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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Mr. Ali al-Othman, SmartAtlas developer at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre of University College Cork, Ireland spent one week in September 2014 at the offices of the CPPS (Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur) in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from where the SPINCAM project is co-ordinated. Ali worked closely with Mr. Steve Erique and other CPPS staff on demonstrating recent upgrades to the SmartAtlas, web-GIS system  including a Spanish language interface and map print functionality.  SmartAtlas is being used to implement the SPINCAM regional atlas. Work also took place on integrating the SIBIMAP database - an information system on marine biodiversity and protected areas in the southeast Pacific – with SmartAtlas.  SmartAtlas is an opensource development and is available for use by ICAN members. Contact Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.  for further details.


From left to right, Ms. Monica Machuca (Biologist, currently working as an intern in CPPS, supporting the implementation of new layers for the SPINCAM project), Ms. Veronica Avila, (Assistant for the CPPS's Regional Action Plan for the South East Pacific Office). Mr. Ali al-Othman (Computer Scientist and SmartAtlas Developer, CMRC ) and Mr. Steve Erique (IT System Developer and SPINCAM regional atlas coordinator, CPPS).


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!