Research project network: ADRIPLAN

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ADRIPLAN stands for ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning and is a project funded by DG MARE under the theme “Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Mediterranean sea and/or the Black sea”. The total project budget is 1.250.000€, the duration of the project is 18 months from 10 December 2013 until 10 June 2015 and it is implemented by 17 Partners from 4 countries of the Adriatic –Ionian Macroregion.

The ADRIPLAN project aims to improve the ongoing process to develop MSP in the region, to overcome barriers of full participation of all neighbouring countries in the process and promote 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 Macroregion considered as a whole, zooming into two focus areas, one in the Northern Adriatic Sea and the other in Southern Adriatic Northern Ionian Sea.

Within the framework of the   Blue Growth strategy (COM(2012)494) suggesting that the future economic development of European countries should maximize the sustainable use of marine environments and their services., the ADRIPLAN project aims to analyze and allocate the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in order to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives, reducing current and potential conflicts between uses and with the environment and enhancing synergies of sectors on an international basis. Under an Ecosystem-Based Approach umbrella it is crucial to tackle the system in a holistic way and to take into consideration all the connections between natural and anthropogenic factors and between involved actors and stakeholders both at national and transnational level.

The project will be pivotal in developing MSP in the Mediterranean, considering also the recent endorsement of the MSP Directive (COM (2013)133 ) by the European Parliament on April 17th 2014 (EC – IP/14/459   17/04/2014). Moreover ADRIPLAN aims to contribute in promoting the harmonized implementation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

Project Coordinator
Andrea Barbanti
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto di Scienze Marine (CNR – ISMAR)
Email: andrea.barbanti(at)


Click here to download the ADRIPLAN factsheet.