Making a difference for nature and biodiversity

Natural ecosystems are under tremendous pressure in Europe and worldwide. We are losing precious wildlife as well as vital ecosystem services such as pollination, water purification, and mitigation of floods and droughts.

This is why the European Union has adopted the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy as a key part of the EU Green Deal. To  implement the strategy and help nature thrive, we support actions to protect and manage ecosystems in the North Sea Region. 

Project highlights

Browse through the slideshow to discover key project achievements so far: 


Explore projects on nature and biodiversity

Browse the projects below and visit their websites to learn more:


BEESPOKE: Supporting insect diversity in farmlands

BEESPOKE develops insect-friendly agricultural practices to ensure crop pollination in the future. This includes bespoke seed mixes to attract the right pollinators for each crop type and secure a rich pollinator diversity at landscape level. 



BEGIN: Promoting blue-green habitats in the city

BEGIN builds urban climate resilience through blue-green infrastructure such as parks and lakes. The project has shown that reducing the risk of flooding and heat stress can go hand in hand with providing more space for nature in the city.

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Building with Nature: Showcasing nature-based climate adaptation

Building with Nature (BwN) uses natural structures such as dunes and rivers to improve flood resilience. Nature-based solutions rebuild or reinforce natural landscape dynamics which benefits wildlife. 

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CANAPE: Protecting and restoring wetland ecosystems

A central aim of CANAPE is to restore degraded peatlands. This helps rebuild lost ecosystem services and wildlife habitat. It also protects neighbouring intact peatlands and their suite of rare flora and fauna. 



Carbon Farming: Restoring soil biodiversity

The project advocates farming practices that protect carbon stocks and increase the productivity of soils. The basic idea is to restore healthy soils with their myriad tiny but super important life forms.

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GEANS: Using DNA barcodes to look after marine ecosystems

GEANS develops genetic barcoding to quickly gauge the ecosystem health of the sea floor. This will help North Sea countries to look after marine biodiversity and fulfil European directives.



IMMERSE: Taking care of life in estuaries

Estuaries are the nurseries of the oceans and home to a rich diversity of fish, birds, and other species. Life in estuaries are under much pressure, including climate change, human activity, and inflow of nutrients and chemicals. IMMERSE tackles these threats hand in hand with flood risk. 



JOMOPANS: Tuning in to help marine life

JOMOPANS mapped the soundscape of the North Sea and set up a joint monitoring programme to track underwater noise. Marine animals depend on sound for their survival and the goal is to protect them from unhealthy noise levels.

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NorthSEE: Integrating ecosystems in Maritime Spatial Planning

The NorthSEE project worked to reconcile all interests in the North Sea, including environmental protection and the conservation of marine ecosystems. 

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North Sea Wrecks: Uncovering the ecosystem risk of long-forgotten wars 

Unexploded munition and hazardous warfare chemicals buried on the sea floor many years ago continue to pose danger to marine life. North Sea Wrecks explores the risks and how to tackle them.

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NuReDrain: Filtering out agricultural nutrients

NuReDrain tackles a major threat to natural ecosystems: Nutrient overload from agricultural fertilisers. The project develops a filter to stop nutrients in run-off water from reaching streams, rivers, and meadows.

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PARTRIDGE: Raising farmland biodiversity by 30%

Using a bottom-up approach, PARTRIDGE brings together farmers, hunters, and conservationists around a common goal: To bring back farmland birds and insects.  



PROWAD LINK: Promoting sustainable enterprise in nature areas

Under the slogan "Protect and Prosper", PROWAD LINK unlocks the potential of natural areas as a driver for sustainable jobs and non-destructive business. 



Sullied Sediments: Tackling hazardous chemicals in waterways

The project explored hazardous chemicals piling up at the bottom of rivers and lakes where they pose a danger to the ecosystem. The project involved citizens in gauging the chemicals and the partners discovered cost-effective methods to capture them. 

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WaterCoG: Joining up people and policy to protect wet ecosystems

WaterCoG brought citizens, farmes, and other stakeholders together around sustainable management of local wetlands and water bodies. The participatory approach created stronger local support to implementing water policy and taking care of ecosystems. 

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