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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¡Únete a nosotros!

The 7th workshop for the International Coastal Atlas Network was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 19-20 April 2015. The focus was presentations on the theme Coastal Web Atlases – Supporting Ecosystem Based Management with a special emphasis on ICAN activities in Africa.

Participants at ICAN 7 in Cape Town, South Africa

Two mini-workshops were also held:

  • Connecting Atlases – Implementing Semantic Interoperability and Data Accessibility Self-Assessment, and

  • Interacting with Users

The 2nd Session of the ICAN Steering Group for IODE was held after the workshop. The final report from ICAN 7 will appear in the next issue of this newsletter.

A view of Cape Town looking south across Table Bay. Photo: A. Sherin

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!