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ABACO addresses actions to evaluate, preserve and improve the quality of coastal and bathing waters of Macaronesia, towards to preserving natural values ​​and promoting tourism. The geographical scope of the project is limited to the archipelagos of Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

It is a technical project that seeks to provide concrete solutions to specific problems, through technical and experimental studies and through development of ICT tools for the management of quality of bathing water and for systems that it evaluates marine pollution risks

Minimize isolated or diffuse pollution phenomena that represent an environmental or health hazard, and adopt measures for the preservation of the health of the coastal environments in Macaronesian regions, taking them as safe tourist destinations. Thus, ABACO responds to economic and social components of the coastline, valuing the marine environment and coastal areas as a strategic vector of Blue Economy

Canary Islands Technological Institute, a public R&D center attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government, is the main beneficiary of the project, which has a consortium made up of 7 organizations

Innovative aspects include the development of computer applications for coastal management that seek to facilitate the work of technicians, streamline an efficient response and bring information closer to the citizen, in addition to improving tourism promotion in the regions.

Under the title "Improving the Quality of Coastal and Bathing Waters", the project applies approaches and methodologies recommended in Bathing Water Directives and in Marine Strategies, thus promoting regulatory convergence and a search for excellence.

ABACO (with code MAC2 / 4.6c / 324) is co-financed by Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, within Axis 4 "Conserve and Protect the environment and promote resource efficiency".

ABACO is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with special interest in following:



EU partners:

  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España
  • Dirección General de Salud Pública - Consejería de Sanidad del Gobierno de Canarias. España.
  • Direção Regional de Ambiente e Alterações Climáticas - Secretaria Regional de Ambiente, Recursos Naturais e Alterações Climáticas. Madeira. Portugal.
  • Direção Regional dos Assuntos do Mar - Secretaria Regional do Mar, Ciência e Tecnologia. Azores. Portugal.
  • Mancomunidad Intermunicipal del Sureste de Gran Canaria. Canarias. España.
  • Centro Tecnológico de Ciencias Marinas (CETECIMA). Canarias. España

Non EU partners:

  • Universidade de Cabo Verde (UNICV). Cabo Verde. 

Total budget: 1.075.477 €

Allocation through INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 Funding Programme, European Regional Development Funds ERDF (85%): 914.156 €

September 2019 - August 2023

Main Objective: 

Improve quality of bathing and coastal waters for tourism promotion and conservation of natural spaces

Specific Objectives:

  • Preserve waters quality and propose tools for bathing areas management
  • Reduce contamination risks by discharges and study ecological status indicators