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.


6th conference on Maritime Spatial Planning Worldwide (MSP)

23-24 June 2016, University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, Azores

Please be advised of the rescheduled dates for the sixth conference of the MSP stakeholder series, focusing on MSP Worldwide. Due to various reasons, the conference had to be slightly postponed. The conference is now confirmed to be held on 23 – 24 June 2016 at the University of the Azores, Ponte Delgada, Azores.

The conference will present experiences, opportunities and challenges of MSP implementation around the world. In particular it will look at how MSP can advance Blue Growth world-wide, its potential to promote climate change solutions, as well as at the role of area-based management regimes in international waters. The main purpose is to take stock of what is being done at international level and identify potential synergies as well as possible contributions from European MSP processes.

The conference organisers look forward to participation from the global MSP community, and hope that the rescheduled dates do not cause any inconveniences. For enquiries about the event, please contact

Advanced Training on Sustainable Blue Growth

Dates: 4-8 July 2016

Venue: Adriatico Guest House, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Via Grignano n. 9, TRIESTE

trieste_07Taking into consideration the current economic crisis and the evolving political, social and environmental conditions in the Mediterranean Region, there is a need to put together multidisciplinary actors from different countries, make ideal environment for constructive dialogue (science diplomacy) and create all conditions that include the role of people, economics and policies to attract investments while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between economical growth, social implication and environmental conservation.

Tackling climate change, understanding ecosystem function, managing sustainability: all of these require a much more tangible initiatives and strategies. Hence, the EU Blue Growth initiative represents a long-term strategy to support growth in the maritime sector as a whole by harnessing the untapped potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for jobs creation and economic growth. Establishing appropriate training and mobility opportunities to train new generation of scientists, technicians and operators, in the marine and maritime sectors, equipped with appropriate skills to bridge the gap between scientific research and sustainable development and support the creation of career opportunities in the blue economy represents an important part of this strategy.

Deadline for applications
Applications must be sent before Monday May 2, 2016 at 17:00. Apply here

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Planning the Sea: MARXAN as a tool for operational Maritime Spatial Planning

International Short Course on Marxan. 11-12-13 January 2016. At CNR-ISMAR headquarters in Venice. In English.

The initiative to organize an International Short Course on Marxan arises from the experiences gathered by CNR-ISMAR within the Flagship Project RITMARE (, and mainly through its subproject 3 – “Maritime Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone” and the ADRIPLAN project ( Both of these projects, led by CNR-ISMAR, have been characterized by acquiring data and information, tuning methodologies and tools, and developing analysis and proposals within the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) context. MSP is indeed a central theme as highlighted by the recent European Directive 2014/89/EU “A framework for Maritime Spatial Planning” and by the Strategy supporting its implementation, recently activated DG Mare. This Directive aims to establish a framework to promote the sustainable growth of maritime economies, the sustainable development of marine areas and the sustainable use of marine resources. According to the new Directive, Member States are required to develop national maritime spatial plans by 2021. It is in this context that Marxan could become a very useful tool in order to provide different scenarios of Maritime Spatial Planning.

New EUCC regional office: France hosts the EUCC Atlantic Centre

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We are pleased to announce the formal establishment of EUCC Atlantic Centre (published in the Official Gazette of August 15, 2015, Pyrénées-Atlantiques prefecture) and its first General Assembly which will take place early 2016.

EUCC Atlantic Centre becomes the fourth regional European office of the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC), after EUCC Mediterranean Centre in Barcelona (Spain), EUCC Baltic Sea in Warnemünde (Germany) and EUCC Eastern Europe in Klaipeda (Lithuania).

EUCC Atlantic Center was established at the initiative of EUCC-France and both associations are now based at the Center of the Sea in Biarritz.

The main objective of EUCC Atlantic Centre is to contribute to the work of the entire EUCC network on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICM / ICZM) and taking into account land-sea interactions (LSI) within the European Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).

The Centre will also support decision making on the European Atlantic coast and will work in closely with Coastal & Marine (EUCC), with the Sea Centre of Biarritz, as well as with local stakeholders and in perfect cohesion with national branches EUCC of the concerned geographical area.

Contact Information

EUCC Atlantic Centre

Centre de la Mer
Plateau Atalaye

Dr. Vincent Bawedin (President:
Dr. Christine Clus-Auby (Co-founder:

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


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

November 8th – December 10th 2015; Malta

·         Application Deadline 11th September 2015

·         PLEASE VISIT: the course website

·         FOR DOWNLOADS OF: the Course Flier and Full Application Form


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.

