Consorzio per il coordinamento delle ricerche inerenti al sistema lagunare di Venezia (CORILA) 


Lead Partner

CORILA is a no-profit association, legally recognised, between the following public bodies: University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, University of Padua, University IUAV of Venice, National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS). It is an independent institution, under Ministry of Education, University and Research control, with a Scientific Committee and a Board of Directors. CORILA manages research activities functional to the safeguarding of the Venice Lagoon, using national funds, and has a wide experience in European projects. Its activities are carried out in close collaboration with international, European, national and local Administrations and agencies. CORILA directly works on coastal issues since 1999 and on MSP since 2008, being part of a number of consolidated networks such as LaguNet, EUROMEDLAG, GNRAC, EUCC. It actively participated to many initiatives promoted by DG MARE on MSP, where CORILA’s members often acted as invited speakers (such as the Maritime Spatial Planning conference series).

CORILA organized several scientific conferences relevant to the project (such as LITTORAL 2008, ECSA 50, EUROMEDLAG, COASTGIS).

CORILA, and its associated bodies active in the present project, took part to several national and European projects on coastal and marine issues, recently specifically on MSP. In particular, the ADRIPLAN project (DG MARE) on MSP in the Adriatic Ionian Region was coordinated by CNR-ISMAR and the director of CORILA acted as project coordinator, while IUAV and OGS were core partners. IUAV coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning, where CORILA is an associate partner. CORILA (embedding here also CNR-ISMAR and OGS) is partner of Action Med project (DG ENV), aiming to support the implementation of the MSFD cycle. Previously, CORILA took part to European projects related to ICZM, such as OURCOAST (DGENV), ENCORA(FP6), THESEUS (FP7), NASCUM and COWAMA (INTERREG III-A). CNR is the lead of RITMARE, the Italian Flagship Project on Marine and Maritime Research, where also CORILA is involved, and leads also ENVEUROPE (Lifeplus 2008) and COCONet (FP7). CORILA co-hosted with MIUR and the EC the High-level Conference on “The Bluemed initiative for Blue Growth and Jobs in the Mediterranean” held in Venice on October 16, 2015, while its director is member of the European ad-hoc group on the BLUEMED initiative.


Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT)


The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has established by Decree Law No. 300 of 07.30.1999 and is responsible for planning, financing, construction and management of infrastructure networks of national interest, and public under competence of the State, and it is also involved in activities relating to air, land, sea and inland waterways transport.

It consists of two departments, one of which is the Department for Transport, Navigation, General Affairs and Personnel.

The Directorate General for port authorities supervision, port facilities and maritime and inland waterways transport, inserted in the aforementioned Department, carries out activities related to national, community and international legislation on maritime navigation; the supervision of port authorities; administrative system of the ship; promotion of short sea shipping; seafarers; port’s planning schemes.

In particular the Directorate General promotes European Integrated Maritime Policy and its horizontal policies; the blue growth and maritime spatial planning. In this regard, the Directorate General plays an active role in the working group set up by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for the transposition of the EU Directive 2014/89 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 07.23.2014.

The Law 114 of 09.07.2015, has set the deadline for transposition on 9.18. 2016, this Directorate General has been instructed to prepare the transposition of the Decree Law scheme and has therefore identified the Italian system of governance.

The planning process would develop in the adoption of a planning document of sustainable development and in the carrying out of plans for the management of maritime space processed by a technical committee established at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.


Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea (MATTM)


The Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea - Directorate - General for Nature and Sea Protection is a public authority with concurring competence for the implementation of MSP and of the Directive 2014/89/UE dated 23rd July 2014 on MSP.

It is also in charge of the implementation of the Barcelona Convention as well as of the EUSAIR that are developing an important work on MSP.

Moreover, the Directorate General for Nature and Sea Protection is the competent authority for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive aimed to achieve or maintain the Good Environmental Status through Programmes of Measures that are key elements also for the implementation of MSP.


Hrvatski Zavod Za Prostorni Razvoj (Croatian Institute for Spatial Development) (CISD)


CISD performs professional spatial planning activities for the State, in particular:

the drafting of the Spatial Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia;

the development of the spatial plans on national level;

the development of other documents of significance for spatial planning and protection of the State;

developing and managing the physical planning information system;

preparation of the list of indicators and territorial monitoring;

the drafting of the Report on Spatial Status;

development of spatial and physical planning methodology;

cooperation with persons, international bodies, institutions and associations on the development and implementation of projects and programmes in the field of spatial planning;

participation in the development of sectoral strategies, plans, studies and other documents at the national level as prescribed pursuant to special laws supporting the implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Croatia in the field of spatial planning and development.


