ADRIATIC +: THEMATIC WORKSHOPS

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Last 16th July, international experts and scientific professionals in the field of marine biodiversity and coastal protection joined the ADRIATIC+ Thematic Workshops, held at AURUM – Sala Tosti (Pescara), to discuss about the issue of environmental quality, with specific reference to marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems.

These workshops have been part of the Adriatic+ Coast Day, a dissemination event organized by the City of Pescara within the ADRIATIC + Project – Sharing Marine and Coastal cross management experiences in the Adriatic Basin, funded by the Adriatic IPA CBC 2007-2013 Cooperation Programme.

Thematic workshops have focused mainly on the sea, biodiversity of the marine environment and sustainable development of coastal areas, concentrating the discussion on two EUSAIR Actions: “Threat to coastal and marine biodiversity” (PILLAR 3, Topic 1 The marine environment) and “Governance of the maritime space” (PILLAR 1, Topic 3 Maritime and marine governance and services).

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International and national speakers have fed the discussion about the following issues linked to the protection of biodiversity:

  • Interactions and conflicts between sector development and the protection of marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean
  • Impacts on protected species: cetaceans and turtles
  • Ballast water: alien species and impacts on biodiversity
  • Oil spill in the Adriatic Sea and protection of biodiversity
  • Fishery related activities and protection of biodiversity
  • Maritime spatial planning

The discussion has represented an opportunity to highlight the crucial role that the Adriatic sea plays in the everyday life of coastal communities and citizens and for sustainable growth. Considering the different impacts affecting the sea, it has emerged that macro-regional cooperation can represent the best way to promote sustainable economic and social prosperity, while preserving the environment and ensuring a healthy and balanced marine and coastal ecosystems.

The workshops have been attended by all representatives of the ADRIATIC+ project partners from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro as well as by the scientific community, policy makers, environmental NGOs and local citizens.