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Andrea Caligiuri , Professor at University of Macerata


Bilateral Meetings

  • May 12, 2016 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
The University Departments are specialised in socio-economic sciences and humanistic academic disciplines: Law; Educational Sciences, Cultural Heritage and Tourism; Political Sciences, Communication Sciences and International relations; Humanities (Archeology, History, Literature, Modern Languages, Philosophy); Economics and Law. Researchers are organized in interdisciplinary research groups relating to the following fields: Health, demographic change and well-being; Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Inclusive, innovative and secure societies; Social sciences and ICT, digital humanities, communication, media, information society; Cultural Heritage including Multilingualism issues. The University supports the following research themes concerning the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion: a) Promotion and valuing of the cultural heritage of the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion; b) Energy Governance of the Adriatic-Ionian Region; c) The Promotion and Development of the Fishery Sector in the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion.

Country: Italy

Organization Type: Universities

Phone: +39 3288764207

Email: andrea.caligiuri@unimc.it

City: Macerata ,Piaggia dell'Università 2 Google map


Marine Resources Management Plan for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

This Research Project aims to contribute to realize the overall aim of the “Thematic Strategy for the protection and conservation of the marine environment”: “to promote sustainable use of the seas and conserve marine ecosystems”, taking into account the economic, social and environmental importance of the maritime dimension in Europe (see Communication from the Commission - “Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment”, COM(2005)504 final). As stated in the document “EU Integrated Maritime Policy”, many aspects of the management of the seas can be best addressed focusing on regional seas. In this context, the Adriatic- Ionian basin is a regional sea, whose governance is of strategic interest for the European Union, because all the coastal States of the two seas, with the exception of Montenegro (candidate Country), Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania (potential candidate Countries), are full members of the Union.

The Project starts from real data, i.e. the current deterioration of the marine environment in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and the associated erosion of its ecological capital, which jeopardises the generation of wealth and employment opportunities derived from these two seas. Seas are complex ecosystems which cross over States borders and which affect many activities, interests and policies. Therefore it is not surprising that technical knowledge and political skills necessary to address and resolve the multiple challenges of maritime affairs are generally shared among several public and private actors at different levels of governance, from the international level to small coastal communities.

In particular, the Project starts with the idea of developing a survey of the already existing forms of cooperation for the management of marine resources in the Adriatic-Ionian region, focusing on those forms of cooperation that have a direct impact on the development of one of the four “pillars” defined in the “Discussion-Paper” on a EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR), published by the European Commission on August 2013: “3d Pillar - Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment”.

The Project MaReMaP-AIR aims at developing an effective model of governance for the management of institutional interplay in the Adriatic-Ionian region. This new model of governance will be based on knowledge, in line with the Communication of the European Commission on “Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment”. In particular, this research will focus on two areas of great impact for the growth of the European economy: the exploitation of marine mineral resources and blue biotechnology. Indeed, to date, in the Adriatic-Ionian basin, it does not exist a structured cooperation in these two areas.

The Project aims to design an effective and innovative research governance framework, including through the use of the most advanced information and communication technologies (ICT), which will provide policymakers with the basis to lay down a legal framework for the management of the marine resources in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. It will be based on scientific evidence clearly defined, in order to promote the best balance between conservation and sustainable exploitation of the resources of the Adriatic-Ionian basin.

Moreover, the Project represents a unique opportunity for the scientific community to transfer scientific knowledge to the different operational and decision-making levels, outlining a replicable effective model for the transmission of information. For the first time, through the Project, science will be an actor of decision-making procedures by developing innovative tools to support policymakers for meeting the objectives of the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

Another strength of the Project is the setting up of activities aimed at enhancing the role of civil society, local authorities and sectoral organizations. The Organizations engaged in cross-border cooperation between the coastal States of the two seas are actively involved in this research. In addition, the Project will provide a dissemination which ensures that citizens come into possession of all relevant information relating to the changes occurring in their marine ecosystems, promoting a wider democratic participation and an informed decision-making process in order to protect their seas. In particular, the dissemination of deliverables will also provide economic and social actors with useful data in order to guide their investments and development plans in a manner consistent with the ecosystem approach.