially fokus on Skagerrak. Skagerrak is impacted by the water flowing from the Baltic Sea and Kattegat through the Baltic stream. To achieve a sustainable management of Skagerrak it is of importance to collect knowledge and experience concerning the environment, ocean management and climate adaptation in the Baltic Sea and Kattegat. However, the topic does not prohibits relevant projects also covering other parts of Nordic sea areas.

 

The nordic ocean and coastal areas are under the influence from human activities. The areas give the opportunity to fishery, shipping, recreation and tourism. At the same time, these sea areas are impacted by considerable challenges, such as climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity and introduction to invasive species. This applies especially to the Baltic Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak. The Baltic Sea is more of a basin in its nature with notably precipitation, which also creates heavy impact from land, through eutrophication. Therefore substantial knowledge in the research community as well amongst managers has been accomplished in these oceans, which is of use and a foundation for possible measures for climate adaptation. 

 

Work package 2 consists of topics that will provide extensive knowledge and experience to make the management of sea areas more climate-adapted through, for example, nature-based solutions and the sea as a climate solver (including sustainable use of blue forests and conservation of natural carbon sinks), restoration of ecosystem functions, marine conservation areas as measures, climate adaptation and transition in marine industries under new climatic conditions (such as seafood production and renewable energy).

 

The knowledge collected, will serve as useful contribution from the Nordic countries in the task to achieve OSPARs strategic and oprational goals as well as to follw-up HELCOMs work in the Baltic Sea Action Plan.

Purpose

The purpose with work package 2 within the program Marine Management and Climate, is to increase the knowledge and to communicate possible solutions for adaptations to climate changes as well as to strengthen the environment in the Nordic ocean and coastal areas, with focus on Skagerrak.

Prioritized topics 2022-2024

The steering committee for the programme marine management and climate invites tenders for projects under the following three main topics:

 

Topic 1) Knowledge building, including pilot projects, about restoration of ecosystem functions, and through this strengthening the potential for sustainable marine harvesting

 

Restoration of ecosystems or rebuilding of marine areas to a good environmental status, heavily impacted from landbased sources and activities, is an important measure to generate areas more resilient to alterations in the oceans as a consequence from climate change. In several areas, especially coastal areas, ecosystems have been heavily impacted by human activity. Including impacts from climate change. Those heavy loaded marine ecosystems are proven to be rebuilt up again over time if local impact factors in parts of the areas are being reduced or eliminated. In such areas sustainable use of blue forests, use of natural carbon sinks, natural relocation of species, healthy age structure in populations and ecosystem services reassures increased ecological quality and resilience in natural processes, the biological production and the foundation for sustainable marine harvesting.

 

Consequently, climate adaptation, preservation measures and nature-based solutions in the marine environment, a Nordic plexus could be created with pilot projects for common capacity and knowledge building as well as experiences. We request a synopsis from implemented, ongoing or planned projects and a assessment on how these can be evaluated in this context, and possibly generate suggestions to new pilot projects. The projects should have the purpose to restore ecosystems, in common, and possibility for harvesting, and at the same time gain knowledge on the effects from the restoration measures. Subject-wise work implemented in a nordic context and in various nordic countries in recent years, such as blue forestration, preservation areas for lobster and other fish species, could also work as importing contributions.

 

The outcome shall gain new knowledge and competence in ocean management to improve the ocean and coastal areas, and positive effects for specific areas and the potential for marine harvesting. It is at the same time a contribution from a Nordic perspective, both in terms of the UN decade for ocean research for sustainable development (2021–2030) and the UN decade for nature restoration (2021–2030).

 

Topic 2. Possible transitions in the marine economy under new climate conditions

 

Climate change requires a transition in economical activities in marine areas.

A decline in productivity, changes in population spreading, introduction of new species and increased precipitation from land generates a huge pressure on the marine economy and activities in ocean and coastal areas, where climate change adds to changes in ecosystem funtions and services. The approach is to implement a Nordic knowledge project regarding possible alternatives for a transition in economic activities, based on the ecosystems potential for commersial usage of new spieces/populations. Knowledge and experinces on environmental impacts from renewable energy production at sea, are also to be collected.

 

Topic 3. Study on the effect of networks of marine conservation areas as measures for more resilient and productive ecosystems

 

The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services have addressed the importance of well designed networks of preservation and protection of key areas in marine biodiversity. This can contribute to the reduction of the total impacts on the areas and ecosystems beeing protected, but also to protect areas of concern and importance in case of changes in the spread of species and ecosystems, due to climate change.

 

We request a nordic synopsis over marine preservation areas (e.g. marine preservation areas and OECMs) to secure habitats and biological productivity. The survey should describe how marine preservation area can work as a management measure in consideration of the total load from pollution and climate change, and demonstrate good examples on migration of specific species between areas, and how these networks of preservation areas can develop to generate enough connectivity, productivity, resilience both between areas in specific countries , but more important between the nordic countries. (e.g. the marine national park in Sweden/Norway - Kosteröarna/Ytre Hvaler).

Eligibility requirements

All public research institutes, national authorities and universities in the Nordic and EU region are eligible to apply for funding. Private companies may be included as project participants, participate in the project group, or be a supplier to the project on behalf of the owner.

 

The supplier must have a Nordic connection and/or contacts in the Nordic region.

The supplier should have experience from similar projects of relevance.

The supplier should have sufficient execution capacity.

 

The tenderer is encouraged to form a consortium across the Nordic countries and to apply for the entire project package together.

 

The consortium or project groups shall consist of representatives from at least three Nordic countries (Danmark, Finland, Færøyene, Grønland, Island, Norge, Sverige and Åland) or alternatively two Nordic countries and at least one non-Nordic country.

Assessment Criteria

  • Relevance and Nordic synergy
  • Quality of the project description
  • Composition and experience of the group
  • Innovative thinking within the scope of the topics
  • Communication plan for the results generated

Deliverables and schedule

Project managers should clearly articulate their objectives and the problems they intend to study, specify how the project will be organised, and draw up a budget to show that the project can be completed within the proposed timetable. The implementation process must be described, including the methods and networks the applicants intend to use. Relevant target groups for each proposed result must provide input into and affect processes/negotiations and be clearly identified in the application along with the communication channels the project intends to use to reach them.

Deliveries that must be described in the application include interim reports, the final report and a publication, which will normally be part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publication series.

The report will be published as a TemaNord publication. The programme coordinator for the programme Marine management and climate will assist in this. The final report should be delivered electronically in English language with additional summary in at least one Scandinavian language. Communication material (if produced) should include relevant logos and acknowledgement of the Nordic Council of Ministers (agreed with the project coordinator).

Time table

Project start-up: Q3 2022

Final report: Q3 2024

Budget

The total budget for work package 3 funding over the years 2022-2024 is 3.1 mill. DKK.

The distribution of budget funds between the separate years and different topics needs to be specified by the tenderer, if a tender is offered on the entire work package.

If a tender is offered on a single topic, the guideline is to apply for approximately 1 mill DKK.

The number of working hours, fees for experts expected to take part in the project, publication costs, and any other expenses incurred must be included in the budget. Effective meeting solutions or digital platforms that reduce travel will be prioritised. Co-funding from multiple working groups and sectors, as well as from other funding sources, is encouraged.

Guidelines and templates

For guidelines and templates see appendices or visit Norden.org: https://www.norden.org/en/information/about-funding-nordic-council-ministers