9 November 2023

Enhancing Knowledge through Online Training: Area-Based Management Tools and OECMs


Building capacity to reinforce coastal and marine ecosystem conservation efforts in the Otranto Strait

An online training course on Area-Based Management Tools (ABMTs) and Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) has been scheduled for 14 November 2023.

The course aims to equip participants with comprehensive insights into the key strategies and practices for safeguarding the health and integrity of coastal and marine ecosystems, both within and beyond national jurisdiction (AWNJ and ABNJ). It will also delve into the National Legal framework relevant to ABMTs in the project area and explore the International Legal framework.

 Speakers include Gemma Andreone, a National Expert from the Institute for International Legal Studies (ISGI-CNR) who will present an overview of the Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). She will focus on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement).

Leonardo Tunesi, Head of the Department for Marine Biodiversity, Habitat and Species Protection at the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, and Elga Martines, a National Expert from Sogesit-IMEES, DG Nature Protection and Sea, will lead presentations on the importance and benefits of conserving and restoring coastal and marine ecosystems, including the unique Posidonia meadows. They will also shed light on the process of establishing natural protected areas in coastal zones, with a special focus on Nature 2000 sites.

Hear from the experts behind the Feasibility Study for the identification and establishment of ABMTs in the Strait of Otranto – Martina Bocci, Director of t-ELIKA, Fabio Carella and Micol Roversi Monaco from the IUAV University of Venice, as well as Tullio Scovazzi from the University of Milan. They will showcase the main characteristics of the study area, encompassing geographical features, ecological aspects, human activities, and their corresponding impacts on the marine environment.


Your gateway to sustainable coastal management

 This training course is built upon the MedOpen training modules on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). Participants get free access to these invaluable resources. Please note that a moderate level of English or French is required to access the platform.


Get in touch

For any inquiries related to this online training, which will be conducted in Italian, please do not hesitate to contact Daniela Addis, the National Project Coordinator for Italy, at daniela.addis@camp-otranto.com.