International Conference Marine socio-economic analysis in the Atlantic Area – 28th May 2014

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International Conference


Marine socio-economic analysis in the Atlantic Area -

                                                  The Marnet project


28th May 2014



Local Organization CIIMAR – Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental 


Venue Fórum do Mar, Exponor, Leça da 


The Marnet (Marine Atlantic Regions Network) project is a transnational co-operation initiative consisting of eight partners from the five member states of the Atlantic Area, funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme 2007-2013. Over the past two years Marine Socio Economists, Regional Authorities and Researchers have worked together to collect reliable and comparable marine socio economic data across the partner regions. The results of the Marnet project will be presented to the Forum Do Mar Conference on May 28th 2014, in a transnational event organized by CIIMAR from Portugal. An Overview of the project will be presented by the Lead Partner, the Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly from Ireland. This will be followed by contributions from several partners which will include IFREMER from France on the Framework of Indicators, the National University of Ireland on the development of the Marnet Network, the University of Stirling from Scotland in respect of the Atlas of Indicators, and the University of the Basque Country from Spain and CIIMAR on the practical application of the Marnet data to everyday scenarios. It is also envisaged that a representative from the EU Commission will address the conference contributing to the relevance of Marnet to the Atlantic Maritime Strategy.


14:00-14:30 Registration

14:30-15:00 Welcome Address

  • Carlos Neves, Vice President, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional Norte (CCDR-N)
  • Maria Teresa Lameiras, Managing Authority of the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme
  • Vitor Vasconcelos, Director,  CIIMAR

15:00-15:15 Introduction to Marnet / Overview  

  • Kieran Moylan, BMW Regional Assembly, Ireland

15:15-15:30 Developing the Marnet Framework of Indicators

  • Regis Kalaydjian, IFREMER, France

15:30-15:45 The Marnet Atlas of Indicators

  • Katherine Simpson & Dugald Tinch, University of Stirling, Scotland

15:45-16:00 The Marnet Network

  • Stephen Hynes, NUI Galway, Ireland

 16:00-16:20   Practical Initiatives – Applying the Marine socio economic data

  • Javier Fernandez Macho, UPV – University of the Basque Country, Spain

 16:20-16:40   Applying the Marine socio economic data on a Portuguese case study

  • Susana Gabriel, CIIMAR & José Varejão, Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto, Portugal

1640 – 1700    The Atlantic Action Plan & Marnet – Measuring Progress

  • Arnaud Laaban, Ernst & Young, PARIS

17:00-17:20 Questions & Discussion

17:20-17:40 Closing Remarks

  • Margarida Almodovar, Deputy Director General for Maritime Policy, Ministry of the Seas.
  • Joao Coimbra, Vice Director, Oceano XXI

17:40 Cocktail Reception & Launch of Marnet Atlas 

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