Physical Oceanography Research Group
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale
University of Malta
Cosimo Solidoro (Project Leader)
Aldo Drago (email@example.com)
Marina Lipizer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SHAREMED is an Interreg MED Strategic Project led by OGS – Italian
National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics,
born from the specific request of the Med Secretariat and with
the specific goal to define and test the implementation of a
transnational and multi-level system of observing systems, able
to assess and address environmental threats in the Mediterranean
Sea and along its coasts. The project answers need to be identified
in the framework of the Interreg Med gap analysis, and targets
both the scientific and the governance components required in the
definition and testing of the systems.
ShareMED is intended to support regional, sub-regional and local
authorities, and the research community to jointly assess and
address hazards related to the increasing presence of pollutants
and coexisting environmental threats in the Mediterranean Sea.
The project will be proposing a design of the future Mediterranean
marine observatories and monitoring systems for assessing
environmental risks as a co-ordinated and trans-national effort.
The workshop is intended to bring together leading experts and
representatives of major international projects and initiatives
relevant to the Mediterranean Sea in the framework of ocean
observing systems intended to address major marine environmental
threats. The main goals are to:
share knowledge and expertise required to design a
transnational joint observing system of systems to address
environmental threats and pollution in the Mediterranean,
establish new and further consolidate existing collaborations
to address common challenges. This is fundamental to
synergise efforts and engage in the capitalisation of
existing initiatives, arrangements and ongoing activities
for joint planning, co-design of fit for purpose observations
and their integration into common assessments with effective
This effort forms part of the cross-cutting project activities of
SHAREMED and the mainstream project goals on capitalisation. This
process builds on practices, recommendations & guidelines, conducive
to long term strategies, contributing to transnational governance,
implementation of EU directives (Marine Strategy Framework Directive,
Common Fishery Policy, Marine Spatial Planning Directive) and
supporting other EU initiatives (BLUEMED, EUSAIR, WESTMED),
international programs (UNEP-MAP/MARPOL), and networking initiatives.
The knowledge conveyed by the participating project coordinators
will contribute to identify the state of the art, gaps, best practise
and long-term strategies, supporting the overarching goals of SHAREMED,
and will contribute to the identification of strategies and roadmaps.
The workshop will be organized online over two successive days,
3-4 hours each.
Day I - Learning from the past:
in order to build a common understanding, invited speakers will
be requested to share their experience and views on:
What are the main environmental threats being currently addressed
in the Mediterranean Sea?
Are we organised enough to monitor the marine environment and assess
Total time: 3-3.5 hours, including final discussion for each session.
Day II - Designing the future:
Day II will be organised in the form of back to back roundtables.
The focus of the roundtables will be to take stock of Day I, and
to elaborate on the main environmental threats and pollution hazards
in the Mediterranean, and on how we can quantify, monitor and assess
these threats by integrated and effective observations as well as
transboundary cooperation, joint complementary efforts and effective
Challenges posed by the main threats to the Mediterranean marine
ecosystem; how can such threats be monitored and mitigated; which
are the bottlenecks?
Design of a transnational joint observing system of systems; available
technologies and tools; how to monitor the coastal domain and at
Assessing the existing governance structures for environmental
monitoring and recommending the changes needed for a more effective
and efficient management of environmental threats; role of national
systems at local and regional scales; recommendations for long term
Total time: 4 hours, including discussion time for each roundtable.
Consensus on the main threats to the Mediterranean marine
First step towards the identification of best practices
for the design of a transnational joint observing system
Establishment of a cooperation framework to promote
efficient management of environmental threats;
Recommendations for governance and long term sustainability.
The workshop is open to a wide participation and it will be possible
to make comments and questions through the online chat.