On the first day of the seminar, the ICZM policies and examples were presented followed by four thematic workshops on: Sustainable tourism; ICZM in the face of climate change; Players, networks and governance; and Coastal zone, protected areas and ecological continuity. Very productive workshops presented their results on the following day.
The seminar was an excellent opportunity to give an additional impetus to the countries that have not yet signed the Protocol and especially a good stimulus to those that have already started the Protocol ratification process. Also, this event was of particular importance for PAP/RAC and MAP as it showed that there was a lot of hope for a better management and sustainable development of the Mediterranean coastal areas and their populations with all relevant players. Due to this, we all hope for a soon and effective implementation of this unique international legal instrument.
2008-12-09European Union to sign ICZM Protocol
This very good news was conveyed to PAP/RAC by our Focal Point, Ms. Birgit Snoeren, from the DG Environment. The signature of the EU should be understood as a positive sign to other countries that have not yet signed the Protocol, as well as to those that have started the Protocol ratification process. Entering into force of this important legal instrument is of crucial importance for sustainable development of coastal areas of the Mediterranean and for a better quality of life of its populations.
2008-12-08Feasibility Study for CAMP Italy
On December 4, 2008, a meeting was held at the Italian Ministry of Environment with the objective to discuss the details of a Feasibility Study (FS) for CAMP Italy project and the process of its preparation. This CAMP is going to be the first one after the ICZM Protocol signature, as well as the first to test the Protocol provisions on the ground. Furthermore, this project will be specific also due to its structure, i.e. five regions are going to be involved in the project. So, we will not have just one CAMP area, but a multi-CAMP area project what will definitely be a challenge for the co-ordination of the project on the one side, and a good example of the application of the Protocol at sub-national level, on the other. Therefore, we should use this unique opportunity to show that CAMP is a good tool for a pilot implementation of the ICZM Protocol.
The CAMP Italy FS will be prepared on the basis of five regional FSs, and the final output is expected to be ready by autumn 2009. The decision to start preparatory activities for CAMP Italy was adopted by the Contracting Parties at their 15th Ordinary Meeting in Almeria, in January 2008.
2008-12-01Littoral 2008 Conference Held in Venice
LITTORAL 2008 is a major European coastal event attracting an international audience of coastal researchers, managers, practitioners and public administrations. The 9th Littoral Conference "A Changing Coast: Challenge for the Environmental Policies" was held in Venice on 25-28 November 2008 in the beautiful premises of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista. The principal organiser of the conference was CORILA, an interuniversity body specialised in ICZM from Venice.
The conference was attended by more than 300 participants. The conference had 8 themes each one with a large number of papers and posters presented. Mr. Ivica Trumbic, PAP/RAC Director, had a keynote presentation on the ICZM Protocol. During the conference, a meeting of the EU ICZM Expert Group was held, where ICZM Protocol was also presented. During the last day of the conference, a meeting of a large number of ICZM stakeholders was held with the aim of establishing the European Coastal Marine and Maritime Platform.
2008-11-28EUCC: QualityCoast Awards 2009
The EUCC- The Coastal Union is officially launching the QualityCoast Awards 2009.
QualityCoast aims to establish a world wide network of coastal communities (towns, municipalities and/or regions) that share the same values and practices on sustainable development holistically integrating their natural, cultural and social values and that at the same time maintain a high standards of their tourism.
QualityCoast has been developed for coastal communities: cities, towns and islands, at the level of municipalities, provinces and regions. Small adjacent communities can participate together in order to work more cost effectively; they can also apply for the QualityCoast Award together.
The QualityCoast Award is rewarded to coastal communities that are proving and presenting good overall sustainable performance; providing transparent information to visitors; and planning for future improvements. It is an independent certification of the performance of the coastal community and its tourist product which makes use of 20 QualityCoast criteria.
The QualityCoast Award website, including guide for entrants, registration and application forms are available at www.qualitycoast.net
2008-11-14"Destinations": Training courses in Tunisia
The "Africa Jade" hotel is a Tunisian pilot structure for the preparation of an "Ecolabel" file of the EU. The workshops provided an opportunity to discuss with hotel managers the present management practice and measures to apply in order to obtain the EU certificate in the near future.
