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The Blue4All project

BLUE4ALL is a HORIZON Europe Ocean Mission project working towards addressing marine conservation and restoration challenges in Europe. It proposes a new approach to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that aligns with EU Biodiversity Strategy and national initiatives. The project places stakeholders at the center of the MPA process, ensuring their needs and concerns are addressed from the outset. BLUE4ALL will work with stakeholders from 25 information sites and Living labs in the Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, and North-East Atlantic regions to develop tools for preserving and restoring the marine environment in a socially sustainable and acceptable way. These tools will be tested in Living labs, and ultimately result in a user-friendly Blueprint Platform for creating effective, efficient, and resilient MPAs and networks of MPAs. The project will run from January 2023 to December 2026.


Guidance for achieving effective, efficient and resilient MPA's


Ocean Mission

BLUE4ALL is funded by the Horizon Europe Mission Ocean and aims to achieving the EU MISSION on Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030.


The project runs from January 2023 to December 2026.

Living Laboratories and Information sites

Blue4All includes 25 MPAs and MPA networks (12 Information Sites and 13 Living Labs), from small, coastal MPAs to large MPA networks protecting deep-sea habitats. The sites are located in the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the North-East Atlantic, with an additional site in Brazilian waters to help identify international good practice.

Throughout the project, information sites and Living Labs will provide direct insight in MPA processes, their challenges and solutions. The 13 Living Labs will serve to validate the developed Blueprint Platform for successful co-management of marine protected areas under the kind of geographical (e.g. location, size, habitats and governance (e.g. protection status, degree of stakeholders involvement) conditions representing the majority of MPAs in EU waters.


The project brings together 22 partners from different institutions from all around Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Ireland and Switzerland.

Sister/relevant projects

BLUE4ALL Timeline


Establishment of the BLUE4ALL Governance Structure

Launching of the BLUE4ALL website

Assessment criteria for economic, social and governance topics

Criteria for assessing relevant ecological and environmental dimensions in project information sites and Living labs

Information packages collected from information sites delivered to WP2 and WP3 for analysis (one per info site)

Formation of the MPA Network Knowledge Transfer Platform

A protocol for collecting information on needs from the Living labs and to give instructions on validating and co-creating economic, social and governance tools

Compile and integrate information gathered from project information sites and Living labs for providing essential and easy-to-use ecological and environmental knowledge for MPA processes

Information packages on governance, socio-economic, ecological and environmental needs of the Living labs delivered to WP2 and WP3

Set of socio-economic, business and governance tools for final validation and co-creation by the Living labs

Protocol for identifying needs and an initial set of promising ecology-based tools to support MPA processes to be assessed in the Living labs

Synthesis and detail assessment of ecology-based tools to support MPA practitioners

Tool validation

Robust social and governance tools towards effective, efficient and resilient networks of MPAs

Portfolio of optimized spatially defined ecology-based tools, and associated supporting information technologies to support consolidation and assessment of MPA networks in Living labs

Prototype BLUE4ALL Blueprint Platform developed

User-friendly interactive web-based Blueprint platform for achieving effective, efficient and resilient MPAs and MPA networks