Mario Caña Varona


A Centre Collaborating with UN Environment

Teaterplassen 3
N-4836 Arendal

Education & career

Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning - University IUAV of Venice, University of the Azores  & University of Seville.

MSc Geographic Information Systems - University of Seville 

Postgraduate course in Spatial and Urban Planning, and Environment - Regional Government of Andalusia

Certificate in Political Studies - Institute of Political Studies of Lyon 

BSc Geography - University of Seville

Current teaching activities

My work at GRID-Arendal is focused on building capacities and supporting good practices for conservation and sustainable use of the oceans in various parts of the world under the Blue Solutions project.

Available for teaching/education
Research activities

My main areas of interest are marine spatial planning, blue economy, ocean governance, stakeholder engagement and communicating science.


Blue Solutions (2013-2021). Financed by the German Environment Ministry (BMU) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).

MarSP - Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning (2018-2019). Funded by EASME.

PADDLE - Planning in a liquid world with tropical stakes (2017-2020). Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - RISE funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

GPSAzores - Geographical and Political Scenarios for Maritime Spatial Planning in the Azores and Atlantic (2016-2019). Funded by ERDF & ESF - Azores 2020 Operational Programme.

MUSES - Multi-Uses in European Seas (2016-2018). Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. 

Selected publications (up to 5)

Calado H. et al. 2019. Multi-uses in the Eastern Atlantic: Building bridges in maritime space.

Schultz-Zehden A. et al. 2018. Ocean Multi-Use Action Plan, MUSES project. Edinburgh.

Caña Varona M. 2016. Tools to Preserve Marine Cultural Heritage: Maritime Spatial Planning. In I. Gotzmann & A. Segbers (Eds.), Kulturlandschaft und Kulturerbe. Konventionen und hre Umsetzung in Europa (pp.109-115). Bonn, Germany. Bundheim und Umwelt in Deutschland.

Caña Varona M. 2016. Strengthening ocean governance and capacity-building to promote a sustainable marine development: The Wider Caribbean Region (Master's thesis).

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