2008-11-07Egypt initiates ICZM Strategy
At the request made by the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) addressed PAP/RAC to provide assistance in the preparation of the National ICZM Strategy for Egypt, a series of meetings took place at the EEAA from 18 to 20 October 2008.
First, a preparatory meeting was organised with PAP/RAC Focal Point preceding the meeting of the Egyptian ICZM Committee that was convened the same day. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the general context for ICZM in Egypt, the signing of the ICZM Protocol, to agree on the main elements for the ICZM Strategy, the need for it, its structure, the process and alike. PAP/RAC confirmed its dedication to assist in the preparation of this important document. This assistance would be organised in the framework of the SMAP III Project as one of the projects within the New policy measures component.
The ICZM Committee in Egypt exists since 1996 where the line ministries, scientific institutions and governorates are represented. This is an important institutional body also required by the new ICZM Protocol, which does not exist in many Mediterranean countries. Within its mandate the Committee is responsible to discuss and approve the ICZM Strategy. PAP/RAC was invited to this second meeting in order to present the rationale for the preparation of the Strategy, the global context, its structure and process of preparation as well as some experiences from the Mediterranean and other countries.
On the basis of previous meetings a working session, as a third meeting, was held at EEAA on 20 October 2008. The aim was to discuss in detail and to agree on the contents of the ICZM Strategy, the process of its preparation and the timeframe.
2008-11-05MED and Black Sea ICM 08
Several papers were presented by PAP/RAC, including the keynote on the new ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean, the Tunisian project on combating land degradation, an integrated planning and management approach for sustainable coastal tourism, and beach evaluation methods.
The third day of the conference two workshops were held and were entirely devoted to and led by PAP/RAC. These were related to legal and technical interpretation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol and its implementation, and the second one focused on networking, capacity building and awareness raising for ICZM. Three papers were presented to stimulate the discussion, namely: one on the implementation issues of the ICZM Protocol and efforts to mitigate them that focused on the regional scale; and two national-scale presentations, one on the implementation issues in Montenegro and the other on the steps towards implementation of the Protocol in Syria. The workshop was concluded with some concrete recommendations to be integrated into the overall conference report.
2008-11-03A new series of "Destinations" workshops
The event aims to promote the value of the coast and calls for an active engagement in its management. Its main objectives are to promote the ratification and implementation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol and to serve as a catalyst to raise the awareness of policy makers and the general public of the value of the Mediterranean coast, calling for their serious commitment to save it.
This year the Coast Day will be celebrated in the week of 24 - 31 October. For more information click here.
2008-09-30Application of ecosystem approach
The tasks were distributed among MAP components and the budget was allocated for individual activities. The overall coordinating role will be under the management of the MAP Coordinator, whereas RACs will jointly contribute to the implementation of the demanding tasks crucial for the initiation of the ECAP in the Mediterranean. The implementation will start once the funds are made available by the European Commission.
In the afternoon an informative meeting with the World Water Council (WWC) was held in order to exchange information between the Mediterranean partners and the members of the WWC on the WWF in general. The place of the Mediterranean at the WWF was introduced summarising the conclusions of the previous meeting.
2008-09-10Celebration of the Coast Day 2008 in Morocco
The aim of the celebration is to call for a more effective engagement of decision-makers and of all coastal stakeholders to save the coast. Celebration will also be the occasion to promote the implementation of a new Mediterranean Protocol on ICZM, signed in Madrid, in January 2008. To honour the engagement of the HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa and the Foundation, host of 2008 central Coast Day celebration, the topic of this year is beach management.
The event will consist of a technical workshop on the theme of sustainable beach management, followed by the official celebration ceremony.
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2008-07-01A new face of PAP/RAC home
The main square in the centre of the Diocletian's palace - the Peristile, is surrounded with spectacular facades and colonnade from the Roman times. The City of Split, with the assistance of international donors, pays particular attention to this World Heritage site. Recently, after several months long restoration works, the facade of the ancient Cipico palace at the Peristile hosting the PAP/RAC premises has been brought to light again. Now, when the scaffold is removed and the green ‘curtain' is down, the ancient facade shines in its full splendour.
