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International Action for Sustainability of the Mediterranean and Black Sea EnvirOnmeNt(IASON)

Objective

Under the 2003 EU Greek presidency, cooperation with Balkan countries on environmental issues was identified as a priority of the EU/Balkan Action Plan. Large-scale co-operation is essential for effective action in the vulnerable Mediterranean and Black Sea coastal zones. During the last 50 years both areas suffered major changes; as semi-enclosed basins, both Seas are ultra-sensitive to anthropogenic stress and to climate change. An EU Presidency Conference on Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean/Black Sea (May 2003), revealed major gaps in management structures, scientific strategies and identified a diversity of environmental issues to be resolved through priority-focused RTD cooperation. Yet, while pressure on the resources of the two seas increases and the potential impact of climate change on coastal and deep-sea resources remains unknown, the two seas have never been jointly studied as systems of interacting basins and ecosystems.

The proposal outlines collaboration and clustering schemes involving environmental, economic and scientific organisations in Mediterranean, Black Sea and other EU nations, in order to create synergies in networking and exchanges at several levels, addressing for the first time the system of interconnected basins as one, based on the integration of, both horizontally and vertically, natural scientists and economists. These will:
1) Create an international, interdisciplinary platform coordinating the region's scientific potential in order to prepare RTD projects, based on a Science Plan for the region, securing sustainable development;
2) Focus on natural and anthropogenic pressures exerted upon the functioning of the ecosystem;
3) Reinforce RTD capacity by setting up an environment/resource monitoring network in the light of existing observation networks of different scopes.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Address
Athens-sounion Rd, 46.7 Km
Anavyssos-attiki
Greece

Participants (25)

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
Address
Inonu Bulvari
Ankara
INSTITUTE OF ACCELERATING SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS
Greece
Address
University Campus, Building 9
Athens
UNIVERSITY OF TROMSO/NORWEGIAN COLLEGE OF FISHERY SCIENCE
Norway
Address
Universitetsveien Breivika
Tromsoe
INSTITUTE OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE-VARNA
Bulgaria
Address
Bul. "Primorski" 4
Varna
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus
Thessaloniki
SENCKENBERGISCHE NATURFORSCHENDE GESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
Frankfurt A. M.
UNIVERSITAT STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
Whiteknights
Reading
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEO-ECOLOGY
Romania
Address
Dimitrie Onciul Street No.23-25
Bucharest
INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Parvi Mai Str. No 40
Varna
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
Kings College
Aberdeen
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom
Address
Drake Circus
Plymouth
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
Roskilde
P.P.SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY RAS
Russia
Address
Nakhimovsky Prospect, 36
Moscow
ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Israel
Address
Tel Shikmona
Haifa
PERMANENT SECRETARIAT OF THE COMMISSION ON THE PROTECTION OF THE BLACK SEA AGAINST POLLUTION
Turkey
Address
Dolmabahce Sarayi Ii Hareket Kosku
Istanbul
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Campusvej 55
Odense M
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE
Italy
Address
Via Isonzo 32
Roma
TRITON CONSULTANTS (CYPRUS) LTD
Cyprus
Address
19, Kallipoleos Avenue
Nicosia
FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI
Italy
Address
Corso Magenta 63
N/A Milan
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME/MEDITERRANEAN ACTION PLAN (MED POL PROGRAMME)
Greece
Address
Vassileos Konstantinou, 48
Athens
SOUTHERN SCIENTIFIC CENTRE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Chekhova 41
Rostov-on-don
MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE
Ukraine
Address
Kapitanskaya 2
Sevastopol
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
United States
Address
Uri Bay Campus Box 52
Narragansett, Rhode Island
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MARINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT "GRIGORE ANTIPA"
Romania
Address
300 Mamaia Bd.
Constanta