2009-12-16Workshop on Urban Water Management
Last week a workshop was organised in Barcelona based on the recently published Guidelines on Integrated Coastal Urban Water Planning in Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean. Held on December 9-11, the Workshop was hosted by the Catalan Water Agency (Agencia Catalana de Agua/Agència Catalana de l'Aigua - ACA) who generously offered their meeting room. Ten Mediterranean countries sent their representatives to this most interesting workshop, who were highly motivated and participated actively in the work. The Workshop was moderated by Mr. G. Kallis, principal author of the Guidelines, who was assisted in the lectures and group work by Mr. J. Margeta, one of the authors, and Messrs. D. Sauri and G. Gamboa of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Within the programme of the Workshop a visit was organised to the Barcelona Desalination Plant which was then used as the example for exercise in practical application of the tools offered by the Guidelines. There was a general consensus that the Workshop was very successful and that the participants would benefit from it in their future work.
As envisaged by the convention signed with the European Commission, an international conference on sustainable tourism was held in Casablanca (Morocco), on November 24-25, 2009. The conference, which was organised by PAP/RAC in collaboration with the Moroccan partner - SEEE/DE/DSPR, was attended by some 60 participants coming from eleven Mediterranean countries and several international institutions. The main objective of the conference was to share with the actors from the tourism sector the project results, and especially the strategic guidelines for sustainable tourism in the project areas (Tipasa in Algeria, Al Hoceima in Morocco and Cap Bon in Tunisia), and the Guidelines for sustainable investments in tourism proposed by WWF. The conference was also an occasion to present initiatives taken by other international bodies in the field of sustainable tourism, and to consider the possibilities of distributing the experience through the Mediterranean basin. Finally, the directors of the three pilot hotel structures (the tourist centre "Corne d'Or" at Tipasa, hotel "Mohammed V" at Al Hoceima and hotel "Africa Jade Thalasso" at Korba) signed, in the presence of the participants, the environmental policies, which they accepted to follow in the European eco-labelling process started within the "Destinations" project.
We would like to thank the Moroccan partner for the excellent organisation of the conference, as well as all those who accompanied us in the implementation of this complex and demanding, and at the same time, very motivating project!
For additional information, please, visit the web-site of the project www.project-destinations.org
2009-11-16Sochi hosted the Medcoast Conference
An important part of the conference was dedicated to the poster session. The PAP/RAC project in Morocco, i.e. CAMP Morocco was presented at this session and was awarded a special prize as the best poster, presented by PAP/RAC National Project Co-ordinator Ms. Maria Snoussi.
In addition to this, the Centre contributed with a presentation on ICZM in the Mediterranean: The Regional outlook for the Pegaso project. A one-day session was dedicated to the Pegaso project partners (FP7) where PAP/RAC contributes as the WP2 Leader partner on ICZM Governance Platform. A detailed discussion took place after the Centre presented its vision for the Platform as well as its views on the project structure and activities. The Pegaso project will last for four years and is envisaged to start in February 2010.
During the conference, a joint meeting of Medcoast and EMECS (International Centre for the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas) took place with the aim to discuss the possibility to organise a joint conference in 2011.
2009-11-09CoP 16 opened a new page of MAP
The 16th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols (CoP16) was held in Marrakech, Morocco, on 3-5 November 2009. The Meeting adopted many important decisions, including, among others: the 5-year work programme, the 2010-2011 work programme and the budget, mandates of MAP components, and rules of procedure for the Compliance Committee. Some of these decisions are related to the implementation of the Governance paper adopted at CoP15 (Almeria, January 2008) which aims at a better governance of MAP and in particular of the Co-ordinating Unit and MAP components.
The ministerial session of the Meeting was devoted to the "Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mediterranean coastal and marine environment". The Meeting adopted the Marrakech Declaration, which is dedicated to the adaptation to climate change. Also, during the session, the Slovenian minister proposed to celebrate the Regional Coast Day 2010 in Slovenia.
Morocco took over the lead for MAP and will be the president of the Bureau in the biennium to come. Finally, it was decided that France would host CoP 17 in 2011.