2008-06-30CAMP Cyprus concluded
The Final Presentation Conference of CAMP Cyprus took place in Nicosia, on 13 June 2008. The purpose of the Conference was to present the main results and achievements of the activities pursued under the CAMP Cyprus project and highlight the key recommendations to the Government of Cyprus.
The Conference was attended by over 50 high-level participants from almost all government departments as well as from the private sector organisations and NGOs. The participants agreed that CAMP Cyprus is a successful project and that the proposals reached and put forward in the Summary Report presented at the Conference will fulfil an important need in the policy framework of Cyprus with regard to coastal management. An agreement on the contents and usefulness of the conclusions reached by CAMP Cyprus was expressed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, the Environment Service and the Activity Team Leaders / Experts.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, the Environment Service (through the Director of the Environment Service) extended their thanks primarily to MAP and PAP/RAC as well as to Blue Plan and SPA/RAC for their scientific, professional and financial support to the Government of Cyprus through the CAMP Cyprus project, and congratulated the Team Leaders, National Specialists and the International Consultants for their contributions.
2008-06-20ICZM Protocol on the way to implementation
PAP/RAC took the first steps towards starting the preparatory activities for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol once it enters into force. To that end, an Expert Meeting on the Action Plan for the Implementation of the ICZM Protocol was organised in Split, Croatia, on17-18 June 2008. The objective of the meeting was to exchange opinions among the relevant experts with a view of exploring possible activities to be undertaken in this intermediate period when the signing and ratification of the ICZM Protocol is still in progress.
Some of the major topics presented and discussed at the meeting were the following:
- assessment and evaluation of the ICZM progress in the Mediterranean;
- interpretation of the text of the Protocol;
- guidelines for the definition of a coastal setback; and
- training and awareness-raising for the implementation of the Protocol.
The work was organised in four parallel sessions. Very constructive proposals were then presented by the representatives of each Working Group at the plenary session. On the basis of these proposals, several concrete activities were defined. As proposed by the participants of the meeting, the activities to be implemented in the intermediate period could encompass: the preparation of a Stocktaking report on ICZM in the Mediterranean, including information on the existing setback practices and various toolkits; the preparation of an Explanatory Guide of the text of the Protocol; and some awareness-raising and training activities. The proposed activities will have to follow the rules of the existing MAP procedure of verification, first within the PAP/RAC Focal Points network and, finally, they will be proposed to the Bureau of the Contracting Parties for approval.
As of June 1 PAP/RAC will never be the same again. Ljiljana (Cica) Prebanda has retired from daily chores at the office to enjoy the freedom to do what she pleases. Knowing her, she won't spend too much time relaxing. Apart from 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren, there is her most demanding child: the environmental NGO "Sunce" that she founded and has been running very successfully for many years. Now she will finally have enough time for it. Illegal builders, cement factories, water polluters, ... beware!
Cica was with PAP/RAC from day one and saw it through all its phases, leaving an indelible mark. Whatever you look at, she either did it, or organised it, or at least made a contract for it. With her bright personality she filled the office. She had a comforting word if needed, sometimes she nagged a bit if we did something wrong, but her presence was always felt. She will certainly be missed. We wish her all the luck in her new life, and we hope she will not forget us and come to visit us from time to time. Cheers, Cica!
Write to Cica at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the framework of the PlanCoast project, the Ministry of Civil Engineering and Physical Planning of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (HNC) organised a conference on June 9-10, 2008. The first part was divoted to the presentation of and discussion on new projects that this coastal region of Bosnia and Herzegovina could propose to various calls of proposals and/or to participate with other Adriatic countries/partners in EU projects, such as IPA. Two priorities have been identified by the HNC representatives, i.e. establishment of the monitoring system for the quality of the sea water and the other for the initiation of the ICZM process in the coastal areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Various projects/partners were identified and will be further elaborated in the weeks to come.
