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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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Save the date (Sept 25th 2018)

GRID-Arendal and the Marine Ecosystem Service Partnership (MESP) will host a 5-part webinar series from MERCES. The webinar series will be of interest to a wide variety of stakeholders from academia to businesses, economists and decision makers.  The second webinar, named ‘Private finance in marine ecosystem restoration’, will take place on Tuesday 25 September, from 15:00-16:00 CET and will focus on two important topics:

- Identifying private financing mechanisms for marine ecosystem restoration
- Private financing potentials for marine ecosystem restoration: a kelp-urchin case in Northern Norway

You can register for the webinar following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eyRSM6UMRY2ZhZA-ZdNzgg


The first MERCES webinar entitled “Getting Better Value from our Coasts” (https://news.grida.no/getting-better-value-from-our-coasts) took place Friday, 15 February 2018. The webinar was archived and can be found in the following link: http://www.grida.no/resources/12615

Also you can follow the webinar on the MERCES YouTube channel​. To learn more, click here or go to the news section of the MERCES website​



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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