A number of side events took place in parallel to the plenary sessions. PAP/RAC prepared the side event on CAMP Morocco and the "Destinations" project. Unfortunately, due to non-compliance to the agenda at the plenary sessions and heavy work schedule of the participants these side events were not so well attended as might have been expected. However, the film on "ICZM in Spain, France and Croatia: Urbanisation of the Mediterranean coast", which was constantly on the screen, and other PAP/RAC materials attracted attention of the participants.
2009-10-21Turkey hosts Coast Day 2009
MAP and PAP/RAC jointly with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Municipality of Datca-Mugla, Mugla University and Underwater Research Society, Turkey, are organising this year's celebration of the Coast Day in the Mediterranean. The central event will take place in Datca-Mugla (Culture Centre of the Municipality), Turkey, on 24 October 2009.
The event will include organisation of a technical panel for the experts and a series of awareness-raising activities for the general public. The panel, entitled "ICZM Protocol: for a better future of our coasts" aims to promote the ratification and implementation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol, as well as to present the achievements of Mediterranean countries in managing their coasts. Additional information is also accessible at www.coastday.org
2009-10-07Final PSC meeting of the CONSCIENCE project
The last day of the meeting started with a presentation of Mr. Ian Thomas, Project Manager of Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. The CONSCIENCE group of experts learned about the Management Strategy for the Pevensey Bay, the innovative techniques, and how Long-term arrangements lead to Best Practice. The key words were “Little & Often”.
2009-10-06A new "Ambassador for the Coast"!
By accepting this nomination, Mr. Bignon will help MAP and PAP/RAC in their endeavours to achieve sustainable development of the coast through encouraging co-operation, dialogue, tolerance and trust among all Mediterranean countries.
2009-10-01Cairo hosted MCSD
During the breakout sessions priorities, opportunities and constraints at the local, national and regional level were discussed and concrete activities proposed. The inputs of the MCSD to the Marrakech Declaration to be adopted by the next Contracting Parties meeting were also discussed. The MCSD Thematic Work Programme for 2010-2011 was adopted and Montenegro kindly offered to host the next MCSD meeting in 2011.
2009-09-25Slovenia ratified the ICZM Protocol!
On 25 September 2009, the Slovenian Parliament adopted the Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean. Slovenia is the first Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention that has ratified this important international legal instrument. Congratulations!
We believe this act is going to be an impetus to other countries of the region to ratify the Protocol, as well. In fact, we have some good indications that there are some other Contracting Parties in the pipe line to do so very soon. The ICZM Protocol will enter into force once six Contracting Parties have ratified it. We will keep you informed.
At the meeting the work programme for 2010 was presented and discussed in detail as well as many other common issues, such as the format for the Inception Report, financial and administrative issues, the review of complementary new programmes, projects, etc. Partners had a series of separate meetings to discuss joint activities and organisation of work in order to guarantee better integration and synergies among themselves and joint projects they are going to implement.
The Inception Report is envisaged to be completed by the end of November and the first Steering Committee meeting to take place in the second half of January 2010, most likely in Montenegro.
2009-09-22SHAPE for the ICZM Protocol
At the meeting project work packages were discussed and specific tasks defined. The responisbility of PAP/RAC will be to lead the WP3 on ICZM where the focus is put on the preparatory activities for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol. Within dissemination activities, the Coast Day 2010 and 2012 events are also proposed to be organised in the frame of this project. The project proposal will be submitted by the Lead Partner by the end of this year.
A TV broadcast entitled "Avenue de l'Europe" will be on "France 3" on 10 October 2009 at 18:30 hours. After that, it will be possible to see it at the Internet during the week.
The Galillee College, Israel, is now in the final phase of preparations towards the opening of their Programme on Environmental Management to be held at the Galillee College, Israel, from 29 October to 16 November 2009. All those who might be interested to participate at the Programme are invited to apply to the Programme and benefit from one of the few remaining tuition scholarships that the Galillee College is offering for qualified candidates from transitional countries. Applications must be received before 1 October 2009.
Additional information is also accessible at the Galillee College website.
