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  • Remediation techniques and processes that are efficient, cost-effective, eco-friendly and sustainable in dealing with the affected marine and terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems (including bioremediation for removal of oil spills using oil degrading bacteria);

  • Development of techniques for real-time monitoring of oil spill contaminants at sea surface, undersea, sea floor and onshore (including remote sensing through the use of high resolution satellite/drone imagery);

  • Eco-friendly innovative devices and products for oil spill clean-up (at sea and on ground) including intelligent robotic and/or autonomous systems for monitoring and intervention;

  • Development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) models for forecasting the spread of oil slicks after an oil spill to assist intervention actions and measures aimed at reducing environmental risks;

  • Coastal processes monitoring and oceanography to understand the movement of waves and currents and their impact;

  • Micro-organisms assessment to monitor the current pattern of micro-organisms present in the various ecosystems, both affected and unaffected (including bio-accumulation of heavy metals in sessile and mobile organisms, eDNA profiling), aimed at proposing innovative ideas towards elimination of any contaminants in both marine and terrestrial environment that were exposed to oil;

  • Coral farming and restoration, with focus on innovative tools for coral restoration following mechanical damage from ships;

  • Design and production of appropriate sustainable containment devices and/or solutions;

  • Impact assessments on Ramsar Site and the Blue Bay Marine Park;

  • Impact on Ile aux Aigrettes conservation programs;

  • Innovative solutions to restore ecosystems (e.g., seagrass bed/mangroves/corals, fish, molluscs) that have been affected by the oil spill and to mitigate the persistence of contaminants in the environment;

  • Water quality assessment, monitoring the resurgence of chemicals trapped in the sand, and recovery;

  • Post hazard biodiversity recovery;

  • Application of innovative technology for enhanced surveillance of shipping movement and strategic response management;

  • Development of appropriate legal instruments for preparedness and contingency planning in facilitating rapid international collaborative response to future oil spill incidents;

  • Formulation of an integrated structure for oil spill management and logistics at both the strategic and tactical levels, as part of an overall framework for the mobilisation and application of anti-pollution measures;

  • Evaluation of the impacts of the oil spill on the livelihoods and socio-economic conditions of affected coastal communities, and measures to be adopted for addressing these;

  • Assess impact of oil spill on health of stakeholders; and

  • Marine eco-tourism.

The above list is an indicative list. Applicants may submit projects which falls within the thematic areas of the guidelines.

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