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Challenges in Harmonized Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Monitoring and Decommissioning Procedures of Offshore Platforms in Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION) Region

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Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), 00144 Rome, Italy
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Department of Marine Biotechnology, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN), 80121 Naples, Italy
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Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), 30015 Chioggia (Venice), Italy
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National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), 34010 Trieste, Italy
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National Institute of Biology (NIB), 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Ruder Boskovic Institute (RBI), 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Department of Plant Protection (AUT), Agriculture University of Tirana, 1029 Tirana, Albania
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Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (IOF), 21000 Split, Croatia
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Institute of Marine Biology (UoM-IMBK), University of Montenegro, 85330 Kotor, Montenegro
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Region of Western Greece (RWG), 26443 Patras, Greece
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Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO), 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), 19013 Anavissos, Greece
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Water 2020, 12(9), 2460; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092460
Received: 16 July 2020 / Revised: 13 August 2020 / Accepted: 28 August 2020 / Published: 1 September 2020
A harmonized and integrated approach for monitoring and assessment of contamination, including hydrocarbon exploitation one, is required both by Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) at EU level and by the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) program of the Barcelona Convention at Mediterranean level. A broad review of protocols of environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedures, monitoring and decommissioning of offshore platforms adopted by EU and non-EU countries along the Adriatic-Ionian seas was carried out in the framework of the Interreg offshore platforms in Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION) project HarmoNIA (Harmonization and networking for contaminant assessment in the Ionian and Adriatic Seas). The comparison of information provided by six ADRION countries and the application of a harmonized and integrated approach has highlighted specific challenges for managing offshore platform impacts emerged at ADRION level: (i) need of the same legislative level (the Offshore Protocol of Barcelona Convention is not ratified by all countries); (ii) set up of a task force of ADRION experts for discussing critical issues related to impacts of offshore platforms; (iii) harmonization, at the regional level, of EIA procedures, monitoring and decommissioning; (iv) need of an agreed and common list of recommended parameters to monitor in water, sediment and biota for the assessment of impacts due to platform installations and PFW discharges. View Full-Text
Keywords: harmonized protocols; environmental impact assessment; monitoring; decommissioning; offshore platforms; Adriatic-Ionian Sea region; MSFD; Barcelona Convention harmonized protocols; environmental impact assessment; monitoring; decommissioning; offshore platforms; Adriatic-Ionian Sea region; MSFD; Barcelona Convention
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Manfra, L.; Virno Lamberti, C.; Ceracchi, S.; Giorgi, G.; Berto, D.; Lipizer, M.; Giani, M.; Bajt, O.; Fafanđel, M.; Cara, M.; Matijević, S.; Mitric, M.; Papazisimou, S.; Poje, M.; Zeri, C.; Trabucco, B. Challenges in Harmonized Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Monitoring and Decommissioning Procedures of Offshore Platforms in Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION) Region. Water 2020, 12, 2460. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092460

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Manfra L, Virno Lamberti C, Ceracchi S, Giorgi G, Berto D, Lipizer M, Giani M, Bajt O, Fafanđel M, Cara M, Matijević S, Mitric M, Papazisimou S, Poje M, Zeri C, Trabucco B. Challenges in Harmonized Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Monitoring and Decommissioning Procedures of Offshore Platforms in Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION) Region. Water. 2020; 12(9):2460. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092460

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Manfra, Loredana, Claudia Virno Lamberti, Silvia Ceracchi, Giordano Giorgi, Daniela Berto, Marina Lipizer, Michele Giani, Oliver Bajt, Maja Fafanđel, Magdalena Cara, Slavica Matijević, Milena Mitric, Stefanos Papazisimou, Mateja Poje, Christina Zeri, and Benedetta Trabucco. 2020. "Challenges in Harmonized Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Monitoring and Decommissioning Procedures of Offshore Platforms in Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION) Region" Water 12, no. 9: 2460. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092460

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