3. Current and emerging challenges and prospects in the Mediterranean coastal and marine scenery

Chairs: Anastasia Stratigea (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) and Tommy Inkinen ( University of Turku, Finland)

Type: hybrid

Intense, beyond carrying capacity limits, exploitation of coastal and marine resources in the Mediterranean has led to unsustainable patterns and degradation of land/marine resources. These are expected to further deteriorate, due to the multi-sectoral economic interests seeking to accommodate their activities in the Mediterranean marine and land/coastal space.
The session proposed by the Commission of the Mediterranean Basin (C20.33) in cooperation with the Commission on “Geography of Information, Innovation and Technology” (C20.16), aims at highlighting current and emerging challenges and prospects in the Mediterranean coastal and marine scenery. Contributions of researchers with a main focus on topics relevant to planning, policy and governance of coastal and maritime regions in the information and globalization era are welcome. Specific not exclusive themes are:
• Current and emerging challenges in the marine environment in general (e.g. other European or world seas) and the Mediterranean in particular (climate change, maritime energy infrastructures, competing maritime uses).
• Sustainable blue economy.
• Maritime Spatial Planning Coordination with land-based spatial developments at various policy making levels.
• Governance aspects in the marine environment.
• Land marine interaction (ports, fishing, tourism, energy, etc.).
• Smart and sustainable island communities ICT-enabled and integrated approaches of land and maritime spatial and developmental planning.
• Coastalization and touristification trends in coastal and insular regions – impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems.
• Sustainable and resilient exploitation of underwater cultural heritage Unveiling historical trails of the European seas.
• Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their applications in coastal and marine space in pursuing sustainability and resilience concerns (e.g. smart ports, marine surveillance, smart marine traffic management).

Keywords: land-sea interaction, planning and policy, maritime spatial planning (MSP), smart and sustainable islands, ICTs

Parallel sessions

6th June, Room U6-1d
S3-1 11:00-12:30 (hybrid)
Environmental aspects of the marine environment (Chair: Anastasia Stratigea, National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Lino Camprubi, Alberto Celis and María Villarín, The Mediterranean Sea in the Scientific Literature: Depth and Environmental Monitoring (1945-2021)
Clara Di Fazio, Stefania Palmentieri and Maria Paradiso, A critical approach to marine biodiversity: geodiversity and Mediterranean maritime transport context
Mustafa Asfur and Jacob Silverman, Climate mediated changes in seawater chemistry and their potential effects on marine lightning intensity in Mediterranean Sea
Karim  Zaouaq, Addressing marine plastic litter in the Mediterranean Sea: framework, limits, and prospects
Maria Laura Pappalardo, 3D cartography of the sea and oceans: a reality to spread

6th June, Room U6-1d
S3-2 14:00-15:30 (hybrid)
Managing sectoral stakes in the marine environment / MSP (Chair: Ophir Paz Pines, Tel Aviv University)

Vassiliki Vassilopoulou, Building towards more effective governance and participatory planning approaches to improve MSP implementation efficiency in Greek waters
Dionisia Koutsi and Anastasia Stratigea, Featuring key issues towards the sustainable and resilient management of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Greece – A participatory approach
Ioanna Argyrou and Anastasia Stratigea, Setting the scene for visualizing the future of aquaculture in the Greek Seas – A foresight exercise
Kengo Hozumi, Recent Regional Studies on Mariculture in Japan and The Western Countries -Towards Sustainable Mariculture
Gabriele Casano and Mauro Spotorno, Pantelleria, insularity and thalassophobia at the core of its territorialization process: the impacts of globalization and tourism

6th June, Room U6-1d
S3-3 15:45-17:15 (hybrid)
Planning issues – Land/Sea interaction (Chair: Mustafa Asfur, Ruppin Academic Center)

Joana Maria Seguí Pons and Maurici Ruiz Pérez, Espaces insulaires dans l’Union européenne et transformations territoriales, un regard comparé (1990-2018)
Anestis Gourgiotis, Dionisia Koutsi, Vasiliki Krommyda and Anastasia Stratigea, Land-based multi-level spatial and developmental policy directions and their implications in the marine environment: Case study Northern Aegean Sea, Greece
Despina Dimelli, The diachronic spatial development of tourism constructions in Greek coastal insular zones
Ophir Paz Pines and Orli Ronen, Coastal Cities at the Forefront of Climate Change
Yiota Theodora, Smart and Sustainable Port Cities. Planning Challenges for local development in the Mediterranean