CoCoNet Press Release May-June 2015
TWO WORKSHOPS FINAL SYNTHESIS OF COCONET PROJECT and EU GREEN WEEK
The CoCoNet Project “Towards Coast to Coast Networks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential” aims to produce guidelines to design, manage and monitor networks of MPAs with multidisciplinary approaches as well as an enriched wind atlas for both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. It was started in February 2012 and now we are in the final year to conclude the project after many field studies, workshops and publications. We organized two meetings in late May and early June for this purpose.
The Second Synthetic Workshop, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavyssos, Greece, 25-26 May 2015
This workshop was the second part of the synthetic workshop that was held in Paris during February 2015. There were about 40 participants from all workpackages to discuss the content of the booklet of guidelines for MPAs networks. The project coordinator, Ferdinando Boero, emphasized that we, humans, need to adapt ourselves to protect nature, thus we must consider ecosystem functioning when establishing MPAs networks.
The Focus Workshop on Connectivity, the Endoume Marine Station, Marseille, France, 2-4 June 2015
The goal of this workshop was to identify and summarize key results on connectivity processes gathered through field and modeling work. 35 researchers, experts on oceanography, propagules dispersion, beta-diversity and genetic, compared and discussed their results. The group also drafted a contribution to guidelines on how to expand the MPAs network in the Mediterranean and Black Sea based on connectivity processes.
EU Green Week in Brussels, 3-5 June 2015
EU Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, was held in Brussels on 3-5 June (http://www.greenweek2015.eu/). This year’s theme was “Nature and Biodiversity” which is in line with the aim of CoCoNet. Istanbul University participated this event to introduce the CoCoNet project to various stakeholders in the EU environmental sectors. We displayed our new posters and brochures, along with the CoCoNet documentary film “from spots to nets”. The European Commissioner of the Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, visited our stand and we had a chance to explain about the project.