The second part of the conference focused on ICZM experience and on the activities the HNC could undertake in this field. PAP/RAC had a presentation on the activities related to ICZM and on PAP/RAC and MAP activities, stressing particularly the Protocol on ICZM. Experiences from Montenegro, Slovenia and Italy were persented in the continuation of the conference. The initial steps in the preparation of spatial planning documents for the Neum municipality were presented by the host.From the discussion that followed it was evident that there was a great interest on the Bosnia and Herzegovina side to initiate the activities that would contribute to the ICZM Protocol and related documents implementation. However, it was also evident that the information on the previous and current MAP and PAP/RAC activities reaching this Canton (the only coastal one of Bosnia and Herzegovina) are rather poor and that the communication between the 'central' Ministry in Sarajevo and the 'regional' (Cantonal) Ministry in Mostar should improve. The experiences from other Adriatic countries were very positive for the Cantonal participants as they clearly showed that with the assistance and involvement of MAP-PAP/RAC crucial and important achievements in the field could be accomplished.
Following the initial phase of the establishment of the Diagnostic Analysis, the "Destinations" project entered the phase related to the Assessment of Carrying Capacity for Tourism. This phase of the project includes, in the first place, the reinforcement of national capacities to apply the method of CCA for Tourism through the organisation of training courses in the project area. To that end, two training courses were organised. The first, which was held at Corba, in Tunisia, on April 23, 2008, was preceded by a field trip demonstrating a participative approach, and the other was held at Al Hoceima, in Morocco, on June 3-4, 2008. A meeting of the Steering Committee members who gathered in the premises of the SEEE/DSPR in Rabat, on June 3, 2008 preceded the latter.
Since the Moroccan component of the "Destinations" project makes an integral part of the PAP/RAC project for the Central Reef, the participants coming from the province of Chefchaouen took part at the Al Hoceima training course. On this occasion, they expressed the wish to organise the next training course in their province, which would give them the opportunity to invite their colleagues from Al Hoceima and to show them tourist potentials of the province.
The third and the last training course on CCA for Tourism will be organised in Algeria after the month of Ramadan. PAP/RAC and the national partner, MATET, are discussing the relevant practical details of the training course.
2008-06-10Handbook on Maritime Spatial Planning
The final output of the PlanCoast project, i.e. the Handbook on Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning, has just been published and is currently being disseminated. The handbook summarises the experience of the PlanCoast project (INTERREG IIIB CADSES) gained through various activities, such as conferences, workshops, trainings and, most of all, the 20 pilot projects covering areas of the Adriatic, Baltic and the Black Seas.
The first section of this document addresses decision-makers at all levels explaining the needs for and benefits of Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning (IMSP). The intention was to provide the project partners and relevant stakeholders with good arguments to push the introduction of IMSP higher on the political agenda. The second part is intended as a practical guide for planners and coastal managers. It takes the reader through the different stages of the IMSP process, and highlights the elements necessary for success. The overview of current European marine policy developments and of other key stakeholders concludes the publication. The Handbook is available on-line for download, and can be ordered via the project website.
The awards for the national winners, among which the "Destinations" project for Algeria, were presented during a ceremony organised the same day in the morning, at the European Parliament as well. After an introductory speech given by Mikhail Gorbachev certificates were presented to the national winners from 109 countries by Maneka Ghandi, the Chairwoman of the Energy Globe Jury.
You can watch the video of the TV Gala Ceremony here.
On the third day of the Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy, on 21 May 2008, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero organised a public event with the aim to raise awareness of the EU Maritime Day, the value of the coast and the necessity of ICZM for the sustainable coastal development. A number of 512 people in total participated at the event, including the students from six universities, representatives of three marine protected areas, as well as representatives of eight NGOs, three local authorities and two research centres. About 70 posters were exposed by different ICZM organisations from all over the Mediterranean. Different promotional materials were presented, including the films, a TV spot, transmissions and photos. Also, the models of different projects to rejuvenate the coastal villages were presented by the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero.
Finally, in the afternoon, four workshops were held on the following topics: architecture and spatial planning of coastal zones; sustainable development of coastal zones; conservation and environmental management of coastal zones; and participatory processes and spatial governance. More news in Italian.
