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Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas ( from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential

Objective

Environmental policies focus on protecting habitats valuable for their biodiversity, as well as producing energy in cleaner ways. The establishment of Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks and installing Offshore Wind Farms (OWF) are important ways to achieve these goals. The protection and management of marine biodiversity has focused on placing MPAs in areas important for biodiversity. This has proved successful within the MPAs, but had little impact beyond their boundaries. In the highly populated Mediterranean and the Black Seas, bordered by many range states, the declaration of extensive MPAs is unlikely at present, so limiting the bearing of protection. The establishment of MPAs networks can cope with this obstacle but, to be effective, such networks must be based on solid scientific knowledge and properly managed (not merely “paper parks”). OWF, meanwhile, must be placed where the winds are suitable for producing power, but they should not have any significant impact on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, or on human activities. The project will have two main themes:
1 - identify prospective networks of existing or potential MPAs in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, shifting from a local perspective (centred on single MPAs) to the regional level (network of MPAs) and finally the basin scale (network of networks). The identification of the physical and biological connections among MPAs will elucidate the patterns and processes of biodiversity distribution. Measures to improve protection schemes will be suggested, based on maintaining effective exchanges (biological and hydrological) between protected areas. The national coastal focus of existing MPAs will be widened to both off shore and deep sea habitats, incorporating them into the networks through examination of current legislation, to find legal solutions to set up transboundary MPAs.
2 - explore where OWF might be established, producing an enriched wind atlas both for the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. OWF locations will avoid too sensitive habitats but the possibility for them to act as stepping-stones through MPAs, without interfering much with human activities, will be evaluated.
Socioeconomic studies employing ecosystem services valuation methods to develop sustainable approaches for both MPA and OWF development will also be carried out, to complement the ecological and technological parts of the project, so as to provide guidelines to design, manage and monitor networks of MPAs and OWF. Two pilot projects (one in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Black Sea) will test in the field the assumptions of theoretical approaches, based on previous knowledge, to find emerging properties in what we already know, in the light of the needs of the project. The project covers many countries and involves researchers across a vast array of subjects, in order to achieve a much-needed holistic approach to environmental protection. It will help to integrate the Mediterranean and Black Seas scientific communities through intense collective activities, combined with strong communications with stakeholders and the public at large. Consequently, the project will create a permanent network of excellent researchers (with cross fertilization and further capacity building) that will also work together also in the future, making their expertise available to their countries and to the European Union.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-OCEAN-2011
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP-SICA - Large-scale integrating project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 351 795,79
Administrative Contact
Annamaria Toncini (Dr.)

Participants (39)

University Mohammed V-Agdal

Participation ended

Morocco
Address
Avenue Des Natioins Unies Agdal
10000 Rabat
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mohammed Ramdani (Prof.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 121 759,60
Address
Piazzale Flaminio 9
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angelo Tursi (Prof.)
3E
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 115 000
Address
Kalkkaai 6
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helena Martinez Ortiz (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Areti Kontogianni (Prof.)
CLU srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 357 325
Address
Via Togliatti 17/C
41013 Castelfranco Emilia (Mo)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luisella Bianco (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 569 294,19
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Serge Planes (Dr.)
COISPA TECNOLOGIA & RICERCA SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Via Dei Trulli 18-20
70126 Bari
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Lembo (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 594 199,75
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Asbjørn Christensen (Dr.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU GEOLOGIE SI GEOECOLOGIE MARINA-GEOECOMAR
Romania
EU contribution
€ 177 500
Address
Dimitrie Onciul Street 23-25
024053 Bucharest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Olteanu (Dr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 635 000
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Achilleas Argiriou (Mr.)
INSTITUT PO BIORAZNOOBRAZIE I EKOSISTEMNI IZSLEDVANIYA BALGARSKA AKADEMIYA NA NAUKITE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Ul. Gagarin 2
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ventzislav Karamfilov (Dr.)
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joan Fort
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 122 626,66
Address
Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan José San Miguel Roncero (Mr.)
Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Avenue Charles Nicolle 43
1082 Tunis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jamila Ben Souissi (Prof.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE MARINA GRIGORE ANTIPA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Mamaia Blvd. 300
900581 Constanta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mariana Golumbeanu (Dr.)
ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 122 675
Address
Tel Shikmona
31080 Haifa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bella Galil (Dr.)
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 435 797,02
Address
Istanbul Universitesi Center Campus Beyazit Eminonu
34452 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bayram Ozturk (Prof.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 199 300,40
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bettina Fach Salihoglu (Dr.)
MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE - UKRAINIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Participation ended

Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 67 373,34
Address
Kapitanskaya Str. 2
99011 Sevastopol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Malinovsky (Dr.)
NATUREBUREAU LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 395 000
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Kingfisher Court 36
RG14 5SJ Newbury
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurie Strike (Mr.)
THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY
Georgia
EU contribution
€ 40 500
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David Agmashenebeli Avenue 150
0112 Tbilisi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marine Arabidze (Ms.)
NENUPHAR SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 130 000
Address
Rue Du Faubourg De Douai 128
59000 Lille
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charles Smadja (Mr.)
STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 230 000
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Thormohlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lars Gunnar Veland (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V DE RABAT
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Avenue Des Nations Unies Agdal
10080 Rabat
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mohammed Ramdani (Prof.)
ODESSA BRANCH INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERNS SEAS NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
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€ 114 293,18
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Pushkinska 37
65125 Odessa
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Research Organisations
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Borys Aleksandrov (Dr.)
P.P. SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 115 000
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Nakhimovsky Prospect 36
117997 Moskva
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Research Organisations
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Tamara Shiganova (Prof.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZADRU
Croatia
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€ 80 000
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Ulica Mihovila Pavlinovica 1
23 000 Zadar
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stewart Schultz (Dr.)
FONDACIONI ZOJA E KESHILLIT TE MIRE
Albania
EU contribution
€ 110 000
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Rruga Dritan Hoxha
not applicable Tirana
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Daniele Bertoldi (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
EU contribution
€ 120 000
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University Campus, Tal-qroqq
2080 Msida
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Stacy Goodlip (Dr.)
JAVNA USTANOVA UNIVERZITET CRNE GORE PODGORICA
Montenegro
EU contribution
€ 40 000
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Cetinjska 2
81000 Podgorica
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vesna Mačić (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
Germany
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€ 90 100
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Universitatsplatz 1
18055 Rostock
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Kristin Arnold (Dr.)
SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 40 000
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Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bojil Dimitrov (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DU SUD TOULON VAR
France
EU contribution
€ 100 200
Address
Avenue De L'universite
83957 La Garde Cedex
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Chan (Ms.)
INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY BAS
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 240 000
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Parvi May Str 40
9000 Varna
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Other
Administrative Contact
Bistra Georgieva (Ms.)
UKRAINIAN SCIENTIFIC CENTRE OF ECOLOGY OF THE SEA
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 155 000
Address
Frantsuzsky Blvd. 89
65009 Odessa
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Richard Lisovskyi (Dr.)
A.O. KOVALEVSKIY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS

Participation ended

Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 70 265,07
Address
Nakhimov Avenue 2
99011 Sevastopol
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nataliya Milchakova (Dr.)
RUSSIAN STATE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 20 000
Address
Malookhtinsky Prospekt 98
195196 St Petersburg
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lev Karlin (Prof.)
SINOP UNIVERSITY*SINOP FISHERIES FACULTY SNU FF
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 49 995
Address
Sinop University Rectorate
57000 Sinop
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Levent Bat (Prof.)