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MARVIVA: Presentació del projecte de recollida i caracterització de deixalles marines October 6, 2015

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16 d’octubre de 2015, a les 13:30 hores,
a la Confraria de Pescadors de Barcelona

Aquest projecte de recollida i caracterització de deixalles marines l’està portant a terme la confraria de pescadors de Barcelona juntament amb l’Agència de Residus de Catalunya i el Port de Barcelona.

EUCC Centre Mediterrani participarà en aquesta jornada presentant la seva experiència en CleanSea i en la Asociación Española de Basuras Marinas.

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Presentations and materials from Blue Invest- EU Support to Maritime Regions Conference, Brussels, September 22, 2015 October 2, 2015

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The Conference “Blue Invest – EU Support to Maritime Regions” took place in Brussels on 22 September 2015. It was organized by the European Commission in collaboration with the CPMR. Several speakers presented examples of how the ESIF, Horizon 2020, and other EU funds can work together with the EIB and the private sector to provide investment for jobs and growth in the blue economy. Participants also shared examples of successful EU-funded projects in different sectors such as renewable energy, aquaculture, biotechnology, and skills and qualifications.The Commission encouraged the member states and the coastal regions to make best use of available funding instruments, including EU funds, to give the blue economy a boost.
In his closing speech, DG MARE Director General Mr Aguiar Machado expressed the need to better communicate and coordinate with other Commission departments to ensure that member states take this opportunity and that all EU funds contribute to the development of the blue economy. The Commission will promote and encourage the organisation of seminars to promote the exchange of good practice and innovative ideas for the future.
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2nd Iberoamerican Congress on Integrated Coastal Zone Management September 29, 2015

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Originally posted on Coastal & MarinE-News:

The 2nd Iberoamerican Congress on Integrated Coastal Zone Management emphasizes
the “Governance for ecosystem services in coasts and oceans”and will be held in Florianó
polis, SC, Brazil, from the 3rd to the 6th of May 2016. The 2nd ICZM Iberoamerica Congress
intends to give continuity to the goals set in the 1st ICZM Iberoamerica Congress held in
Cádiz, 2012, working on the development of a regional framework for the exchange of
experiences and knowledge that will improve the governance for the coastal sustainability
in Iberoamerica.
The focus of this second edition, the ecosystem based management (EBM), is an approach
that links the environmental health to the human well-being, as the environment provides
valuable natural services, or “Ecosystem Services” to human communities. These services
depend on the complexity of ecosystems, the connections among them, the link between
land, fresh and salt water, and their integration with the human beings. The…

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CleanSea Project’s Marine Litter Symposium and Film Première September 23, 2015

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Amsterdam’s the place to be on 3 December 2015 to find out about the marine litter science highlights and Roadmap to litter-free seas coming out of the CleanSea Project (2013-2015).
The CleanSea Symposium is a public event, open to all interested stakeholders. The CleanSea documentary film – that’s now in the making – will be premiering.
And what better place to hold an event about a multifaceted problem like marine litter than at Amsterdam’s EYE Film Institute?
The EYE’s multilayered space is based on an interplay of viewpoints, creating a distinctive communicative effect. This nicely reflects the dynamic we are seeking in the CleanSea project.

The program is still under construction, but we hope you save the date. We’ll update you with a draft program including keynote speaker in the coming months.
Registration is now open.

Participatory workshop in Venice will bring-in stakeholders’ valuable insights into CleanSea’s final outputs September 23, 2015

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13th October 2015, Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center, Venice

When attempting to address the issue of marine litter, it is essential to consider the particular socio-economic dimension and specificities of a certain

region. High population density and tourism pressure, together with ineffective waste management, are among the main drivers behind marine litter in the Mediterranean.

The FP7 Project CleanSea has been looking at drivers that lead to the generation of marine litter but also those barriers that impair its prevention and mitigation, in the different regional seas. The project is currently evaluating the most adequate and effective potential solutions, through a multi-criteria analysis and covering the whole life-cycle of products. This will form the basis of a roadmap to support decision-making across Europe, with a regional focus. Given the transversal nature of this issue, it is crucial to bring-in the sectorial knowledge and particular insight of different stakeholders, when designing an appropriate set of approaches.

This participatory workshop is promoted by EUCC Mediterranean Centre within the CleanSea project and will include an engaging activity that will help us shape and validate the final outputs of the project. Participants will be invited to reflect jointly on policy options and evaluate implementation aspects of a series of measures to address key types of litter found in the Mediterranean.

The workshop is within the programme of the Wake of Plastics Conference (link is external), organised by the University Ca’Foscari. You can check the preliminary programme here.

Please follow this link to register (link is external) to the conference and workshop.

Sea turtles show the way to mystery foraging area in the Mediterranean September 22, 2015

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A few weeks ago we told you the story of five female green sea turtles released from Alagadi (Alakati) beach in Cyprus to be tracked via satellite by researchers* aiming to identify foraging areas in the Mediterranean so far unknown. “To know is to do” so if we know where the rare green turtles feed we can then help protect these areas.
Since their release on June 30th, we have been following the 5 sea turtles closely, wondering if they would reveal their secret. And they did!

