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Final Conference of PEGASO Project on ICZM

Friday, 14 February 2014
The Final conference of the PEGASO project was held in Beldibi/Antalya, Turkey from 14 to 17 January 2014. The event was hosted by MedCoast Foundation, one of the partners to the project and was attended by a wide range of institutes and networks from the Mediterranean and Black Sea and representatives of ICZM initiatives from other regional seas.
Funded by the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (UE), PEGASO project (People for the Ecosystem Based Governance in Assessing Sustainable Development of Ocean and Coast), launched on the 1st of February 2010 as a four-year collaborative and large-scale integrating project with the aim to develop Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. For this project, 25 institutions located around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea basins and in other parts of Europe collaborated, while two Regional Activity Centres of Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), PAP/RAC and Plan Blue participated in the project as members of the steering committee.

During the three days of the meeting, the partners focused on (i) the ICZM Regional Governance Platform in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, (ii) the ICZM/MSP policies in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and (iii) the future of PEGASO, discussed the project’s overall results and presented the latest progress achieved within each work package. Moreover, contributions, experiences and lessons learned from each of the CASES* were presented, while particular attention was given to the aspects needed to advance the ICZM implementation in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

The participants exchanged ideas and concepts on how to build the governance platform of tomorrow for these two regional seas, based on shared common knowledge. Also, it was proposed that the future platform dedicated to ICZM would be hosted within the UNEP/MAP system, while the preparation of a roadmap was addressed in order to better trace the future of the platform. In addition, the partners discussed the relation between ICZM, MSP, EcAp, etc. and the future of PEGASO in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Finally, an interactive presentation of the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) was concluded with the presentation of the business plan, identifying priority issues and actions to be taken.

At the end of this event, the MedCoast team organised a technical field trip to the Southern part of the Antalya Bay.
With this meeting the PEGASO project came to a closure on the 31st of January 2014, after 4 years of collaboration.

* PEGASO CASES (Collaborative Application SitES) aim at testing and validating the assessment tools developed during the project at different spatial scales, and at contributing to the Regional Assessment at basin scale of the Mediterranean and Black Sea. For further information look at:

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