Dates: 24-28 April 2017
Location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

The EcoAqua International conference on Maritime Spatial Planning, Ecosystem Approach and Supporting Information Systems (MaPSIS) will be on 24-28 of April, 2017, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. This conference is intended to bring together professionals, Policy & Decision makers, researchers and other stakeholders to address legal frameworks, issues, methodologies, best practices and finally integrate maritime issues within environmental planning using open data Infrastructures.

The EcoAqua International conference on Maritime Spatial Planning, Ecosystem Approach and Supporting Information Systems (MaPSIS) will focus on four thematic areas:

  • MSP & maritime sectors: This session will be dedicated to the presentation of maritime spatial planning experiences, issues and best practices;  to learn from past experiences and to assess  the expectations of different maritime sectors, from  different  points of view. The presentations will include: Marine/maritime spatial planning examples (local, national and regional level); ICZM & MSP stakeholder’s integration; maritime sector needs; opportunities; claims and competition: aquaculture, wind farms, oil/gas sector, fisheries, tourism, transport; exchange with stakeholders communities; legal issues; permits & concessions; coastal and maritime planning integration; Integrated Maritime Policy - Blue Growth, Ocean Governance & implementation;
  • Marine strategies and environmental planning: this session will be dedicated to marine environmental management, including marine monitoring programmes; environmental measures; environmental/ecological status of marine/coastal waters; and marine implementation of environmental legislation, with special interest on Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories of the EU. Special focus will be made on Marine Protected Areas management and Environmental Impact Assessment methods & examples.
  • Biodiversity conservation and Blue Growth: this session will be specially dedicated to ocean/sea biodiversity issues, such as conservation, responsible uses and threats, linking them to sustainable economic development. Experiences and success stories in conservation management associated to sustainable aquaculture development and other economical activities will be considered. We have a special interest in island's biodiversity management and experiences from Europe’s overseas territories and outermost regions.
  • Marine/Maritime Information Systems: data availability is a crucial component of the MSP process for environmental management, impact assessment and conservation/management of protected areas. This session will be dedicated to global and European data initiatives (Copernicus, EMODnet, INSPIRE…) that manage marine and maritime data. We have a special interest in technological development, standards and successful data management experiences.

Ocean & Coastal Management Special Issue  Outcomes of the MaPSIS will be published in special issue of the Ocean & Coastal Management Elsevier journal. Authors of accepted abstract will be invited to submit an original research papers online.   

Abstract submission: from the 1st of November 2016, until the 20th of January 2017
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