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The MARELITT Toolkits are online! March 30, 2015

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EUCC Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) and EUCC Mediterranean Centre, both partners of the MARELITT project, are happy to announce that the Toolkit for marine litter retention projects and the Toolkit for derelict fishing gear retrieval projects are now online. 

MARELITT is an EU-funded project led by Milieu and aimed at identifying and disseminating good practices for the removal of litter and derelict fishing gear from the sea. During 2013 and 2014, the MARELITT team assessed marine litter retention by professional fishermen (sometimes referred to as ’fishing for litter’), and derelict fishing gear retrieval projects in Europe. Following the assessment, the MARELITT team supported five pilot projects in the four European regional seas in developing their project plan. Out of this work, a series of good practices was identified and compiled in the Toolkits.

The Toolkits are for anyone who wants to set up a project and learn from the experience of previous initiatives. They do not provide a single recipe for setting up litter or gear removal projects but provide advice on how to overcome problems that organisations often face when setting up this type of projects. The Toolkits broadly follow the different steps of a project and will support project managers in planning, budget, involvement of participants, removal techniques and management on the ground, monitoring and evaluation, and seeking funding.

The Toolkits are available online and in printable versions. A number of tools are also downloadable on the website and can be tailored by project managers. Please feel free to share the Toolkits with your colleagues and networks.

We hope you will enjoy the reading!

The International Sea Turtle Symposium March 18, 2015

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Around 34 years ago, a handful of young scientists whose love of marine turtles was equalled only by their specialist knowledge of them, organised the first American workshop in Waverly, Georgia, dedicated to “the protection and study of sea turtles”: About 70 people took part.

The initiative proved such a success that it became established, and since then has been organised on an annual basis, hosted by a different country and on a different continent each time – but always one that enjoys a relationship with marine turtles. Gradually the number of delegates annually has reached 1,000 and attendance figures seem still to be rising!

In 2002 the workshop morphed into an Association and was renamed the International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS). Its aim is to present and share the most recent research findings, studies, protection initiatives, environmental education programmes, and new techniques carried out or devised by scientific researchers, NGOs, students, educators and others.

Each Symposium now features two auctions that are organised by teams of many volunteers. All the items offered for sale are donated by the delegates themselves and almost all include a turtle – often portrayed in a humorous way. The proceeds, which can amount to several thousand dollars, are used to fund the attendance of students at the following Symposium, giving young people an opportunity of presenting their work and competing for prizes. On the final evening there is a party for all ages that usually carries on into the small hours!

Another feature of the Symposium is the “vendor’s tables” at which NGOs, craftspeople, publishers, manufacturers of technical equipment (like satellite tracking devices) and more, present their wares – all turtle-related, of course. MEDASSET usually attends the ISTS every 2-3 years. The associated costs, (fees, travel, accommodation, preparation, etc.), make it effectively impossible for us to take part more frequently. Last April we travelled to New Orleans for the 34th Annual Symposium – a journey of 16 hours – and yet we felt it had been worth the effort as the team returned brimming with new ideas and with renewed commitment, enthusiasm and energy… and an even greater passion for the work it does.

In 2015 the 35th International Sea Turtle Symposium will take place between the 19th and 24th of April in Turkey, at Dalaman. MEDASSET will be presenting the special children’s activity “You see the Difference a turtle does not” , a poster on “New Observations of Sea Turtle Trade in Alexandria, Egypt” and running a workshop on Novel technologies for environmental campaigning. In addition, our Trustee Anna Stamatiou, is chairing Video Night, coordinating a Beauty Pageant during the Live Auction and Vice President of MEDASSET Greece, Professor John Pantis, is co-chairing the Poster Session. For more information visit http://seaturtlesociety.com/symposium.html

EUCC-France International Conference Biarritz 2015 March 16, 2015

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The 21st conference of the parties (COP 21) will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The impacts on coastal areas expected by scientists lead to critical questions that directly concern EUCC-France.

In this way, the international conference planned in Biarritz the 22nd and 23rd of June 2015 will talk about:

European coasts and climate change: Biodiversity response and new management strategies in coastal environment

In 2015, the head office of EUCC-France and the new European center EUCC Atlantic will be settled in Biarritz in association with the Centre de la Mer de Biarritz.

We organize some plenary sessions the 22 in the morning, followed by two field workshops on Biarritz coast. Debates will be held on 23 in the morning.

