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.


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)


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


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.
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Draft Program, ICAN-6 Workshop, 16 - 17 June 2013
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
“Expanding Participation in Coastal Web Atlas Development and Use”
TimeDay 1 - Sunday, 16 June 2013
ICAN as an IODE Project and Atlas Stories
Room: Cornett A120
8:30-9:00a Registration
  Social Sciences & Mathematics Building, Lower Foyer 
9:00-9:15a Welcome and Workshop Objectives
  Welcome Address, Rosaline Canessa, Department of Geography, uVIC Workshop Objectives & Agenda, Ned Dwyer, ICAN Chair
9:15-09:30a The IODE Context for ICAN
  What it means to be an IODE project: Practical considerations Peter Pissierssens, IODE
09:30-10:30a Coastal Atlas Training Needs and Opportunities Chair: Kathrin Kopke, CMRC, Ireland

  For our Coasts

Vol, 8, Nr 2 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 9th 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 spring 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!