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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National Marine Plan interactive is about to reach 400 layers. This represents a huge data resource for marine planning stakeholders, available on their own PC. We have come a long way in the last few years in making data available on-line.


New data layers continue to be added and amongst recent layers are the ‘Marine Protected Areas’ designation and ‘Draft Special Protection Areas’ made in July 2014. Also, all the draft National Marine Plan maps, on which Marine Scotland consulted last year, can now be found in a new section called ‘Draft National Marine Plan – 2013’ as an archive of the spatial data in the draft plan. Updated data sets for these maps will be added to NMPi.

If you would like a url to a specific data layer to use in documents (which will open NMPi with that data layer turned on), you can obtain these from a new feature - List of available layers (copy the short cut under the hyperlink).

Marine Scotland continues to work with its partners Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) and the emerging regional marine planning partnerships, to develop layers that will be relevant and valuable for both national and regional marine planning.

Feedback on NMPi is always welcome and can be e-mailed to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

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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!