Europe Regional Engagement Partner


The Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) is a leading, multi-disciplinary research unit funded by the research foundation of Portugal (FCT). CIMA is situated near the Ria Formosa coastal lagoon, in south Portugal. The mission of CIMA is to promote scientific knowledge and innovation in marine and environmental areas to ensure sustainable, integrated and smart development, in the context of climatic action, sustainable ecosystems and environmental resources.

CIMA aims at enhancing efficient usage of terrestrial, coastal and marine (including deep sea) ecosystems to promote sustainable economic development, job creation and social cohesion. CIMA also aims to contribute to the understanding, prevention and mitigation of regional and global changes and associated natural risks. This task involves not only scientific expertise, but also the ability to transmit knowledge to society and to boost the economy.



CIMA-Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, Gambelas Campus, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal


Professor Alice Newton


The European engagement partner will work with the Future Earth Coasts (FEC) International Project Office to:

  • Develop joint research, particularly addressing European funding opportunities;
  • Develop joint capacity building, academic and training programmes, particularly through Erasmus +, Marie Slodowska Curie Actions and summer schools;
  • Network with the other Regional Engagement Partners using bilateral funding opportunities;
  • Host Early Career Researchers and FEC researchers on sabbaticals;
  • Strengthen the link with stakeholders such as UNEP, Regional Seas Commissions, European DGs, National authorities and economic sectors


FEC-related publications of 2016:

  1. Mansur, A.V., Brondízio, E.S., Roy, S., Hetrick, S., Vogt, N., Newton, A. (2016) An Assessment of Urban Vulnerability in the Amazon Delta and Estuary: A multi-Criterion Index of Flood Exposure, Socio-Economic Conditions and Infrastructure. Sustainability Science, v. 11, n. 4., pp. 625-643. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-016- 0355-7 ISSN: 1862-4065
  2. Semeoshenkova V., Newton A., Rojas, M., Piccolo, M. C., Bustos, M. L., Cisneros, M. L. B., Berninsone, L. (2016) A combined DPSIR and SAF approach for the adaptive management of beach erosion in Monte Hermoso and Pehuén Co (Argentina). Ocean and Coastal Management, In press 1-11 DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.04.015 ISSN: 0964-5691
  3. Brondizio, E.S., Foufoula-Georgiou, E., Szabo, S., Vogt, N., Sebesvari, Z., Renaud, F. G., Newton, A., Anthony, E., Mansur, A. V., Matthews, Hetrick, S., Costa, S.M., Tessler, Z., Tejedor, A., Longjas, A., Dearing, J. A. (2016) Catalysing action towards the sustainability of deltas. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, v.19, pp. 182-194. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2016.05.001 ISSN: 1877-3435
  4. Mea M, Newton A, Uyarra MC, Alonso C and Borja A (2016). From science to policy and society: enhancing the effectiveness of communication. Frontiers in Marine Science,  3:168. DOI=10.3389/fmars.2016.00168
  5. Borja., Elliott M., Snelgrove P.l V. R., Austen M. C., Berg T., Cochrane S., Carstensen J., Danovaro R., Greenstreet S., Heiskanen A-S., Lynam C. P., Mea M., Newton A, Patrício J, Uusitalo L, Uyarra M. C., Wilson C. (2016) Bridging the Gap between Policy and Science in Assessing the Health Status of Marine Ecosystems. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3:175 DOI=10.3389/fmars.2016.00175   
  6. Semeoshenkova, V., Newton A., Contin A., Greggio N. (2016) Development and application of an Integrated Beach Quality Index (BQI). Ocean &Coastal Management, 1-13 DOI=10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.08.013
  7. Danovaro, R., L. Carugati, M. Berzano, A. E. Cahill, S. Carvalho, A. Chenuil, C. Corinaldesi, S. Cristina, R. David, A. DellAnno, N. Dzhembekova, E. Garcés, J. Gasol, P. Goela, J.-P. Feral, I.Ferrera, R. Forster, A. A. Kurekin, E. Rastelli, V. Marinova, P. I. Miller, S. Moncheva, A. Newton, J. Pearman, S. Pitois, A. Renè, N. Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, V. Saggiomo, S. G. H. Simis, K. Stefanova, C. Wilson, M. Lo Martire, S. Greco, S. Cochrane, A. Borja, 2016. Implementing and innovating marine monitoring approaches for assessing marine environmental status.Frontiers in Marine Science, 3: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00213.
  8. Newton, A., M. Elliott, 2016. A typology of stakeholders and guidelines for engagement in transdisciplinary, participatory processes. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00230.
  9. Patrício J,ElliottM,MazikK, Papadopoulou K-NandSmithCJ (2016) DPSIR—Two Decades of Trying to Develop a Unifying Framework for Marine Environmental Management? Front.Mar.Sci.3:177.doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00177

    DPSIR-Two Decades of Trying to Develop a Unifying Framework for Marine Environmental Management? 
    Determining and assessing the links between human pressures and state-changes in marine and coastal ecosystems remains a challenge. Although there are several conceptual frameworks for describing these links,the Drivers-Pressures-State change-Impact-Response(DPSIR)framework has been widely adopted. Full article 
    Keywords:biodiversity,conceptual framework,drivers,pressures,state,impacts,response,environmental assessment