International

ICAN is a project of UNESCO IOC´s IODE Programme, and ICAN members seek to play a leadership role in forging international collaborations of value to the participating nations, thereby optimizing regional governance in coastal zone management and marine spatial planning.

Coastal

We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast. (UNEP)

Atlas

CWAs are "...collections of digital maps and datasets with supplementary tables, illustrations, & information that systematically illustrate the coast, oftentimes with cartographic & decision support tools, all of which are accessible via the Internet."  O'Dea et al., 2007

Network

Membership in ICAN is open to all interested parties who agree to the mission & objectives of ICAN, including those with an operational coastal web atlas, as well as those hoping to design and build a coastal web atlas in the future.
Join us!

Join us!

ICAN is hosting a mini-workshop at the CoastGIS workshop of Friday September 28th from 15:00 – 17:00 GMT

ICAN Mini Workshop - “Coastal Web Atlas Contributions to SDG goals”

The workshop will include presentations on recent ICAN member activities around the world, and will include a brainstorming session on the theme of “How can ICAN and CWA operators contribute to SDG14 and the Decade of Ocean Science?”. Presenters include:

  • Kathrin Kopke, University College Cork, Ireland
  • David Hart, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, USA
  • Anja Kreiner, National Information and Research Centre, Namibia
  • Francisco Arias, INVEMAR, Columbia
  • Kathy Belpaeme, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

The ICAN Steering Group will be using feedback from this mini-workshop to develop the next 2-year work plan for the network, and to pursue new opportunities for collaboration.

The full CoastGIS programme of  sessions can be found online here: 

https://www.uw.is/haskolasetur_vestfjarda/skraarsafn/skra/863/

  For our Coasts

Newsletter, Vol, 8, Nr 1 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 8th year publishing the ICAN newsletter. Many thanks to our Editor Andy Sherin!

Please consider preparing an article for the next newsletter that will likely be published in the fall of this year.
Happy New Year!

Photos from CoastGIS 2018

Our friends from CoastGIS 2018 have posted a wonderful gallery of photos, including the recent ICAN mini-workshop:

See how many ICAN members you can spot!