PLOCAN has become a partner organisation of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), a long-term initiative of the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission whose objectives include increasing the productivity of all tasks related to the collection and management of marine data, promoting innovation and reducing uncertainty with regards to marine matters.
EMODnet is composed of a network of organisations that work together to collect marine data, data products and meta-data from various sources in Europe in a uniform manner, making them available via the internet in order to stimulate investment in sustainable coastal and open-ocean activities through improved access to marine data that has been standardised and harmonised in accordance with pre-established quality standards.
The director of the State Research Agency of the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Marina Villegas, was at the headquarters of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) to open the meeting on “The European Union – Community of Caribbean and Latin American States Common Research Area on Renewable Energy and Research Infrastructures”.
The building of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands that is under construction has been fixed to the seabed at the planned location in the test site of the PLOCAN Consortium, situated to the north-east of the island of Gran Canaria, following successful completion of the mooring procedure by UTE Acciona-Lopesan.
On 30 November the educational boat Canarias-III departed from the south of the island of El Hierro to begin its transatlantic voyage as part of the ATLANTIC Fall Regatta organised by Educational Passages, the international educational programme that is co-ordinated in the Canary Islands by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). Pupils from the IES Garoé secondary school worked together with PLOCAN to prepare this new educational boat that will hopefully cross the Atlantic Ocean in the same way as some of its predecessors, such as Canarias II, which is currently sailing through the waters of the Caribbean Sea after more than six months of uninterrupted autonomous navigation.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands Consortium has received the second prize at the Annual Event for Regional Policy and European Funds in Spain where it was recognised as one of the best co-financed actions using ERDF funds in Spain due to its incorporation of innovative elements, the appropriateness of its activities to the established objective, its outreach and engagement with local citizens, and its commitment to environmental sustainability.
PLOCAN was chosen by the Government of the Canary Islands to represent the Canary Islands Autonomous Community at the “Annual Event for Regional Policy and European Funds in Spain”, held in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid on 24 – 25 November. At this gathering, autonomous communities and institutional bodies present their best co-financed actions using ERDF funds and discuss new proposals for the use of these funds, as well as raising awareness of their importance.
Between the 21st and 23rd of November next year, PLOCAN will host the General Assembly of the AtlantOS project in Gran Canaria. This was one of the main topics under discussion at a workshop-seminar, also held at PLOCAN, the 2nd – 4th November this year.