WP1-Management

Objectives :

 

-Manage, direct and monitor the overall performance of the project

 

-Ensure the correct progress of the work so that the results of the project adhere to the contract's requests

 

-Ensure the adequate collaboration between the groups working in different work packages within the project

 

-Coordinate the production of deliverables and the organization of meetings both in person and video conferences

 

-Prepare and deliver the periodic progress report to the Commission

 

-Administer project resources

 

-Supervise the decision making process

 

-Create the processes, templates and instructions to control the performance of work plans and resources with the support of a specific web based system

 

-Identify and resolve any problems or disputes that may arise within the Consortium.

 

Work Package Leader : Ferdinando Boero

WP2-Habitat mapping: state of knowledge, data integration and scenarios of protection

Objectives :

 

The knowledge about habitat distribution and extent is critical for the conservation and the management of the marine system. Both data gathering through habitat mapping and data management systems to synthesize the available information about habitat distribution at large scale require the use of standard approaches to enable comparisons between areas and organize information in maps and reports. Different key concepts and methods in dealing with marine habitat classifications and mapping have been developed by different disciplines (e.g.marine geologists and ecologists, oceanographers). A unifying approach focusing on the definition of habitats, the measurable features to describe it, the scale and the hierarchical framework to be used is needed to provide up to date information about the distribution of habitats at basin scale.

 

WP2 will integrate EU and non-EU experience in habitats classification and mapping from coastal areas to the deep sea. Data about habitat distribution will be combined to a spatial analysis of the distribution of overlapping threats at basin scale. Data modelling will further refine results of habitat mapping and use of site selection algorithms will combine results from different disciplines to provide scenarios of MPA networks.

 

The aims of WP2 are:

 

-Revision of habitat classification schemes and identification of common criteria to combine multi-scale geological, oceanographic and biological data to derive habitat maps at Mediterranean and Black Seas scales;

 

-Review of habitat distribution and extent including the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Data mining, integration and production of a multi scale habitat cartography, with specific focus for habitats included in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC);

 

-Mapping of human threats in coastal and deep sea habitats at basin scale;

 

-Use of site selection algorithms to combine results coming from the contribution of different disciplines (i.e. modelling approaches) to provide scenarios of MPA networks at Mediterranean scale.

 

Work Package Leader : Simonetta Fraschetti

WP3-Species assemblages, dispersal and connectivity

Objectives :

 

Objectives are defined through questions:


-What is the existing network of connectivity?

 

-What is the current effectiveness of the present network of MPAs for favouring conservation?

 

-What knowledge is lacking and how to expand the existing network of MPAs in order to maximize the conservation of biodiversity and resilience of ecological communities, while minimizing the surface area of the zones restricted to fishing?

 

Work Package Leader : Serge Planes

WP4-Scenarios of environmental change (natural and human induced). Role and response of the MPAs

Objectives :

 

-To provide further insights into the role of climate variability and climate change on ocean circulation and coastal risks and into their implications for establishment of marine protected area (MPA) networks.

 

-To examine the main biotic and human driven non-biotic changes and threats that can affect the functioning and dynamics of Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems and determine their implications for establishment of MPA networks.

 

-To synthesize the ecological, social and economical benefits of existing MPAs, to assess the correlates of their management effectiveness, to guide the establishment and management of MPA networks and to develop a framework for assessing MPA networks effectiveness.

 

Work Package Leader : Enrique Macpherson

WP5-Offshore wind farms and marine protected areas

Objectives :

 

The work is organized around the following main objectives:


-Estimation of the available offshore wind power potential over the Mediterranean and Black Seas under current and future climate conditions

 

-Review of existing and in-progress technology of offshore wind farm elements and of offshore wind turbines

 

-Development of a smart wind chart for the entire Mediterranean and Black Seas

 

Work Package Leader : Takvor Soukissian

WP6-MPA Socio-Economic Issues, Management and Legislation

Objectives :

 

The overall objective is to develop management strategies for implementing regional networks of MPAs, including measures such as common designation guidelines, management best practices, regulations to limit and ban certain practices, dynamic closures of certain areas, and legal approaches for managing MPAs in trans-boundary areas and high seas.

 

In particular, the objectives are:

 

-Develop economic cost benefit analysis using The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) methods for MPA networks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas;

 

-Improve methods and evidence-based tools for developing holistic planning and integrated management approaches and practices for the implementation of regional or sub-regional networks of MPA;

 

-Evaluate ecological impact assessment methods for offshore wind energy potential in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea;

 

-Support the EU maritime spatial planning initiative and the development of an Integrated Maritime Policy in the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins;

 

-Contribute to commitments under international/regional conventions and agreements as well as EU regulations and policies regarding the implementation of regional or subregional networks of MPAs.

