The EU 2020 Biodiversity strategy and 7th Environment Action Programme highlight the importance of halting the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services by preserving ecosystems and fully integrating environmental requirements into policymaking to face climate change.
The main challenge to help the European Union deliver on these targets is to fill knowledge gaps on inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and to ensure an effective transfer of knowledge to relevant stakeholders.
Marine coastal ecosystems are European priority habitats as almost half of its population lives in its maritime regions.
MaCoBioS is a EU funded project which main objective is to ensure efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies for European marine coastal ecosystems to face climate change. To this end, MaCoBioS has assembled a multidisciplinary team of experts to fill the lack of knowledge on the impacts of climate on the most important marine coastal ecosystems (seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangroves, coralligenous and calcareous bio-concretion assemblages, salt marshes and kelp forests).