ResponSeable aims at supporting the emergence of an effective and dynamic European ocean knowledge system that contributes to raising awareness on everybody’s (individual and collective, direct and indirect) responsibility and interest in a healthy and sustainable ocean.

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World Ocean covers more than 72% of the planet surface. But as citizens, local authorities, economic sectors and civil society, what do we know about the oceans, the state of their ecosystems or the services they deliver to society? Do we (individually and collectively) know enough for us to act responsibly, so the pressures on marine ecosystems are reduced and opportunities offered by the oceans duly seized?

ResponSEAble’s Objectives

  • To contribute to the sharing of knowledge on the human-ocean relationships
  • To support the development of cost-effective initiatives and strategies on ocean literacy in Europe
  • To raise the awareness of specific target groups on their role and responsibility to achieving the sustainable development of the oceans

Overall, contributing to changes in behavior of key stakeholders, so pressures on marine ecosystems are reduced and opportunities, offered by the ocean, duly sized.

This research will build towards an interactive and publicly accessible ocean knowledge system which can be used to develop and test innovative targeted communication materials including social media activities and serious games. It will also feed into the development of clear guidance for ocean literacy decision makers on the development of effective strategies. The RESPONSEABLE project is regionally focused, and will cover North and Atlantic, Black, Baltic and Mediterranean seas, mobilising regional stakeholders and building on existing initiatives.

The partners

A consortium of 15 partners and 3 transatlantic contributors, coordinated by ACTeon, will work on ResponSEAble. The strengths of our Consortium are:

  • The combination of expertise and skills
  • The capacity to cover all components of the ocean knowledge system, from the production of knowledge to its final use
  • Experience in a wide range of communication and literacy products and initiatives
  • Its coverage of the main regional seas relevant to the EU (the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic façade)
  • Its transatlantic dimension
  • An excellent access to the main regional, European and international Networks on Marine knowledge

Team and partners:


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 652643.

CICANT’s role

CICANT and the ULHT team play an important role in two Work packages, namely in the the identification and analysis of the functioning of the Ocean Knowledge System and Knowledge Perception and in the effective implementation of project results.

Support and Partners

Universidade Lusófona
Universidade Lusófona do Porto

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