MedOpen Advanced course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, May - July 2012

The MedOpen Advanced course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) will take place from May 2012 onwards (the duration of the course is approximately 10 weeks). The main objective of the course is to get acquainted with ICZM in general and with the ICZM process in more detail.

The MedOpen virtual training course was developed by PAP/RAC. It is available online and completely free of charge. For detailed information visit where you can freely access the Basic course. The Advanced course is only available after subscription and after instructions are given to the students. This course includes modules thematically divided into lectures that are supported lively by highly experienced professors. It requires a higher degree of commitment by the trainee and includes additional materials available for download, participation in a simulation game, discussions related to the topics, and preparation of a final essay by the trainee. The candidates with positively assessed final exam and simulation game will be awarded the PAP/RAC certificate.

The deadline for application to the MedOpen Advanced training course is 18 April 2012. For more information and for application, please contact Nancy Zaarour (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sally El Borgi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Offshore Exploration and Exploitation in the Mediterreanean

A new Future Brief focusing on the environmental impacts of offshore exploration and exploitation in the Mediterranean is published by Science for Environment Policy today (from the EU DG Enviroment News Alert Service). It is free to download.

Offshore exploration and exploitation activities include oil and gas development, as well as renewable energy generation and seabed mining for minerals, sand and gravel. This Future Brief presents currently available evidence on the impacts of these activities on the marine and coastal environment of the Mediterreanean. Such activities are increasing in the Mediterranean marine environment, which is particularly vulnerable due to its semiclosed configuration and significant seismic activity.

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. Following the successful previous events, Malta 2006, Alicante 2008 and Dubrovnik, Croatia 2010, the fourth Offshore Mariculture Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel Izmir, Turkey on the 17-19 October 2012. The two day technical conference will be followed by a third day dedicated to a visit to an offshore fish farm. 

Call for Abstracts deadline is 18 April 2012. For more information visit the webpage.

International Conference on Water resources and wetlands, 14-16 September 2012, Tulcea, Romania

The Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLGA) in collaboration with the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (DDBRA) and the Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (DDNIRD) invite you to take part in the International Conference on “Water resources and wetlands” set to take place between 14 and 16 September 2012 in Tulcea, Romania.

The objectives of this conference are based on the need to integrate various approaches and angles in the research of inland and sea waters in order to establish sustainable ways of solving present and future problems generated by the ever more intensive use of water resources for human activities. The goal is to offer participants a meeting place where experience and knowledge can be shared and exchanged, whether they are researchers, private companies or government institutions (central or local), in order to come up with solutions for the issues facing each of these stakeholders.

For more information see conference flyer and conference website.

Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean 2012, 25-28 November 2012, Turkey

In the continuity of a first regional conference organised in 2007 in Porquerolles (France) by the MedPAN network in close collaboration with RAC/SPA and IUCN Med and with the support of other partners in the region, this Forum will focus on the 2012 deadline fixed by the international community in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity towards comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative national and regional systems of marine protected areas. It will be the opportunity to draw up the current situation of the MPAs in the Mediterranean and to establish a common road map by 2020 with the invited MPAs managers, decision makers, private sector players, regional partners and scientists. The forum website will be online soon.

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. For more information, visit the website.

First issue PEGASO newsletter out

This newsletter aims at providing an overview on main project achievements and work planned for the coming months.


Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop, 28-31 May 2012, Essaouira, Morocco

The Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop is now at its third event, this round being held in Morocco from 28 to 31 May 2012, hosted by the University of Cadi Ayyad the Ecole Supérieure de Technologie Essaouira and the Faculté Polydisciplinaire Safi.

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.

International Conference on Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, 25 - 28 April 2012, Tirana, Albania

The overall aim of the conference is to provide an international platform of a high professional quality, in order to present, discuss and disseminate scientific findings pertaining to the sustainable conservation and integrated management of marine and coastal ecosystems. The conference will focus on generic themes to maximize the interdisciplinary linkages and provide large participation from a very wide range of institutions (academic, research, agencies, policy makers, ongs, and business community. All information on the conference is available on this website: MarCoastEcos2012.
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