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09. travnja 2019.

Project ECOSS

Programme: INTERREG Italy-Croatia – Standard project
Project title: ECOlogical observing System in the Adriatic Sea: oceanographic observations for biodiversity
Acronym: ECOSS
Duration: 01/01/2019 – 30/06/2021
ERDF: 2.881.968,38 €
Total budget: 3.390.551,05 €
IZOR budget: 528.325,00 €

Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries is participating in the new project “ECOSS - Ecological Observing System in the Adriatic Sea: oceanographic observations for biodiversity”. There are ten partner institutions from Italy and Croatia, collaborating under the leadership of the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR).
ECOSS overall objective is to establish the ECOlogical observing system in the Adriatic Sea (ECOAdS), shared between Italy and Croatia, able to integrate ecological and oceanographic research and monitoring with Natura 2000 conservation strategies. Building on the facilities, infrastructures and long term ecological data existing in the Programme area and developing specific case studies, ECOSS will enhance the marine observational capacities for improving the conservation status and the expansion of the marine component of Natura 2000 network. The synergies and feedbacks among the main conservation management questions, ecological variables and key oceanographic processes will be assessed, basing on the connectivity among habitats and species in coastal and offshore waters. For the first time in the area, the holistic view of marine ecosystem health, at the base of the MSFD, will be merged with the traditional nature conservation approach, evidencing and developing the interconnections and synergies among the MSFD and H&BD. ECOSS will activate, develop and stabilize a process of Public Engagement so that all the societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organizations, etc.) work together during the whole process in order to better align the project outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. ECOSS will develop, building on the existing ICT facilities, a robust data management infrastructure, following the principles of science, facilitating access to the results and maximizing the re-use and the transferability of project outputs.
This project started on 1st January 2019 and will be conducted over the following 30 months. During the project kick-off meeting that was held from 12th to 14th March in Venice, participants were discussing about the main project goals and next activities (meetings, workshops, case studies, educational material etc.) through specific working groups. The Italy-Croatia Programme will soon launch a website with more details on activities and options to get involved.


  1. National Research Council, Institute of Marine Sciences – CNR ISMAR  – (Venecija i Bolonja)
  2. National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics – OGS (Trst)
  3. Regional Agency for Prevention, Environment and Energy in Emilia Romagna (Bolonja)
  4. Institut za oceanografiju i ribarstvo (Split)
  5. Po Delta Veneto Regional Park (Rovigo)
  6. Plavi svijet Institut za istraživanje i zaštitu mora (Lošinj)
  7. Javna ustanova za upravljanje zaštićenim dijelovima prirode Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije (Dubrovnik)
  8. Javna ustanova za upravljanje zaštićenim područjima u Splitsko-dalmatinskoj županiji “More i krš“ (Split)
  9. Shoreline (Trst)
  10. Department Of Environmental Sciences, Informatics And Statistics, Ca Foscari University Of Venice (Venecija)

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