Our Work

EUCC has been involved in the Mediterranean region for a long time, especially through its National Branches in France, Portugal, Italy, and Spain, and by taking part in international projects in this region. The start of activities at the Eastern Mediterranean and Northern African countries as well as the determination of supporting more directly the National Branches and EUCC members in the Mediterranean region were the origin of EUCC Mediterranean Centre, founded in 2003 in Barcelona, Spain.

Current projects

Environment through Scientific Evidence, Innovative Tools and Good Governance – CleanSea  is a multidisciplinary and collaborative EU FP7 research project addressing marine litter from different perspectives. It aims at providing Member States and other stakeholders with improved knowledge, methods and tools to be able to better define, monitor and achieve a marine environment free of harmful litter levels by 2020 (Good Environmental Status –GES- as required by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive –MSFD). In doing so, it will deliver a set of integrated results that will provide transparent and useful guidance to policy makers and stakeholders dealing with marine litter mitigation.

EUCC Mediterranean Centre leads the Work Package on dissemination and promotion and provides expert input to the socio economic and policy assessments, the stakeholders’ platform and the GES roadmap development regarding Descriptor 10 Marine Litter. The project started on January 2013 and will run for three years.


BojanaWEBBojanatour (Fostering and bringing together nature, tourism and civil society at Bojana Delta through integrated coastal zone management). Ulcinj, in the south coast of Montenegro, is an important tourist destination in the summer for neighbouring countries. Furthermore, it hosts one a highest valuable ecological sites in the Balkans coast, the Bojana delta, shared with Albania. These two facts require an integrated management allowing win-win situations. In this context Bojanatour project is seeking for synergies between nature and tourism. This project is led as ECNC Group.

Technical and administrative support for the joint implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by the EU Mediterranean Member States

The ultimate aim of this contract will be to support MED EU MS in implementing the MED component of the MSFD CIS WP 2014-2018 once agreed by the Marine Directors. Through this support, the project will also aim at supporting  regional and interregional cooperation, in line with relevant decisions of the Marine Directors (May 2013). More information: http://www.msfd-medproject.eu.

Technical and administrative support for the joint implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by the Mediterranean EU Member States – Phase 2.
This service has been awarded by the European Commission’s Directorate General Environment (DG ENV) following a call for proposals under the framework contract for services related to coordination between the different marine regions in implementing the ecosystem approach. This project builds further on the Phase I of the technical and administrative support project to the EU Member Mediterranean States, coordinated by ARCADIS and focusing on monitoring programmes (http://www.msfd-medproject.eu/). This second phase focuses on the programmes of measure being developed by EU Member States. The aim is to facilitate cooperation among Mediterranean EU Member States.

MARELITT. The objective of MARELITT is to assist EU Member States in reducing the impact of marine litter on the coastal and marine environment. The project runs from January 2013 until December 2014. MARELITT will assess existing marine litter removal projects in Europe’s four regional seas from the organisational, economic and environmental angles. This assessment will allow the definition of good practices. Subsequently, organisations will be identified and invited to host a project and to continue developing the good practices after the project period. The capacity of the organisations will be strengthened through the project, via training and guidance. The results of the project will be disseminated through a web-based toolkit providing guidance to stakeholders that want to establish their own litter removal project.


Concluded projects

The EUCC Mediterranean Centre takes a new challenge in the field of air pollution from ports at the Med Programme project Common Mediterranean strategy and local practical Actions for the mitigation of Port, Industries and Cities Emissions – APICE. APICE proposes a decision-making approach & related set of mitigation measures that assume the impact of air pollution sources as driver for the coast management in port-cities. This model is based on a stronger coordination of environmental and spatial planning policies, leading to curb emissions and preserving economic potentialities of port-cities. Results will be owned by some of the main MED port-cities to move towards the attainments of the key objectives of EU Integrated Maritime Policy. EUCC will work at the pilot site of the Barcelona Port by facilitating the dialogue among the concerned stakeholders and by developing the local adaptation plan. The project started in June 2010 and will run for 30 months.

Pilot project – plastic recycling cycle and marine environmental impact Case studies on the plastic cycle and its loopholes in the four European regional seas areas. This is one of the three studies contracted in 2012 by the European Commission, DG Environment to aggregate data on marine litter in European Marine Environments, to contribute to achieving good environmental status with respect to descriptor 10 on marine litter of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and to help to further develop (European) policy for marine litter. The study has been implemented by a consortium led by ARCADIS and including Coastal&Marine Union (EUCC) at the core technical group and EUCC Mediterranean Centre, which implemented the Mediterranean regional case in Barcelona.

The full final report is available here.


Learning from sectoral experience on Natura 2000 sites, a showcase by ECNC Group

By Snethlage, M., B. Delbaere, P. Fernandez, L. García, M. Ferreira and M. Kaandorp (2012) Sectoral Experience with Natura 2000. ECNC Group, Tilburg / Leiden. 138 p.

This report presents the findings of a one-year project seeking to analyse the mutual interactions between the implementation of the Natura 2000 network and the activities of a selection of three sectors in five North-Western European EU Member States. This project, carried out by the ECNC Group (thus including Coastal&Marine Union and EUCC Mediterranean Centre), aimed at identifying the pressures from the sectors on Natura 2000 implementation, the responses from the nature conservation agencies/actors to these pressures, the conflicts that arise from the pressures and responses, and the solutions that have been found to address these conflicts.

