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Regional Cooperation and Marine Pollution in the Adriatic Sea: Developing Effective Measures against Ship-Based Pollution

In recent years, several hundred oil spills have been detected annually in the Mediterranean, and specifically in the Adriatic Sea, through specialised satellite (SAR) technology used by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. The Adriatic Sea is a shallow and narrow semi-enclosed sea with a sensitive marine environment, and within a Special Area under the MARPOL Convention.

The main objective of this project has been to contribute towards the elaboration of a framework that:
(a) systematically combines the type of data available through the existing ship traffic monitoring systems, and
(b) links the possibility of evidence so obtained to the analysis of legal instruments at disposal.

Project leader: Davor Vidas

Project period: 2007-2009

Selected publications:

Jensen, Øystein and Davor Vidas, 'De skjulte oljeutslippene fra skip' ('The Hidden Oil Spills from Ships'), Adresseavisen, 9 March 2007. In Norwegian.
 Related focal points of research:

   Law of the Sea and marine affairs

Project funding:

   Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 External cooperation partners:

   Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia
   The Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia, Split.
   Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development

Related FNI projects:

   Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) for the Adriatic Sea.

Recent media coverage:

'Konferencija o nadzoru naftnih mrlja na moru' ('Conference on the Monitoring of Oil Spills at Sea'), Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure website, 8 September 2008. In Croatian.

'Jadran se vise truje vodom nego naftom' ('Impacts of Ballast Water in the Adriatic Sea'), Jutarnji list - Magazin, 17 November 2007. In Croatian.

'Jadran postaje osobito osjetljivo morsko podrucje' ('The Adriatic Sea towards Proclamation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area'), Vjesnik, 26 October 2007. In Croatian.

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