MaCoBioS – Marine Coastal Ecosystems Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World

MaCoBioS contributes to improve the biological and ecological knowledge on the spatio-temporal dynamics of marine biodiversity response to CC and the modelling of marine coastal socio-ecological systems in the context of Nature based Solutions (NBSs). Overall, this leads to strengthened management and conservation strategies of European marine natural capital in line with the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the IPCC among others.

48 months from 01/06/2020 to 31/05/2024

Coordinating organization
  • University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation (UoP), United Kingdom

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General objectives

MaCoBioS objective is to ensure efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies for European MCE to face CC. To this end, MaCoBioS has assembled a multidisciplinary team of experts to fill the lack of knowledge on the impacts of CC on the most important MCE (seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangroves, coralligenous and calcareous bio-concretion assemblages, salt marshes and kelp forests).

CMCC role

CMCC leads the WP2 on ‘Risk and adaptation of marine and coastal ecosystems’ aimed at reinforcing the ecosystem risk concept to efficiently implement ecosystem-based assessment and management measures, allowing to better face cumulative impacts arising from the complex interplay between climate change and human-induced pressures.
Moreover, building on multi-risk scenarios as developed in the frame of WP2, CMCC also leads the Task 3.3 on Nature-based solutions suitability mapping at the eco-regional scale.


The project activities are divided into 6 interrelated Work packages:
WP1- Marine coastal ecosystems biodiversity, functions and services in a changing environment;
WP2 – Risk and adaptation of marine coastal socio-ecological systems
WP3 – Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation
WP4 – Policy formulation
WP5 – Cooperation and communication
WP6 – Project coordination and management

Expected results

  1. Develop new empirical models on the interaction between climate change, biodiversity, functions and services in marine coastal ecosystems.
  2. Establish a multi-risk assessment framework to assess the vulnerability of marine social-ecological systems under potential CC and management scenarios.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of Nature Based Solutions and protection measures at enhancing the resilience capacity of marine coastal ecosystems and their capacity to flow services.
  4. Provide evidence-based guidance for marine policy formulation and innovative research pathways to support policymakers in developing cost-effective strategies within climate adaptation pathways.


  • Nova Blue Environment (NBE), France
  • Institut Oceanographique Paul Ricard (IOPR), France
  • Fundacao Gaspar Frutuoso (FGF), Portugal
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland
  • Stichting Wageningen Research (WR), Netherlands
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior Deinvestigaciones Cientificas (CSIS), Spain
  • Universite De Montpellier (UM), France
  • Fondazione Centro euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Italy
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural Organization -Unesco (UNESCO), France
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB), Germany
  • Lunds Universitet ULUND Sweden,
  • University of Exeter (UoE), United Kingdom
  • The University of The West Indies (UWI), Jamaica
  • Universitetet i Oslo (UiO), Norway
  • Humming Drone (HD prod), France

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