2008-05-27"Sardinia Charter" adopted
2008-05-26Renewed élan for ICZM
In the framework of the EU funded SMAP III project, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy), organised a Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy. The workshop was held in Alghero, Sardinia, on 19-21 May 2008. It was attended by 84 participants, including the high-level policy-makers from different Ministries of the SMAP eligible countries, NGO representatives and the representatives of the SMAP III ICZM projects, including the high-level representatives of the EU, UNEP, MAP and METAP.
The PAP/RAC appointed Ambassadors for the Coast opened the workshop addressing the participants with the inspiring speeches describing their personal efforts, as well as endeavours of their countries and relevant organisations to achieve the sustainable coastal development. Mr. Mostafa K. Tolba, former UNEP Executive Director, described his 30 years of struggle within UNEP for saving the Regional Seas. He reminded the participants of the results of the ecological footprint studies and invited them all to consolidate efforts towards improving the ICZM policy in the Mediterranean. Mr. Cicito Morittu, Councillor of the Environmental Protection of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, presented, in the name of Mr. Renato Soru, President of the Sardinian Region, the Sardinian recent initiatives and their objectives. Mr. Lhoucine Tijani, Delegate of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, and President of the Foundation Mohamed VI for the Environmental Protection, presented endeavours of the Foundation led by the Princess to improve the coast in Morocco. During the first day of the workshop, presentations provided an insight into the latest coastal success stories and exposed their factors of success. More news in Italian.
2008-05-25New water guidelines available
We are pleased to announce that the document "Integrated Coastal Urban Water System Planning in Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean", Volume I. Principles and Planning, and Volume II. Tools and Instruments, has been published and is being distributed to the interested parties. The French version of the text is being finalised and will be published in due time.
A new design and restructure of the PAP/RAC web site in 2007 yielded in an impressive growth of a number of visits. If the number of visits in April 2007 ended at a bit more than 5000, this April the number reached almost 8000 visits per month. This is one of the proofs that the ‘refreshment' was successful and that the site is much user friendly, attractive and informative. Among the improvements, there is a number of documents constantly available for download, news are regularly informing about the major events, projects described, specific additional PAP/RAC project oriented web sites are available, as well as links to related sites. We hope you will be our visitor in the future, too. Your comments on how to improve the site are welcome. And we take this opportunity to invite newcomers to visit our site.
2008-05-08And the winner is...
PAP/RAC has just been informed that the International Jury of the ENERGY GLOBE AWARD 2007 had chosen the "Destinations" project as the national winner for Algeria. This project, co-financed within LIFE - Third Countries programme of the EC, is being implemented by PAP/RAC and its partners in the Maghreb countries. The objective of the project is to propose strategies for sustainable tourism development in three pilot coastal zones: Mont Chenoua - Cap Djinet in Algeria, Central Rif in Morocco and Cap Bon in Tunisia.
The ceremony in which certificates will be presented to the winners, and the international television gala for the ENERGY GLOBE World Awards will be organised on 26 May 2008 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
" The International Energy Globe Awards (the World Awards for Sustainability) have been awarded annually since 1999 to recognise projects that make careful and economical use of resources and employ alternative energy sources. The winners, in the categories of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth, are selected by a panel including members from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank and the European Renewable Energy Council. The awards were an initiative by Austrian engineer and environmentalist Wolfgang Neumann " (Source: Wikipedia).
2008-05-07CAMP Morocco officially launched
On April 29, 2008, the town of Chefchaouen hosted the CAMP Morocco Inception Workshop. The workshop has officially marked the start of this important project for the coastal zone of the Central Rif. About fifty participants representing the national, regional and local authorities and institutions, university circles, NGOs and numerous other stakeholders, attended the workshop. They used the opportunity to discuss with the representatives of MAP and PAP/RAC different project activities and usefulness of the project for the Central Rif zone, as well as for the entire country, which will benefit from this project in terms of enforcement of national capacities regarding the ICZM.
