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On these web pages, you will find practical examples of best practices in marine ecosystem restoration.  The projects highlighted have been undertaken worldwide and will be of interest to all environmental managers and businesses considering the restoration of degraded habitats and mitigation/compensation measures for commercial developments in the marine environment. The MERCES Business Club aims to put industry at the heart of the marine ecosystem restoration agenda.

The following links take you to case studies on marine ecosystem restoration grouped by subject area.


Soft bottom ecosystems – including seagrass meadows, salt marshes and mangroves

Hard bottom ecosystems – including corals, macroalgae and colonisation of man-made structures

Ecosystem services – including the benefits from restoring marine ecosystems

Deep-sea ecosystems – including deep-sea mining, deep-water corals, Gulf of Mexico


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On behalf of the WP8 team, we are glad to announce the new MERCES webinar on Ecosystem Restoration in Deep Waters. The webinar will be held at 15.00h  Thursday 27 June 2019Please use the link: https://news.grida.no/ecosystem-restoration-in-deep-waters

Pre-registration is required.


The second MERCES webinar took place between 15:00-16:00 ECT on 25  September 2018. The title of the webinar was “Private Finance in  Marine Ecosystem Restoration” (http://www.grida.no). YouTube link (https://www.youtube.com)


For written responses to the many questions asked during the webinar  click here

For more information on the second MERCES webinar click here


The first MERCES webinar "Getting better value from our coasts " is available here




Many of the case studies are by industry members of the MERCES Business Club.  Links are provided to the companies and their contacts to allow readers to follow up on procedures and methods.

We aim to provide a hub of expertise in marine ecosystem restoration by providing examples of successful projects undertaken in a wide variety of environmental settings from the coast to the deep sea.  In particular we highlight the contributions made by European companies, conservation bodies and scientific organisations.  We provide information on general policies, regulations and law across Europe and international waters, including Regional Seas.  In addition you will find details of the latest research on marine ecosystem restoration as it is published. 

Through these web pages we aim to keep members of the MERCES Business Club informed of the latest developments in marine ecosystem restoration.  We welcome new contributions from companies wishing to communicate their latest projects.  MERCES Business Club members will be advised as new content is published on the MERCES web pages. 

The MERCES Business Club looks forward to addressing to your business and environmental management needs.  If you would like to join the 300+ members of the MERCES Business Club to keep informed of the new business area of marine ecosystem restoration please follow the link below to register your interest.  There is no cost to join the MERCES Business Club. 


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