MEDCOAST Congress 2017: Call for abstracts

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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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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.

MEDCOAST INSTITUTE 2016: Integrated Maritime Policy and Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

The first new generation MEDCOAST Institute (eleventh event of the series started in 1994) will be organised in Dalyan, Turkey during 20 – 27 September 2016, in collaboration with DG MARE of the European Commission, which will co-organise the Launching Event of the Training Workshop on 20 September.  The Launching Event and the Training Workshop (MEDCOAST Institute 2016) will deal in depth with the subject of “Integrated Maritime Policy and Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea“.  Prominent international speakers and faculty members will contribute to MEDCOAST Institute 2016.  Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the EU at Ispra (Italy) and the MSP Research Network will support and contribute to the event.

The maximum number of participants to be accepted is limited to twenty-five. The criteria for selection of participants is described in the Call for Applications and the Application Form for MEDCOAST Institute 2016.  These documents can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

Application Form

Potential participants of MEDCOAST Institute 2016 should fill the Application Form and send it together with their CVs to MEDCOAST Foundation by e-mail.  The deadline for submitting an application is 15 August 2016.  Selected participants will be notified by 22 August.

Turkey has gone through an extraordinary period during the weekend, but the pace of life is getting speedily normalised day by day.  I anticipate that nothing will remain from the unfortunate happening at the time of MEDCOAST Institute 2016.  The Town of Dalyan, which is located at the heart of a specially protected area,  and Dalaman International Airport have always been a safe haven even at difficult times of the country.  That is why we will go ahead with MEDCOAST Institute 2016 as planned.

Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic & Caspian Seas

November 6th – December 9th 2016; Malta

 ·         Application Deadline: 09th September 2016

·         PLEASE VISIT: the course website www.ioimaltacourse.org

·         FOR DOWNLOADS OF: the Course Flier http://oceania.research.um.edu.mt/cms/ioicourse/documents/Flyer.pdf; and Full Application Form http://oceania.research.um.edu.mt/cms/ioicourse/documents/application%20form.doc

·         CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: IOITraining@ioihq.org.mt  and info@ioihq.org.mt

  The “Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas” builds upon the more than 30 years experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs at the regional level in a holistic and integrated approach, following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, targeting the Millennium Development Goals, and the follow-up to RIO+20. It focuses on linkages between natural, social and economic sciences, the research-management interface and the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development.

 The course also considers the implications of regional policies including the EU Integrated Maritime Policy for the European regional seas, with a science-based and holistic approach to policy undertakings and implementation, and brings to the forefront the characteristics of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian in ocean governance issues.

Un prototip de sistema d’alerta costaner prediu danys per temporals al litoral català amb vuit dies d’antelació

Font: Generalitat de Catalunya

·         El sistema permetria aplicar mesures d’emergència a les platges on es preveiessin les majors afectacions per protegir-les
·         L’iCOAST s’ha dissenyat amb la costa catalana com a referent però es pot utilitzar a altres regions litorals europees
Un prototip teòric de sistema d’alerta costaner, batejat com iCOAST, és capaç de predir danys causats per temporals extrems al litoral català, especialment a les platges urbanes, amb vuit dies d’antelació. El projecte ha estat coordinat  pel Centre Internacional d’Investigació dels Recursos Costaners (CIIRC) de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). En el seu desenvolupament han participat  l’Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC), el Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya —ambdós dependents del Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat—, la Direcció General de Protecció Civil del Departament d’Interior, el Coastal and Marine Research Centre de l’University College Cork (CMRC), l’associació Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Coperation and Action (ITHACA) i Soluciones Ingeniería Marítima Operacional (SIMO).
L’iCOAST està dissenyat per esdevenir, una vegada es pugui certificar en condicions reals, una ajuda en la presa de decisions per disminuir el risc costaner. Tot i que es pot utilitzar en diverses regions litorals urbanes europees, ha estat validat per la costa catalana. Una part important del litoral mediterrani té una capacitat limitada per fer front a variacions en l’onatge degut a l’existència d’infraestructures com passejos marítims, vies fèrries, carreteres o edificis.
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New website to showcase the results of the MedPartnership and ClimVar& ICZM projects

Source: MedPartnerhsip

The UNEP/MAP Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) has launched its redesigned page of the GEF MedPartnership and ClimVar & ICZM projects on 6 May 2016.

Funded by the Global Environment facility (GEF), the European Union and participating countries, the two projects came to an end in December 2015 and resulted in numerous valuable outputs which prompted PAP/RAC to redesign its special projects website to better present its results in a reader-friendly way.

Under the MedPartnership, PAP/RAC worked mainly on Integrated Coastal Zone Management which resulted in the development of the National ICZM Strategy of Montenegro and its adoption by the national Government, the development of the first Coastal Plan focused on climate variability and change impacts adopted by the County Assembly.  The project has also developed a methodological guide for converging coastal, river basin and aquifer management.

The contribution of PAP/RAC to the ClimVar and ICZM project was substantial. The focus of the work was on strengthening knowledge base on regional climate variability and change, and supporting the implementation of the ICZM Protocol, and capacity building.

The outputs of each project are detailed on the new website and categorised according to the type of activity. Ten activities are also presented with experience notes using the GEF IW template.

Presented in different and national languages, the outputs included among others:

  • Four methodological guidelines (for converging coastal, river basin and aquifer management, developing national ICZM strategies, adaptation to climate variability and change, and assessing socio-economic impacts and adaptation options);
  • Three technical documents related to the interpretation of the ICZM Protocol;
  • Five different assessments of the costs of the climate variability and change impacts, including one dealing with the banks and insurance companies;
  • Three national strategies (one in the national language only, but the experience note is available);
  • Three coastal plans (one in the national language only, but the English version will be available soon, Summary version and the experience note available in English);
  • Reports of the 3 major regional workshops with all the materials distributed and PPT slides presented.

Although the GEF projects are closed, the seeds they have sawn keep flourishing around the Mediterranean.

To visit the website

 

II JORNADA DE GOVERNANÇA DEL LITORAL

El Consorci dels Colls i Miralpeix  Costa del Garraf, amb la voluntat de seguir impulsant els àmbits de debats i coordinació sobre la Gestió Integrada de les Zones Costaneres  i  en  el marc de la  Fira BlauVerd,  organitza  la    II Jornada de Governança del Litoral.

La jornada de l’any passat, ens va permetre conèixer els diferents projectes i propostes que s’estan desenvolupant al nostre litoral i constatar el gran potencial tecnològic  i territorial d’aquest espai.

En aquesta II Jornada, el format és el de tres taules temàtiques  on diferents persones expertes o vinculades al tema proposat, de diferents espais de la costa catalana, aportaran la seva visió i experiència, seguit d’un ampli debat amb el conjunt dels assistents.

Els eixos principals són tres temes cabdals per abordar la gestió integrada del litoral:

EIXOS TEMÀTICS

  • Activitat econòmica als espais naturals: Ecoturisme
  • Geografia portuària
  • Canvi climàtic i pesca

PROGRAMA II JORNADA LITORAL