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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SPINCAM Week in Flanders

Jointly organised by IOC-UNESCO, the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, the Government of Flanders and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in the cities of Ostend and Brussels (Belgium), the SPINCAM week in Flanders included three key events of which two were hosted by the IODE Project Office in Oostende: Ostend, 16-17 February 2016: SPINCAM and OceanTeacher workshop on ocean governance and sustainable ocean based economy; Ostend, 18 February 2016: Interaction between SPINCAM and the Flemish research community.

Funded by the Government of Flanders, the SPINCAM project was first approved in 2008 and is currently concluding its second phase. It has been developed since 2009 under the coordination of IOC-UNESCO, through its Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section with valuable contributions on data and information from the IOC Project Office IODE, and at regional level by the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific.


Visit the SPINCAM web site

Documents from the SPINCAM Week in Flanders can be found at

SPINCAM is a member of the International Coastal Atlas Network.

State of New York Gateway: Focus on Data

Gateway Team, Division of Community Resilience and Regional Programs
Office of Planning & Development, New York Department of State
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Focus on Data!

Great Lakes folks, and specifically those in the Lake Erie and Niagara River Watershed, will be pleased to hear that, in partnership with Erie County Environment & Planning, we’ve started adding information from a watershed Atlas they have developed.  There are now 14 new datasets related to their mapping effort available on the Gateway with another batch coming soon.  These are state-wide and in some instances region–wide datasets that Erie County used in developing their Atlas.  You can find the information by simply searching on “Lake Erie”, here is a link to the map viewer with all of the new datasets added to the view: Lake Erie & Niagara River Watershed.

In addition to more Lake Erie & Niagara Watershed data, Long Island Sound-Centric folks should stay tuned for the next Gateway Update…

As always we appreciate suggestions regarding additional geospatial information that you would help you in your work or to understand your world around you.

The Gateway map viewer showing three of the 14 new data sets added

Download Away!

About two weeks ago some astute users notified us that there were issues with downloading some of the datasets.  We identified the issue and it was in effect a “switch” that hadn’t been turned on for datasets that we’ve added since the beginning of the year.  This has been rectified and all datasets that are indicated as available for download are now telling the truth!  A big Thank You to those who provided us feedback on the bug, keep up the great work! 

The Numbers

We had a BIG month in April with some major milestones achieved and surpassed. On Thursday, 27 April, the Gateway exceeded 100,000 pageviews and surpassed 18,000 visits since its launch on 29 September  2015.  April 2017 experienced the third highest monthly visitor count out of the 19 months the site has been publicly available, the two higher months were October 2015 (essentially the month of its launch) and June 2016 (when we first sent an eblast about the Gateway out to the local government listserv with over 13,000 recipients).

Social Media

The facebook and Twitter icons at the bottom of Gateway pages link directly to our facebook page and twitter account You can stay up to date on facebook and/or by following our twitter feed. Please like us and share us on fb and retweet! As always, please don’t hesitate to provide feedback on your visit to the Gateway so that we may continue to improve on it’s usefulness and your experience.

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!