International Project Office in Transition

The International Project Office (IPO) serves as the secretariat for Future Earth Coasts (FEC) and administers the project on a day-to-day basis. The IPO is responsible for assisting the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) in all aspects of its work and liaising with key stakeholders at regional, national and local levels. The office collates and communicates information related to national and international FEC research, as well as serving as a channel of communication on coastal aspects of global environmental change.

Following 4 successful years hosted by the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork from 1 January, 2019 the IPO will be moving to a new host and new structure for the IPO. The new arrangement will ensure that Future Earth Coasts truly represents a global community of interest for evolving sustainable pathways for coastal zones, and we are exploring options for the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) to form the IPO as a coordinating lead hub with other organisations constituting Regional Project Offices of a distributed IPO arrangement. The other organisations are:

From China: Jointly from the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) & Key Laboratory of Coastal Environmental Processes and Ecological Remediation (KLCEPER), Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research

From Australia: The Southern Cross University

From the USA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); Coastal@VT initiative

From the USA: The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network (UMCES IAN) for Communication components

The IPO in transition

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Martin Le Tissier

International Project Office – MaREI, UCC

Martin led the IPO in Cork, Ireland and will assist in the transition of the IPO to ZMT and the new hosting arrangement. He has world-wide experience in coastal management, marine spatial planning, adaptation to climate change, training and capacity-building and coral reef assessment, monitoring and restoration.
His work has a strong focus on education and professional training with institutional development for strategic responses to adaptation to climate change, coastal development and management, as well as developing and implementing participatory approaches to developing coastal resources and livelihoods.

As the structure for the new hosting arrangement becomes known new IPO staff will be added here. For any queries please contact Martin directly or send a message to