In their opening addresses, Secretary General of the Chefchaouen Province and the representative of the SEEE/DSPR underlined the importance of a rapid socio-economic opening up of the Central Rif zone and the advantages that can be taken in this sense from the CAMP. In this context, the Governor of the Province of Chefchaouen received the representatives of MAP, PAP/RAC and SEEE/DSPR, expressing his great interest in project results. He raised hopes that these results would contribute to a sustainable and environment-friendly development of the CAMP zone as one of the rare coastal zones in the Mediterranean which remained untouched to the present day, but which, at the same time, is highly-coveted by many economic sectors.
The workshop was preceded by a one-day training course on ICZM, which has been realised by a MAP consultant and the national team in charge of this activity. In addition to presentations characteristic of the ICZM process, its different stages, and tools that have to be mobilised to succeed to achieving it, the participants benefited from the presence of the team in charge of implementing the awareness-raising/participatory activity, who explained the objectives and steps of this indispensable component of CAMP. The necessity of this type of training courses has been confirmed once again and the participants have expressed their wish to be able to benefit from them throughout the project duration.
2008-04-25Mediterranean receives $250m from GEF
Financial Times published an article on Tuesday April 22, 2008 on the boost of $250m from GEF and the World Bank that the Mediterranean countries will receive to combat the region's increasing pollution. The main shortcoming identified by MAP, as stated in the article, was a lack of coastal zone planning for development. Coupled witth inadequate national legislation or enforcement of legislation coastal areas are thus under major threat.
Recently adopted and signed Protocol on ICZM for the Mediterranean is seen as the most innovative, proactive and forward-looking legal tool for better coastal governance. PAP/RAC role in these efforts is crucial as the Centre was the one to lead the process of negotiation of the Protocol text in co-ordination with the MAP Co-ordinating Unit. Furthermore, PAP/RAC will be directly involved in the implementation of the ICZM component of the above mentioned GEF project in several Mediterranean countries. Two of these projects include the preparation of ICM plans to demonstrate ICM approaches, tools and techniques in selected areas; for another four countries, National ICZM Strategies and National Action Plans will be prepared; and in one country, the implication of ratification of ICZM Protocol for relevant national legislation will be undertaken.
These initiatives and the boost from the main international donors clearly underline the priorities in the region, i.e. they put coastal zone management on the top of their endevours. Article
2008-04-23Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy
In the framework of the EU funded SMAP III project "Promoting Awareness and Enabling a Policy Framework for Environment and Development Integration in the Mediterranean with Focus on Integrated Coastal Zone Management", PAP/RAC, together with its partners (the BP/RAC and METAP of the World Bank), is organising in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy) a Mediterranean Workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Policy to be held in Alghero, Sardinia, on 19-21 May 2008.
The main objectives of the Workshop are the following:
- to provide insight in the latest coastal success stories and to reveal their factors of success;
- to agree on the necessary preconditions and to propose a set of most promising actions and tools for strengthening of the ICZM policy;
- to agree on the needed actions to assist countries in adoption of the ICZM Protocol; and
- to adopt the Sardinia Declaration in support of ICZM in the Mediterranean.
The workshop is organised under the auspices of the PAP/RAC appointed Ambassadors for the Coast:
- Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco,
- Mr. Renato Soru, President of the Sardinia Region,
- Mr. Chérif Rahmani, Minister of Environment of Algeria, and
- Mr. Mostafa K. Tolba, Former Executive Director of UNEP.
Regional ICZM efforts have recently culminated when the Protocol on ICZM was signed by fourteen Mediterranean countries in Madrid, on 21 January 2008. All the parties are convinced that this Protocol is a crucial milestone in the history of the Mediterranean, and that it will allow the countries to better manage their coastal zones.
Today the 4th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands (7-11 April 2008) has been opened in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is attended by 430 participants from 71 countries. The Conference was opened by Mr. Pham Gia Khiem, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam. As Ms. Biliana Cicin-Sain, co-chair and head of the secretariat of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands said in her opening speech, the conference "... brings together ocean leaders from around the world to assess the global situation on oceans and to mobilise expertise, political will, and resources to move forward in important new directions." The conference is mainly concerned with the impacts of climate change on world oceans and coasts. Ms. Cicin-Sain added that the three major considerations of the conference are the persistence of the climate issues; the international responsibility for the climate "divide" between the rich and poor has to be taken; and the capacity of the international institutions to address the issue of climate change.
