On-going Projects:

MSP4BIO (Improved Science-Based Maritime Spatial Planning to Safeguard and Restore Biodiversity in a coherent European MPA network)

With an overall aim to support the coherent implementation of the EU (European Union) Biodiversity Strategy (EUBS) 2030, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) post-2020 framework, as well as the EU Green Deal, MSP4BIO develops and demonstrates the ways in which knowledge-based MSP becomes a vehicle and a tool for the protection and recovery of ecosystems. Specifically, MSP4BIO will develop an integrated flexible socio-ecological management to cope with a rapidly changing environment for coastal, offshore, and deep-sea ecosystems and validate its concrete applicability in 6 test sites in 5 European Sea Basins. The management relies on improved systemic biodiversity prioritization criteria for MPAs and EBSAs, based on the best available scientific knowledge on biodiversity attributes, and linking spatial ecological features (including migratory ones) with socio-economic considerations. MSP4BIO uses a participatory approach to co-develop ecosystem services tradeoff scenarios to prioritize the areas and assess the suitability of spatial and strategic management measures from the ecological and socioeconomic perspectives. The approach integrates the criteria and objectives of relevant maritime and biodiversity policies as well as the EUBS 2030 to ensure coherent policy implementation. As such, the project will develop and improve approaches, methods, and tools to feed scientific knowledge, making it of direct use to planners and MPA managers, while producing site-specific results informing site-specific, and broader policy processes and decisions. The project builds on and integrate existing knowledge and results from multiple origins, and ensures effective collaboration with relevant projects and initiatives to fill present gaps on marine biodiversity, speeding up the scientific brake while paving pave the way for effective biodiversity management.

Programme: Horizon Europe
Duration: 2022 - 2025 (36 months)
Total budget: € 3.500.000

CROSSGOV (Coherent and cross-compliant ocean governance for delivering the EU Green Deal for European Seas)

The three-year CrossGov R&I project aims to enhance knowledge on how coherence and cross-compliance of marine related policies and legislation affect the ability to realise the EU Green Deals goals for the protection of marine ecosystems and biodiversity, and to co-create proposals and roadmaps together with the CrossGov Stakeholder Forum for more consistent and integrated approaches towards this end. The analyses and proposals will be conducted in the context of the multilevel governance system encompassing various sectors, composed by global and regional international frameworks, the EU and the European coastal states with their different national arrangements. The project addresses governance in three European marine regions: the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. The core strength of CrossGov is the close collaboration with the policymaking community and the production of co-created knowledge and solutions through innovative, web-based and fit-for purpose roadmaps and methodological guidelines. This will enable policymakers to effectively foster environmentally sustainable law and governance that is fit-for-purpose for delivering the societal transformation called for in the GD. Through the development of analytical and methodological guidelines for the studying of coherence and cross-compliance, CrossGov will develop a comprehensive and innovative research model. This model is expected project will enhance knowledge on, and reinforce, cross-compliance, coherence and innovation in EU marine governance to strengthen the resilience of European seas and facilitate the implementation of EUs Green Deal. The research brings forth innovative methodologies to systematically identify, analyse and remediate weaknesses, gaps, and inconsistencies in law, policies and decisionand policymaking processes to halt the degradation of European seas and facilitate cross-compliance within and across biodiversity, pollution and climate related laws and policies.

Programme: Horizon Europe
Duration: 2022 - 2025 (36 months)
Total budget: € 3.000.000

AZA-Sardegna (Allocated Zone for the Aquaculture in the Sardinia Region)

AZA-Sardegna will draw up the regional plan of the allocated zone for the aquaculture in the marine, coastal and inland waters of Sardinia region. The project will yields advancement in knowledge of the target aquatic ecosystems and will implement an interoperable and community-based spatial information system.

Programme: FEAMP
Duration: 2020 – 2023 (36 months)
Total budget: € 1.700.000

BRIDGE-BS (Advancing Black Sea Research and Innovation to Co-Develop Blue Growth within Resilient Ecosystems)

BRIDGE-BS will map, monitor and model ecosystem services and their responses to stressors in order to identify the safe operating space within which sustainable, climate-neutral blue economy can develop. To achieve this, BRIDGE-BS will advance knowledge and deliver research under three nodes: Service Dynamics, Blue Growth Incubators and Empowered Citizens.

Programme: H2020
Duration: 2021 – 2025 (48 months)
Total budget: € 9.000.000

SATURN (Solutions At Underwater Radiated Noise)

The SATURN project consortium will combine multidisciplinary expertise to identify i) the sounds that are most detrimental to aquatic species and how they are produced and propagated, ii) the short-term and cumulative long-term negative impacts of noise from shipping and boats on three representative groups of aquatic species in rivers and the sea (invertebrates, fish and marine mammals), iii) the most promising options for measuring and reducing the negative impacts of ship noise that can be applied to current and future vessels.