 

Work Package Leader : Paul Goriup

WP7-Information Dissemination and Outreach

Objectives :

 

-To disseminate the outputs (information, data, know-how, etc) made by the Project to all stakeholders in the most effective ways.

 

-To raise awareness of the stakeholders, particularly policy makers, students, and teachers, on MPAs and wind energy.

 

-To create and provide a common platform to facilitate the dialogue between all stakeholders.

 

Work Package Leader : Bayram Oztürk

WP8-Training and capacity building

Objectives :

 

-Background for the WPs through Focus workshops.

 

-Training students, researchers and stakeholders through summer school courses.

 

Work Package Leader : Bella Galil

WP9-Data Management and synthesis

Objectives :

 

This work package is designed to provide a common framework for data management and final synthesis of the outcomes of WPs 2,3,4,5,6, 10 and 11. A decentralised Geodatabase and a WEBGIS system will be the linking tool for all partners, regions and thematic research (WPs 2-6, 10, 11). It will involve the entire consortium at different levels in topics such as data provision, GIS products, GIS interpretation, data archiving and data exchange.

 

The work is organized around the following main objectives:

 

-Assess the rules for data and metadata sharing between partners reviewing the existing common European protocols and standards;

 

-Design and implement data repositories (Marine Geodatabase) to store and retrieve the spatial data collected during the lifespan of the project for the Mediterranean and Black Sea areas and for the pilot study areas;

 

-Develop the COCONET WebGIS to integrate the multi scale GIS layers derived from WP 2-6, 10, 11 in all regions;

 

-Develop an analytical and evaluative framework for designing, managing and monitoring regional networks of MPAs, including wind farms, centered on science-based guidelines, criteria, concepts and models;

 

-Deliver digital maps of networks of marine protected areas and offshore wind farms (OWF) as final synthesis of the outcome from all Wps.

 

Work Package Leader : Federica Foglini

WP10-Black Sea Pilot Project

Objectives :

 

-Acquisition of new geological, biological, oceanographic data in the Black Sea pilot area relevant for MPAs implementation.

 

-Identification, within the pilot area, of key variables regarding connectivity (distance, size, strength and direction of currents, propagule supply) to be considered in the design of MPA network.

 

-Definition of what is specific to the Black Sea and what can be generalised at larger scale within management plans in terms of connectivity processes.

 

-Examination of the main natural and human driven causes of changes, potentially affecting the functioning and dynamics of the Pilot Areas ecosystems and description of potential implications for establishment of MPA networks.

 

-Assessment of ecosystem resilience and implications for MPA network design and management in the Pilot area.

 

-Evaluation of the impacts of offshore wind farm development on ocean circulation, wave action, bottom morphology and marine life near or within the pilot network of MPAs in the pilot area.

 

-Identification of socio-economic impacts caused by offshore wind farm development within the network of MPAs.

 

-Transfer of the field data generated by WP10 to the WP9 Geodatabase, and to contribute via other WPs to the final synthesis.

 

Work Package Leader : Dragos Micu

WP11-Mediterranean Sea Pilot Project

Objectives :

 

-Acquisition of new geological, biological, oceanographic data in the Mediterranean Sea pilot area relevant for MPAs implementation.

 

-Identification, within the pilot area, of key variables regarding connectivity (distance, size, strength and direction of currents, propagule supply) to be considered in the design of MPA network.

 

-Definition of what is specific to the Mediterranean Sea and what can be generalised at larger scale within management plans in terms of connectivity processes.

 

-Examination of the main natural and human driven causes of changes, potentially affecting the functioning and dynamics of the Pilot Area ecosystems and determine their implications for establishment of MPA networks.

 

-Assessment of ecosystem resilience and implications for MPA newtork design and management in the Pilot area.

 

-Evaluation of the impacts of offshore wind farm development on ocean circulation, wave action, bottom morphology and marine life near or within the pilot network of MPAs in the pilot area.

 

-Identification of socio-economic impacts caused by offshore wind farm development within the networks of MPAs.

 

-Transfer of the field data generated by WP11 to the WP9 Geodatabase, and to contribute via other WPs to the final synthesis.

 

Work Package Leader : Edmond Hajderi