The COEXIST project, which evaluates competing activities and interactions in European coastal areas, is now in its final phase of development and its project partners will meet in Rome, Italy on the 13 - 14 March 2013 to discuss its results.
COEXIST is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) multidisciplinary project which aims to provide a roadmap for achieving better integration, sustainability and synergies across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. At this stage in the project, six geographically diverse case studies, representing the various conditions and combinations of activities in European coastal areas, have been analysed and the main conflicts and synergies among these activities have been identified.
“The aim of this meeting is to present the main outcomes of the project, such as the implementation of the different models and tools in the six case study areas included in the project, the review of the legal, policy and institutional frameworks that cover the current approaches to interactions between aquaculture, fisheries and other sectors, and the identification of barriers to, and opportunities for, more efficient management. The meeting will also identify how the project's results will be incorporated into the Guideline for Best Practice in Spatial Planning to integrate Fisheries, Aquaculture and further Demands in the Coastal Zone, which will be a key deliverable of the project,” said Øivind Bergh, COEXIST's coordinator.
In order to achieve the main goals of the project, close cooperation with relevant stakeholders in the case study areas has been required. To ensure constant input from the stakeholders, a joint ICES/COEXIST workshop was successfully organised in Bergen, Norway on the 19th September 2012. Over 30 stakeholders from different sectors (aquaculture, fisheries, coastal zone management, tourism, energy, etc.), along with 20 members from the COEXIST project partnership and ICES representatives, participated in the workshop and its report is currently available on the COEXIST project website (http://www.coexistproject.eu/index.php/ices-coexist-workshop/).