45 projects approved in the first call of Interreg Atlantic Area Programme

Interreg Atlantic Area approved during the Monitoring Committee meeting held in Porto (Portugal) on 4 and 5 May 2017, the first 45 cooperation projects for funding in the framework of the first call for proposals.
These project partnerships will address regional challenges in the fields of innovation and competitiveness, resource efficiency, territorial risks and biodiversity, natural and cultural heritage.
The list of projects approved is available here.

4th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 8 November 2017

Free pre-registration is now open

The annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference is the central hub for stakeholders of the Atlantic Strategy to make valuable contacts and explore areas for cooperation, share information and good practices, promote and identify interesting project ideas, as well as funding opportunities and partnerships for their projects.

The thematic focus of the 4th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference will be on topics related to Priority 4 of the Atlantic Action Plan “Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development”. Prominence to the international dimension of the Atlantic Strategy embodied in the 2013 Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation and its potential support to the Blue Economy remains a central aspect of the 4th edition of the Conference.

During the main plenary sessions of the Conference participants will hear from policy makers on the progress and achievements of the Atlantic Action Plan and will be informed on access to funding opportunities, while the workshops will focus on issues of social inclusivity and sustainable economic growth.

The Call for Workshops is now open and we invite the Atlantic stakeholder community to submit, before 02/06/2017, their proposals on trends and themes in the areas of:

  • Fostering better knowledge of social challenges in the Atlantic Area; and
  • Preserving and promoting the Atlantic’s cultural heritage through diversification.

For information on submitting your workshop proposal, as well as the submission guidelines, visit the Call for Workshops web page.

In the following weeks the Call for the 2nd Atlantic Project Awards will also be launched.  Stay tuned for more information on the preparation of ASPC2017.

When Rising Seas Transform Risk Into Certainty

Source: The New York Times Magazine. By Brooke Jarvis

Along parts of the USA East Coast, the entire system of
insuring coastal property is beginning to break down.

23sealevels3-superJumbo
Two houses, one raised with a garage, the other with a higher foundation, sandwich a student rental property with a first-floor elevation below the flooding safe zone in Norfolk, Va. Credit Benjamin Lowy for The New York Times

Flooding is the most common, and most expensive, natural disaster in the United States. Private insurers have long declined to cover it, leaving the government on the hook for disaster assistance after floods. (Hence the famous lawsuits after Hurricane Katrina, when people who came home to empty slabs were asked to prove that their losses were a result of wind and not waves.) Congress created the N.F.I.P. in the late 1960s in response to a series of expensive floods caused by hurricanes and overflowing rivers. It offers insurance coverage, some of it subsidized, to communities that meet floodplain-management requirements; requires people who want loans to buy houses in dangerous places to buy it; and also provides grants for mitigation projects meant to reduce flooding damage, like elevating houses or buying out the owners of flood-prone homes. Private insurers including Farmers, Allstate and 68 other companies also sell and administer the policy on the government’s behalf — and take a sizable cut of the premium. If floods do come, though, it’s still the government that’s on the hook.

Read more

Littoral 2017 Conference 5th – 7th September 2017

littoral 2017Coastal & Marine (EUCC) and the Liverpool Hope University are pleased to announce a three-day international conference and excursions exploring the anthropocene and the littoral. The conference will seek to examine how humans and human processes influence the littoral, and how these influences may now be viewed as natural, as much as any other natural processes.

The theme will gather all disciplines to explore current issues of relevance to the coast and will be of interest to a wide spectrum of scientists, including those from the physical sciences, climate change scientists and ecologists, social scientists, engineers, policy makers and advisers and practitioners. The official language of the conference will be English.

A conference programme will be available closer to the time of the event.

For more information, please visit the conference web site

http://www.hope.ac.uk/news/conferences/littoral2017/

or email: littoral2017@hope.ac.uk

flier : Littoral 2017

European coastal regions at greatest risk from oil spills identified by new risk index

Coastal & MarinE-News

Source: Science for Environment Policy

European Atlantic countries are, in general, at higher risk of being affected by oil spills than Mediterranean and Baltic countries, with the United Kingdom most affected, according to new research. The study developed a new risk index for analysing the potential vulnerability of coastal regions to oil spills at sea.

Oil spills at sea can be devastating events. Not only does oil pollution harm marine wildlife, it can also affect coastal communities by causing fishing and recreational activities to close. To help marine policymakers, this study has proposed a method to measure and compare the risk to European coastal regions from oil spills at sea.

The method uses computer modelling to simulate the effect of an oil spill at sea along a stretch of European coastline. The modelling considers the distance to the coast from the spill, the size of the spill, the shape and…

View original post 475 more words

2nd International Conference on MARINE/ MARITIME SPATIAL PLANNING, 15-17 March 2017, Paris, France

msp

General objectives
1. Explore how MSP can be used to address global challenges (climate change, ABNJ, poverty, safety and sufficiency of food for a growing population)
2. Explore its potential for ocean based industry, its potential for boosting jobs, growth and innovation.
3. Reflect on how to accelerate the processus of MSP worldwide

Specific objectives
1. Spread knowledge on specific themes (ecosystem approach, cross border MSP, stakeholder engagement)
2. Spread knowledge on the process itself (drivers and goals to initiate MSP, the scope and design of MSP).
3. Build trust between actors, create a shared vision