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Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics
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The Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD) forms part of a network of specialised Centres pertaining to the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe. EUR-OPA is a platform for co-operation between European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological disasters.

Through an agreement between the Council of Europe and the government of Malta, ICoD was established in 1988 within the framework of the Foundation for International Studies at the University of Malta. Since its inception it has addressed various issues concerning the marine and coastal environment. More recently, the Centre has re-oriented its objectives and activities towards a greater focus on the interactive processes which occur within the coastal zone and, in particular, those concerning insular areas.

Mission Statement

ICoD’s main brief is to work at three levels, namely education, research actions and information dissemination-related activities, with the following objectives:

  • To promote interaction between local and overseas academics and government authorities through the organisation of symposia, conferences, workshop activities dealing with the coastal environment.
  • To carry out research at a Euro-Mediterranean level on interactive processes at the coast, with special reference to insular environments and to develop a better understanding of the interaction of the human/natural interface at the coast.
  • To contribute to civil protection at the coast and the combating of maritime risks.
  • To raise public awareness and academic interest in pressing environmental issues through information gathering and dissemination on a local and regional scale, as well as networking.
  • To develop training programmes in Integrated Coastal Zone Management for local and overseas students.
  • To actively participate in the IES's programme of capacity building and research activities.
Activities recently co-ordinated by ICoD include the following:

EMP timetables for February to May 2016
Timetables for the second semester for courses offered by the Division of Environmental Management & Planning now available

RSFS timetables for February to May 2016
Timetables for the second semester for courses offered by the Division of Rural Sciences and Food Systems now available

Student Hours
Timetable of staff members' availability for meetings with students

Academic Calendar 2015/2016
Calendar of important dates for current academic year

IES Student Handbook 2015
September 2015 edition of the student handbook available for download

Last Updated: 8 August 2011

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