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


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.

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

or email:

flier : Littoral 2017

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


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

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.

En savoir plus

Workshop/Taller/Atelier dunes Santander 25-26 April 2017

p1000091El Centro Atlántico EUCC y el equipo del proyecto ARCOSLIFE Arenales Costeros organizan un taller de campo en las dunas de Cantabria los días 25 y 26 de abril de 2017.

Se estudiarán dos sistemas dunares sometidos a una fuerte presión antrópica, las dunas de Liencres y de Somo-Loredo, cerca de la ciudad de Santander.

más información

liencresEUCC Atlantic Center and the team of ARCOSLIFE Arenales Costeros projet are organizing a field workshop in the Cantabrian dunes (Spain) on 25 and 26 April 2017.

We will study two dune systems under strong human pressure, the dunes of Liencres and Somo, near Santander.



Le Centre EUCC Atlantique et l’équipe du projet ARCOSLIFE Arenales Costeros organisent un atelier de terrain dans les dunes de Cantabrie les 25 et 26 avril 2017.

Nous y étudierons deux systèmes dunaires soumis à une forte pression anthropique, les dunes de Liencres et de Somo, près de Santander.

pour en savoir plus

Marine litter Round Table at Blue Eco Forum, Barcelona

 Where are we as to knowledge and instruments to achieve Good Environmental Status regarding Marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea?


Organized by EUCC Mediterranean Centre

Date: Friday 25th November, 14h – 16h

Venue: Maritime Museum, Barcelona

Language: Spanish and English (simultaneous translation)

This workshop is an opportunity to wrap up the gains on scientific knowledge and on policy instruments to address marine litter in the Mediterranean since the entry into force of the policies and instruments. The final objective is to assess where the key gaps are which need to be urgently addressed by science and policy to reach GES. This workshop takes place within the Blue Eco Forum.


2016 7th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium, Nov 24th


The 3rd National Event of the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan, in association with the 7th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium, will take place in the Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway on Thursday November 24th 2016.

Our session – running in parallel with the Symposium – will explore current funding opportunities which address Priority 2 of the Atlantic Action Plan: Protect, Secure and Enhance the marine and coastal environment.

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Report on 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Dublin on September 27, 2016

The October issue focuses on “innovation and entrepreneurship” achieved through the organisation of the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, our networking activities and our participation in events throughout the Atlantic Area. Focus of the third edition of our Newsletter is the Atlantic Project Awards Ceremony, presented by Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr. Karmenu Vella. Stay tuned and read also about other latest developments and upcoming events.

The 1st Atlantic Project Awards ceremony was held during the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Dublin on September 27, 2016. The Atlantic Project Awards, presented by the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr. Karmenu Vella, are designed to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that were related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan.

The 5 winners per category are: AORA-CSA in International Cooperation; ARCOPOL PLATFORM in Atlantic Marine and Coastal Environment; ATLANTIC BLUE TECH in Innovation & Entrepreneurship; ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER in Sustainability and BATTERIE in Accessibility and Connectivity.”
More information about the Atlantic Project Awards can be found here.

The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference was held in Dublin on September 27, 2016 and focused on topics related to Priority 1 of the AAP “Promote entrepreneurship and innovation” emphasizing on project development so as to promote activities linked with Atlantic Best Practices and the Atlantic Project Awards.  The Conference was attended by 276s registered participants and included over 40 confirmed exhibitors from the five Atlantic EU Member States that demonstrated their activities; while a special Cooperation Area, accessible during the whole duration of the Conference, hosted Networking and Matchmaking activities, enabling participants to identify suitable cooperation opportunities.  This uniquely interactive Conference, in the presence of the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, brought together stakeholders of the Atlantic Strategy and allowed them to meet, greet and identify suitable cooperation opportunities, exchange ideas and secure funding for their projects.  More information and outcomes of the event can be found here.