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September 2012


Special Feature

Progress on local cases

This second newsletter provides an update on the advance made in the development of the 10 pilot sites selected under the Pegaso Project, and many other project activities including training opportunities, forthcoming seminars and international events related to integrated coastal zone management in both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas.

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PEGASO is funded by the European Union within FP7- ENV.2009. Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Contract no. 244170
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Al Hoceima coast in Morocco

The coast of Al Hoceima is located in the central part of the northern coast of Morocco, along the Mediterranean Sea. The main coastal issues in this case include urban sprawl and weak coastal planning, limited resources management and vulnerability to climate change impacts.

The Pegaso work in Al Hoceima will ...

More info: ma_snoussi@yahoo.fr

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Les Bouches-du-Rhöne in France

The Coast of the Bouches-du-Rhöne covers 120 km and is characterized by calanques (steep-sided valleys formed within a karstic region) with urban and industrial areas, deltas and natural sandy beaches.

This pilot case will be implementing several...

More info: Jean.Francois.Cadiou@ifremer.fr

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The North Adriatic

The North Adriatic case site comprises the coastal zones of three different nations bordering the Upper Adriatic Sea with a coastline length of about 2,227 km and 1,502 km of islands. It includes, from south west, the coastal zone of 4 Italian Regions: Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia; the Slovenian coast, and that of 4 Croatian counties: Istria, Rijeka, Lika and Senj and Zadar.

The close proximity and ecological...

More info: soriani@unive.it

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The Aegean Islands in Greece

The Aegean Islands case site will focus around the Cyclades Islands of Greece. With 20 Municipalities and 11 Communes from the Kyklades county, the region has a very low population density (43.8 inhabitants/km²) made by 39 islands from which 24 are small islets not inhabited.

The Pegaso team will focus on ...

More info: akoni@tee.gr

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Dalyan-Koycegiz in Turkey

Köycegiz - Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) in Turkey covers about 12 km along the coast. Köyceğiz- Dalyan SEPA is a unique coastal ecosystem connecting the open sea with freshwater lakes, estuaries, lagoons and wetlands; as well as agricultural farming land and forests. The tight connections between all these adjacent ecosystems require an overall coastal management.

The sand spit that serves as the divider between the sea and the estuary and wetland system is also one of the top nesting beaches for an endangered species, the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). Protection of this species and its nesting sites...

More info: ozhan@metu.edu.tr

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The North of Lebanon

The Northern coastline of Lebanon constitutes approximately 37% of the total Lebanese coast. It is a popular recreational spot with also artisanal fisheries activities, coastal urban centers, farming lands, factories and industries as well as some more pristine and protected environments.

The Lebanese case study present...

More info: manal.aboudagher@balamand.edu.lb

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The Nile Delta in Egypt

This case site extends along a low lying coast of lagoons, river wetlands and brackish environments (Idku and El- Brulus) for about 180 km.

The Nile Delta (Arabic: دلتا النيل ) is the delta formed in Northern Egypt (Lower Egypt) where the Nile River spreads out and drains into the Mediterranean Sea. Its area extends along a low lying coast of lagoons, river wetlands and brackish environments for about about 20,000 km2.

The Delta is particularly vulnerable to the effects of...

More info: Suzan_Kholeif@yahoo.com

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The Danube Delta in Romania

The Danube Delta is the largest European wetland forming also one of the greatest natural water purification systems of Europe. Along the Northern coast (Musura Bay to Cape Midia, 165 km) where the impressive Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is located, the main management concern is nature preservation.

Wetland degradation, loss of ...

More info: iuli@indd.tim.ro

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The Bay of Sevastopol in Ukraine

The Bay of Sevastopol is one of the rare natural inland harbours on the coast of Crimea by the Black Sea. It has served as marine shelter and residence for human civilizations over 25 centuries. The bay was initially a biologically productive marine site, but it has been gradually developed into a large municipal and maritime infrastructure, marine port, navy base and shipyard. This had almost completely exhausted natural resources of the bay and it has become a site of multiple conflicts among stakeholders including the navy, maritime industry, tourism, and local citizens.

Nowadays, the major environmental problems ...

More info: sergey@alpha.mhi.iuf.net

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Guria Coastal Region in Georgia

Guria Coastal Region is located along the Black Sea coast of Georgia, spreading approx. 21.5 km from the River Natanebi to the southern edge of the city of Poti.