Draft UNEP Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework for the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Areas

By Magdalena AK Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate, EUCC
The UNEP  Draft Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework for the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Areas is currently being finalized for the Mediterranean region. May 1st was the deadline for comments on the most recent version. The EUCC Mediterranean Center, a UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan partner, and also active in the civil society organization for the region, the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ESCDE) (  Magdalena Muir is sitting on the Climate Change Working Group of MIO-ESCDE. 

The Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework for the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Areas (or Framework) focuses on the use of Integrated Coastal Zone Management as a climate adaptation measure. The Framework was prepared by UNEP/MAP in the context of the GEF-funded “Integration of climatic variability and change into national strategies to implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean” project (ClimVar & ICZM Project). This Project is executed in 11 Mediterranean countries to promote the use of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) as an effective tool to deal with the impacts of climate variability and change in coastal zones. 
The aspirations of the  Framework are to provide a regional approach in coordinating and assisting policy makers and stakeholders at all levels across the Mediterranean to:

– promote the right enabling environment for mainstreaming adaptation in national and local planning;
– promote and exchange best practices and low-regret measures;
– promote leveraging of necessary funding; and
– exchange and access best available data, knowledge, assessments and tools on adaptation, in order to increase the resilience of the Mediterranean marine and coastal natural and socioeconomic systems to the impacts of climate change.
The Framework also contains a succinct summary of European Union approaches to adaptation, which arguably also provides a viable approach and model for adaptation throughout the Mediterranean region:

“25. The European Commission adopted in April 2013 the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change which identifies three priority areas: 1. Promoting action by Member States, through encouraging the adoption of comprehensive adaptation strategies and providing funding to help them build up their adaptation capacities. 2. ‘Climate-proofing’ action by further promoting adaptation in key vulnerable sectors and ensuring that Europe’s infrastructure is made more resilient, and 3. Better informed decision-making by addressing gaps in knowledge about adaptation. The Commission states that priority will be given to adaptation flagship projects that address key cross-sectoral, trans-regional and/or cross-border issues.In order to support the 

development and implementation of climate change adaptation strategies and actions in Europe,

the European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT ( ) has been launched since 2013.”

The Framework has been shared for inputs and comments, including national MAP Focal Points and MAP partners (such as EUCC Mediterranean Centre) and the Focal Points of the MedPartnership and ClimVar & ICZM projects. On the basis of that feedback, a revised draft is being prepared and submitted for its review, in order for it to be completed and finally submitted to the MAP Focal Points Meeting in October 2015 and then adopted by the 19th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 19) to be held in Athens in February 2016. The final version of the draft Framework will be accompanied by a detailed background report providing an overview of the issues, the challenges and the current status regarding the adaptation to climate change of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Areas

EUCC and EUCC Mediterranean Centre provided limited comments  on the Framework on May 1st: 
First, we noted that the European directive in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) – (Directive 2014/89/EU), establishes a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management. Maritime spatial planning will contribute to the effective management of marine activities and the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources, by creating a framework for consistent, transparent, sustainable and evidence-based decision-making. Inorder to achieve its objectives, this directive  lays down obligations to establish a maritime planning process, resulting in maritime spatial plan or plans; such planning process should take into account landsea interactions, including climate change effects, and promote cooperation among Member States. Therefore we think it is important to consider this new EU Directive in the section 4.1 of the Framework. Indeed, in the near future this directive may serve to conduct actions in terms of land-sea interaction considering the needs for climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as coastal resilience. We also noted EUCC and the EUCC Mediterranean Centre is already involved in the process of implementing MSP in the EU, and is available for collaborations.
EUCC and the EUCC Mediterranean Centre have aso been active participants, along with other members of civil society, in the
development of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations Open Working Group, and in particular Oceans Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.  Therefore, we noted that the SDG Oceans Goal 14 was supported by the European Union and many Mediterranean countries within the Open Working Group process, and is likely to be ratified by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Given the synergies and overlaps between the UN SDGs (and particularly the Oceans Goal with its reference to the full implementation of regional regimes for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources) and the Draft Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework for the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Areas, we suggested that the Framework for the Mediterranean be amended to consider and incorporate the UN SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.