Regionalni Razvojni Center Koper (Centro Regionale di Sviluppo Capodistria) (RRC Koper)


RDCK is the Regional development agency of South Primorska Region, with main tasks: -preparation, monitoring, evaluation of Regional Development Programme (RDP); -implementation of projects of regional importance -transfer of knowledge & good


RDCK leaded or participated in many projects related to the ICZM/MSP subject. Among them there are CAMP Slovenia (UNEP/MAP – Mediterranean Action Plan): RDCK tested specific planning & management tools for sustainable development and protection of natural assets in coastal areas; SHAPE (IPA Adriatic): RDCK cooperated in WP5 for the creation of the Adriatic Atlas to support ICZM&MSP, developed a MSP pilot action in Strunjan NPA concretely testing integration between maritime and coastal spatial planning in NPA, developed a proposal on implementation of provisions of Article 8 of ICZM Protocol in national legislation. ADRIPLAN (DG Mare) focused on MSP in Adriatic


United Nations Environment Programme, Barcelona Convention Secretariat, Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan – (UNEP-MAP)

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In 1975, the Mediterranean States and the European Community approved the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) as the institutional framework for cooperation in addressing common challenges of environmental degradation. The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) adopted in 1995 provides principles with which to meet the challenge of sustainable development, with a substantially extended field of application, in order to achieve the following main objectives:

  • to assess and control marine pollution;
  • to ensure sustainable management of natural marine and coastal resources;
  • to integrate the environment in social and economic development;
  • to protect the marine environment and coastal zones through prevention and reduction of pollution, and as far as possible, elimination of pollution, whether land or sea-based;
  • to protect the natural and cultural heritage;
  • to strengthen solidarity among Mediterranean coastal States; and
  • to contribute to improvement of the quality of life.

Today, seven Protocols addressing specific aspects of Mediterranean environmental conservation complete the MAP legal framework, including the most recently adopted

Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean (adopted in 2008)

The 22 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the European Union.

The Contracting Parties decide on the MAP policies, strategies, budget and programme of work at their Ministerial level meetings, held every two years. They appoint Focal Points to review the progress of work and ensure the implementation of recommendations at the national level. A rotating Bureau of six representatives of the Contracting Parties provides guidance on the implementation of the Programme of work in the interim period between the biennial meetings.

Activities carried out in the framework of the MAP and Barcelona Convention and its Protocols are planned based on an indicative programme that outlines the goals and expected outputs forecast for the following six years. The Contracting parties review and revise the six-year programme, to ensure its effectiveness and relevance, considering the interim results and status of implementation submitted by the MAP Secretariat as well as the results of State of the Environment (SoE) and compliance monitoring exercises.

Each Meeting of the Contracting Parties also adopts a more detailed two-year Programme of Work and corresponding Budget, specifying the actions that will be undertaken in the following biennium.

The MAP Programme of Work is designed to facilitate and promote the full implementation of the Barcelona Convention, its Protocols and Strategies, as well as the Decisions and Recommendations adopted by the Meetings of Contracting Parties. The Programme of Work (POW) is prepared and implemented by the MAP Coordinating Unit with the assistance of the Regional Activity Centres (RACs) and covers the work of UNEP MAP as a whole (including each Regional Activity Centre as well-also PAP/RAC and INFO/RAC, whose budget and bi-annual programme of work is integral part of the UNEP MAP POW).

UNEP provides Secretariat Services to the Contracting Parties through its MAP Coordinating Unit (UNEP MAP), established in Athens in 1982, on the basis of a Host Country Agreement between Greece and UNEP. The Greek Government provides financial and logistical support to MAP and accords the Secretariat diplomatic status.


Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy (YPEN)


Government / Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy / Secretary General of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment / Responsible of Maritime Spatial Planning in Greece.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (Directorate of Spatial Planning) has already elaborated spatial plans for the whole national territory as well as for all the regions.

Each spatial plan undergoes a strategic environmental impact assessment study and thorough public consultation with public bodies and stakeholders. The Sectoral Spatial Plans (Special Frameworks for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development) affect both coastal management and marine issues (depending on their focus). Out of the existing sectoral spatial plans, the ones for: aquaculture, tourism, industry and renewable energy have a direct spatial planning involvement in coastal and sea areas.

The Directorate for Spatial Planning has already elaborated:

  • the National Spatial Plan with focus both on land and coastal zones,
  • the Sectoral Spatial Plans for tourism, industry, renewable energy with focus on land and coastal zones,
  • the Sectoral Spatial Plan for aquaculture with focus on sea,
  • the 12 Regional Spatial Plans, with focus on land, coastal zones and sea (they are under modification, not finalized yet)


National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the oldest and the most important technical institution in Greece and has contributed unceasingly to the country's scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. Experimental ideas are tested through applied research, thus establishing links between social needs and demands and the educational process. The research experience of NTUA is connected with the undergraduate and postgraduate research studies and has been complemented with the organization of training programs, seminars and workshops for professionals and local development officers.

