First call for WP8 Focus Workshop : Best Practice Guidelines for Managing and Monitoring MPA Networks

The workshop on Best Practice Guidelines for Managing and Monitoring MPA Networks is scheduled to be held in Mallorca, Spain on 6-7 October 2014.

Further details can be found in "Focus Workshop Announcement (First Call)

If you, or any of your colleagues who are involved in CoCoNet, are interested in attending the workshop please complete the "Registration Form" and return it to Stephen Beal ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 4th August.

The 3rd Joint Pilot Projects meeting, Djerba, 19-20 July 2014

The 3rd Joint Pilot Projects meeting was held successfully at Odyssee Resort Zarzis, Djerba, Tunisia, on 19-20 June 2014. There were 31 participants, including WP leaders and partners involved in CoCoNet pilot projects both in the Adriatic Sea and Black Sea. Progress reports of all WPs were presented and problems and future plans were discussed. The participants acknowledged the wonderful hospitality shown by our Tunisian partner, Dr. Jamila Ben Souissi and her colleagues at INAT.

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Report of the Focus Workshop on Offshore Wind Farm development in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, HCMR, Anavyssos, 9-10 June 2014

The state-of-the-art in offshore wind farming in Europe was examined, including the recent developments in offshore wind energy from the technical, financial and operation/ maintenance point of view and a review on the state-of-the-art in Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) development in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The assessment and modeling of wind fields was another subject of the workshop: the analysis and assessment of the current wind climate in the Mediterranean Sea based on various sources of wind data, along with a user interface for the analysis of the Era-Interim wind data base were presented. The extrapolation to future climate conditions along with the involved uncertainties and the potential impacts to the economic part of OWFs were also examined. Site selection procedures were an additional subject of technical interest. In this context, a methodology for site selection procedures for OWF development in large ocean areas was proposed, along with a review on marine geological, geotechnical and geo-archaeological surveys for OWF planning. Numerical modeling issues of scour around offshore wind turbine foundations were also presented. Regarding environmental issues and their relation with the development and operation of OWFs, three reviews were presented with reference to: a) the criteria for assessing coherence of European networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), using as a case study the coupling of MPAs with OWFs b) the state-of-the-art on overlapping human-driven threats distributions and c) the potential effects of an OWF development on the Mediterranean seal and the impacts on birds and marine biodiversity from such structures. In addition, the design of the experiment at the Mediterranean Pilot site and the relevant settling of communities on artificial substrates were discussed.

A special session was dedicated on some new and innovative floating structures related with atmospheric and sea environmental monitoring. More specifically, the design of a new structure providing in various ways wind and environmental monitoring within an OWF, and a technical analysis of two new moored multipurpose floating structures were presented. Finally, a review on undergoing European projects as regards multi-use offshore platforms and the direct relation with socio-economic issues was set out.

The presentations at the workshop are available online in Offshore Wind Farms section.

 

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The CoCoNet project - Update : Towards Mediterranean-wide Networds of Marine Protected Areas

Please find in the link a recent article entitled 'The CoCoNet project - Update : Towards Mediterranean-wide Networds of Marine Protected Areas' that was published on 26 May 2014 in the 'Research Initiatives' section of 'News on Campus', which is the University of Malta's official online newspaper, and which is available in the 'Research Initiatives' archives.

 

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Contribution Request for Upcoming Workshop: "Guidelines for MPA Network Management and Monitoring"

Dear all,

As part of our involvement with CoCoNet,  NatureBureau are responsible for
one of the key outputs of the project: Guidelines for MPA network management
and monitoring.

An important step in preparing this deliverable is a two day focus workshop
which we are planning to hold in late September/early October 2014. It is
most likely that this will be held in Mallorca. Current themes we are
looking to discuss in the workshop include:

· Best practice for site management

· Indicator based network monitoring (both positive and negative indicators)

· Management enforcement

We would hope that all WP leaders (or representatives from the WPs) will
attend to provide thoughts on these themes and the issue of connectivity and
how this relates to management of MPA networks. We would also welcome any
suggestions on additional themes.

As an initial step I have set up a doodle calendar so that we can start
planning the dates around everyone’s availability
(http://doodle.com/trkz3k3md9s3ncnk)

Please can you complete the doodle calendar with your availability before
Thursday 22nd May.


For further information please contact:

Stephen Beal ACIEEM
Ecologist
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T: +44 1635 550380
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