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Co-Evolve Project to Pass its First Milestone

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Co Evolve Banner Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

CO-EVOLVE (Promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism) is an Interreg MED project- co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund - aiming at analysing and promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas, allowing sustainable development of touristic activities based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management/Maritime Spatial Planning. CO-EVOLVE couples a presently unavailable analysis at MED scale of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism with local studies on seven representative Pilot Areas, to demonstrate through pilot actions the feasibility and effectiveness of an ICZM/MSP-based planning process. CO-EVOLVE recognises as a key challenge for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism development the strengthening of cooperation among regions and the joint development and transferring of approaches, tools, guidelines and best practices. Finally, CO-EVOLVE contributes to the Strategic Theme 2 (Joint Action 2.1) of the Bologna Charter’ Joint Action Plan:

CO-EVOLVE's activities started in November 2016 and will end in October 2019. The project is divided into two major phases:

The studying phase (M1) will be running from November 2016 to January 2018. It consists in analysing and defining the state of the art at MED and Pilot Area scale concerning the development of sustainable maritime and coastal tourism, using and integrating available data, designing common approaches and elaborating common strategies, tools and action plans. This phase is essential to define a consistent framework for pilot actions and for the final phase (transferability of the results in the territories covered by the project).

The testing phase (M2) will be running from February 2018 to the end of the project’s lifetime. It consists in testing instruments, policies, strategies and joint plans already identified in M1 through pilot activities in preselected pilot areas, in order to set up solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories, which the final transferability phase will precise.

Transferring activities will start in May 2019 and last until the end of the project.

The partnership consists of 12 organisations under the leadership of Region of East MAcedonia and Thrace. For more information about the partnership please visit the following interactive map.

The official page of the Project could be accessed by the following link:


One year after its official launching, CO-Evolve project is heading for the completion of its Studying Phase in order to move to the Testing Phase.


DG MARE-ADRIPLAN-ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning

The project will deliver a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion, considered as a whole and more specifically through two Focus Areas (Northern Adriatic Sea; Southern Adriatic / Northern Ionian Sea). The proposed approach will be based on the best knowledge available, will be developed with the support of Institutional partners and observers and the involvement of all main stakeholders and will provide detailed proposals and recommendations for the implementation of cross-border MSP. The proposal will promote the harmonized implementation under an ecosystem based approach of the EU legislative framework on marine and maritime issues, including the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean and the new Directive proposal on ICZM-MSP.


Commissioned research project by Development Association of West Attica (ASDA)

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A new research project titled DOCUMENTATION OF TRANSPORT STRATEGY AIMED AT SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY IN WEST ATHENS commissioned by the Development Association of West Athens (ASDA).

The research program will be developed by a research group of the Department of Planning and Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Scientific Responsible Efstratios Stylianidis), and a research group of the Laboratory of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, (Scientific Coodinator Professor Harry Coccosis. The research groups are large and multidisciplinary, consisting of members and external partners of both parties. The overall coordination of both research teams will be given by Professor Harry Coccosis.

The anticipated duration of the research project is 16 months and the programmatic agreement between the three Partner signed on 20/08/2012.



Targeted Research Actions RC-UTh

The Research Committee of the University of Thessaly Funding approved funding for a research proposal submitted by the Lab E & SP entitled "Monitoring Spatial Planning and Environment into a medium-sized coastal city".

More information on the website of the Research Committee of the UTH (in greek)

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