This conference is supported by the European Commission, the Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Energie,  the Région Aquitaine, the Département…

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Share your vision for the future of European nature! February 20, 2015

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The Nature Outlook on the future of nature in Europe provides alternative perspectives for 2050 on the desired state of nature and actions for civil society, companies and government from local to EU level to achieve the desired state. The Nature Outlook will be input to an informal Ministers Conference, organised under the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2016, and deliver innovative insights for EU nature and biodiversity policies. It can also be used in strategic discussions on adjacent policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy. The study is being carried out by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, an independent research institute in nature, environment and spatial planning.

Online consultation

In December 2014, PBL conducted a dialogue to define the perspectives for the Nature Outlook.More than 30 people participated in the dialogue, representing umbrella organisations in Europe in various sectors, including nature conservation…

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ADRIPLAN STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP. A Marine Spatial Planning exercise in the North Adriatic Sea February 9, 2015

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4th March 2015, Piran/Strunjan, Slovenia
Aim of the Workshop
According to the new Directive
“Establishing a Framework for Maritime
Spatial Planning – MSP”, adopted in July
2015, EU coastal Member States are
requested to implement maritime spatial
plans by 31 March 2021.
The pilot project ADRIPLAN, Adriatic and
Ionian maritime spatial planning, funded
by the European Commission (DG MARE),
aims to deliver a common approach to
cross-border MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian
Region, zooming into two focus areas, one
in the Northern Adriatic and the other in
Southern Adriatic – Northern Ionian.
The workshop has the main objective of
performing a real “planning exercise”, in
which the participants will build a
“possible” maritime spatial plan in the
Northern Adriatic Sea. Stakeholders with
knowledge and expertise in different
maritime sectors will identify the possible
planning options and elaborate a spatial
allocation (zoning) draft in a proposed
area. Taking into consideration the
peculiarities of the area, as well as the
strategic needs and objectives emerged
from the ADRIPLAN Initial Assessment
and the previous stakeholders
consultations, three themes have been
selected for playing a pivotal role in the
planning exercise:
• Energy, including (e.g.) LNG terminals,
Hydrocarbon investigation and
exploitation, power cables and
pipelines.
• Maritime transport, including
maritime transport activities related to
tourism.
• Ports development, with a focus on
the enhancement of intermodality.
Around each pivotal themes, ALL the other
sectoral themes will be considered, in
order to compose a comprehensive and
coherent plan for ALL marine and
maritime activities, including TOURISM,
which represent an economic priority in all
the Adriatic Ionian Region. Specific issues
will be tackled during the workshop, taking
into account their cross-border relevance,
the local problems, the conflicts between
different uses of other sectors/activities
and the threats to the environment. The
workshop will be structured in an
interactive way with presentations and
discussion rounds.
Further information about the programme
of the workshop will be uploaded in the
web site http://www.adriplan.eu .

Plastic waste dominates seafloor litter in Mediterranean and Black Sea surveys February 5, 2015

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Originally posted on Marine Litter News for clean&healthy seas:

Source: Science for Environment Policy

Researchers have trawled coastal areas of the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea for waste and found up to 1211 items of litter per km2. Plastic bags and bottles were some of the most commonly found items. They present the results in a recent study, which they say supports Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) implementation, as well as efforts to discourage plastic carrier bag use.

Marine litter has a range of damaging impacts. For instance, marine creatures can become entangled in floating nets or eat the litter. Floating litter can also transport non-native species into new environments and tiny plastic fragments, ‘microplastics’, have been shown to be long-term sources of pollutants, such as phthalates.

This study, conducted under the EU PERSEUS project1, assessed marine litter on the seafloor of five areas in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea — three gulfs…

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XVI CONGRESO LATINOAMERICANO DE CIENCIAS DEL MAR – COLACMAR y XVI SEMINARIO NACIONAL DE CIENCIAS Y TECNOLOGÍAS DEL MAR February 4, 2015

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18 AL 22 DE OCTUBRE 2015, SANTA MARTA – COLOMBIA

Las temáticas del Seminario han cambiado con el tiempo, de acuerdo a la evolución que las temáticas de la investigación en ciencias del mar en el país. Para las últimas versiones se pueden resumir en 8 que son las más representativas. Las cinco primeras han estado presentes en casi todos los eventos, mientras que las tres últimas temáticas fueron apareciendo aproximadamente a partir de la IX versión realizada en la ciudad de Medellín:

