Regional Engagement Partners



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.

Key Activities

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

Other Information

  • El Mahrad B, Abalansa S, Newton A, Icely JD, Snoussi M and Kacimi I. 2020. Social-Environmental Analysis for the Management of Coastal Lagoons in North Africa.
    Front. Environ. Sci. 8:37.
  • Newton, A., John Icely,  Sónia Cristina, Gerardo Perillo, R. Eugene Turner, Dewan Ahsan, Simon Cragg, Yongming Luo , Chen Tu, Yuan Li, Haibo Zhang, Ramachandran Ramesh, Donald Forbes, Cosimo Solidoro, Béchir Béjaoui, Shu Gao, Roberto Pastres, Heath Kelsey, Dylan Taillie, Nguyen Huu Nhan, Ana Brito, Ricardo de Lima, Claudia Kuenzer. 2020 Anthropogenic pressures on coastal wetlands. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (section Conservation) 8:114
  • Borja, A.,  Jesper H. Andersen, Christos Dimitrios Arvanitidis, Alberto Basset, Lene Buhl-Mortensen, Susana Carvalho, Katherine Dafforn, Michelle Jillian Devlin, Elva G. Escobar-Briones, Christian GRENZ, Tilmann Harder, Stelios Katsanevakis, Dongyan LIU, Anna Metaxas, Xosé Anxelu G. Morán, Alice Newton, Chiara Piroddi, Xavier Pochon, Ana M Queiros, Paul Snelgrove, Cosimo Solidoro, Michael Arthur St. John, Heliana Teixeira. 2020. Past and future Grand Challenges in Marine Ecosystem Ecology. Frontiers in Marine Science, section Marine Ecosystem Ecology. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00362
  • de de Alencar P. N.M., Le Tissier M, Paterson SK, Newton A. 2020. Circles of Coastal Sustainability: A Framework for Coastal Management.Sustainability 2020, 12, 4 886; doi:10.3390/su12124886
  • Tuda, A., Kark S., Newton, A. 2019 Exploring the Prospects for Adaptive Governance in Marine Transboundary Conservation in the East African Marine Eco-region. Marine Policy, 104, pp.75-84.
  • Owuor M.A., Icely J., Newton A. 2019. Community perceptions of the status and threats facing mangroves of Mida Creek, Kenya: Implications for community based management. Ocean and Coastal Management 175, 172-179.
  • Urbis, A., Povilanskas, R., Newton, A. 2019. Valuation of aesthetic ecosystem services of protected coastal dunes and forests.Ocean and Coastal Management, 179, p.104832.
  • Owuor M.A., Icely J., Mulwa R., Otieno P., Newton A. 2019.Valuing Mangrove Ecosystems Services: An Application of Deliberative Choice Experiment, the case of Mida Creek, Kenya for Ecosystem Services. Ecosystem Services, 40, p.101040.
  • Berninsone, L., Newton, A., Icely, J.D. 2018 A co-designed, transdisciplinary adaptive management framework for artisanal fisheries of Pehuen Co and Monte Hermoso (Argentina). Ocean and Coastal Management 152, 37–47.
  • Newton, A., Brito, A.C., Icely, J.D., Derolez, V., Clara, I., Angus, S., Schernewski, G., Inácio, M., Lillebø, A.I., Sousa, A.I. and Béjaoui, B. 2018. Assessing, quantifying and valuing the ecosystem services of coastal lagoons. Journal for Nature Conservation, 44, 50-65.
  • Passarelli, M.C., Riba, I., Cesar,  A.,  Newton, A., DelValls, T.A. 2018 Using a mesocosm approach to evaluate marine benthic assemblage alteration associated with CO2 enrichment in coastal environments. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety Volume 157, Pages 29–39.
  • Mansur, A.V., Brondizio, E.S., Roy, S., Soares, P.P.M.A and Newton, A. 2018. Adapting to urban challenges in the Amazon: flood risk and infrastructure deficiencies in Belém, Brazil. Regional Environmental Change 18: 1411.
  • Gari, S., Guerrero, C., Uribe, B., Icely, J., Newton, A. 2018. A DPSIR- analysis of water uses and related water quality issues in the Colombian Alto and Medio Dagua Community Council. Water Science, The National Water Research Center Journal
  • Tseng H-C, Newton A., Chen C.-T. A., Borges A., DelValls T. A. 2018. Social-environmental analysis of methane in the South China Sea and bordering countries. Anthropocene Coasts 1: 62–88
  • Pakhomova, S. , E. Yakushev, E.Protsenko, S. Rigaud, D. Cossa, J. Knoery, R.-M. Couture, O.Radakovitch, S.Yakubov, D. Krzeminska, A. Newton. 2018. Modeling the influence of eutrophication and redox condition on mercury cycling at the sediment-water interface in the Berre Lagoon. Frontiers in Marine Science, section Marine Biogeochemistry. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:291.
  • Uribe-Castañeda, N., Newton, A., Le Tissier M. 2018. Coral Reef Socio-Ecological Systems Analysis & Restoration. Sustainability, 10, 4490.
  • Danchenko, S. Fragoso, B., Guillebault, D., Icely, J., Berzano, M., Newton, A. 2019. Harmful phytoplankton diversity and dynamics in an upwelling region (Sagres, SW Portugal) revealed by ribosomal RNA microarray combined with microscopy. Harmful Algae 82, 52-71.
  • Owuor M.A., Icely J., Newton A., Nyunja J., Otieno P., Tuda A.O., Oduor N. 2017. Mapping of ecosystem services flow in Mida Creek, Kenya. Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 140, May 2017, 11-21.
  • Gari, S.R., Newton, A., Icely, J.D. and Delgado-Serrano, M.M., 2017. An Analysis of the Global Applicability of Ostrom’s Design Principles to Diagnose the Functionality of Common-Pool Resource Institutions. Sustainability, 9(7), p.1287.
  • Clara, I., Dyack, B., Rolfe, J., Newton, A, Borg, D., Povilanskas R., Brito, A. C. 2017 The Value of Coastal Lagoons: Case Study of Recreation at the Ria de Aveiro, Portugal in comparison to the Coorong, Australia. Journal for Nature Conservation.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.2016.00177DPSIR-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

Host Institution

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


Professor Alice Newton