The Final Conference of the project PORTODIMARE (geoPORtal of TOols and Data for sustaInable Management of coAstal and maRine Environment), funded within the EU Interreg ADRION Transnational Cooperation Program, was successfully completed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held on December the 9th and 10th, 2020 online via EUSAIR Stakeholder Platform.
During this two-day conference, the results of project activities were presented, and special attention was focused on the Geoportal as a permanently open platform that provides access to all information, data and tools necessary and relevant for sustainable development and strategic planning of coastal and marine areas in the Adriatic-Ionian region. In addition to spatial data, Geoportal includes 7 modules that serve as tools for coastal management and marine spatial planning and risk assessment, providing scientifically based support to the decision-making process. Also, PORTODIMARE Geoportal supports the implementation of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and its Action Plan by developing actions that are cross-cutting to the 4 Pillars of the Strategy (https://portodimare.adrioninterreg.eu). The GAIR therefore represent an innovative and functional platform answering to the increasing demand of knowledge and decision support tools (https://www.portodimare.eu/). A specific session was dedicated to the ADRION capitalization Thematic Cluster n. 2 setting the way forward for PORTODIMARE and the other projects focusing on coastal and marine environment management.
On the second day of the conference, project partners from Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Montenegro held parallel events (sessions) in which they presented the project results to interested institutions in local languages.