State of Play on the Organisation of the 4th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

The preparatory activities for the organisation of the 4th Atlantic
Stakeholder Platform Conference are well underway. The draft ASPC2017
programme outlining the day has been prepared and can be found HERE [5].

The ASPC 2017 will feature prominent speakers informing Atlantic area
stakeholders on the achievements of the Atlantic Action Plan.

A series of WORKSHOPS will showcase inspiring project examples and good
practices which foster better knowledge of social challenges in the
Atlantic Area as well as preserve and promote the Atlantic’s cultural
heritage through diversification.


Five Projects will be honoured at the 2ND ATLANTIC PROJECT AWARDS’
CEREMONY to be held during ASPC2017 for exceling in each of the
following categories i.e. in promoting innovation, contributing to the
protection and improvement of the Atlantic’s marine and coastal
environment, improving connectivity and creating synergies for a
socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development, and
for embodying the international dimension in the Atlantic Area.


Over 40 EXHIBITORS will be given the chance to showcase their
activities, projects, products, solutions and funding opportunities
during ASPC2017.

Consult the exhibitors’ guidelines and submit your request for a stand
HERE [8].

The ASPC2017 will give the opportunity to over 300 participants to
network during the day and especially during the coffee and lunch
breaks. To further facilitate and capitalize on the NETWORKING AND
MATCH-MAKING possibilities offered by ASPC2017 an online tool will be
deployed to facilitate the process. Information on the match-making tool
will be disseminated in early September.

REGISTER [9] now for the ASPC2017 to get inspired by new ideas, success
stories, networking activities and funding opportunities.




Click to access ASPC2017_Exhibitors_Guidelines.pdf


Littoral 2017 Conference, Liverpool, 5-7 June

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We are pleased to announce our three-day international conference and excursions exploring the anthropocene and the littoral, with particular reference to the themes of ‘change, naturalness and people’. 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 and translation facilities will not be available.

UPDATE 31st May 2017

The first call for sessions and papers is now closed following a good response. The second and final call for sessions and papers is…

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The Water Framework Directive implementation: is it possible to achieve good ecological status in European waters, from the lessons learnt?
  • Venue: Aquarium. Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain)
  • Date: 6 – 8 June 2017
  • Organizer: AZTI and EEAcademy
  • Language: English
  • Go to registration form HERE
  • Go to programme HERE
  • Go to poster submission HERE

The summer school will be held from 6th to 8th June 2017 (coinciding with the week of the Oceans’ Day on 8th June), at Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain). AZTI is the hosting organization, but also the school is included under the EEAcademy umbrella, from the European Environment Agency. This is the 14th AZTI’s Summer School.

After the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC), the European Member States should have achieved good ecological status in all surface waters (lakes, rivers, transitional waters and coasts) by 2015. However, a high percentage of the European water bodies…

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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.

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.

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

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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…

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Outcomes of the 3rd National Event of the Support Team in Ireland

The 3rd Irish National Event was held on November 24th, 2016 in Galway in parallel with the 7th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit National University. The Irish NU’s aim was to connect the Atlantic Strategy with current funding opportunities in the minds of project promoters.

The event, which was attended by over 50 participants was formatted as a panel discussion and this active two-way communication format gave plenty of opportunity for interaction on the current financial opportunities that are linked to the Atlantic Strategy and are currently available to further support the development of their projects.

More information about the event and its outcomes.

Journées Sciences et Territoires du Cerema les 1er et 2 février 2017 à Paris


Le Centre d’étude et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et de l’aménagement organise ses premières Journées Sciences et Territoires sur le thème de la mer et du littoral les 1er et 2 février 2017 à Paris, Espace Saint Martin.

Cette manifestation s’adresse aux élus, membres d’Établissements publics, praticiens de l’ingénierie, universitaires, étudiants. Tournées vers le futur, axées à la fois sur les apports de la recherche et de l’innovation aux politiques publiques, et sur l’expertise, les journées sciences et territoires vous proposent d’organiser un dialogue entre, d’une part, les attentes des territoires, et d’autre part les avancées scientifiques permettant d’éclairer les acteurs des territoires.

Pour cette première édition, la manifestation abordera la thématique de l’aménagement des territoires littoraux et de la mer. Qu’ils soient biodiversitaires, paysagers, liés à la pression foncière et l’aménagement, la mobilité et les transports, les enjeux sur cette question sont nombreux et des experts des domaines mais aussi des décideurs locaux présenteront les avancées et leurs retours d’expériences.

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Pavilion of France “Because the Ocean Declaration” at COP 22

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By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Climate and Global Change, EUCC
The Pavillion of France meeting welcomed the commitments of the second “Because the Oceans” Declaration. His Serene Highness (HSH) Prince Albert II of Monaco noted progress made since the first Oceans Declaration at COP 21 in Paris France, and invited new countries to sign the second “Because the Oceans” Declaration because the consequences of damages to the oceans will be felt worldwide. Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau, highlighted the need for partnerships to protect oceans, and invited more countries to sign the second “Because the Oceans” Declaration. 
Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, underscored the need to synergize actions and find solutions to enable low-lying and island countries to live in their lands. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia, noted the importance of coral reefs for protecting coastlines and generating income. Peter…

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