10-14 October 2022. Session at Ecosystem Service Partnership Conference, Crete.

Session at Ecosystem Service Partnership Conference, 10-14 October, 2022 in Crete.

ESP_Session_Book of Abstracts

The proposal of a session “Sustainable spatial planning and management of ecosystem services in coastal areas and marine regions” has been submitted by  Dr. Daniele La Rosa (University of Catania, Italy) and Dr. Vincenzo Maccarrone (National Research Council, Italy) and approved by the Scientific Committee of the Conference

ESP  conferences represent the most relevant scientific event related to Ecosystem Services topics, gathering around 500-600 scholars and researcher from all Europe.

The session will host contributions from Partner of Mare of Vietnam and Malesia (contributions to be defined in July-august) and will be a great chance to fertilise the MARE research framework with other scholars.

Title Sustainable spatial planning and management of ecosystem services in coastal areas and marine regions


There is an increasing concern on exposure and vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to different drivers of changes (e.g. ocean acidification, chemical & waste pollution, overexploitation of fish stocks). The areas on the interface between land and sea, such as coastal zones & deltas, represent a difficult environmental governance challenge, as they concentrate globally over 90% of population greatly relying on marine resources, however vulnerable to sea level raise & and deterioration of marine environments.

Especially in developing countries, such areas bear the price of a fast economic growth, and themselves provide major contribution to ocean pollution, while coastal ecosystems provide barrier, regulation & water purification functions, such as wetlands & mangroves are under the threat of extinction.

Coastal ecosystems provide the complete range ecosystem services on which coastal communities depend for food, economic activities, and cultural enrichment, but at same time represent arenas of strong interests, which often generate relevant trade-offs.

Local issues such as pollution, overfishing and environmental degradation in the coastal zone require immediate action to guarantee the integrity  of coastal ecosystem services. Moreover, basic challenges, such as lack of monitoring effort, lack of information and use conflicts, must be overcome in coastal management strategies.

Coastal management is beginning to encompass more integrated strategies, but more holistic and transdisciplinary strategies are also necessary. The ecosystem services approach is a participative and iterative process, which seeks to improve decision-making over a particular issue, with a variety of measurement units (biophysical, monetary or non-monetary) depending on each case, and recognizes that the context in which the environmental assessment is included is important, as well as the demand for services.

Changing the current scenario is a difficult process, which includes changes in current public policies, public awareness and repeatedly producing results that support decisions. However, important first steps have already been taken through simple spatial and quantitative tools, providing clear tools that can be used by decision makers. However, such instruments and methods are required to be tested on the ground.

The scale of these problems urgently calls for research on methods and theoretical approaches that require contamination different disciplines such as ecology, engineering, planning, economy to detect risks and weaknesses of coastal ecosystems. (E)valuation allows the quantitative assessment of different options for planning and management of coastal zones to be implemented by making market and non-market goods and services comparable. Of particular relevance is the valuation of non-market services by coastal ecosystems.

A better understanding about how socio-economic factors interact with coastal ecosystem services will allow to better shape planning decisions and management options to adapt to  future global and local changes of coastal ecosystems.

Goals and objectives of the session

This session aims to present current researches related to planning and management of coastal ecosystem services. Possible topics and research questions include:

– how planning of human activities in coastal areas can maximize the overall provision of ES?

– which are the main trade-offs generated by different planning and management options?

– Is it possible thinking to measure environmental performance using methods and indicators coming from science, economy and social world?

– How could be involved coastal citizens in plan for a more resilience and sustainable coastal areas?

– Is quintuple helix approach be useful to fit sustainability conservation and use of coastal resources?

Presentations of case studies are warmly welcome.

Planned output/deliverables

The session foresees two different and practical outcomes, to be decided according to the interest generated among participants.

  • Proposal of joint essay/review on coastal management of ES
  • Proposal of a book with International Publisher with full contributes from the presentations

19-21 May 2022 ERASMUS+ Capacity Building Programs of yesterday and tomorrow.

Organized by Embassies of Italy and France in Vietnam (may 19-21, 2022), Quy Nhon, Vietnam

The event is jointly organized by the Italian and France Embassies to showcase and promote recent Capacity Building Projects that saw the collaboration of Vietnamese HEI with Italian and France HEI.
The event saw the presence of more than 100 attendees.

Mare project has been presented by Dr. Daniele La Rosa (Mare_presentation_UNICT)

9 March 2022 Seminar on Coastal and Marine Geology: Deep seabed mining: perspectives from a developing nation (March 2022)

Date: 9th March 2022
Time: 0830 – 1730
Duration: 9 Hours Objective: To bring together different perspectives from various professionals to discuss the ideas and insights about deep-sea mining exploration in Malaysia
Venue: Online Platform (ZOOM)
Organizer: Institute Geology of Malaysia
Coordinator: Academy GEX
List of Speakers
Keynote Speakers Dr. Khaira Ismail, UMT The Geological Settings of Deep Seabed Minerals TITLE: The Geological Settings of Deep Seabed Minerals
Dr. Mazlan Madon TITLE: The Potential of Deep Seabed Mining for Malaysia
Dr. Kirsty McQuaid | Researcher University of Plymouth, England TITLE: The Ecology of the Deep Sea Environment
Dr. Thet Tin Nyunt Director | Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration Myanmar TITLE: Seafloor Exploration in Myanmar EEZ
Mr. Bebeb A.K.N Djundjunan | Ambassador of Indonesia to Greece TITLE: Indonesia Deep Sea Mining Bill
Mr. Pradeep Arjan Singh Ph.D Candidate | University of Bremen, Germany Regulation & Law on Deep Seabed Mining
Mr. Abdullah Sulaiman| Adjunct Professor, UMT TITLE: Domestic Seabed Mining Law in Malaysia: What, Why and How?

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Project Date: 09.03.2022
Time: 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue: Online Workshop
Audience: Undergraduate students from various higher learning institution, stakeholders (governmental agencies and private sector)

 The deep seabed mining seminar was held on 09.03.2022 from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. This event was an event organized by the University Malaysia of Terengganu (UMT), Coastal and Marine Geology Working Group – Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM) with collaboration with Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM) and managed by Academy GEX as the event organizer. This event was initially proposed by Mr Abdullah Sulaiman as the chairman of the working group committee.

This event has become the annual platform for various stakeholders to share and discuss their finding related to the marine and coastal area development. The event theme focusing on the enhancing participation of developing nations in regulating deep seabed mining. This event was opened by Mr Abdul Rasid Jaapar (President of IGM) and later was officiated by Dato’ Seri Mohd Ajib Anuar (President of Malaysian Chamber of Mines).

Session speakers were comprised of various professional from academics, industry, and the policy maker. The speakers for this year including researchers from academic and research institute, government officer and industry players. Participant were comprise of representative from the governmental agencies, undergraduates and postgraduates students from higher learning institution, private companies and non-governmental organization. The closing remarks were given later by Dato’ Zakaria Mohamad| Chairman (Board of Geologist Malaysia).

Brochure Seminar Deep Seabed Mining Perspectives From The Developing Nation (