Workshop January 18, 2023

                                                  CoastPredict and DCC-CR Joint Workshop for Stakeholders and Partners 

                                                                                       Attendance: In-person and Online 

                                                                            Palazzo Gnudi, Via Riva di Reno 77, Bologna 

Integrated Coastal Management and Marine Spatial Planning in support of Coastal Resilience

Scientific committee: Nadia Pinardi (DCC-CR and CoastPredict), Eugenia Baroncelli (DCC-CR), Renata Archetti (DCC-CR), Villy Kourafalou (CoastPredict), Emma Heslop (IOC-GOOS), Joaquin Tintoré (CoastPredict), Holger Brix (CoastPredict)

Secretariat: Michela Marcatelli (DCC-CR) and Paraskevi Tsitsopoulou (CoastPredict)



9:00 - 9:10  Welcome remarks 

9:10 - 9:20 The UN Ocean Decade and the role of DCCs and DCOs - Alison Clausen (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO)

9:20 - 10:20 Session 1: Stakeholder presentations

Moderator: Hellen Kizenga (University of Dar es Salaam)

  • CoastSnap: A global citizen science project to monitor changing coastlines using smartphones - Mitchell Dean Harley (University of New South Wales)
  • Adaptation plans to climate change in the Adriatic Sea coastal areas: The AdriaClim experience - Andrea Valentini (Arpae Emilia-Romagna)
  • Sea’ties: Accelerating just and equitable adaptation in coastal cities - Lisa Devignol (Ocean & Climate Platform)
  • Ocean Literacy With All: Advancing ocean literacy in a changing blue planet - Francesca Santoro (IOC-UNESCO)
  • Environmental challenges to sleep health in coastal communities - Alessandro Silvani (University of Bologna)

General discussion (10 min.)

10:20 - 11:00 Session 2: Keynote talks on crucial resilience themes

Moderator: Joseph Ansong (University of Ghana)

  • Marine Spatial Planning today & tomorrow: The status of MSP around the world & the updated MSProadmap (2022-2027) - Michele Quesada da Silva (IOC-UNESCO) 

General discussion (5 min.)

  • Integrating environmental and economic aspects of coastal management - Senia Nhamo (University of South Africa)

General discussion (5 min.)

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:10 Session 3: Presentation of selected UN Decade Actions 

Moderator: Aletta Yñiguez (University of the Philippines)

  • Ocean Cities Network (OC-NET) Programme - Vanessa Sarah Salvo (Institut de Ciències del Mar - CSIC)
  • Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM) Programme - Kenneth Leung (City University of Hong Kong)
  • Mega-Delta Programme - Zhongyuan Chen (East China Normal University)
  • CoastPredict Programme - Villy Kourafalou (University of Miami)

12:10 - 13:00 Session 4: Discussion on future collaborative activities

Moderator: Joaquin Tintoré (Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System)

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Practical information


How to reach Bologna

  • By Flight

Guglielmo Marconi airport is well connected by national and international airlines (like ITA, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and many more) to fly to the main European and some American cities. The airport is close to downtown (approximately 6 km). See different transfer options from/to the airport.

  •  By Train (highly recommended, low CO2 impact!)

You can arrive in Bologna by train from Florence, Venice, Milan or Rome in no more than a couple of hours. Bologna is also well connected to the most important European cities, also with night trains from Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna. The train station is located in the city center, close to hotels and 15 minutes walking to Piazza Maggiore and the University.

  • By Car

You can reach Bologna by highway:
• From Milan by A1 coming from the North
• From Florence by A1 coming from the South
• From Venice and Padua by A13
• From Ancona, Rimini and Ravenna by A14

Be aware that the city centre is closed to private cars from 8 AM to 8 PM, every day, and there are a lot of Limited Traffic Zones (LTZ) very tricky, with a very high risk to get a ticket.
There's a daily pass you can buy to enter the (LTZ) risk-free, and it costs about 6 euros.


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