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Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential (CoCoNET)

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Funding Programme:

European Commission


Completion Year:

Contact Person(s):

Prof. Dr. Fedinando Boero

Project Coordinator


+39 0832 298619

E-mail: (boero[at]unisalento[dot]it)

Implementation Period:
Specific Funding Programme:

FP7 (EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development)


Total project budget was 11 323 365,68 euro.


About the Project:

COCONET identifies groups of putatively interconnected MPAs in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, shifting from local (single MPA) to regional (Networks of MPAs) and basin (network of networks) scales. The project is meant to enhance policies of effective environmental management, also to ascertain if the existing MPAs are sufficient for ecological networking and to suggest how to design further protection schemes based on effective exchanges between protected areas. The coastal focus is widened to off shore and deep sea habitats, comprising them in MPAs Networks. These activities will also individuate areas where Offshore Wind Farms might become established, avoiding too sensitive habitats but acting as stepping stones through MPAs.

Project partners:

  • University Mohammed V-Agdal Morocco
  • cCnsorzio nazionale interuniversitario per le scienze del mare Italy
  • 3E NV Belgium
  • University of the Aegean-Research Unit Greece
  • CLU srl Italy
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique CNRS France
  • Coispa tecnologia & ricerca scarl Italy
  • Agencia estatal consejo superior deinvestigaciones cientificas Spain
  • Danmarks tekniske universitet Denmark
  • Institutul national de cercetare-dezvoltare pentru geologie si geoecologie marina-geoecomar Romania
  • Hellenic centre for marine research Greece
  • Institut po bioraznoobrazie i ekosistemni izsledvaniya balgarska akademiya na naukite Bulgaria
  • Instituto espanol de oceanografia Spain
  • Universidad de cantabria Spain
  • Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie Tunisia
  • Institutul national de cercetare-dezvoltare marina grigore antipa Romania
  • Israel oceanographic and limnological research limited Israel
  • Istanbul universitesi Turkey
  • Middle east technical university Turkey
  • Marine hydrophysical institute - ukrainian national academy of sciences Ukraine
  • Naturebureau limited United Kingdom
  • The national environmental agency Georgia
  • Nenuphar sarl France
  • Stiftelsen nansen senter for miljoog fjernmaling Norway
  • Universite mohammed v de Rabat Morocco
  • Odessa branch institute of biology of southerns seas national academy of science of Ukraine Ukraine
  • p.p. shirshov institute of oceanology of russian academy of sciences Russia
  • University of Zadar Croatia
  • Fondacioni zoja e keshillit te mire Albania
  • Universita ta Malta Malta
  • Javna ustanova univerzitet crne gore podgorica Montenegro
  • Universitaet rostock Germany
  • Sofiiski universitet sveti kliment ohridski Bulgaria
  • Universite du sud toulon var France
  • Institute of oceanology - bulgarian academy of sciences Bulgaria
  • Ukrainian scientific centre of ecology of the sea Ukraine
  • A.O. kovalevskiy institute of biology of southern seas Ukraine
  • Russian state hydrometeorological university Russia
  • Sinop university*sinop fisheries faculty snu ff Turkey