NTUA has vast experience in management of international projects and specialized experience in participating in and/or managing EU co-financed projects, as well as from other- various institutions. Please visit the following link for detailed information and see the attached list with the approved EU research programs of the period 2013-2016 (57 EU research projects in total). It is noted that many of them are relevant to the project’s proposal content/ maritime spatial planning (23 EU research projects are related with marine matters as marine technology, marine waters, coastal areas etc.).

The School of Architecture of NTUA was founded in 1917, has been a pioneer in the higher education of Greek architects, urban and spatial planners in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It offers high quality education which, at the same time, is open to challenges of the contemporary world.

Regarding the Laboratory of Spatial Planning and Urban Development (LSPUD)/School of Architecture has great experience in research activity and teaching as it is the oldest and most specialized Laboratory in issues concerning spatial planning (63 research projects in total). The Laboratory has developed an extensive expertise in the field of spatial development, focusing on planning, protection and designation, small manufacturing creative enterprises, natural and cultural heritage and creativity, sustainable local development, spatial development and tourism, cross-border cooperation, sustainable development and planning systems in Europe.

Specifically, the main fields covered by the laboratory’s research activity regarding Maritime Spatial Planning, are the following: Social and economic geography of coastal zones in Europe and Mediterranean area, Social and economic geography of the coastal and insular space, Greek specificities, Insular space, Tourism development and coastal zones, Regional development policy in European Union and Greece, Institutional urban and regional planning framework focusing on coastal zones, Spatial planning studies, Implementation of urban and regional planning studies. In addition, its members participate in undergraduate and postgraduate courses of NTUA, as the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program “Water Resources Sciences and Technology”, numerous publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings related to maritime spatial planning and policy issues.

In particular, the Laboratory of Spatial Planning and Urban Development (LSPUD), through its founder, NTUA Emeritus Professor, former President of the National Council for Spatial Planning and Member of the LSPUD research team, Prof. Louis Wassenhoven, has participated recently in the ESPON Project: European Seas and Territorial Development, Opportunities and Risks (ESaTDOR), ESPON Project - Applied Research 2013/1/5, European Commission 2010 – 2013, Lead Partner: University of Liverpool. Moreover Prof. Louis Wassenhoven is also the author of the book “Maritime Spatial Planning” (under publication).

The Director of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the current Director of the Laboratory is Prof S. Avgerinou – Kolonias, who has also an international experience, as she is elected Member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Board, and expert for UNESCO evaluation, President of the ICOMOS/International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages – CIVVIH.

Sofia Avgerinou Kolonias was the scientific responsible in 28 research programmes, she is the author or co-author and editor of 43 scientific publications and editor of 47 conferences proceedings with judging committee and other scientific meetings. Her recent research activity is the project with the title “ENPI CBCMED_CROSS _BORDER COOPERATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: MEDNETA – Mediterranean cultural network to promote creativity in the arts, crafts and design for communities regeneration in historical cities”, implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme ( and financed for an amount of 1.985.553,89 EUR, for which she is the Project Coordinator.


Panepistimio Thessalias (University of Thessaly) (UTH)


University of Thessaly, with 18 Departments and various Research Centres, is a University with its own identity and with a prominent position in our national educational system. It was established in 1984 as University Of Thessaly (Presidential Decree 83/1984). Its administrative and academic centre is in the City of Volos. The University of Thessaly is extended over the whole Region of Thessaly with academic Departments in Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Lamia. University of Thessaly provides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and extra-curricular modules in specific research and business fields, for over 12000 students.

The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards. The excellent equipped Laboratories of the different Departments and Research Units have a number of well trained researchers to support them.

As part of its future goals, University of Thessaly intends to strengthen its cooperation’s abroad, increase its human resources, upgrade and utilize existing human resources, attract young scientists and encourage research through the creation of modern research structures, increase infrastructure and utilize its assets and funds from the EU with the research programmes Horizon 2020, RFSR, FP6, FP7, INTERREG and LIFE. The members of the academic and research staff participate in European research networks and numerous innovative research projects in the EC.

Emphasis is also given on the bond between the University of Thessaly and the local society. This bond is further supported by the operation of the University Hospital of Larissa which covers the medical needs of the whole region of Thessaly. The University brings also students in contact with the labour market through its Career Office, and it encourages a great deal of social activities and public lectures on various issues held by qualified academic staff. Since May 2009 there has also been a significant cooperation between the University and the National Radio of Volos for the organization of radio broadcasts, which have a main impact in the local and wider society.