2009-09-10Coast Day celebration in the Mediterranean
PAP/RAC jointly with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Municipality of Datca-Mugla, Mugla University and Underwater Research Society, Turkey, is organising the third annual celebration of the Coast Day in the Mediterranean. The central event will take place in Datca-Mugla (Culture Centre of the Municipality), Turkey, on 24 October 2009. The meeting will be organised through a technical panel for the experts and a series of awareness-raising activities for the general public. The panel, entitled "ICZM Protocol: for a better future of our coasts" will be dealing with the ICZM Protocol implementation. The main objectives of the Meeting are to promote the ratification and implementation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol, as well as to present the achievements of Mediterranean countries in managing their coasts.
It is envisaged that the Meeting will be attended by the representatives of the Contracting Parties, as well as by a number of experts, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, academy members, famous writers and TV programmers from Turkey.
The European Commission’s - JRC in straight collaboration with the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research is oganising the 7th Edition of the Fall School. It will take place in Rhodes – Greece: 28th September – 2nd October 2009.
It will present state-of-the-art tools and methods to address policy related knowledge in extended policy processes. Lectures by a group of international experts will cover methodological approaches that aim at combining both aims of widening the range of actors involved in decision-making and of being transparent, open and trustful about the knowledge that is fed into a policy making cycle. These approaches are intended to assure upstream engagement of social actors in the assessment of policy issues, the decision making processes and the development of policy strategies. The focus this year is on coastal water governace. Find more info at: http://kamschool.ath.hcmr.gr
On July 25 and 26 2009, in a high tourist season, the Algerian workshop on the strategy for sustainable tourism development in the zone including the Cap Djinet and Mont Chenoua was held at the "El Marsa" hotel at Sidi Fredj. About sixty representatives of national and local interest groups took an active part at the workshop whose main objectives were: to confirm the optimal scenario proposed at the previous workshop; to present and discuss indicators to measure sustainability of tourism; and to design a strategy for tourism development in the project zone. Working groups have been formed to discuss the above-mentioned issues. The discussion resulted with the proposal of a strategy shared by all the participants and which has still to be polished up by the work of a consultant.
This workshop was also an occasion for the representatives of the project to visit and make environmental audit of the hotel complex of "Corne d'Or" in Tipasa. This complex is the object of a European ecolabel pilot project.
The final versions of sustainable tourism development strategy for the project zone and environmental policy for the complex of Corne d'Or will be presented on the occasion of the final workshop to be organised by the Algerian part of the project and scheduled for end October 2009.
2009-07-28ICZM Protocol approved by the French Senate!
The International Ocean Institute - Malta Operational Centre, University of Malta will host a training course on Regional Ocean Governance for Mediterranean and Eastern European Countries: Towards a holistic maritime policy. The training course is going to be organised in Malta, from 9 November to 11 December 2009. The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs in line with the Lisbon Strategy, targeting the Millennium Development Goals and building upon a holistic and integrated maritime policy following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The course focuses on the linkages between the natural, social and economic sciences to the development of sustainable ocean governance, and on the research-management interface that can render governance operable. The emphasis of the course will be on the implications of the EU maritime policy for the European regional seas and the practical implementation that takes into account the particularities of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas. The course aims to build stronger coherence between the EU and its acceding countries and their neighbours in their engagement in the governance of the regional seas, promoting inter-regional comparisons, shared experiences and exchange of best practice scenarios, and fostering interaction between participants from European, Eastern European, North African and Middle East countries bordering the Mediterranean. More...
The report will be submitted to the next meeting of the Contracting Parties in November 2009 in Marrakech. All the RACs of the MAP are involved in the preparation of this report. PAP/RAC contributes with the chapter on the management of coastal zones. The overall co-ordination of the work is performed by the Blue Plan.
The implementing partners of SMAP III presented the results of the ICZM projects funded under the programme, the Technical Assistance project’s work on ICZM and Sustainable Development and the Awareness-Raising activities and Policy Measures undertaken by PAP/RAC and World Bank/METAP – as well as the integration of all of these components and cross-fertilisation within the SMAP III. In particular, PAP/RAC contributed with presentation of the project results within the New Policy Measures component of the SMAP III project, namely, the assistance to Egypt in drafting its National ICZM Strategy, as well as the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee in Syria. The workshop was also an opportunity to present PAP/RAC views on the future perspectives for the implementation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol. The way forward and new opportunities for collaboration between Mediterranean Countries were also presented.