All 5 migrated through the Levantine sea, south of Cyprus, passed the waters of Lebanon, Israel and Gaza, and arrived at (drumsticks)….Bardawil lagoon in N. Sinai in Egypt! If that name sounds familiar it is because MEDASSET and our Egyptian colleagues surveyed Bardawil lagoon in 2012 following reports of numerous dead turtles there.  Our survey indicated that Bardwil may be a feeding, development or overwintering habitat for sea turtles. But back then we could not say for sure how important this area is for the green turtles.

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Webinar by “Blue Carbon: a new tool for coastal wetland restoration and conservation effort” by Restore America’s Estuaries September 17, 2015

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Learn how coastal wetlands can also mitigate climate change and earn carbon finance to support restoration/conservation efforts.

Join Restore America’s Estuaries for an upcoming webinar: Blue Carbon: a new tool for coastal wetland restoration and conservation efforts
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015; 2:00 pm EDT
Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8011574252220262913

Learn  the basics of blue carbon science and understand how blue carbon can support land conservation and restoration goals and generate new revenue opportunities. This webinar will cover:
– Background on blue carbon and importance to restoration/conservation needs
– Introduction to the voluntary carbon market
– Market and policy opportunities

What’s Blue Carbon?
It refers to the carbon and other greenhouse gases captured, stored, and emitted by the world’s coastal ecosystems.  This webinar will introduce participants to blue carbon science, concepts, and opportunities to benefit coastal restoration and conservation efforts. We will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems, cover the basics of how carbon markets work, and what the opportunities are for coastal wetland projects to benefit from carbon finance.
Who should attend?
Those interested in coastal conservation and restoration, including natural resource managers, land owners, land trusts, municipalities, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials.

Presented by Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator, Restore America’s Estuaries.
This webinar is supported by NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative.
For more information on blue carbon, visit http://www.estuaries.org/bluecarbon or email ssimpson@estuaries.org.

New EUCC regional office: France hosts the EUCC Atlantic Centre September 16, 2015

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We are pleased to announce the formal establishment of EUCC Atlantic Centre (published in the Official Gazette of August 15, 2015, Pyrénées-Atlantiques prefecture) and its first General Assembly which will take place early 2016.

EUCC Atlantic Centre becomes the fourth regional European office of the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC), after EUCC Mediterranean Centre in Barcelona (Spain), EUCC Baltic Sea in Warnemünde (Germany) and EUCC Eastern Europe in Klaipeda (Lithuania).

EUCC Atlantic Center was established at the initiative of EUCC-France and both associations are now based at the Center of the Sea in Biarritz.

The main objective of EUCC Atlantic Centre is to contribute to the work of the entire EUCC network on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICM / ICZM) and taking into account land-sea interactions (LSI) within the European Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).

The Centre will also support decision making on the European Atlantic coast and will work in closely with Coastal & Marine (EUCC), with the Sea Centre of Biarritz, as well as with local stakeholders and in perfect cohesion with national branches EUCC of the concerned geographical area.

Contact Information

EUCC Atlantic Centre

Centre de la Mer
Plateau Atalaye

Dr. Vincent Bawedin (President: vincent.bawedin@gmail.com)
Dr. Christine Clus-Auby (Co-founder: c.clus.auby@gmail.com)

Call for green entrepreneurs: apply to SwitchMed training programme in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. September 10, 2015

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Are you a green entrepreneur? Do you want to launch in the market a new green product or service but you don’t know where to start? Would you like to learn how to develop a green business model that creates environmental and social value?

Apply to one of the first highly qualified green entrepreneurship training programme in the southern mediterranean countries. You will learn step by step how to convert your Green Business Ideas into a sound and feasible Green Business Project by joining our on-site trainings workshops. A professional team will guide you during several months, among an incubation phase and an acceleration phase.

It is a dynamic, flexible, inclusive and free of charge training programme designed to transform ideas into a sustainable and successful business and to scale-up green economy in those countries.

Apply before the 30th September 2015 in Lebanon and Jordan and before the 15th October in Palestine.


News on the Sustainable Development Solutions Network September 10, 2015

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The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDSN Mediterranean. 

Activities of SDSN Mediterranean include:
  • Cooperation  and  joint  research activities  among  Mediterranean  countries, universities  and  businesses;
  • Development  of  practical  solutions  to  sustainability  issues relevant to the  future of  the region;
  • Elaboration  of  SDG  indicators  for  the  Mediterranean  area;
  • Promotion of   networking   activities among  research  centers,  the  diffusion  of  SDSN.edu  education tools  in the  Mediterranean ,  and  Euro-Mediterranean  joint  programming  in  the context  of  EU  planning  activities.

SDSN Mediterranean has just launched a new website of SDSN Mediterranean: http://www.sdsn-mediterranean.org

They have also made  promotional video on SDSN Mediterranean that is available in English, French and Arabic.You can find it at: http://www.sdsn-mediterranean.unisi.it/media/

English version of the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7upvqbivO0

Arabic version of the film:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBUViC-xGZM&feature=youtu.be

“Food & Water: International short film festival on sustainability

On August 27, 2015, SDSN Mediterranea, in cooperation with “Visionaria International Film Festival”, presented at the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2015 an event entitled Food & Water: International short film festival on sustainability. A series of 10 short films on the theme Food & Water, finalists of Competition, have been viewed by the public of Expo in Milan and judged by a jury. The contest has been won by the short film “Parvaneha End – Butterflies” (Iran, 2014) by Adnan Zandi a videomaker born in Iran. More information about this  event and a trailer on short films presented at the Festival are available at:

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