Start Date   

June 2022

End Date

May 2025

Funding Body 

Horizon Europe 


Natalia Martin Palenzuela, IFREMER, France

Project Partners  

MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, UCC (Ireland); ERINN Innovation Ltd (Ireland), JPIOceans (Belgium); Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung (Germany); Flanders Marine Institute (Belgium); Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (France); University of Southern Denmark; Centro Technologico del Mar (Spain); Nordland Research Institute (Norway); Institut de Ciències del Mar (Spain); Italian National Research Council; Sustainable Projects GmbH (Germany); Galway Atlantic Aquaria (Ireland); EuroMarine Association (Belgium); Fraunhofer (Germany)

Research Area

Marine Restoration, Community Engagement, Sustainable Blue Economy




PREP4BLUE is a €4.9 million, three-year project that will set the foundations for co-creating and co-implementing the research and innovation required to achieve Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030. MaREI UCC lead Work Package 3: Citizen Engagement. This focuses on enabling stakeholders to empower citizen and community-led action in support of the Mission, through broadening citizen engagement using participatory methods. The Work Package objectives are to:

  • Support efforts to increase citizen participation and engagement with Mission goals.
  • Deepen citizen engagement with the Mission by co-creating and co-developing approaches for driving citizen participation.
  • Provide expertise to ensure citizen engagement activities produce valuable outcomes.

Work Packages

  • WP1 Project Coordination
  • WP2 Creating a Visionary Narrative for Mission Ocean   
  • WP3 Citizen Engagement with Mission Ocean
  • WP4 Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer to Support the Mission
  • WP5 Business Models, Regulation and the Financial Ecosystem
  • WP6 Stakeholder Engagement