4-Seas Initiative

As a response to the climate crisis and its effect on marine ecosystems and coastal populations, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) proposes a Euro-Asian Initiative to accelerate science-driven Blue Growth and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) in the folowing 4-seas: the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Caspian and the Aral Sea. 

Our approach focuses primarily on Goal 14 “Life below water”, Goal 6 “Clean water and sanitation”, Goal 13 “Climate action” and Goal 15 “Life on land”, but ultimately on all other SDGs as well. The proposed 4-seas Euro-Asian Initiative will build on research and demonstration projects, developed by the proposing team and its collaborators world-wide. It will follow a “source-to-sea” approach starting from river basins and continuing to coastal and marine ecosystems, as well as the societies whose livelihoods depend on these ecosystems. The initiative aims to establish Euro-Asian Transformation Pathways towards Sustainable Blue Growth, that will be supported by technically and socially innovative solutions. The aim is to engage all relevant stakeholders in co-designing a systems innovation pathway for the transition to socially, culturally, economically, environmentally and geopolitically sustainable development in the Euro-Asia Region embracing the 4-seas.

The UN SDSN, with Professor Jeffrey Sachs as Global Director, will lead the initiative in collaboration with local SDSN networks operating in the wider area. The SDSN Mediterranean and the Black Sea regional networks will work together with the national SDSN networks in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey and Russia under the auspices of the Global SDSN network. Professor Phoebe KoundouriProfessor Andreas PapandreouProfessor Nicos Theodossiou and Professor Yannis Ioannidis will co-lead the initiative.

Objectives

The objectives of the 4-Seas Initiative include:

  1. RESEARCH: Development of Sustainable Blue Growth Transformation Pathways in urban and rural areas that depend on the 4-seas and creation of networks of protected marine and coastal ecosystems of cultural and natural interest.
  2. EDUCATION: Creation of educational programs with an emphasis on understanding and implementing the SDGs, while enriching them with Euro-Asian intellectual tradition.
  3. DATA MANAGEMENT: Development and support of open access databases with the data, models, results and policy recommendations relevant to the Sustainability Transition of the 4-seas.
  4. INNOVATION: Incubate and accelerate technological and social innovation for the sustainability transition in the region, combining the protection of the natural and cultural environment.
  5. POLICY: Policy recommendations for the support of sustainable blue growth in the region.

Find more about the Initiative at: 

The presentation of the UN SDSN 4-Seas Initiative can be found here. The Initiative was launched in the 3rd Sustainability Summit held in Athens, on September 16th – 17th

Indicative Projects

PROJECTCORRESPONDING RESEARCHER
TIMMOD ProjectProf. Theofanis Karambas
ACCU-WEAVES
A Decision Support Tool for Navigation Management in Ports
Prof. Theofanis Karambas
WAVE-4US
Wave climate and coastal circulation forecasts for public use
Prof. Theofanis Karambas
Thalis-CCSeaWavsProf. Theofanis Karambas
ALTER ECO
Alternative Tourist Strategies to Enhance the Local Sustainable Development of Tourism by Promoting Mediterranean Identity
Prof.N.Moussiopoulos,
Laboratory of Heat Transfer & Environmental Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering, AUTh
MADRE
Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an Innovative Sustainable and Responsible Economy
Prof.N.Moussiopoulos,
Laboratory of Heat Transfer & Environmental Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering, AUTh
ZEFFIROS
Zero-Water Energy-Efficient Agricultural Communities in the Greece – Republic of North Macedonia Cross-Border Area
Prof.N.Moussiopoulos,
Laboratory of Heat Transfer & Environmental Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering, AUTh
EMERGE
Evaluation, Control and Mitigation of the Environmental Impacts of Shipping Methods
Prof.N.Moussiopoulos,
Laboratory of Heat Transfer & Environmental Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering, AUTh
SCIPPER
Shipping Contributions to Inland Pollution Push for the Enforcement of Regulations
Prof.N.Moussiopoulos,
Laboratory of Heat Transfer & Environmental Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering, AUTh
ENGIMMONIA
Sustainable Technologies for Future Long Distance Shipping Towards Complete Decarbonization
Prof.N.Moussiopoulos,
Laboratory of Heat Transfer & Environmental Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering, AUTh
Water Resources Management on a Watershed Level under Climate Change ConditionsProf. N.Theodossiou
CC-WaterS
Climate Change and Impacts on Water Supply
Prof. N.Theodossiou
SMIRES
Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams
Prof. N.Theodossiou
GREEN PUMP
Groundwater Resource management for non-Potable water purposes, basement protection, and heating – Pilot application
Prof. N.Theodossiou
EUSTEPs
Enhancing Universities’ Sustainability teaching and practices through Ecological Footprint
Prof. N.Theodossiou
EPICUR
European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions
Prof. N.Theodossiou
Feasibility Study for a Black Sea SDG ObservatoryProf. N.Theodossiou
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