Belmont Forum awards funding for ocean sustainability research.
The Belmont Forum funds projects in a Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on Ocean Sustainability, within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no. 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development). Because the challenge is complex, there is a need for integrated, transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches, bringing together natural and social sciences as well as policymakers, resource managers, industries, citizens and other societal partners.
Following an international call, funding organizations from 16 countries have agreed to award 13 international consortia of researchers and stakeholders a total of 14 250 000 € plus in-kind contributions over 4 years. The projects will use transdisciplinary processes to bring together stakeholders and researchers from across the globe to innovate solutions to accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize the effects from global change.