Third General Assembly and Synthetic Workshop, Paris, 4-6 February

The Third CoCoNet General Assembly will held in Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, on 4-5 February 2015. You can see the draft agenda here and the list of hotels near the venue here.

The General Assembly will be followed by the Synthetic Workshop to discuss how we can all incorporate achievements of CoCoNet to produce MPA network guidelines.  

See you in Paris!

The Virtual workshop Socioeconomic Impacts of Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), 8-12 December 2014

Virtual Workshop: Socio-economic impacts of networks of MPA

Elena Ojea

The Virtual workshop Socioeconomic Impacts of Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was conducted on the week of the 8-12th December 2014 with the objective of combining the existing experience from the socioeconomic analysis of MPAs conducted in CoCoNet Task 6.1. The Virtual Workshop was organized around three TOPIC lines. Topic 1 was Planning a Costs and benefits analysis of MPAs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, Topic 2 was the Discussion on the “Marine Economic Instrument Index deliverable”, and Topic 3 was the Agreement on dissemination activities, publications and outreach. A total of 36 emails were exchanged by 19 participants during the 5 days of the Virtual Workshop. Participants ranged from a diverse range of expertise and backgrounds, all related to the conservation and management of Marine Protected Areas. Coconet and external participants interacted and this combination provided very interesting feedbacks.

The Virtual Workshop offered a platform for information exchange and has provided the tools and information needed to continue the work in Coconet, Task 6.1 and to open the research to potential collaborators. A roadmap for the following work was agreed, information on the potential study areas in the Mediterranean and Black Sea pilot cases was exchanged and a publication strategy was agreed. We are thankful to the participants and their fruitful comments and hope this will have resulted in a good set of international collaborations with successful publications.


MedPAN Workshop, Tirana, Albania, 25-27 November 2014

The Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN network) regional experience-sharing workshop was held in Tirana, Albania from 25 to 27 November 2014. This year the workshop addressed "Monitoring for Managing Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)". MPA managers were brought together with scientists, fishermen, ministry representatives, NGOs and several organizations that work with the marine environment such as RAC/SPA, WWF, IUCN and TUDAV. During the meeting which hosted about 150 people from all over the Mediterranean and Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Monaco, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Albania, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Greece, Algeria, Belgium, Turkey and United Kingdom), monitoring practices in various MPAs towards the Mediterranean were presented and experiences shared. After that, participants discussed the idea to ‘promote' specific protocols to harmonise data collection throughout the system of MPAs. Participants were taken to Cap Radoni to visit the pilot MPA in Albania and the new attempts concerning the establishment of MPAs along the pristine Albanian coasts were presented and discussed. The CoCoNet project was also presented by Edmond Hajderi (Leader of Adriatic Pilot Project; Catholic University "Our Lady of Good Counsel") and Eda Topcu Eryalcin (Istanbul University).

MedPAN Albania ws report for coconet1


MedPAN Albania ws report for coconet2

International Black Sea Day İstanbul

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Every year, International Black Sea Day is celebrated with a sprit dedicated for the protection of this unique sea. This year it was celebrated on 3 November 2014, in Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey, organized by Permanent Secretariat of Black Sea Commission. There were presentations of projects carried out in the Black Sea, such as CoCoNet, PERSEUS, EMBLAS, IRIS-SES, and MISIS. A presentation of CoCoNet was made by Ayaka Amaha Ozturk, Istanbul University (WP7), and CoCoNet brochures and posters were distributed.

International Black Sea Day 31 October 2014



International Black Sea Day

31 October 2014



NIMRD “Grigore Antipa” Constanta, Romania, celebrated the International Black Sea Day 2014 by organizing a series of scientific and educational activities.

Together with the Natural Sciences Museum Complex of Constanta, NIMRD was co-organizer of the symposium “Black Sea – Past, Present and Future”, held on 31 October, in the Conference Hall of the Complex. The symposium reunited researchers, members of the academia and authorities, who debated on the current state of the Black Sea ecosystem.





The activities dedicated to the International Black Sea Day continued with a work visit to the Natural Sciences Museum Complex of Constanta of the 20 members of the Junior Ranger ecologist club from the 2 May Elementary School. These middle school pupils have always been involved in ecological education and awareness activities, by constantly monitoring the Vama veche – 2 Mai Marine Reserve, under NIMRD’s custody.



The celebration of the International Black Sea Day continued in an innovative manner by organizing an official chess competition for children.

The Black Sea Day Chess Challenge 2014 was hosted by NIMRD on 1 November 2014 and was organized by NIMRD in partnership with the Fianchetto Chess Club from Constanta, the Balkan Environmental Association (B.EN.A.) and the European Environmental Association (A.E.M.).bs05


76 young chess players, aged between 5 and 14, from chess clubs all around the Constanta County, participated in this challenge.


Awards, cups and medals were granted to the best of them.



NIMRD experts took this opportunity to familiarize the young participants and their parents to the aspects concerning the need to protect the marine environment. Also, all participants were introduced to the main goals of the PERSEUS and CoCoNET projects.



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