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SDG 14 - Life below water

SDG 14 - Life below water

Nova University Lisbon contributes to tackle the SDG 14 collaborating at a local and European level to protect the oceans.



  • CAPonLITTER aims at improving policies and practices that can help in preventing marine litter that results from coastal tourism and recreational activities. More specifically, the project will focus on key fractions of waste, such as plastic food and drink containers originating from beach facilities and recreational events, due to improper behaviour of consumers but also to lack of incentives and structures for prevention, collection and recycling of waste. Coordinated by the NOVA School of Science and Technology in partnership with APA (Portuguese Environment Agency),  it comprises authorities and organizations from Spain, France, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany committed to zero waste on the shoreline.
  • A team of professors and researchers from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of the NOVA School of Science and Technology and MARE visited Cabo Verde where they promoted Oceanic and Coastal Literacy.



NOVA's 9 Academic Units develop programmes and initiatives with direct impact in our community. Get in touch, participate!

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Clean the Tejo river initiative

Actions of cleaning and monitoring marine litter, under the scope of Mediterranean Action Day 2019 (MAD 2019). The Mediterranean Action Day 2019 (MAD 2019) is an initiative that promotes environmental citizenship in a participatory science perspective and takes place in several European countries. The initiative took place on three beaches of the Tagus River, with the collection of garbage, quantitative characterization and awareness activities on the theme.

2019 | FCT NOVA

Marine Waste Conference

Highlight positive solutions for plastics and the reduction of marine litter. The meeting promotes sessions devoted to community awareness, politics, the circular economy, research, available legislative instruments and civil society's contributions to reducing the problem.

2019 | FCT NOVA


INNOVATHON is a technology marathon around the challenges associated with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.This edition adressed the Ocean Sustainability promoting new ideas to inspire the development of technical and operational viable solutions, to ensure quality of life, productivity and improvement of ocean sustainability.

2019 | Nova SBE



NOVA contributes significantly to the research into the area of SDG14. Besides CAPonLITTER, learn more about the following research projects:

Focused in the history of the ocean and its cultural heritage the Chair aims at connecting the different humanities' academic disciplines. It proposes to establish a network across different entitites, from different continents, through the atlantic ocean, and disseminate its activities to the general public.

The ALGA4FOOD project - «Algae in Gastronomy - Development of innovative conservation and utilization techniques» aims to disseminate and value the benefits of the edible macroalgae of the Portuguese coast. It falls within the scope of the Operational Program MAR 2020, in the Priority 1 - Promote an Environmentally Sustainable fishery, Resource-Efficient, Innovative, Competitive and based in the Knowledge.

This project combines the efforts of a large group of scientists with the final aim of delivering a Management Plan for the Portuguese purse-seiner fishery.





NOVA University Lisbon has a strong formative offer, distinguished by quality and variety, linked to the SDGs. It supports the integration of interdisciplinarity and sustainability in all our study cycles.



SDG14 - Life below water

Master in Maritime Law and Economy (FCSH, FD)