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

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.

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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

Athens-Sounion Rd, 46.7 Km
Anavyssos-Attiki

Greece

Administrative Contact

Evangelos PAPATHANASSIOU (Dr)

Participants (25)

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MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

INSTITUTE OF ACCELERATING SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS

Greece

UNIVERSITY OF TROMSO/NORWEGIAN COLLEGE OF FISHERY SCIENCE

Norway

INSTITUTE OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE-VARNA

Bulgaria

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

SENCKENBERGISCHE NATURFORSCHENDE GESELLSCHAFT

Germany

UNIVERSITAT STUTTGART

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEO-ECOLOGY

Romania

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Denmark

P.P.SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY RAS

Russia

ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Israel

PERMANENT SECRETARIAT OF THE COMMISSION ON THE PROTECTION OF THE BLACK SEA AGAINST POLLUTION

Turkey

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE

Italy

TRITON CONSULTANTS (CYPRUS) LTD

Cyprus

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME/MEDITERRANEAN ACTION PLAN (MED POL PROGRAMME)

Greece

SOUTHERN SCIENTIFIC CENTRE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE

Ukraine

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

United States

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MARINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT "GRIGORE ANTIPA"

Romania

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 515234

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 613 550

  • EU contribution

    € 452 550

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece