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FRAMESPORT background

Adriatic small ports and marinas are currently experiencing a rather challenging economic situation due to a surplus of supply compared to demand levels and the increased mean age of users. Boosting competitiveness is a priority for these realities, both for Italian and Croatian ones, which would highly benefit from new business models, measures and actions aimed at recovering their overall efficiency and attractiveness.

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New opportunities for small Adriatic ports

FRAMESPORT aims at supporting a homogeneous and integrated improvement of Adriatic small ports sustainability, competitiveness and attractiveness through:

  • the delivery of a strategic framework orienting their future development in the long run.
  • the realisation of an ICT platform as a virtual space, available for users and stakeholders, containing results from the implementation of pilot actions and the best-practices, suggestions and proposals for Adriatic small ports development and management.
  • the increase of competences for a harmonized planning and management of small ports, contributing to elevating their role as drivers for the sustainable growth of coastal areas.
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Structure of technical WPs

WP3 - Framework strategy for the development of small ports

UMBRELLA framework initiative framing further developments of small ports and delivering strategic guidance.

  • Data collection of a full set of information on small ports supporting cross-border strategic dialogue and related decision process;
  • Designing an ICT Platform and a web-GIS interface to organize information collected;
  • Implementing and updating the ICT Platform’s procedure overtime;
  • Sharing a common strategy structure based on WP5 pilot initiatives’ results;
  • Delivering the strategic framework for small ports sustainable development.

WP4 - Conveying knowledge of macro-themes into actions

TRANSVERSAL themes to be jointly developed:


  • Collecting baseline information on the existing facilities and characteristics of small ports in the different regions involved;
  • Best practice analysis to support pilot action definition and implementation;
  • Key dialogues with stakeholders to assess phenomenon needs & define priorities.

WP5 - Framework strategy for the develoInnovative tools & services boosting strategic development of small ports

SPECIFIC themes as drivers of the potential development of each port: INNOVATION, ENVIRONMENT, CONNECTIVITY, to be tested with piloting initiatives in several small ports of the Programm area.

  • Definition of a common background for pilots’ implementation;
  • Pilot actions:
    • preparatory, execution & monitoring phases;
    • resume and scale-up to facilitate transfer of best practice.

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