Newsletter MedPan

This last newsletter of 2012 reflects on the outcomes of the Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, which, under the initiative of MedPAN and its partners, RAC / SPA, the General Directorate for Protection of Natural Assets (Turkey) and UNDP Turkey, has gathered, from November 25 to 28 in Antalya - Turkey, more than 300 key players from various sectors involved in the marine environment and marine protected areas.

This newsletter also shares with you the MedPAN network 2013-2017 Strategy, approved on 29 November by the General Assembly of the MedPAN organisation. We invite you to download it and get familiar with it.

Read the full newsletter here.

DG MARE call for proposal on "Marine spatial planning in Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea"

DG MARE has recently published a call for proposal on "Marine spatial planning in Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea". Click here for more information.

People and the Sea VII - Maritime Futures, 26-28th of June 2013, Amsterdam

"Maritime Futures", the central theme of the 7th MARE People and the Sea conference to be held in Amsterdam (26-28th of June 2013), addresses the opportunities and constraints for the development of maritime governance, knowledge production, maritime communities and maritime regions. The aim of the 7th MARE conference is to explore new frontiers at sea and in coastal areas. Click here for the detailed call of papers.

North Atlantic and Mediterranean tsunami warning system put to the test

A simulated tsunami will strike the western and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and the North East Atlantic shoreline on 27 and 28 November, to test the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System for the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas. The exercise, named NEAMWave12, is organized under the umbrella of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Click here for further reading.

International Conference on the Law of the Sea, 15 - 17 November 2012, Portugal

The International Conference on the Law of the Sea ('30 years of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: environmental protection and the future of the Law of the Sea') is to be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Porto, Portugal, from 15 to 17 November 2012. For more information and registration see:

Second issue PEGASO newsletter out

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.


The PEGASO SDI: A highway to better management of the Coast of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

A Spatial Data Infrastructure or SDI is a group of technologies, policies, standards, services and human resources that –taken together – allow for the compilation, manipulation, access, distribution and use of geographical data. One could say that an SDI is an instrument for the distribution and sharing of spatial data, by different kinds of users (public and private sector, academic, governmental or citizens organisations). Conceptually, we can compare what an SDI does for the distribution and sharing of data, with the function that the roads and highways fulfil for our transport purposes.  However, much like our network of roads and highways, an SDI is not just a technical tool that can function in an isolated way: rather it is designed to serve particular purposes. The PEGASO SDI is designed to support the PEGASO shared Governance Platform for the delivery of integrated Coastal Zone Management. The PEGASO SDI will also support the integrated assessments for the coastal zones of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

The construction of the SDI involves a collaborative process, to define common objectives, targets and actions. It is therefore crucial to achieve a common understanding and common view on how the PEGASO SDI can deliver the objectives of the ICZM Platform, and ultimately, support the ICZM processes in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. A common Capacity building and training package is fundamental to achieve this common view within the network of partner institutions. This Capacity Building within PEGASO SDI consists of an e-learning platform (1st semester of 2012), a 'hands-on' training session (Oostende, Belgium - 22-25th of October 2012) and a guideline on how to harmonise and share spatial data.

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

The network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MedPAN) and its partners, the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), the General Directorate of Natural Assets Protection (Turkey) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkey, have the pleasure to invite you to the 2012 Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean being held from November 25th to 28th, 2012 in Antalya, Turkey.

This Forum will serve as a platform to review the progress of the Mediterranean MPA network developed over the last years, and establish a common roadmap for 2020 in order to meet marine conservation challenges in the region. The Forum programme and further information are available at:

Global Congress on Integrated Coastal Management, 30 October - 3 November 2013, Marmaris, Turkey

The “Global Congress on Integrated Coastal Management: Lessons Learned to Address New Challenges” (EMECS 10 - MEDCOAST 2013 Joint Conference) will take place in Marmaris, Turkey during 30 October - 03 November 2013. The “Call for Abstracts” can be found here. News about the development of the congress and the new communications can be followed through the following webpage which will be soon available:

Littoral 2012 - 2nd announcement, 27 - 29 November 2012, Oostende, Belgium

The City of Oostende, at the heart of Belgium’s coast, will proudly host the 11th Littoral conference, the biannual international conference of the Coastal and Marine Union – EUCC and EUROCOAST, from 27 – 29 November 2012. Coastal practitioners, researchers and policy makers are invited to registrate and participate at this year's conference. The full program is now available at the website.

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