2009-06-15Adapting to Climate Change
A very successful three-day seminar designed for decision makers and tourism experts in the Mediterranean “Coastal Tourism in the Mediterranean: Adapting to Climate Change” was held in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy) from 8-11 June 2009. The seminar was organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), represented by its Division of Technology, Industry, and Economy (DTIE), and the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), jointly with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Conservatoria delle Coste of the Autonomus Region of Sardinia.
The aim of the seminar was to assist decision makers and experts in tourism sector to pro-actively address the issue of climate change and tourism under the umbrella of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The seminar was attended by 30 participants from different Mediterranean countries (Albania, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey), representing governmental bodies, national tourism organisations, universities and research institutions. It was organised in an interactive manner, with group exercises, discussions and presentations of case studies. It is expected that this event, as well as the ones to be organised in the future, will facilitate collaboration and networking for the sustainable tourism development in the Mediterranean.
2009-06-02Focal Points met in Zagreb
The objectives of the meeting were to present, discuss and adopt the RACs’ Progress Reports for the biennium 2008-2009, the Work Programmes for 2010-2011, their mandates and Mid-term Programmes till 2014. In addition, each Centre had its own topics on the agenda, such as the Reporting Format for the ICZM Protocol presented by PAP/RAC.
The PAP/RAC sessions on the first day went very well, the documents presented were well received, and very good and constructive comments were made by the floor. These will help us improve these important documents that will guide us throughout the next biennium with regard to the activities we are going to implement, and even longer. The second and the third days were dedicated to BP and INFO RACs, and some common issues were discussed at the end of the meeting. The report of the meeting will be available soon.
The conference was opened on 19 June by M. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, in the presence of Mr. Altero Matteoli, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Joe Borg, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and other high ranking representatives from a number of European and Mediterranean countries. In their speeches they all stressed the importance of the sea for the economic development, but also the need for its protection and rational management.
The conference was carried out through 15 thematic workshops covering a large variety of issues. Mr. Ivica Trumbic, Director of PAP/RAC, who was representing the Mediterranean Action Plan at the event, was a speaker in the workshop on optimising the sustainable use of sea space through maritime spatial planning. His presentation, entitled "Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management: The Mediterranean Experience", aimed at presenting the opportunities that the recently adopted Mediterranean ICZM Protocol offers towards the introduction of maritime spatial planning in the Mediterranean countries.
2009-05-08Strategic objectives and a roadmap defined
In the weeks to come the final draft of the National ICZM Strategy for Egypt will be completed and presented to the Egyptian ICZM Committee and the Government.
A two-day work at the conference room and a one-day field trip ended up with very concrete results and, above all, allowed the participants to be acquainted with the position of those being most concerned with development options of this central part of Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Rich and lively discussions confirmed once again the importance of a participatory work, guarantee for a shared vision and a joint action of all the actors.
Particularly favourable was a visit to the Wali of Al Hocéima. This was an occasion to attract his attention to certain environmental aspects to be taken into consideration in the framework of future development projects, and to present him a note with recommendations related to the Souani project.
2009-03-10ICZM priorities in Egypt
2009-03-09SMAP and 'Destinations' workshops in Algeria
On the occasion of the SMAP workshop, a Policy Brief prepared for Algeria was presented. In addition, the workshop was an opportunity to present and discuss joint activities of PAP/RAC and MATET concerning ICZM, which gave rise to the proposal of new policy measures, such as the implementation of a CAMP for several Algerian coastal regions, and launching of the SDAL (Master Plan for Coastal Management).
The "Destinations" workshops were focused on three themes relating to sustainable development of tourism, namely: a carrying capacity assessment (CCA) for tourism, a method of alternative scenaria for tourism development, and environmental management tools for hotel facilities.
PAP/RAC and its partners played an important role in the project implementation and were satisfied with the results achieved. This project component had the objectives of addressing high-level policy-makers and raising awareness at the highest governmental level in the SMAP countries. This was achieved by the promotion of the Report on Development and Environment in the Mediterranean by the Blue Plan, preparation of the policy briefs and promotion of ICZM tools by METAP, and by preparing new policy measures (ICZM strategies, IZCM Committees, Master Plan and alike) requested by various international agreements such as ICZM Protocol, promotion of awareness via the Coast Day initiative and the nomination of the Ambassadors for the Coast, preparation of the ICZM Marketing and Awareness Strategy, as well as by organising a series of meetings, training sessions, and a regional workshop on IZCM Policy by PAP/RAC.
