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Shaping an Holistic Approach to Protect the Adriatic Environment between coast and sea

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Contact Person(s):

Olga Sedioli
Emilia Romagna Region
+39 051 5276018 (OSedioli[at]Regione[dot]Emilia-Romagna[dot]it)

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Interreg IVA IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation 2007-2013 


Overall Budget: € 1.523.478,71

EU Contribution: € 754.599,50


About the Project:

Shape aimed to develop a multilevel and cross-sector governance system, based on integrated management of natural resources, risk’s prevention and conflicts resolution among uses of the Adriatic coast and sea.
It promoted strengthening of the institutional capacity needed to face these challenges in a cross-border perspective. Project focus was on ICZM and MSP, aiming to promote the implementation in the Adriatic Region of the ICZM Protocol and the EC proposed Directive establishing a framework for MSP and ICZM. MSP was specifically addressed by WP4, focusing on:

  • analysis of the MSP legal and policy framework,
  • ecosystem assessment based on MSFD requirements,
  • analysis of problems and opportunities related to MSP in the Adriatic Sea,
  • mapping of main maritime uses, (v) pilot projects on MSP and its integration with ICZM,
  • common methodology for MSP implementation in the Adriatic Sea. Moreover, WP5 led to the creation of the Adriatic Atlas to support ICZM and MSP.

SHAPE’s activities flowchart

General template for Project Descriptions - SHAPE Stakeholders’ engagement and awareness raising were essential components of SHAPE project

Project partners

  • Emilia-Romagna Region - Lead partner (IT)
  • Veneto Region (IT)
  • Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT)
  • Marche Region (IT)
  • Abruzzo Region (IT)
  • Puglia Region (IT)
  • Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Molise (IT)
  • Regional Development Centre Koper (SI)
  • Institute for Physical Planning Region of Istria (HR)
  • Ministry of civil engineering and physical planning of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BA)
  • Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management (ME)
  • ECAT Tirana - Environmental Center for Administration and Technology (AL)
  • PAR/RAC (Public Institution Priority Actions Programme - Regional Activity Centre) of UNEP/MAP


  • THETIS was subcontractor of Veneto Region (IT)