Programme: H2020
Duration: February 2021 – January 2025 (48 months)
Total budget: € 8.966.000

MSP-MED (Towards the operational implementation of MSP in our common Mediterranean Sea)

The overall objective of MSP-MED is to favour the MSP Directive’s implementation in the Mediterranean Sea, by supporting the establishment of coherent and coordinated maritime spatial plans across the Mediterranean, for promoting a sustainable and long lasting “blue” development.
The MSP-MED project will capitalize the results of important EC-funded projects on MSP, recently carried out and on-going, involving a large part of the EU Member States of the Mediterranean (IT, FR, SP, SLO, ML, GR) and their MSP Competent Authorities, promoting also the active participation of the other MS and of non-EU Mediterranean countries.

Programme: DG Mare EASME
Duration: December 2020-2022 (24 months)
Total budget: € 3.100.000

Cooperation Agreement for Maritime Spatial Planning in Italy

Technical and scientific support for the preparation of the maritime spatial plans of Italian marine waters (Adriatic, Ionian-Central Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian-Western Mediterranean) according to Decree n.201/2016 and MSP National Guidelines, including stakeholder consultation and transnational cooperation. In partnership with CORILA and IUAV

Programme: Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobilities (Italian MSP Competent Authority)
Duration: 2021 – 2022 (24 months)
Total budget: € 457.000,00

Past projects:

MISTRAL (Mediterranean Innovation STRAtegy for transnational activity of clusters and networks of the Blue Growth)

The main objective of MISTRAL is to create a symbiotic and transnational community of the Mediterranean Clusters active in the Blue Growth domains (blue energy, aquaculture, maritime, coastal and cruise tourism, blue biotechnology, marine mineral resources). MISTRAL empowers and increases the effectiveness of the quadruple helix actors’ innovation activities such as know-how and technology transfer, business creation, networking, interactions with policy makers, promotion of new models for the governance, involvement of SMEs/corporates in open innovation programs.

Duration: 2018-2022 (48 months)
Total budget: € 4.800.000

WestMed Pilot Global MSP Initiative

MspGlobal is a joint initiative developed by the Unesco’s International Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Commission department responsible for EU policy on maritime affairs and fisheries DG MARE. MSP Global initiative aims to design international guidelines on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning while supporting the cooperation between EU and non EU Member States, on defining regional recommendations in line with the WestMED Initiative and promoting the adoption of a roadmap and on strengthening institutional capacities.

Duration: 2019- 2022


The ITEM project formed a community of 50 universities, small, medium and large companies aim work in an integrated and exclusive way in order to: identify the main technological gaps and opportunities for the competitive industrial development of the country; develop industrial research testing new technologies patented by the project partners; design new technologies aimed at: improving the observational systems needed to ensure the quality of the marine environment; at producing systems useful for the sustainable use of environmental restoration ,marine biotic and abiotic resources; at the identification of new products, foods, materials and marine-derived medicines.
The project’s objective is to innovate marine research in Italy and to boost an economic and social growth instrument based on the sustainable use of resources and opportunities in the light of a blue economy.

Programme: MIUR
Duration: 2020-2023
Total budget: € 700.000

SOUNDSCAPE (Soundscapes in the North Adriatic Sea and their impact on Marine Biological Resources)

The project aims to create a cross-border technical, scientific and institutional cooperation between Italy and Croatia in the Northern Adriatic Sea to face together the challenge of assessing the impact of underwater environmental noise on the marine fauna and in general on the ecosystem on a basin scale. Its main objective is to establish common management and mitigation policies to strengthen the marine spatial planning and the protection of ecosystems in order to increase environmental benefits and to contribute to the blue growth of the EUSAIR region.

Programme: Interreg IT-HR
Duration: 2018 – 2020 (30 months)
Total budget: € 2.000.000

PORTODIMARE ( geoPortal of Tools & Data for sustainable Management of coAstal and maRine Environment)

The Geoportal uses, feeds and supports transnational cooperation networks. The project also tests the use of the Geoportal as a concrete support for the development, in four demonstration areas, of strategie.

Programme: Interreg-ADRION
Duration: 2018-2020 (33 months)
Total budget: € 1.500.000

BLUEMED-CSA (Research and innovation for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean Area)

BLUEMED-CSA, Research and innovation for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean Area, H2020 (2016 – 2020). It aims at supporting the BLUEMED Initiative, boosting Blue Growth in the Mediterranean by promoting the concrete and operational implementation of the BLUEMED SRIA. This project has the privilege to set, for the first time in the whole Mediterranean Basin, the scene for the long-term effective coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities, consolidating networks and establishing mechanisms that will remain and be further developed after the conclusion of the project.

