Official launch of the TOSCA project

08/09/2010 Highlights Events

An innovative EU initiative to provide an efficient response to maritime accidents in the Mediterranean

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The TOSCA project was officially launched on the 9th of September in Toulon (France) and will last 3 years. It aims at improving the quality and effectiveness of the decision-making process in case of marine accidents concerning oil spill pollution and search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean.
To meet this challenge, the project is built on parallel actions which will lead to:

  • The implementation of a geospatial information system supplying critical data to support local authorities in their decision- making process in the event of a maritime accident;
  • The establishment of a common coastal management strategy to identify and mitigate pollution spreading and ensure a long term management of  pollution issues in the Mediterranean.

TOSCA is managed by the PACA Sea Innovation & Business Cluster – Toulon Var Technologies (PMP-TVT) and scientifically coordinated by the French laboratory LSEET - Toulon University. The project unites 13 partners from 4 countries of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean area, namely France, Italy, Greece and Spain. Among its consortium, TOSCA works with 3 local authorities and 8 internationally recognized laboratories, providing the project experience in emergency action plans and knowledge in marine forecast systems.

The TOSCA project will benefit from a budget of 2 345 000 € of which 1 758 750 € are financed by the European Regional Development Fund, in the framework of the MED Programme.

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