Project SOPHIA – Knowledge for Management of Marine Environment - proceeds and develops in partnership with Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM) together with the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), concerning the scientific and educational perspective, and with Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (ESCS), regarding communication and content production.
It benefits from the close collaboration of representatives from the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), and also Portuguese specialists on Law of the Sea, who actively participate in the development of scientific contents for training guides and modules.
SOPHIA is a project funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, under the European Economic Area Grants (EEA Grants). By means of the EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway finance initiatives and projects to reduce economic and social disparities in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between these three countries and the recipient ones. The three countries cooperate with the European Union through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).
SOPHIA is a project approved by the EEA Grants program in the area of "Integrated Management of Marine and Coastal Waters". With this program, the EEA Grants aims to contribute to the good environmental condition of the European marine and coastal waters. The education and training component, where Project SOPHIA is included, supports projects that are oriented to raise awareness and knowledge on marine issues through training and raising awareness actions under the marine integrated management. The objective of these initiatives is to qualify human resources by promoting several actions in scientific and technological areas foremost to the sustainable management of marine waters.
SOPHIA’s total financing is €276.817,65, €235.295,00 of which are financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 under the EEA Grants. The project is expected to last for 16 months, from December 2014 to April 2016.