With regard to the lessons learnt, the needs of the region (environmental problems, implementation of the ICZM Protocol) and an enhanced EU partnership with the Mediterranean (Union for the Mediterranean) it is expected that the EU and other donors will develop and propose new programmes of co-operation in order to carry on with successful networks and benefit from experience gained by the project.
The project was implemented in 10 SMAP Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority (the West Bank and Gaza), Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the EU. Project partners were PAP and Blue Plan RACs from UNEP-MAP, and the METAP of the World Bank. They implemented the component “Promoting Awareness and Enabling Policy Framework for Environment and Development Integration in the Mediterranean with Focus on ICZM”. Find more: SMAP EU, SMAP III and Coast Day.
We are sad to inform you that our Aleksandar Bjelica passed away on Tuesday, February 10, after a short illness. He was only 46, and with us for 24 years. He was not only our Financial Officer, always efficient and precise. He was a kind soul and a good friend. The emptiness that remained after his departure will be difficult to fill.
Rest in peace, dear Aco!
2009-02-04Vision workshop on ICZM Strategy for Egypt
The project was initiated at the request of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) addressed to PAP/RAC to provide assistance in the preparation of the National ICZM Strategy for Egypt. The initiative falls within the objectives of SMAP III project, and is a step forward in the implementation of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean. This project is supported also by the decision of the Egyptian ICZM Committee to prepare such a document. The structure of the ICZM Strategy and the process of its preparation were discussed and agreed upon at the meeting in November 2008.
2009-01-21Regional Water Conference in Tunis
The Mediterranean conference on water was held in Tunis, on 15 January 2009. It was held in the premises of the Karthago Le Palace hotel and attended by more than 200 participants. The objective of the conference was to raise awareness of the Mediterranean countries to the issues to be debated at the forthcoming 5th World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul, on 16-20 March 2009.
The Mediterranean Institute of Water (IME) from Marseille is organising the Mediterranean Session during the 5th World Water Forum. In this endeavour, IME is assisted by PAP/RAC and the Blue Plan of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), GWP/MED and a score of other countries and institutions in the Mediterranean region. In preparations for the World Water Forum, several working meetings took place during 2008.
The Tunis conference was opened by Mr. Hachnmi Kennou, IME Director, who has mentioned, among others, the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) as the main vehicle for the implementation of actions on water management, and the PAP/RAC and Blue Plan as two major centres of MAP to be involved in this endeavour. Mr. Kennou also made a specific reference to the Mediterranean Strategy on Sustainable Development. Mr. Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council (WWC) and organiser of the WWF in Istanbul, made a strong reference to coastal development as a major driver for water demand in the region. He said that without successful coastal management successful water demand management would not be possible. The last speaker in the opening session was Mr. Nadhir Hamada, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Tunisia. He presented the achievements of Tunisia in water resources management.
Mr. Ivica Trumbic, PAP/RAC Director, chaired the first session on water governance. In his introduction he has spoken about the nature and definition of governance, emphasising the major characteristics of governance, with special reference to the recently adopted Mediterranean ICZM Protocol as a very good example of governance at the international level, consistently executed through preparation and implementation phases. During the same session, GWP/MED gave the overview of water governance in the Mediterranean countries. Other sessions dealt with the issues of water and climate change adaptation, water financing, and water demand management.
2009-01-20MEDCOAST Conference 2009
The MEDCOAST Secretariat has just announced the Ninth International Conference on
the Mediterranean Coastal Environment - MEDCOAST 09. It will be held during 10 -14 November 2009, in Sochi, Russia.
More information about MEDCOAST 09, including the call for papers for the Conference, is available here.
2009-01-14CAMP Morocco enters its operational phase
These workshops represent a decisive phase of the CAMP Morocco, because they allowed to make, on an extremely participatory basis, consensual decisions concerning the choice of pilot actions and elaboration of the work programme for the preparation of their management plans. The two chosen pilot sites are: Jebha, in the province of Chefchaouen, and Souani, in the province of Al Hoceima. With this, it can be considered that the CAMP Morocco has entered its operational phase.