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progetto CLAIM

Programme: HORIZON 2020 - Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas

Pillar: Societal Challenges

Type of action: IA Innovation action

Project title: Cleaning Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European seas

Acronym: CLAIM

Duration: 01/11/2017 - 31/10/2021

EU contribution: EUR 5.654.786

ISMAR budget: EUR 353.500

Web site: at work


CLAIM focuses on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches, targeting the prevention and in situ management of visible and invisible marine litter in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. Two innovative technological methods will be developed, a photo catalytic nano coating device for cleaning microplastics in wastewater treatment plants and a small-scale thermal treatment device for energy recovery from collected litter on board ships and ports. An innovative floating boom for collecting visible litter and a method to measure microlitter on board ships (Ferry box) will be developed. The proposed cleaning technologies and approaches prevent litter from entering the sea at two main source points, i.e. wastewater treatment plants and river mouths. Effectiveness of developed devices and methods will be demonstrated under real conditions. Additionally, CLAIM will develop innovative modeling tools to assess the marine visible and invisible plastic pollution at basin and regional scales (Saronikos Gulf, Gulf of Lyon, Ligurian Sea and Belt Sea). An ecosystems approach will be followed to evaluate the potential benefit from proposed litter cleaning methods to ecosystem services. New business modelswill be developed to enhance the economic feasibility for upscaling the innovative cleaning technologies, taking into account the existing legal and policy frameworks in the CLAIM countries, as well as acceptance of the new technologies by their end-users and relevant stakeholders. The data and information produced will be made available to policymakers, stakeholders and end-users in a user-friendly format, both meaningful and tailored to each stakeholder group. CLAIM aims at the same time to raise public awareness with respect to having healthy oceans and seas, clean of litter and pollutants, and hence the importance of reducing marine (macro, micro and nano) pollution in European seas and beyond towards restoring marine ecosystems based on a circular economy.

Contact person in ISMAR:


  1. Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, (Greece)
  2. Pp-Polymer Ab, (Sweden)
  3. Universidade de Coimbra, (Portugal)
  4. Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden)
  5. Universite D'aix Marseille, (France)
  6. Pensoftpublishers Ltd, (Bulgaria)
  7. Institut National Dessciences Et Technologies De La Mer,   (France)
  8. Iris Srl, (Italy)
  9. Tallinna Tehnikaulikool,(Estonia)
  10. Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut, (Denmark)
  11. Ikerconsulting European and Regional Innovation Sociedad Limitada, (Spain)
  12. Waste & Water
  13. Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Zu Kiel, (Germany)
  14. Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, (Italy)
  15. Institute for European Environmental Policy, London, (United Kingdom)
  16. Stichting Vu, (Nederlands)
  17. Universite Libanaise, (Lebanon)
  18. Danmarks Tekniske Universitet ,(Denmark)
  19. New Naval Commercial Technical Limited Liability Company
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