An integrated approach to maritime cluster sustainability benefitting MPAs

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Published: 04 June 2015
Last edited: 28 March 2019
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Waterevolution promotes a new marine policy governance that creates a positive circle between maritime cluster companies and marine conservation. Eulabor Institute has developed a comprehensive model based on computational sustainability, an interdisciplinary field that applies techniques from computer and information science, operations research, applied mathematics and statistics to balance environmental, economic and societal needs for a sustainable development.


West and South Europe
Scale of implementation
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Marine litter
Outreach & communications
Protected area governance
Protected area management planning
Science and research
Sustainable financing
Conflicting uses / cumulative impacts
Pollution (incl. eutrophication and litter)
Inefficient management of financial resources


Mediterranian Sea, Rome, Rome 00121, Italy | Italy, France, Monaco in Ligurian Sea, Mediterranean Sea
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The Waterevolution model was tested within VSY, a renowned Italian shipyard, but can be replicated and applied to all maritime clusters. The production process of VSY was optimised through the implementation of a framework that not only involves sustainable corporate management to reduce environmental footprint, but also generates structural funding to support marine scientific research and conservation projects and facilitate industry commitment to ocean responsibility The following results were observed: - Reduction by 20% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions - this reduction rises up to 30% over the life cycle including the scrapping - Substantial reduction of water pollution and seabed degradation; - At least 10% costs reduction thanks to the process optimisation. A percentage of this saving has been invested to support marine sciences projects by the Tethys Research Institute in the Pelagos sanctuary, the WCPA-Marine Marine Mammal Task Force work on IMMAs, on-ground marine conservation and awareness activities (Marine litter) and communication campaigns for ocean sustainability (MPAs management effectiveness and governance).

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Mariasole Bianco