The team have identified as good opportunities for implementing better approaches to coastal management by addressing the main cross-cutting issues in the region: diminishing bathing water quality and increase of beach litter, weak quality of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) evaluations (ej: new Supsa port) and acute erosion ...

More info: lanchkhuti@civitas.ge

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The project partners will be meeting over the next months to monitor progress in the implementation of the different Pegaso project activities.

• Barcelona will be the starting point for the Steering Committee this September to revise workplans and prepare the next virtual conference in October...

More info: francoise.breton@uab.cat

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Several initiatives by the participating organisations are reaching out to communicate the project activities and achievements, and results.

Plan Bleu - UNEP/MAP has been participating in various fora to further inform about and seek the active involvement of the project´s End-users committee, which can include...

More info: jletellier@planbleu.org

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The past meetings in Paris the 6-7 June and in Venice, 2-3 July 2012, reunited partners to discuss and review the use of useful indicators and tools for the regional assessments and the 10 different case sites.

The process of developing the ...

More info: f.santoro@unesco.org

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Stimulating synergies with similar initiatives in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas is one of the conditions to achieve success.

Next 26th September after the Mediterranean Coast Day celebrations in Croatia and as one example of cooperation, members of the Pegaso...

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IUCN World Conservation Congress, 6-15 September 2012, Jeju, Corea.

The IUCN Congress is considered the world's leading environmental summit, as it is the only global event that represents all aspects of nature conservation. Over 10 days, participants will debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and decide how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.


Final BLAST conference "Future Perspectives", 17-18 September 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland

The conference will focus on how key policies and tools in the North Sea region can help to harmonize the management of maritime and coastal space. Now in its final months, the BLAST project has generated many results and insights; new tools such as the Coastal Decision Support System, the North Sea Mariners' Routing Guide, the Maritime Traffic Monitoring Platform and the harmonized Land-Sea Model will be showcased at the conference.


• Ninth International Training Workshop on Integrated Coastal Management in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (MEDCOAST Institute 2012), 25 September - 11 October 2012, Dalyan-Aegean Coast-Dalyan, Turkey

This is a flagship event organised by the MEDCOAST Foundation since 1994, probably being the longest running effort for international ICM training. This 17-day long unique workshop offers an opportunity for hands-on training on the latest ICM developments in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere and includes a study tour along the southern Turkish Aegean coast for seven days on traditional Turkish wooden sailing boats (gulets). The number of participants is limited to 20 and the latest date for application is 01 June 2012.


• The 2012 Mediterranean Coast Day central regional celebration will be organised in Split, Croatia by PAP/RAC, as a part of the EU IPA Adriatic SHAPE project, and in collaboration with UNDP´s "Coast" project. The theme of the celebration is "The Voice of the Coast". The ICZM Protocol and its practical implementation highlights will be presented by the directors, leaders and managers of the Mediterranean coastal programmes and projects.

The host of the event on 25 September will be H.E. Mr. Mihael Zmajlović, Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection. The event will be attended by high-level representatives of Croatian authorities as well as a number of distinguished foreign guests, such as Ministers of Environment of various Mediterranean countries, UNEP/MAP and UNDP representatives, and members of the diplomatic corps. The Croatian president Mr. Ivo Josipovic confirmed his attendance to the Coast Day.

Back-to-back with The 2012 Mediterranean Coast Day celebration in Croatia, PAP/RAC will host a technical meeting with the PAP National Focal Points on 24 September. This meeting will be a good opportunity to present the SHAPE project to the PAP/RAC Focal Points. The meeting will provide technical inputs for the Coast Day itself and give an overall guidance for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol.

On September 28, a gala concert will be organised on Riva (the Split waterfront promenade). The audience will be able to enjoy performances by Oliver Dragojević, one of the most famous Croatian singers and UNDP´s ambassador for the coast, Valentina Fijačko, soprano, prima donna of the Split National Theatre, and three "klapa" (male vocal groups singing traditional Dalmatian songs). Everybody in Split at the time is invited to join at this concert.

4th Offshore Mariculture Conference, 17-19 October 2012, Izmir, Turkey

The Offshore Mariculture Conference 2012 is an international two-day conference, with technical visit day, on the offshore fish farming business. Aimed at growing offshore fish farming businesses the conference will explore the progress and prospects for offshore aquaculture in European and international waters.

