Sea turtle rescue centres- First ever Mediterranean map launched


A new online map of sea turtle rescue centres in the Mediterranean has been created by MEDASSET.  The new tool was launched at the 41st Congress of the CIESM (Mediterranean Science Commission) in Kiel, Germany (12-16 September 2016).

The “Database & Online Map of Sea Turtle Rescue & First Aid Centres in the Mediterranean” is a new project by the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles (MEDASSET) which was prompted by a paper by Ullmann and Stachowitsch (2015) that called for ‘better information on the number and types of rescue facilities on a Mediterranean scale’.

The sea turtle rescue centres are presented to the public via a new interactive Google Map that is managed by MEDASSET.  The primary aim is to provide open access to accurate and current information on all facilities that rescue and care for sea turtles in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the new tool helps increase awareness about the existence of the network of facilities.

“Up-to-date information has been provided by each facility, making this a most reliable source” remarked Liza Boura, Project Manager.  The information includes the facility location, type, contact details and volunteer opportunities.  The map will be periodically updated, maintained and improved after launch.

Facilities that do not currently appear on the map but wish to be included are invited to contact MEDASSET.  Relevant organisations can freely use this new tool by embedding the Google Map on their websites.

Blue Eco Forum. Barcelona, 25 November 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Barcelona, 25 November 2016

Venue: Marine museum of Barcelona


EUCC Mediterranean Centre is co-organizing this Mediterranean event. This forum aims to reflect on these major regional challenges through participatory and cross-cutting activities, putting the focus on the Mediterranean Sea as a source of opportunities for cultural, social, environmental and economic wealth. It will draw collective and shared thinking and actions towards a more sustainable and peaceful development of the Mediterranean region. This event, organized by the Mediterranean civil society, features debates, workshops, exhibitions and meetings – virtual and face-to-face- with the participation of relevant actors from the Euro-Mediterranean political, economic and social world.

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Coast Day 2016

This year’s Coast Day will be celebrated with a slight delay, on Tuesday, September 27, to avoid the weekend when most of the participants couldn’t attend. It will be co-organised by PAP/RAC and SCP/RAC in Barcelona, at the premises of Sant Pau Art Knowledge Centre.

The celebration will be organised within the project “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean” financed by the “MAVA Fondation pour la Nature”, located in Gland, Switzerland which will offer substantial financial support to the event. Given the objective of the project, the topic of this year’s celebration, which is different each year, will be the “Blue Economy” and its importance for reaching economic, social and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Region.

The morning part of the celebration will be dedicated to presentations and discussion on good examples and advantages of the Blue Economy, while the afternoon part will be more relaxed and entertaining, aimed at a wider audience. The agenda of the event will be available in due time.


Apart from this central regional celebration, we have announcements of Slovenia planning a Coast Week, and a celebration in Montenegro.

Eye on Earth Webinar on: The International Society for Digital Earth

An Eye on Earth Webinar on: The International Society for Digital Earth
Join us for a webinar on Sep 21, 2016 at 9:30 PM CST.
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Eye on Earth are delighted to announce details of the next in our series of Eye on Earth Webinars. Once again we are privileged to have a great speaker talking to us about an important initiative in the global data-for-sustainable development agenda.

As ever we encourage you to share news of this event to your institutional and personal professional network.

Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet. It is a collaborative effort between Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences to monitor and forecast natural and human phenomena. The International Society for Digital Earth is an international organization, principally for promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. This presentation will introduce the Digital Earth concept, its key technologies and its new trends, along with the 10-year development of the International Society for Digital Earth. This presentation also tries to discuss some recommendations on how to promote this concept worldwide and to co-operate with other regional and international organizations.

Mr. Jiang Hao, is Communications Officer of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE). He obtained a master’s degree in geo-informatics from the International Institute of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) [now University of Twente]. While working for the Secretariat office of ISDE, he is currently a PHD candidate with his research interest of web- based geo information technologies and Digital Earth, in the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

We will be “advertising” this event widely – so please accept our apologies for any cross-postings.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pescaplàstik, un espectacle de clown sobre les deixalles marines





Vador es un pescador de pesca artesanal que surt a feinejar a mar. El seu dia de pesca es torna en una aventura. On pescarà peixos de plàstic, galledes, soles de sabata. Provarà diferents tipus de pesca com l’arrossegament, el tresmall, l’aqüicultura… trobarà diferents tipus de peixos, de petits i de grans. I sobretot jugarà per mostrar la importància de reciclar i no malmetre el medi ambient amb els tipus de pesca intensives, i el llançament de plàstics i residus. Tot això en clau de clown.-


Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean

28 Nov. / 1st Dec 2016

Tangier, Morocco

In the continuity of the 2012 Mediterranean MPA Forum (Antalya, Turkey), MedPAN, RAC/SPA, the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification and several partners organise the second edition of the Mediterranean MPA Forum from 28 November to 1st December in Tangier, Morocco. Four hundred participants are expected at this event.

Towards 2020 and beyond
Every 4 years, the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean triggers a unique process during which all interested parties tackle the challenges MPAs face in the region. The high point of this Forum process is a 4-day event to assess the progress made and what’s left ahead according to the MPA Roadmap developed at the 2012 Forum and now adopted by the Barcelona Convention. What should still be done to conserve by 2020 at least 10% of the Mediterranean Sea through effectively managed MPAs and other area-based conservation measures? How to address MPA issues with a long-term and integrated vision?

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