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Management and Sustainable Development of Protected Transitional Waters

Acronym: TWReferenceNET
Period: 2000 till 2006
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal waters; Sustainable development; Sustainable development
Geographical term: Europe [Marine Regions]

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  • University of the Aegean; Laboratory of Fisheries Management and Marine Biological Resources, more, partner
  • University of Lecce, more, partner
  • University of Bologna (UNIBO), more, partner
  • University of Trieste, more, partner
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; Institute of Oceanography, more, partner
  • University of Ioannina (UI), more, partner
  • National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF), more, partner
  • Institute of Marine Biology Crete (IMBC), more, partner
  • Agenzia Regionale Prevenzione e Ambiente dell’Emilia-Romagna (ARPAER), more, partner
  • Associazione Mareamico, more, partner
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Institute of Oceanology (IO-Bas), more, partner
  • University of Galati, more, partner

The project is designed to improve and reinforce conservation of natural heritage in protected transitional ecosystems and to enlarge their sustainable fruition. The strategic objective are:

  • to ameliorate conservation of natural heritage health in protected transitional waters of the CADSES area, by deepening knowledge, producing technological innovation, reinforcing regulation and overcoming fragmentation of expertise and competencies;
  • to reinforce territorial integration on environmental policy in the CADSES area;
  • to translate effort on conservation into sustainable development strategies, creation of new jobs opportunities and improvement of quality of life.

  • The project is organized into the following areas: environmental, socio-economic, and networking-communication.
    Environmental project area will promote studies and pilot actions on transitional protected areas, focusing on Ramsar and Nature 2000 sites, to address the following specific objectives:

    1. to measure anthropogenic pressures;
    2. to define state variables relevant to monitor natural heritage safety;
    3. to develop methodological and technological innovation in the field of ecological descriptors of environmental safety;
    4. to extent and/or reinforce the Nature 2000 approach to NMS.

    Socio-economic area will promote studies and pilot actions to address the following specific objectives:

    1. to realize feasibility studies of sustainable economic development;
    2. to promote pilot action of spin-off in tourist enterprises, through natural heritage valorisation;
    3. to reinforce regulation and contribute to European environmental normative integration of CADSES countries.

    Networking-communication area is based on the creation of an e-Centre, which:

    1. will constitute a functional networking among protected transitional Ramsar and Nature 2000 areas, by bridging knowledge, expertises and competencies of project partners, administrations NGOs and enterprises;
    2. will guarantee the information flow, organising and publishing information and knowledge produced by the project and performing result dissemination to different end-users, from Institutions to local people;
    3. will organise training and formation;
    4. will produce services through spin-off of ‘niche’ enterprises, encouraging management by young people and woman;
    5. will ensure project follow-up, being itself a service, as a consultant agency on transitional protected area management and sustainable development.

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