GES4SEAS- Achieving good environmental status for maintaining ecosystem services, by assessing integrated impacts of cumulative pressures 


Angel Borja

CESAM Responsible researcher

Heliana Teixeira


Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Actions (Biodiversity and ecosystem services HORIZON-CL6-2021-BIODIV-01)


01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

Funding for CESAM

432404 €

Total Funding

10000000 €

Funding Entity

European Commission

Proponent Institution

AZTI Foundation

Participating Institutions

  • Universidade de Aveiro (UAVR), Portugal
  • Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (NIVA), Norway
  • Aarhus Universitet (AU), Denmark
  • The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (CEFAS), United Kingdom
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain
  • Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina Grigore Antipa (NIMRD), Romania
  • Suomen Ymparistokeskus (SYKE), Finland
  • Johann Heinrich Von Thuenen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut Fuer Laendliche Raeume, Wald Und Fischerei (TI-SF), Germany
  • Panepistimio Aigaiou (UAegean), Greece
  • Stichting Wageningen Research (WR), Netherlands
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece
  • International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists Ltd (IECS), United States
  • Marine Institute (MI), United States
  • Turkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (TUBITAK), Turkey
  • Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Italy
  • Scitation - Science Communication Lda (Scitation), Portugal
  • MariLim Gesellschaft für Gewässeruntersuchung mbH (MariLim), Germany
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canada




Human activities exert great pressures on the health of our marine environment, its biodiversity and the functioning of its ecosystem. The EU-funded project GES4SEAS will inform and guide marine governance with a view to minimising these pressures and their impacts to ensure continued provision of ecosystem services. It will develop, test, demonstrate and upscale an innovative and flexible toolbox relevant to adaptive ecosystem-based management. This will support Good Environmental Status in the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and support policies at national, European and international levels. GES4SEAS solutions will be tested and demonstrated at 11 learning sites, including one in the Caribbean Sea. 

CESAM members in the project

Cristina Brice Pita

Investigadora Auxiliar

Ana Isabel Lillebo Batista

Investigadora Principal com Agregação