Paddle Brazil workshop | Report

This workshop has been organized by the PADDLE project with the help and support of:

–              “A estratégia brasileira de gestao sustentavel dos recursos marinhos vivos et nao vivos” (UnB, UFC e UPM – CAPES)

–              Laboratoire Mixte International Tapioca (IRD, UFPE, UFRPE)

–              Bacharelado em Oceanografia da UFPE – 10 anos

–              Wageningen University

–              Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa



This scientific workshop on a comparative approach to marine spatial planning (MSP) between the European Union and Brazil was held in Recife (UFPE). It brought together 65 participants (30 European and 35 Brazilian). The interest of this workshop for local partners was highlighted by the participation of many administrations (Federal Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of the Environment of Pernambuco, Interministerial Commission for Marine Resources); several Brazilian universities were also represented (Univ Brasilia, UPM-Sao Paulo, UFPE, UFRPE, Univ. Cearra).


The general introduction provided the conceptual framework for the workshop, which examined the different perspectives in terms of governance at sea. From fishing areas to surfing reserves, marine protected areas and legislation governing oil exploitation, a series of presentations provided an overview of the existing areas in Brazil… A first step towards the beginnings of the WSP in Brazil was presented the next day. But beforehand, a detour to Europe was allowed by the European partners of the project, who presented the MSP in Portugal, France and the North Sea, within the framework of the European Union’s integrated maritime policy. This workshop was closed by presenting the interconnections that exist across the tropical Atlantic, between Cape Verde, Senegal and Brazil.


21 of the participants then participated in a writing workshop at CEPENE (UFPE).