CoastLearn Black Sea (CLBS). The ICZM distance training tool “CoastLearn“, developed and led by EUCC since 2001, will receive a major boost through this project by updating existing contents, adding new modules and case studies and languages.

LitusGo: Training mediteranean local authorities and civil organizations on integrated coastal zone management and reaction to the impacts of climate changes. It aims at filling this training gap through the development of a well-structured, innovative, interactive, work-linked vocational training program, directly focused on Mediterranean Local Authorities and NGOs and through them to practitioners, tuned to accommodate Mediterranean particularities and needs especially in touristic coastal areas. The methodology is problem solving.

MARCOM+. This FP7 project had the goal of establishing a sustainable and long-lasting partnership forum (European Marine and Maritime Forum ), based on shared interests and shared leadership, and to test it on regional seas and pan-European basis. EUCC’s tasks of the project included the investigation of two main topics with regard to Europe’s regional seas: (i) Review of regional research governance frameworks for the purpose of future articulation of maritime governance at the EU level and (ii) Assessment of important mechanisms and tools for research governance.

The outstanding nature site Cap des Trois Fourches in Eastern Morocco phases a great problem: land erosion. This is the main reason why EUCC took the lead of a project that would contribute to alleviate this issue, while promoting socioeconomic development. This way ABIPA C3F project (Agriculture, Biodiversité et Participation au Cap des Trois Fourches) was born, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The main project achievement has been the restoration of 18 ha through the plantation of fruit trees (olive, almond, carob and fig trees).

The FP6 SPICOSA Project (Science and Policy Integration for Coastal System Assessment) finalised last 31st January 2011. SPICOSA aimed to create a self-evolving, operational research approach framework for the assessment of policy options for the sustainable management of coastal zone systems. The continuity of its approach is therefore inherent to the SPICOSA character. SPICOSA produced tools, information, and new knowledge that will outlast the project itself. The ultimate legacy of SPICOSA should therefore be “A community of developers and users of the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) Toolbox in support of science – policy integration based on the integrated assessment of coastal or marine systems”.
The SPICOSA Toolbox is a series of outputs which are meant to be valuable for the future SAF community and thus be continuously used, promoted, updated and upgraded as required and possible.

CONSCIENCE – Concepts and Science for Coastal Erosion Management.  CONSCIENCE, a Specific Targeted Research Project supported by the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6) that started in March 2007 and was completed in May 2010. The project has contributed to make operational coastal erosion concepts developed under EUROSION.

In the framework of the EU SMAP III Programe, CAP Nador has concluded successfully after three years of intensive work in the Province of Nador, Morocco. The final documents, the ICZM action plans have been presented and warmly welcomed by a wide coastal stakeholders’ audience. CAP Nador team thanks to everybody who has made possible this satisfactory project. More information plans-daction-cap-nador

ACCMA – Climate Change Adaptation in MoroccoThe project aimed to advance the science and technology that underpin preparations for, and responses to climate related events, and contribute to the information systems that guide policies of public protection. Its results informed the Nador ICZM Action Plan developed by the EUCC-led project CAP Nador, and support the assessment and implementation of adaptation measures in a regional context.

ALAMIM – Alexandria Lake Maryut Integrated Management. Funded by an EC programme (SMAP III) and launched in 2006, it was aimed at assisting the Alexandria Governorate to better understand the implications of the de-pollution of Lake Mariout and to establish an organization that would enable the planning and management of development and improvements in that area.

Descobreix Natura 2000 des del Mar: Els espais naturals marins i litorals catalans de la Xarxa Natura 2000 (in Catalan). EUCC MC received a grant by the Fundació Territori i Paisatge to develop the publication “Descobreix Natura 2000 des del Mar” on Catalan coastal Natura 2000 sites. Around 6000 copies have been distributed to strategic information and distribution points along the Catalan coast, inlcuding nature parks info points, tourist info offices, museums, associations and administrations.

Descobreix Natura 2000 des del Mar: Els espais naturals marins i litorals balears de la Xarxa Natura 2000 (in Catalan). After the Catalan publication on Natura 2000, the donnor granted again EUCC Mediterranean Centre to produce a similar publication for the Balearic Islands. The brochure was widely distributed througout these Mediterranean islands.

CoastLearn. A multimedia distance training package on Integrated Coastal Zone Management is an initiative of EUCC involving a large international partnership. The tool is available in more than 10 languages and includes modules on different coastal topics, such as sustainable tourism or biodiversity management.

EUROSIONEUCC Mediterranean Centre, with the financing of the Directorate General of Coasts of the Ministry of Environment, and the Interreg IIIC projects CoPraNet and Messina, disseminates and supports the results of the EUROSION study of the European Commission in Spain and the Mediterranean region.

EdUCanviClimàtic. Educational tool on climate change aimed at secondary school, in Catalan. It includes background information, exercices and interesting links. Funded by the Catalan Department of Environmentl and Housing.


Tempus TACIS EU-ECOMET 2EUCC Mediterranean Centre contributed its experience in developing the ICM distance training course CoastLearn to the new TEMPUS TACIS project EU-COMET2 under the lead of the University of Cadiz. The project aimed to adapt the current ICZM education at the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (St. Petersburg) to the two-level (bachelor/master) system common in the European Union. Other specific objectives were the upgrading of the existing education and development of new ICZM courses and the production of CDROM based education in order to allow a wider dissemination and ensure it reaches a larger number of users.


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