Today the University of Thessaly has 9.647 undergraduate students, 1.471 postgraduate students and 1.148 PhD students. It also has 560 members of teaching and research staff, 98 members of teaching staff with a temporary teaching contract, 308 members of administrative staff and 57 members of Special Technical Laboratory Staff.


National and Kapodistriako University of Athens (UoA)


The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) was founded in 1837 and is the oldest university of the Greek State. Aiming at the constant improvement of both fields of teaching and research in a broad spectrum of science, the Departments of the University of Athens are grouped in 6 large academic units, the Schools, though some Departments for historical or practical reasons are not part of any School.

With a student body of about 125,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2.000 members of academic staff and approximately 1.300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialised personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines. The Department of Chemistry was founded in 1919 and since 1974 has played a significant role in Environmental and Oceanographic research.

The research entity of the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LEC-NKUA) was created in 1982 as part of the Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry and Technology Division of the Chemistry Department. LEC-NKUA was a founding member of the first Greek post-graduate course on Ocean Studies established in the University of Athens in 1982. The Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry has been an independent entity since 2003.

LEC-NKUA scientific and technical potential is based on the high expertise of the staff in certain domains of research and technology as well as on equipment facilities of advanced technology providing opportunities for several research activities of different fields. Focusing on environmental chemistry the perspective of the Laboratory includes an integrated and holistic approach of the environment, which has contributed to its very high reputation and the efficient handling of a large number of various types of programs and projects of nearly all aspects of environmental science, technology, management and education. The Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry has a long-term experience in environmental matters and environmental analytical techniques and is accredited according to ISO/EN 17025.

The main scientific topics of research of the laboratory are;

  • Investigation of the chemistry of aqueous systems, including surface and ground waters, as well as coastal and generally marine waters and sediments focusing on the circulation, chemical behaviour and distribution of heavy metals, nutrients and organic pollutants. Of particular importance is the study of the different forms (speciation) under which various elements occur in natural systems and which are responsible for their biological activity and impact, as well as the study of the transfer of pollutants from the land to the sea (e.g. estuaries).
  • Isolation, determination-characterization and/or study of properties of various chemical substances originating from aquatic organisms.
  • Pollution dispersion from solid waste management schemes and the use of non-conventional resources.
  • Environmental management studies for aqueous and marine ecosystems.
  • Chemistry of the atmospheric environment, including the determination of the concentrations and distributions of various pollutants in aerosols.
  • Application of anti-polluting technologies, study of sewage treatment plant and solid wastes recycling facilities and their products, studies of environmental impact and determination of environmental limitations in industrial sectors
  • Study – validation on environmental analytical techniques
  • Ecotoxicological studies related to the toxicity of free radicals in ecosystems as well as bioaccumulation studies in organisms and foodstuffs
  • Investigation of the environmental impacts of coastal aquaculture in eastern Mediterranean.
  • Implementation of European legislation; Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • Studies and work on Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Capacity Building.

The main research projects of the last decade include; Action Med2015-2017, ARISTEIA I Project 640, Integrated Study of Trace metals biogeochemistry in the coastal marine environment (ISMET-COMAREN), 2012-2015, IRIS 2013-2015, Horizon 2020 Capacity Building Mediterranean Environment Programme (2009-2014), THALIS project (DAPHNE), Investigation of the impact of climate change on river deltas: case study the Delta of Pinios River (Thessaly, Greece), Study of the interactions of heavy metals and proteins in marine benthic organisms''  2011-2013,  Combination of chemical analytical measurements and remote sensing techniques for coastal water monitoring. The cases of Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea (2007-2009).

UoA also participates through the Laboratory of Physical Geography (LPG) . The research activities of LPG cover the processes of coastal geomorphology, coastline stability, beach zones, river deltas, climate change, coastal oceanography and sediment dynamics. Thus, among others, LPG scientists have been involved in research projects relative to the monitoring of coastal environmental processes, beach vulnerability assessment, beach management / adaptation, beach human activities and touristic behavioral patterns. In an era when tourism is synonymous to beach recreational activities and beaches form extremely important economic resources, the LPG staff considers the main strategic objective of beach management to be the enhancement of the beach long-term sustainability, carrying capacity, cleanness, services and safety and multiple socio-economic uses. LPG possesses modern technological equipment, acquired during the last 5 years, for coastal subaerial and underwater surveying, together with the appropriate software for data analysis. LPG has been hosted/ involved in >50 EU funded or co-funded projects (e.g. FP6-FP7, Marie-Curie, INTERREG I-I & II, COST, PEOPLE, PYTHAGORAS I & II, THALIS, SYNERGASIA I & II). The total budget of the projects exceeds the 5 M € for the past decade.