Programme: Horizon 2020
Duration: 2016 - 2020 (54 months)
Total budget: € 3.000.000

Pharos4MPAs (Blue Economy and Marine Conservation: Safeguarding Mediterranean MPAs to Achieve Good Environmental Status)

PHAROS4MPAs project aims to enhance management effectiveness and networking for Mediterranean MPAs, in order to contribute to the conservation of marine biodiversity and natural ecosystems, taking into account the complex ensemble of human activities developed within the Blue Growth perspective and their interaction with protected areas and marine ecosystems. To achieve this goal PHAROS4MPAs supports the implementation of EU maritime policies for the sustainable management of human activities and the protection of Mediterranean ecosystems, including the MSP Directive and the MSFD among others.
The project aims to capitalize existing results delivered by EU-funded projects and other initiatives concerning MPAs and their interactions with economic sectors by developing an integrated framework for recommendations on the necessary practical collaboration between MPAs and such maritime sectors. Project outputs include delivering common capitalization baselines, recommendations and policy tools adapted to appropriation by the MedPAN network, MSP authorities, the European Commission, the Barcelona Convention and the various maritime sectors.

Duration: 2018 – 2020 (24 months)
Total budget: € 1.200.000

Development of governance-supporting tools for the maritime region of Chioggia (NORA)

The project aims to develop an integrated analysis of fishing activities in the Chioggia Maritime Department, within the broader context of the uses of the sea.
It also focuses on the analysis of conflicts, synergies and impacts, through scientific approaches and tools used at national, Mediterranean and European level and identifying possible management measures for fishing activities or those that influence the fishing sector, in a wider context of uses of the sea and the coast and environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Programme: Po FEAMP
Duration: 2018-2019
Total budget: €24.000

SIMWESTMED (Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Western Mediterranean region, DG-Mare)

SIMWESTMED focuses on supporting the implementation of the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning in Member States’ (FR, SP, ML, IT) marine waters and onlaunching and carrying out concrete, cross-border MSP cooperation between Member States in the Western Mediterranean region.


Programme: DG MARE EASME
Duration: 2017-2018 (24 months)
Total budget: € 2.820.000

SUPREME (Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Eastern Mediterranean region, DG-Mare)

SUPREME project involves public authorities in charge of MSP, as designated by the Governments of four EU Member States (GR, HR, IT and SL), and the UNEP/MAP Barcelona Convention.
SUPREME focuses on two key objectives: to support the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in EU Member States and to launch and carry out concrete and cross-border MSP initiative between Member States.

Programme: DG MARE EASME
Duration: 2017-2018 (24 months)
Total budget: € 2.500.000

MED-CO-EVOLVE (Promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism, Interreg Med)

MED-CO-EVOLVE project aims to study and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas, allowing sustainable development of touristic activities based on the principles of ICZM/MSP.
CO-EVOLVE couples a presently unavailable analysis at MED scale of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism with local studies on representative Pilot Areas, in order to demonstrate through pilot actions the feasibility and effectiveness of a ICZM/MSP based planning process.

Duration: 2016-2019 (36 months)
Total budget: € 3.000.000

Ritmare – ICZM-MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian Region

The Project is one of the National Research Programmes funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research.
The activities of this National flagship Project on marine and maritime research topics, coordinated by the CNR, are mainly concentrated on the Adriatic-Ionian Region and are indeed related to the main priorities indicated by the EUSAIR Action Plan, as they tackle and go deep into the available knowledge and address priority actions on the issues of maritime traffic, fisheries and aquaculture, energy (oil & gas), coastal and maritime tourism, pollution and biodiversity protection.
Specifically the project aims to support the overall MSP implementation process in the area; to make available valuable data, tools and knowledge for the development of sound planning and management solutions; to formulate specific and concrete proposals (per sectors / per sub-area) to tackle some key priorities of spatial planning and management of marine resources, in collaboration with competent authorities and stakeholders.

Programme: Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR)
Duration: 2016-2018
Total budget: € 170.000

MUSES (Multi-Use in European Seas)

The project aims to explore opportunities for Multi-Use in European Seas across five EU sea basins (Baltic Sea, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Eastern Atlantic). It focuses on: exploring the opportunities for Multi-Use in European Seas, including the scope for innovation and Blue Growth potential; presenting practical solutions on how to overcome existing barriers and minimize risks associated with Multi-Use development. It also focuses on maximising local benefits and on providing an understanding of environmental, spatial, economic & societal benefits of co-location.

Programme: H2020
Duration: 2016-2018 (24 months)
Total budget:€ 2.000.000

Adriplan (ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning)

Project funded by the European Commission – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) under the theme “Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Mediterranean sea and/or the Black sea”.
It improves the on-going process to develop MSP in the region;supports overcoming barriers of full participation of all neighbouring countries in the process and promotes sound technically/scientifically based political decisions in order to promote a coherent transnational approach to the spatial planning of the marine seas.

The study area is the Adriatic - Ionian Macro region considered as a whole, zooming into two focus areas, one in the Northern Adriatic Sea and the other in Southern Adriatic Northern Ionian Sea.
The project aims to improve the on-going process to develop MSP in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. It also promotes a smooth implementation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

Programme: DG Mare EMFF
Duration: 2013- 2015 (18 months)
Total budget: € 1.200.000