  • BEM: Biodiversidad y Ecosistemas Marinos
  • VAR: Valoración y Aprovechamiento de Recursos Marinos
  • OCE: Oceanografía y Clima
  • GEM: Geología Marina
  • CAM: Calidad Ambiental Marina
  • CED: Cultura y Educación
  • POL: Política y Legislación (Zonas Costeras)
  • ITM: Ingeniería y Tecnología Marina

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CleanSea consortium meets in Amsterdam to share preliminary results and prepare roadmap for clean seas February 3, 2015

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The CleanSea Project team met at IVM-VU University Amsterdam on 28 and 29 January 2015, marking the end of the second project year. Preliminary results were presented and discussed among project partners, who left the meeting prepared for the work to be done in the final year of the project (project runs January 2013 to December 2015). The meeting gave attention to a special outcome of the project: a “Roadmap” to a future litter-free sea, a document (in preparation) that will integrate project results across natural and social science research and provide guidance to policy makers and others tackling marine litter across European seas.

Several staff of the EUCC Mediterranean Centre attended the meeting as communication leaders and Mediterranean regional partner conducting research on socioeconomics and governance.

Researchers discussed aspects such as the biological effects of microplastics at the level of organisms, populations and ecosystems. These particles are caused by fragmentation, a topic also being studied in an indoor ‘plastic soup’ test system within the project. A newly designed microlitter sampler has been tested and fine-tuned and promises to be a valuable tool for future research and monitoring of the water column. Hyperspectral imaging, Raman spectrometry and mass spectrometry techniques are three approaches to identify plastics in environmental samples that are being applied in the project. Field sampling is continuing to produce micro- and macrolitter data in the European marine environment, some of which is also being used as input for the modeling exercises within the project.

Economic costs of marine litter in the fisheries sector, ports and on recreational beaches are being studied, as well as beach users’ perceptions in the three regional seas (North, Black and Mediterranean). The progress towards analysis of best practices and short-and long-term policy options to reduce marine litter in Europe was presented. These analyses encompass not only regulatory and market-based instruments but also more bottom-up approaches (e.g. co-management, communicative) to identify points of intervention in different areas of the manufactured product system that could be used to reduce marine litter. The project will address innovations and policy integration as part of the mix that can help Europe reach Good Environmental Status (GES).

The Black Sea Commission was represented at this meeting by BSC Officer Ms. Irina Makarenko, who provided advice and input from the perspective of this important Regional Sea Commission.

CleanSea is entering a crucial stage of validating and integrating the wealth of knowledge and data coming out of the project, which can be transferred to a variety of stakeholders. As a final project dissemination event, the CleanSea Symposium and Documentary Film Presentation will be held on the 3rd of December 2015 at the EYE Film Institute, a spectacular venue in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This event is open to all interested stakeholders and the public.  Save the date!

Revue “Littoral & Mer”_N02_Janvier 2015 January 26, 2015

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En ce début du nouvel an 2015, et après l’honorable succès du premier numéro de notre revue technique, professionnelle, méditerranéenne et semestrielle intitulée littoral et mer, c’est avec un immense plaisir que l’Association Tunisienne de l’Ingénierie Côtière, Portuaire et Maritime (A.T.I.M.) partage avec ces lecteurs, ce deuxième numéro, qui présente un nouveau recueil de papiers techniques multidisciplinaires rédigés par des professionnels du domaine, en vue de dévoiler une partie des ressources propres, des modes de gestion intégrée et des imbrications relatifs à ces espaces fragiles, stratégiques, propices et privilégiés. Aussi, nous invitons ceux qui souhaitent partager des informations capitales, leurs expériences et leur savoir faire avec la communauté littorale et marine en méditerranée à contribuer par des articles dans les prochains numéros.
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UN General Assembly: Sustainable tourism is a tool for poverty reduction and environmental protection January 26, 2015

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A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly.

Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in developing countries, the resolution entitled “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection” calls upon the UN System to promote sustainable tourism as an instrument that can contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The resolution, significantly broader in scope than previous ones on the subject, builds on a 2012 UN resolution on ecotourism and draws on a report prepared by UNWTO. In line with UNWTO recommendations, it underlines the importance of appropriate national policies, guidelines and regulations for promoting sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, and encourages UN Member States and regional and international financial institutions to support…

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