Launch of the MSPglobal International Guide on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning

Published: Friday, 08 October 2021

MSPglobal International Guide on Maritime Spatial Planning

 Produced jointly by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), the “MSPglobal International Guide on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning” presents a diversity of topics, case studies and actions to assist governments, partners and practitioners in their MSP processes.

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The Parthenope University (Naples, Italy) is calling for a foreign student to carry out a PhD!

Published: Wednesday, 04 August 2021

PhD call


The theme of this PhD course is the study of a wide range of environmental phenomena, the potential risks associated with them and the methods for their mitigation. The topic is highly interdisciplinary and requires the convergence of tools and expertise from different scientific fields and disciplines. Starting from the climate, understood as a complex of phenomena at multiple scales that develop within atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, it will focus on the effects of the phenomena in terms of individual potential negative fallout on people and production capacity, as well as on the hazard assessment, on the vulnerability of the elements at risk, on possible integrated strategies for mitigation. Topics of basic and applied research in the fields of oceanography, meteorology, climatology, geology, will therefore be considered, as well as their interactions in cases of environmental pollution, hydro-geological risk and similar issues; they will be joined by disciplines more directly related to the assessment and mitigation of risk, such as maritime and hydraulic engineering, geotechnical and structural engineering and geomatics, together with issues related to the methods of experimental investigation, monitoring and control of the territory.

Deadline for the application submission: 27 August 2021.

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CCMS presented MARSPLAN-BS II results at the 34th International Geographical Congress

Published: Tuesday, 24 August 2021

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The 34th International Geographical Congress was held 16-20 August 2021, convened by Istanbul University, Turkey. In view of the continuing disruption due to Covid19, this was a virtual Congress. More than 600 delegates from 75 countries were part of the event.

The First International Geographical Congress was held in Antwerp in 1871, and it passed a motion in favour of the use of the Greenwich Meridian as a global standard. And 150 years later, IGC remains the greatest periodic international event for the world geographic community; the various plenary presentations and parallel sessions were scheduled according to GMT.

The Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS) to the International Geographical Union (IGU) ( convened three parallel sessions at the Congress, chaired by Margarita Stancheva (CCS Secretary) and Colin Woodroffe (CCS Chair), and focused on the theme ‘sustaining coastal and marine environments in the Anthropocene’.

In the context of the MARSPLAN-BS II project, (funded by the EMFF via the European Commission` DG MARE and CINEA) as partner in the project, CCMS leads two important activities on addressing the Multi-Use (MU) Concept with MSP and integration of Land-Sea Interactions (LSI) in MSP. In her presentation, Dr. Margarita Stancheva (CCMS project coordinator) presented the results of elaborated MU case study in Bulgarian maritime space: exploring the potential for development of one MU combination: Tourism, Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) & Environmental Protection (municipalities of Shabla, Kavarna and Balchik) and the identified key drivers and barriers, as well as key recommendations to overcome these barriers. 


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Ocean Literacy within the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: A Framework for Action

Published: Sunday, 01 August 2021

Ocean Literacy

Ocean Literacy efforts can contribute to progress in all of the Ocean Decade Challenges by encouraging an informed society that values the ocean and takes action to overcome such challenges.

This Ocean Literacy Framework for Action (the Framework) builds on the Ocean Decade Action Framework developed in the Implementation Plan to provide all stakeholders with further insights into how Ocean Literacy supports the Ocean Decade, as well as how Ocean Literacy Actions can be designed to contribute to the Ocean Decade Challenges and Objectives. The Framework is an invitation for all stakeholders to develop Ocean Decade Actions and any collaborations, partnerships and networks needed to: expand access; to showcase and share Ocean Literacy tools; and to increase the research, monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of Ocean Literacy.

Originally published by Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (

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