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Integrating marine biodiversity conservation with a resilient blue economy.

Marine SABRES is an EU-funded research project that brings together 21 research partners to restore marine biodiversity and support a sustainable blue economy by increasing the uptake of ecosystem-based management in Europe.


To make ecosystem-based management more achievable and implementable, we need to comprehensively study and analyse marine social-ecological systems. Marine SABRES is therefore co-developing and testing a simple socio-ecological system in collaboration with local people in three European marine regions: the Arctic Northeast Atlantic, the Tuscan Archipelago, and Macaronesia. 

Research Sites

Our simple socio-ecological system will be tested and demonstrated in three key regions, where we will develop and test ways to balance varying combinations of conservation priorities and economic activities. 


Tuscan Archipelago

Capraia, Italy

Tourism and seagrass conservation


Arctic Northeast Atlantic

Iceland, Greenland, and Faroe Islands

Climate change & commercial fisheries



Azores, Madeira, Canaries, & Cape Verde

Conservation, restoration, and ecotourism

The Ocean is not just a beautiful thing – there is a real connection between it, our health and our livelihoods.

Emma Verling

Project Coordinator

Humpback Whales

What are ecosystem services? What is a socio-ecological system? Learn about the context of our work here.


Learn about the three key geographical areas we’ll be working in.


Read the results from our research, including publications and reports.

Fishing Net

Explore resources about biodiversity and the blue economy, from infographics to videos.

Coming soon

Latest News


Marine SABRES is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 101058956.

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Project Coordinator

Emma Verling

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