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MARURBE - Sustainable urban development: solutions to promote the biological and conservation value of marine urban structures

  • 18394
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 02/10/2008

Urbanization has been historically widespread and one of the leading causes for habitat and species loss in coastal waters. Today 22,000 km2 of the European coastlines are covered by urban marine structures such as marinas, breakwaters, and seawalls, and development is expected to increase further. However, understanding and mitigating the effects of urban structures on marine life have not been a top priority in marine science and conservation.

MarUrbe aims to encourage sustainable management of coastal urban structures by acquiring and disseminating knowledge on methods to promote desired species or prevent nuisance species in order to meet specific management goals, including

  • mitigating loss of species with high conservation value (e.g. Cystoseira spp.),
  • monitoring/controlling the spread of invasive/nuisance species,
  • enhancing fishery resources (e.g. mussels, crabs, and fish stocks) and 4) improving water quality.

These goals will be achieved by:

  • exploring, through monitoring and experiments, the relationships between the characteristics of urban marine structures, species distribution and ecological functioning;
  • experimentally testing the effects of fine structural modifications to urban marine structures on the distribution of target species

Start date:2008-03-07

End date:2010-03-06

Duration:24 months

Project cost:171469 EURO

Project Funding:171469 EURO

Subprogramme Area: Marie Curie Action: "Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development"


  • Laura Airoldi Tel:+39-0544/937314 Fax:+39-0544/937303 E-mail: laura.airoldi@unibo.it URL: http://www.ecology.unibo.it/page/laura.htm
Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-PEOPLE : PERSONE: programma specifico del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea