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SUPREME - Supporting Maritime Spatial Planning in the Eastern Mediterranean

Funding Programme:

European Commission


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Contact Person(s):

Pierpaolo Campostrini
Managing Director of CORILA
Tel: +39 041 2402511

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Supreme is co-funded by the EC – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) Call for Poposal.


Total project budget is 2.5 Million of Euro; 80% of the budget is funded by the EU.

About the Project:

The general objective of Supreme project was to support the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in EU Member States within their marine waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Adriatic, Ionian, Aegean and Levantine Seas and to launch and carry out concrete, cross-border MSP cooperation initiatives between Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean. Based on the above general objectives, the specific objectives of the project were:

  • To inform awareness and understanding of the range of factors and uses potentially impacting on the marine area within the Eastern Mediterranean, their potential cumulative impact on the environment and projected future trends.
  • To identify spatial demands for maritime sectors at basin and marine waters scales and measures to reduce conflicts and promote synergies, including multi-use of marine areas, under an ecosystem-based approach.
  • To identify and address important data gaps and support the coherence of data analysis across marine area boundaries, promoting data sharing and joint use of data through existing portals (e.g. EMODnet, ADRIPLAN, etc.), with emphasis on transboundary areas and issues.
  • To explore the potential spatial requirements for marine conservation; specifically, the challenges around transboundary working.
  • To promote mechanisms for transboundary cooperation on MSP implementation, involving all relevant stakeholders in the planning and, in perspective, in the management phase.
  • To promote the coherent implementation of MSP and ICZM under the Barcelona Convention Strategies and Protocols and the consistent application of the ecosystem approach, both on regional/sub-regional level.
  • To address concretely MSP local and transboundary issues in selected case studies areas (Northern Adriatic, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Slovenian coast, North-Eastern Ionian, and Aegean Sea).

All project results are available on the Supreme website, and descriptions of key deliverables can be found under the links listed under Practices in the left menu.

Project partners

SUPREME involved the following partners:

  • CORILA – Consortium for coordination of research activities concerning the Venice lagoon system (Italy) - coordinator; embedding as associated partners: CNR-ISMAR National - Research Council, Institute of Marine Science (Italy), University IUAV of Venice (Italy)
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Italy);
  • Ministry of Environment, Protection of the Territories and the Sea (Italy);
  • Croatian Institute for Spatial Development (Croatia);
  • Regional Centre of Development of Koper (Slovenia);
  • Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy (Greece);
  • National Technical University of Athens (Greece);
  • University of Thessaly (Greece);
  • National and Kapodistriako University of Athens (Greece);
  • UNEP/MAP United Nations Environmental Programme, Barcelona Convention – Secretariat, Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan, embedding: INFO/RAC and PAP/RAC.