The conference is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which is implementing a number of regional, or Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), projects. The prospective future LME project is the "Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem". During the conference, Mr. Ivica Trumbic, PAP/RAC Director, will present the recently signed Mediterranean Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
On 3-4 April 2008, the town of Split hosted the second meeting of round tables organised by the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration within the Adriatic-Ionic Initiative to which Croatia assures the presidency this year. The meeting was attended by some 80 participants representing all member countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. PAP/RAC was invited to the Round Table on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and the Round Sub-Table on Tourism.
The presentation of the Mediterranean Regional Protocol on ICZM made at the Round Table on Environment Protection and Sustainable Development attracted a great interest of the participants who were unanimous to support this innovative and unique legal instrument. They also expressed the wish that the other Round Tables be informed of the existence of this important instrument recently signed in Madrid among other by the governments of all the countries participating in the Adriatic-Ionic Initiative. This was done by the PAP/RAC representative who attended the Round Sub-Table on Sustainable Tourism to present PAP/RAC endeavours in promoting a more strategic planning approaches to tourism development in the Mediterranean with the view to secure a better integration of tourism with other coastal activities within the framework of ICZM. The message conveyed about the ICZM Protocol was welcomed and fully supported as a necessary instrument to protect the coastal environment on which tourism is highly dependent.
On the second day, the International PlanCoast conference "Integrated Coastal Zone management and Maritime Spatial Planning" took place. PAP/RAC presented the Barcelona Convention and ICZM Protocol in the introductory session of the conference. The third day, a study tour to the Po Delta River Park (Comacchio) was organised.
2008-01-25ICZM Protocol signed in Madrid
At the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the ICZM Protocol that took place on 20-21 January 2008 in Madrid, the ICZM Protocol was signed. Under the presidency of the Minister of Environment of Spain, H.E. Ms. Cristina Narbona Ruiz, fourteen Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention signed the Protocol. These are the following: Algeria, Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria and Tunisia. All other Parties announced to do so in the very near future. This is the 7th Protocol in the framework of the Barcelona Convention, and the decision to approve the draft text and recommendation to the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries to sign it was taken at the 15th Ordinary Meting of the Contracting Parties during their meeting in Almeria, on 15-18 January 2008. All the parties are convinced that this Protocol is a crucial milestone in the history of MAP. It will allow the countries to better manage their coastal zones, as well as to deal with the emerging coastal environmental challenges, such as the climate change.
The ICZM Protocol is a unique legal instrument in the entire international community and the Mediterranean countries are proud of this fact. They are willing to share these experiences with other coastal countries of the world. The signing of the Protocol came after six years of dedicated work of all the Parties.
The work was intensified in the last biennium following the decision of the 14 th Contracting Parties meeting in Portoroz, in November 2005, to establish the governments' designated Working Group of Experts. Now, all the Parties are urged to ratify the Protocol so that it enters into force as soon as possible.
2008-01-24CoP 15 in Almeria
Almeria was chosen to host the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention from15th to 18th January 2008. Over 200 ministers, delegates and experts came together at this Meeting with the primary objectives to adopt a new Protocol on the Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean, to adopt several other decisions related to MAP components and to adopt the declaration known as the Almeria Declaration. The Declaration established future MAP initiatives on climate change issues as the effects of climate change are already evident in the Mediterranean. At the Meeting, MAP activities carried out in the 2006-2007 biennium were evaluated and the workprogramme to be implemented in 2008-2009 were decided upon. Montenegro officially became a Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention. See more on http://www.unepmap.org Gallery
2008-01-07Grants for NATO training course
This course addresses the perspective of strengthening the role of mitigation in risk management through spatial planning. Innovative approaches will be brought on how to translate the concepts of sustainability and vulnerability reduction into effective measures in an integrative program which assembles risk analysis and management, and spatial planning, bringing a new rationality. Prevention and reduction of exposure to natural hazards are reviewed as key mitigation strategies. This Advanced Training Course is designed to enable some of the outstanding specialists to share their expertise, and provide opportunities to both young scientists and decision-makers to learn more about these problem areas and the new scientific insights in the matter.