Global Ocean Science Education Workshop

2017 Workshop will be in Venice, Italy

May 23-25th 2017


The Global Ocean Science Education Workshops are sponsored and facilitated by the international Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the College of Exploration. A key outcome of the 2016 workshop has been the establishment of five international working groups focused on:
• Workforce development to support the Blue Economy (including graduate education)
• Development of common messages and communication tools
• Development of an online platform for the purpose of sharing education resources and information about people and projects
• Development of resources and programs for policymakers and other stakeholders
• Establishing collaborations to support World Ocean Day

The 2017 GOSE Workshop will focus on forging new connections within the global marine community. The goals are to:
• Bring together the ocean science, education, policy and business sectors;
• Foster the work of the five international working groups;
• Initiate the development of a certificate course for business leaders and policymakers; and
• Provide a forum to discuss coastal resilience and share examples of resilient cities.

The GOSE Workshop is the only platform of its kind, bringing together the ocean science, education, policy, and business sectors to improve ocean science education across the globe.



International group of experts appeals to Basel and Stockholm Conventions for to acknowledge plastic marine litter as an issue of global environmental and health concern and recommends a series of concrete measures for adoption and implementation

EUCC Mediterranean Centre was member of the “Working Group on Marine litter plastics and microplastics and its POPs and EDC components: challenges and measures to tackle the issue” led by UNEP MAP / SCP RAC and formed during the past meeting of the Regionals Centers of the Basel and Stockholm conventions that took place on November 2016. The Working Group aims to raise the issue of pollutants associated with plastic waste in the oceans into the next Conference of the Parties (COP) of the chemical conventions which will take place from 24th April to 5th May.

Microplastic fibers identified in the marine environment. By M.Danny25 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Persistent plastics in the marine environment degrade physically into microplastics and nanoplastics with an estimated life from decades to hundreds of years in the marine environment, and its ingestion by marine biota is a potential hazard to the environment, its biodiversity and potentially to human health. The risk stem basically from their toxic additives once the micro and nanoplastics are uptaken by marine biota, as some of those chemicals have toxic or endocrine disrupting properties. Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) can affect the fertility of the species, which can have serious consequences on the biodiversity and viability of the marine ecosystems, and increasing in the long term food vulnerability of millions of humans who have fish as staple food, especially in developing countries.


MEDCOAST Congress 2017: Call for abstracts


Malta, 31 Oct. – 04 Nov. 2017

The biennial MEDCOAST congress in Malta is the thirteenth event of the series that was started in 1993 for contributing to coastal and marine sciences, engineering, management and conservation in general and particularly for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Since the first conference in 1993 (Antalya, Turkey), the MEDCOAST conference series has moved around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, visiting Taragona (Spain), Qawra (Malta), Antalya (Turkey), Hammamet (Tunisia), Ravenna (Italy), Kusadasi (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), Sochi (Russia), Rhodes (Greece), Marmaris (Turkey) and Varna (Bulgaria). The conference has been organized in every odd numbered year, regularly in the months of either October or November. MEDCOAST 17 is the second meeting in Malta after 20 years following the third MEDCOAST conference held in Qawra (1997).

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Written by 80 European scientific experts from more than 25 institutions, this first Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report is a step forward into the development of regular annual reporting on the state and health of the Global Ocean and European Seas based on CMEMS capabilities.


The Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report provides an annual report of the state of the global ocean and European regional seas for ocean community, policy and decision-makers with the additional aim of increasing general public awareness about the status of, and changes in, the marine environment.

The Ocean State Report draws on expert analysis and provides a 4-D view(through reanalysis systems), from above (through remote sensing data) and directly from the interior (through in situ measurements) of the blue (hydrography, currents), white (sea ice) and green (e.g. Chlorophyll) global ocean and the European Seas.

This first issue delivers guidance on the physical ocean state and change over the period 1993–2015. Scientific integrity is assured through the process of independent peer review in collaboration with the Journal of Operational Oceanography.

Download the Ocean State Report 2016 here.

EUCC se suma a una petición conjunta de pidiendo el fin de los subsidios perversos en la UE

Carta conjunta de más de 100 entidades de toda Europa pidiendo el fin de los subsidios perversos

La próxima semana el Parlamento Europeo votará un nuevo informe titulado “Gestión de las flotas pesqueras en las regiones ultraperiféricas (2016/2016(INI))” en el que se propone, entre otros aspectos, la posibilidad de conceder subvenciones para la construcción de nuevos barcos pesqueros. De hecho, el propio Parlamento Europeo ya prohibió este tipo de ayudas públicas para la construcción de nuevos buques hace más de una década y más recientemente, en 2014, volvió a omitir la concesión de tales subvenciones.

Reintroducir este tipo de ayudas podría socavar la aplicación de la Política Pesquera Común y enviaría una señal equivocada al mundo, puesto que va en contra de todas las medidas y objetivos que se han ido adoptando en los últimos años tanto a en Europa como a nivel internacional. Concretamente, en los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de las Naciones Unidas (ODS 14) especifica la necesidad de acabar con los subsidios perversos para 2020.

Por otro lado, en las negociaciones llevadas a cabo en el marco de la Organización Mundial del Comercio, la UE aboga por la prohibición de los subsidios pesqueros que contribuyan a la sobrecapacidad y la sobrepesca. Por todo esto, las más de 100 entidades que firman esta carta consideran que aprobar esta tipo de ayudas supondría establecer un mal precedente tanto para otras flotas pesqueras dentro de la Unión Europea, como para las flotas de otras partes del mundo.

First european training in urban landscaping. Don’t miss it!

sustainable-water-management5 days of training in urban landscaping, 100% subsidised, together with other professionals and students from France, Belgium and Denmark. This is the first step of the PROGRESS project in which eco-union is collaborating with 3 other European organizations.

This first training will be held in Montpellier (France), with the French engineering cooperative Orchis Ingénierie, from 27 to 31 March and the deadline for pre-registration is March 21.

It’s a great opportunity, do not hesitate, you’ll love it. But please apply as soon as possible since the places are limited.

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The SWIM-H2020 SM Project (Sustainable Water Integrated Management and Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism 2016-2019) funded by the European Union aims to contribute to reduced marine pollution and a sustainable use of scarce water resources in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, [Syria] and Tunisia). The Project is the continuation and merging of two successful previous EU-funded service contracts, Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) (2009-2014) and the Sustainable Water Integrated Management Support Mechanism (SWIM SM) (2010-2015).
The SWIM-H2020 SM Project aims to contribute to reduce marine pollution and a sustainable use of scarce water resources in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. With a budget of 6.2 million euros, the three-year project builds on the work of two previous EU-funded projects going back to 2009. The fact-finding visits met ministries and key stakeholders in order to discuss and identify every country’s needs, in terms of integrated water management and reducing and preventing pollution of the Mediterranean Sea. 
The SWIM-H2020 SM Project released its first newsletter, highlighting its first activities, from a series of fact-finding missions to all eight Mediterranean partner countries to the project’s first regional training event, on the mainstreaming of drought risk management, which took place in Athens in December. 
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