Bringing the Ocean to Society
2 Nov 2017
Azores win Atlantic Project Awards for protection of the marine environment
Work done by EurOcean Member FRCT on the Mistic'Seas project recognised at international level for it contribution to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan.

The Government of the Azores, through the - EurOcean Member - Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT), won the Atlantic Project Awards in the category "Protection, Safety and Improvement of the Coastal Marine Environment", for the work carried out under the European Mistic'Seas project.

This project, which is now in the second phase (Mistic'Seas II), was composed of seven partners from Portugal and Spain and aimed at ensuring better trans-national coordination of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSD) in Macaronesia through the creation of monitoring of marine biodiversity.

Created under the Atlantic Action Plan, the Atlantic Project Awards are funded by the European Union and aim to distinguish the best projects implemented in the geographic area integrated into the Atlantic Strategy.

The jury of this award considered that the Mistic'Seas was distinguished by the level of innovation in terms of results achieved and working methods implemented, the level of implementation of the project and its potential contribution to the implementation and development of the Atlantic Action Plan.

The Director of FRCT considered that this award is the "international recognition of the work of the Regional Science and Technology Fund", which includes about two dozen European projects as coordinator and partner.

Bruno Pacheco, who congratulated all the members of this consortium, especially the FRCT team, for his "extraordinary performance", also defended that this prize, besides representing "a reason of pride" for the region, is "an incentive to the innovation capacity of the Azores' Scientific and Technological System ".

In addition to FRCT, which coordinated the project, the Mistic'Seas consortium also integrated the Regional Directorate for Maritime Affairs.

The 2017 Atlantic Project Awards ceremony will take place on 8 November in Glasgow, Scotland.