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Priority: ERANET






AMPERA:ERA-NET to foster prevention and best response to Accidental Marine Pollution


Start date of project: 1 April 2005

Proposal full title: ERA-NET to foster prevention and best response to Accidental Marine Pollution
Proposal acronym: AMPERA

Project summary

Marine pollution, in general, and accidental marine pollution, in particular, are issues of major concern from the standpoint of their impacts on the health of the marine environment and their socio-economic uses. These issues, originated by shipping, but also by offshore and coastal installations (e.g. oil platforms, industrial facilities, etc.), have played an important pressure upon the need for a better protection of the world's marine ecosystems through the implementation of new or improved prevention mechanisms and response actions, based on sound scientific principles. Taking into account that these problems are also very often of transboundary nature, we envision to create a platform where governmental policy developers and scientists from European coastal countries meet and discuss all aspects of accidental marine pollution research and implement measures needed. This follows the international co-operation strategy defined within the ERA initiative, enhancing European competitiveness and providing the basis for the best practices on prevention, avoidance and remediation of accidental marine pollution.

This ERA-NET proposal will be an important milestone to improve national/regional RTD strategic planning. Such a close interaction is of primary importance to achieve trust between the different stakeholders, from industry to environmental NGOs, and a real and lasting collaboration including representatives of all member states at all levels, who are together deeply aware of the national priorities and issues at stake. The existence of AMPERA should increase the public awareness of European environmental policy issues. AMPERA will also create the critical mass in Europe, enhancing the effective and efficient use of existing European RTD capacities on accidental marine pollution, maximising the output from existing efforts, particularly for preventing and better responding to accidental contingencies.


Objectives of the ERA-NET on Accidental Marine Pollution (AMPERA) include:

Setting priorities in trans-disciplinary accidental marine pollution research, including policy and socio-economic aspects, providing incentives for initiating new or strategic areas of innovative research.

Improved linking of accidental marine contamination research with prevention and mitigation activities, to underpin and emphasise the role of sound knowledge in decision making.

Improving co-ordination of national/regional research programmes on accidental marine pollution. For that purpose a complete inventory will be made of the state of the art of the existing national programmes, running projects and respective RTD priorities in the field.

Improved validation of RTD programmes by documentation of national implementation and management approaches, and design strategies to overcome barriers that hinder trans-national co-operation aimed at opening up of national/regional programmes.

Launching long-term RTD strategies, by identifying synergies and complementarities that will act as nuclei for sustainable co-operations between partners and design strategic activities.

Dissemination of knowledge at different levels, underscoring the science-public interface and the importance of adopting this approach for society generally.

Resultant benefits are planned to be:

Improved co-operation and co-ordination of Member State initiatives aimed at the creation of a European Research Area on accidental marine pollution.

A better integration of science and technology into spill response mechanisms and decision-making systems, enabling the adoption of best operational practices.

Increased opportunities for new and emerging accidental marine science and technology developments.

Effective and efficient use of existing European RTD capacities for solving accidental contingencies.

Added scientific value and cost efficiency to individual Member State programmes and optimisation of expertise on accidental marine pollution.

Co-ordinated support for EU policies with respect to the implementation of prevention and response instruments and enhancing of European competitiveness.

The network will set up mutually agreed European research priorities and standards for the administration, evaluation and funding of trans-national proposals and will surmount the fragmentation of national programmes by establishing durable European research programmes to be jointly managed.

Participants list

Participant Role*Participant No.Participant nameParticipant short nameCountryDate enter projectDate exit project
CO1Ministry of Education and ScienceMECSpain148
CR2Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploration de la MerIFREMERFrance148
CR3Department for Environment Food and Rural AffairsDEFRAUK 148
CR4Estonian Science FoundationEstSFEstonia148
CR5Belgian Federal Public Planning Service Science PolicyBELSPOBelgium148
CR6Fundação para a Ciencia e a TecnologiaFCTPortugal148
CR7Research Council of NorwayRCNNorway148
CR8Marine Institute MIIreland148
CR9Consellería de Innovación, Industria e Comercio (Xunta de Galicia)XUNTASpain148
CR10Fondation Européenne de la Science - European Marine Board (European Science Foundation)ESF-MBFrance148
*CO = Co-ordinator
  CR = Contractor


EU contribution: 1.569.415,12 Euro.


The aims of the work packages are as follows:

Work package 1 (WP 1) aims at information exchange as basis for the definition of AMPERA strategic priorities. For this purpose a complete inventory will be made on the state of the art of all existing accidental marine pollution national programmes and their components. Management procedures will be reviewed, key players in the field will be identified and business opportunities in AMP funding will be assessed.

Work package 2 (WP 2) will formulate and implement a series of strategic activities aimed at the creation of AMPERA by identifying synergies and complementarities that may be the key for sustainable co-operations between partners. The existing barriers that hinder trans-national co-operation will be identified and common future procedures will be defined. Special attention will be paid to the development of inter-regional exchange of information and co-operation, considering the increasing responsibilities of these bodies in monitoring and remediation of AMP.

Work package 3 (WP 3) will focus on the linking of accidental marine contamination research with prevention and mitigation activities, addressing and promoting developments at the administration and policy makers at national, regional and international levels as well as innovation at the different marine industries.

Work package 4 (WP 4) will concentrate on the dissemination of knowledge at different levels, giving special emphasis to the science-public interface and the formation of a sound public awareness. Also it will focus on the impact of the potential outcome in society and the role of media in this respect.

Finally, Work package 5 (WP 5) accommodates the AMPERA management activities, including review and assessment, and co-ordination with other existing ERA initiatives.

Each work package has a series of tasks with a responsible each, and a work package leader who is responsible for the deliverables formulated and reaching the milestones described (see below). All participating countries are involved in all work packages, although particular tasks are divided between the countries as far as appropriate.

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