Pegaso Hands-on Training workshop: Introduction and implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs), 22 - 25 of October 2012, Oostende, Belgium

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Marine & Coastal Research & Management in Flanders), the University Pablo de Olavide (UPO), and University of Barcelona (UAB) are organizing a practical workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) in Oostende from 22 till 25 of October in the frame of the Pegaso SDI (WP3). The target group is Coastal professionals with GIS background, mainly from partner Institutions of the PEGASO project that are interested in SDI issues and want to develop a geonode.


Spotlight on the Mediterranean Area: Uniting our Efforts for the Future, 24-25 October, Cyprus

The Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council together with the Transnational Cooperation Programme MED and the Neighborhood Cross-border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean Sea Basin ENPI MED will hold their first joint conference in Cyprus on 24-25 October 2012.

Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean 2012, 25-28 November 2012, Antalya, Turkey. This forum will focus on setting the pace to reach the 2020 targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to achieve comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative national and regional systems of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Other aspects will be the current situation of Marine protected Areas (MPA) in the region, lessons learned, synergies and dialogue among decision makers, MPA managers, scientists, European, Mediterranean and International institutions, and the development of cooperation to secure a long-term operational model for the Mediterranean MPAs network.

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation will be in attendance and is organizing three events related to climate change & MPAs; invasive species & MPAs; and achieving effective MPA management.

• International Conference on "Land-Sea Interactions in the Coastal Zone", 6-8 November 2012, Byblos, Lebanon

CNRS/National Centre for Marine Sciences (LEBANON) and the InterIslamic Science and Technology Network on Oceanography (TURKEY) are organizing the International Conference on "Land-Sea Interactions in the Coastal Zone" in Byblos (Lebanon) from 6 to 8 November 2012. This LANDSI- 2012 Conference will cover an extensive range of subjects including: coastal habitats and ecosystem services; adaptation/mitigation to change in coastal systems and coastal management & governance.

LITTORAL 2012: Coasts of tomorrow, 27-29 November 2012, Oostende, Belgium

The Littoral series of conferences are unique in the sense that they bring together not just scientists, or policy makers, yet all involved stakeholders: we invite practitioners to challenge scientists, industry to promote solutions, researchers to transfer knowledge and ideas, and policy makers to set frameworks.


Pegaso Regional ICZM Envisioning Workshops for the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, November and December 2012
The PEGASO project is organizing two regional workshops for integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), one for the Mediterranean Basin on 13‐15 November 2012 in Tour du Valat (South of France), and a second workshop for the Black Sea Basin on 5‐7 December 2012 at the offices of the Black Sea Commission, in Istanbul.

As a focus for the discussions the meetings will concentrate on two key ICZM policy objectives, namely to:
• preserve the natural capital in the coastal zone; and
• have a balanced use of the coastal zone, and avoid "unnecessary urban sprawl".

In order to explore these policy objectives the workshops will bring together experts and decision makers who are working on coastal zone issues at different scales. Their expertise will be used to consider the implications of current trends for main drivers of change concerning these policy objectives. In particular, the events will enable Pegaso Cases' Partners to shape the Regional Assessment and reflect on how the situation and issues in their study areas relate to the regional pressures and trends identified by the workshop.

International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems, 23 - 25 September 2013, Lucca (Italy)

The International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems of 2013 (IMDIS 2013) aims at providing an overview of the existing information on marine environmental data, and showing the progresses on development of efficient infrastructures for managing large and diverse data sets. It will be held from 23 to 25 September in Lucca (Italy).
Deadline for submission of papers and posters is 30 April 2013.


MEDCOAST 2013, 30 October - 3 November 2013, Marmaris, Turkey

The Tenth International Conference on Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 10) & The Eleventh International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment (MEDCOAST 2013) are scheduled to take place as a joint conference during 30 Oct- 03 Nov 2013 at the town of Marmaris, Turkey. The special event will be a world congress dealing with coastal and marine sciences, engineering, development, policy, governance and management. Prominent professional, international and national organisations will be invited for leading special sessions or for collaborating in the organisation of the event in other ways. An international exhibit of coastal and marine products, services and programs will be held in parallel to the joint conference. The call for abstracts has been circulated in July 2012.

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