SHAPE - Shaping an Holistic Approach to Protect the Adriatic Environment: between coast and sea

Shape is an EU co-funded project through the Adriatic IPA
Cross Border Cooperation programme 2007-2013. Shape
aimed at the development of a multilevel and crosssector
governance system, based on holistic approach
and integrated management of natural resources, risk
prevention and conflicts resolution among uses of the
Adriatic coast and sea. Project activities promoted the
implementation in the Adriatic Sea of the Integrated
Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol of the
Mediterranean and the Roadmap for Maritime Spatial
Planning (MSP). Shape involved 13 partners from all
Italian coastal regions and eastern Adriatic countries.
PAR/RAC of UNEP/MAP also participated to the project.
As subcontractor, Thetis provided its technical and
scientific service to the Veneto Region in particular in
relation to coordination of WP 4 “Shipping towards MSP”.
The following services were provided:
• Analysis of the legal and planning framework supporting
MSP implementation in the Adriatic Sea and interrelation
with the international (EU and Mediterranean) framework;
• Analysis of characteristics, impacts and pressures of the
Adriatic Sea according to MSFD Directive and elaboration
of a preliminary contribution to the initial
assessment of this basin;
• Problem analysis and thematic mapping
supporting MSP in the Adriatic Sea;
• Contribution to the design and elaboration of a GIS Atlas
of the Adriatic Sea Region supporting ICZM and MSP;
• Coordination of pilot projects on MSP, including
its integration with ICZM;
• Elaboration of a common methodology for MSP in the
Adriatic and drafting of a practical handbook
for practitioners.

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