LOGO_DEVOTESThe overall goal of DEVOTES is to better understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climatic influences and their effects on marine ecosystems, including biological diversity, in order to support the ecosystem based management and fully achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) of marine waters.

The outcomes of DEVOTES will contribute towards fulfilling knowledge gaps and existing needs in the assessement of environmental status, within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, in an harmonized way across the Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas.

Further information: www.devotes-project.eu

Who is involved?

DEVOTES involves 23 research centres from EU and non-Eu countries (e.g. Ukrania, Saudi Arabia,…) as well as observers from USA.

DEVOTES project will build a network with key stakeholders: scientists, environmental agencies, decision making authorities and Small-Medium Enterprise (SMEs) interested in marine monitoring and biodiversity.
A panel of independent scientists form the Advisory Board (AB) which will provide strategic guidance and support the the partnership to ensure that the results meet the objectives of the project.
A Steering Commitee composed by Project Coordinator, Project Manager and Work Packages’ leaders will be responsible for all practical decision making, strategic planning and implementation.


  • Improve our understanding of the impact of human activities and climate change on marine biodiversity.
    Implement cost-effective indicators, monitoring and assessment strategies, which should enable uniform applicability across EU Regional Seas.
  • Test relevant EC indicators (2010) and develop new, innovative ones to assess biodiversity in a harmonized way throughout the 4 regional seas.
  • Develop, test and validate innovative integrative modelling and monitoring tools to improve our understanding of ecosystem and biodiversity changes, for integration into a unique and holistic assessment.
  • Propose and disseminate strategies and measures for ecosystems’ adaptive management, including the active role of industry and relevant stakeholders.


AZTI-Tecnalia (AZTI) – Spain. Coordinator
Norsk institutt for luftforskning (NILU) – Norway
Suomen ymparistokeskus (SYKE) – Finland
Aarhus Universitet (AU) – Denmark
University of Hull (UHULL) – United Kingdom
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (CEFAS) – United Kingdom
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) – United Kingdom
Instituto do Mar (IMAR) – Portugal
Institute Of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IO-BAS) – Bulgaria
Joint Research Centre (JRC) – European Commission
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) – Greece
Klaipedos Universitetas (KUCORPI) – Lithuania
Akvaplan-niva AS (APN) – Norway
COnsorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del MAre (CONISMA) – Italy
Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands instituut voor Zeeonderzoek (NIOZ) – Netherlands
Agencia estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – Spain
Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi (DEU) – Turkey
Marine Hydrophysical Institute – Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (MHI-NASU) -Ukraine
MariLim Gesellschaft für Gewasseruntersuchung mbH (MARLIM) – Germany
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)- France
OceanDTM – United Kingdom
Ecoreach srl (ECOREACH) – Italy
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) – Saudi Arabia
EPA and NOAA from USA are involved as observers