ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning (ADRIPLAN)


ADRIPLAN stands for ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning and is a project funded by the European Commission – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) under the theme “Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Mediterranean sea and/or the Black sea”.
The total project budget is 1.250.000€, the duration of the project is 18 months from 10 December 2013 until 10 June 2015.


The ADRIPLAN project will improve the ongoing process to develop MSP in the region, to overcome barriers of full participation of all neighboring countries in the process and promote sound technically/scientifically based political decisions in order to promote a coherent transnational approach to the spatial planning of the marine seas.


The study area is the Adriatic – Ionian Macroregion considered as a whole, zooming into two focus areas, one in the Northern Adriatic Sea and the other in Southern Adriatic Northern Ionian Sea. The project will be pivotal to improve the ongoing process to develop MSP in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

  • by using the best knowledge available,
  • by evaluating present and future potential conflicts and synergies among marine and maritime uses,
  • by applying an ecosystem-based approach to the management of human activities,
  • through the engagement of the Institutional partners and the Observers,
  • through the effective interaction with the key stakeholders

ADRIPLAN promotes the harmonized implementation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).


The ADRIPLAN project is implemented by 17 Partners from 4 countries of the Adriatic –Ionian Macroregion:  8 Scientific Partners and 9 Institutional Partners (inner circle). 17 Observers (outer circle) are also contributing to the project.

Project Coordinator
Andrea Barbanti
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istituto di Scienze Marine (CNR – ISMAR)

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Transnational Conference and Stakeholders Workshop, 28th of February 2014, City of Rijeka, Croatia

The first ADRIPLAN project’s event will be held at the City Hall in Rijeka, Croatia on the 28th of February 2014. During the meeting, the project will be presented and the following issues (themes) will be discussed in parallel thematic workshops with the active involvement of all the participants:

1. Transport – Routes and port infrastructures, to strengthen and integrate  the system, for goods and passengers

2. Oil & Gas and Energy

3. Coastal defence and protection and Climate Change Adaptation in coastal areas, including strategic sand deposits for beach protection and nourishment

4. Fisheries, aquaculture and Marine Protected Areas

5. Limits and developing of coastal tourism

The event will be just the first occasion of a continuous dialogue with the large community of stakeholders foreseen by the project, and will be based on the results of the EUSAIR consultation recently performed by the EC.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the European Commission and of the Public Administrations of the Adriatic-Ionian region Countries, by members of the Scientific Community, by other private stakeholders, both private industries and Civil Society Organizations.

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