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Launch of PEGASO Project. 1st Kick-off Meeting, Venice, 12-14 April 2010

Monday, 05 July 2010

The PEGASO Project (People for the Ecosystem Based Governance in Assessing Sustainable Development of Ocean and Coast) is a collaborative and large-scale integrating project, launched on the 1st of February 2010. Its duration is expected to be 48 months. The main objective of PEGASO is to build on existing capacities and develop common approaches to support integrated policies for the coastal, marine and maritime areas of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins in ways that are consistent with and relevant to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean Sea. More specifically, the project seeks to improve the coastal zone management by providing a connection between science and coastal governance at local, national and regional level by  bringing together a large variety of stakeholders, who will have the chance to exchange scientific knowledge and have access to policy tools, updated coastal data, interactive methods and tools and pilot applications.

These stakeholders met for the first time at the Project Kick-off Meeting, held in Venice, from 12 to  14 April 2010, to discuss the project activities and define the path to follow in the years to come. The Project's ultimate objective is to use the model of the existing ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean and adjust it to the needs of the Black Seat through three innovative actions: (i) construct an ICZM governance platform as a bridge between scientist and end user communities, going far beyond a conventional bridging, (ii) refine and further develop efficient and easy to use tools for making sustainability assessments in the coastal zone, and (iii) implement a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), following the 2007/2/EC INSPIRE Directive (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Union), to organize and standardize spatial data.

The countries which are Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest Convention), 1992, are seriously considering the possibility of developing a similar legal tool for the Black Sea, which will be inspired by the ICZM Protocol, as both regions face common problems regarding the management of their coastal zones. In that direction, one of the first tasks to be undertaken by the PEGASO Project is the creation of an inventory, including policy tools, institutional, legal and financial frameworks for ICZM in the countries of the two regions. This inventory will be the outcome of a questionnaire to be agreed upon with the National Focal Points of the Barcelona and Bucharest Conventions, who will officially be informed about, and involved in, the project during a Meeting to be organized in connection with the “Coast Day” celebration in Slovenia, in September this year.

Source: The Coastal Management Centre
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