Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Designing the future of maritime space



Charles Ehler

Ocean Visions Consulting

Unesco, Paris


21 maggio 2015

Badoer, aula Consiglio

San Polo 2468, Venezia

ore 11


Erasmus Mundus Master Course

on Maritime Spatial Planning

Environmental Planning Studio


dipartimento di Progettazione e pianificazione in ambienti complessi


Scuola di Dottorato


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Francesco Musco, Domenico Patassini, Elena Gissi



Charles is the President of Ocean Visions Consulting. Architect and environmental planner by training he started his career as Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan,  UCL (Los Angeles) and the State University of New York.


He now lives and works in Paris, France, often as a marine spatial planning consultant to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and other international and non-governmental organizations.

His marine spatial planning work at UNESCO has been supported since 2006 by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Before moving to Paris in 2005, he was a senior executive for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years. Prior to his US government service he taught regional planning and natural resources management at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was the Marine Vice-Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas from 2000-2005. In 2007 he received an award from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his work on coastal adaptation and its contribution to the award of the Nobel Prize to the IPCC.

He is the author of over 100 publications, including a 2009 UNESCO/IOC guide to marine spatial planning, a 2011 report on Marine Spatial Planning in the Arctic Ocean for the Aspen Institute's Commission on Climate Change in the Arctic, a 2011 report on the future of the UNESCO World Heritage marine program, and most recently a new UNESCO/IOC guide on evaluating marine spatial plans.