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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The ICAN 7 workshop will take place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa on April 19-20, 2015 just before the CoastGIS conference. The focus this year is on how coastal web atlases can support ecosystem based management. 


If you would like to present a paper on your atlas development or usage experiences in relation to the activities below, please send a title and a brief (approx. 250 word) abstract before 31 October 2014 to Ned Dwyer (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) or Marcia Berman (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) for consideration by the workshop organising committee.





Looming large and welcoming you to
Cape Town, is the iconic Table Mountain
Photo: Cape Town Tourism

Key activities at the ICAN-7 workshop will include:

  • exploring the opportunities for  CWAs to address the objectives of managing and protecting LMEs;

  • discussing the challenges of Atlas development and usage in the African Atlas community;

  • sharing knowledge and experience on approaches to data licencing and data sharing in order to make data holdings more visible;

  • a session on “interoperability for dummies” which aims to demystify coastal atlas interoperability and highlight the benefits; and

  • a small “workshop within a workshop” for atlas technical developers on how to become a new node in the ICAN interoperability demonstrator, using the updated cookbooks

  • development of an ICAN work plan for the period 2015-2017.

  • Face-to-face meeting of the ICAN Steering Group

This workshop follows on 2013’s successful workshop ICAN 6: Expanding Participation in Coastal Web Atlas Development and Use”, held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, as well as five previous workshops held in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and 2011.

A range of accommodation options in the Stellenbosch area are available. More information here soon.

ICAN 7 is co-organized by Ned Dwyer Eur-Ocean, Kathrin Kopke of the Coastal and Marine Research Centre, Ireland; Lucy Scott, United Nations Development Programme- Global Environment Facility, South Africa; Louis Celliers, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa; Marcia Berman, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA; Alejandro Iglesias Campos, UNESCO-IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission). The ICAN 7 workshop is sponsored in part by IODE.

Information on reaching Stellenbosch and the venue will be posted here soon



Organizers and Sponsors ICAN 7

Para nuestras Costas

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!