EURO-MEDITERRANEAN CENTRE ON INSULAR COASTAL DYNAMICS
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.
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: