2010-12-22Montenegrin delegation in Split
2010-12-16PAP/RAC has a new Steering Committee
On 13 December, the first meeting of the PAP/RAC Steering Committee in the new call was organised at the PAP/RAC premises. The Steering Committee has five members, representatives of national and local authorities, academic community and the Centre, as nominated by the Government of Croatia. At present, the members are: Ms Marijana Mance Kowalsky of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, Ms Vesna Vuković of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ms Ružica Batinić Santro representing the Town of Split, Ms Maja Fredotović of the Faculty of Economics, University of Split, and Mr Neven Stipica representing PAP/RAC.
Apart from reviewing the report on the activities implemented by the Centre in 2010 and the workplan for 2011, the Committee adopted the changes made in the internal acts of PAP/RAC in order to harmonise those with the changes made in the relevant national legislation. Among others, the decision was made to announce the vacancy for the post of PAP/RAC Director. After the applications have been collected the Steering Committee will meet again to analyse those and propose the best candidate to be nominated by the Government.
2010-11-18MedOpen Advanced candidates - selected!
All the candidates that have not been selected this time will be duly informed if a new run of MedOpen Advanced Course is organised. In the meantime, the applicants who have not been selected for the Advanced Course are more than welcome to apply for the MedOpen Basic Course.
2010-11-08Syria ratified the ICZM Protocol!
Syria will enter history for being the sixth and "enter-into-force" country for the ICZM Protocol! Namely, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic issued a Legislative Decree No. 85 dated 30 September 2010 for the ratification of the ICZM Protocol. According to Ms. Reem Abed Rabboh, MAP and former PAP/RAC National Focal Point for Syria, the ICZM Protocol ratification is believed to be a start, not an end point in taking real steps towards the Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
With this 6th ratification, the ICZM Protocol will enter into force in one month (according to Article 39) provided that Syria deposits the instrument of ratification to the depositary country, i.e. Spain. We are all looking forward to receiving this news from the depositary within this year.
2010-11-02PAP/RAC hosted Turkish delegation
On 22 October, PAP/RAC hosted a delegation composed of 10 officers of the Turkish Ministry of Public Works and Resettlement and 4 consultants from Belda Ltd. This visit, co-organised with the Croatian Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Construction, was an opportunity for the Turkish delegation to get familiar with MAP and PAP activities in the field of ICZM, and to exchange opinion with PAP/RAC officers on the best ways of implementing the ICZM process. The visit was extremely appreciated by PAP/RAC because initiated by a “sectoral” ministry, showing that ICZM is not and should not be an exclusive environmental affair.
After the PAP/RAC session, the Turkish delegation had the opportunity to hear in more detail about the Croatian planning system from a renown specialist in the field, as well as about some participatory approaches and practices implemented by the local NGO “Sunce”.
Great news for everyone interested in coastal management - MedOpen, a virtual training course developed by the PAP/RAC has been recently updated. The main goal of this educational programme is to promote the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) as a sustainable approach to coastal management.
MedOpen is aimed at decision makers (at the local, national, regional, and international level), policy advisors, project managers, staff and experts from international organisations and institutions, academic researchers, students, and all others interested in coastal management. The main advantage of MedOpen with respect to other ICZM training programmes is that it is available online and is completely free of charge.
Participants can apply to MedOpen training course until 7 November 2010. Detailed information and application at www.medopen.org
2010-10-18MedPartnership: Buna/Bojana ICZM Plan
Governmental representatives provided their views on national contexts and their expectations from this project, while the national team leaders identified the key drivers, opportunities and quality solutions for a transboundary collaboration. The participants discussed the proposal of the Steering Committee, and the final proposal on this issue will be given to the Governmental representatives for comment.
On the next day, the national team leaders, members of the Montenegrin delegation and the representatives of international organisations visited the pilot area of the Buna/Bojana river.
On 14 October, the Integrative Working Group (IWG) met for the second time to develop an integrative methodological framework for converging methodologies for groundwater/aquifers, rivers, biodiversity and coastal management with the climate change as a cross cutting issue. The partners provided their vision on converging points of their sectors with ICZM, while the specialist in climate change methodology gave several valuable proposals and recommendations for securing optimal integration of the climate change issues in the methodology and in the ICZM planning process in general. The guarantee for the usability of the new methodological framework is the opportunity for the partners to apply it together in the pilot zone of the Buna/Bojana river where an ICZM Plan and an IWRM Plan are to be prepared.
Owing to the decision of the Parliament of Slovenia of 25 September 2009 to adopt the Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean, Slovenia was the first among the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention to ratify it. Honouring this decision, it was agreed that as of 2010 Coast Day would be celebrated at the date of the first ICZM Protocol ratification, namely, on 25 September.
The 2010 regional Coast Day celebration took place in Portoroz, Slovenia. The event was organised jointly by PAP/RAC and MAP, in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.
The event was opened by the inspiring speech of Mr Roko Zarnic, Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, setting up the roadmap for the future ICZM Protocol implementation and highlighting that the Protocol should become the instrument for a more efficient co-operation at all levels, helping the partnership among the civil society, users, and local and national governments for a more efficient management of coastal areas. In addition, the honorary guest, Mr Pavel Gantar, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia, being the host of this regional celebration, pointed out that Slovenia would like to actively participate in the implementation of the Protocol objectives in the sub-regional Adriatic, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of this co-operation to other sub-regions in the Mediterranean.
The main focus of the 2010 Coast Day was centred on the issues of public participation, in particular participatory approach to the ICZM, and institutional co-ordination. These include individual responsibility and changing citizens’ attitude and behaviour, as well as the role of local authorities and stakeholders in responsible coastal planning and management. In order to exchange ideas on good practices in implementing the coastal management at the local level, the participants from different Mediterranean countries gave an interesting and inspiring overview of different approaches and coastal management projects leading to sustainable planning and management of coastal areas.
Finally, on the occasion of the 2010 regional Coast Day celebration, a number of outdoor activities were organised by local NGOs. Also, the examples of a successful sustainable coastal management practice in the Port of Koper and Skocjanski zatok were presented to the participants.
At their meeting in Portoroz (Slovenia), on 24 September 2010, the PAP/RAC National Focal Points validated, with some minor changes, the questionnaire elaborated in the frame of the PEGASO project in order to do stock-taking of legal, institutional, financial and other aspects related to ICZM in the countries of the Mediterranean Basin and the Black Sea. Now, it’s the turn of the National Focal Points of the Black Sea countries, who are going to meet in Istanbul, on 30 September – 1 October 2010, to express themselves on the same subject. After the Istanbul meeting the questionnaire will be divulged to the countries whose responses are expected towards the end of April 2011.
This validation workshop of the stock-taking questionnaire was an excellent occasion to discuss PAP/RAC’s short- and long-term orientations related to the ICZM Protocol implementation. The Focal Points present at the meeting have unanimously supported a working document prepared and presented by PAP/RAC.
2010-09-14EU ratified the ICZM Protocol!
On 13 September 2010, the Council adopted the decision to ratify the ICZM Protocol to the Barcelona Convention. European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik has welcomed the adoption of the Council decision, saying it was "good news for a region under extreme pressure". In his statement welcoming the Council decision, he said that the adoption of the Council's decision will mean that problems of coastal degradation in the Mediterranean can now be tackled more effectively. He stressed that the EU ratification decision "sends a strong signal of commitment from the EU to the protection and sustainable management of the Mediterranean coast."
The Commissioner's statement and more information on the Protocol can be found on: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/iczm/barcelona.htm
The EU conclusion of the Protocol brings the number of ratifications to 5. The Protocol enters into force after 6 ratifications.
2010-09-01PAP/RAC at the EUROSITE MCPA Workshop
In order to put marine protected areas in a larger context, the Mediterranean was presented within its global and European framework putting the stress on MAP activities, the recent EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) and the Birds and Habitats Directives now entering their implementation phase in the marine environment. The workshop was an opportunity for PAP/RAC to present the relationships between the ICZM Protocol and the protection of the marine and coastal biodiversity, and to express its attitude in favour of management of natural sites by placing them in a wider management context, which is the integrated coastal zone management with its main principles: an ecosystem approach, vertical integration between different territorial management units, horizontal integration between different administrative levels, etc.
The preparation of a synthesis report is underway and presentations and interventions have been progressively posted at: http://eurosite-mpawg.espaces-naturels.fr/fr/2010/documents
2010-07-20Sun rises on CAMP Levante de Almeria
2010-07-135+5 Mediterranean Dialogue
Since their first meeting in Rome in 1990, several meetings are held regularly both at the level of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and at the level of other ministries, such as the Ministries of the Interior and Tourism.
Following the proposal of Algeria at the meeting of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, which was held in Cordoba, in April 2009, the First Mediterranean Conference on Environment and Renewable Energies in the framework of the 5+5 Dialogue was held in Oran, on 26 and 27 April 2010. Co-chaired by Algeria and Spain, the conference adopted the Declaration of Oran, which, among other conclusions, encourages the countries to sign the ICZM Protocol to facilitate the protection of the Mediterranean.
A video produced by the Algerian Ministry of Land-use Planning, Environment and Tourism sums up the various initiatives undertaken by Algeria to protect its coastal area and promote ICZM.
2010-07-08Together for converging methodologies
The first meeting of the Integrative Working Group (IWG) was held in GWP premises in Athens, on 1-2 July. Partners of the ICZM component of the GEF Strategic Partnership met reinforced with the methodology specialists aiming at producing an Integrative Methodological Framework which will be tested in the pilot actions within the same project.
The framework should assist in converging and improving methodologies for coastal water, groundwater/aquifer and biodiversity management. Respective partners, PAP/RAC, GWP-MED, UNESCO-IHP and SPA/RAC, supported by the PMU, agreed on the process, roadmap and on the workplan for future joint activities. Partners expect that the output achieved will be of a general value, user-friendly and ready for replication in the Mediterranean and wider.
2010-07-02Spain ratified the ICZM Protocol!
2010-06-15CAMP Morocco officially closed
The last workshop organised in the frame of the CAMP for the Central Rif in Morocco was held in Chefchaouen on 10 June 2010. About fifty participants representing the national authorities, institutions and organisations, and the provinces of Chefchaouen and Al Hoceïma, in addition to the representatives of the two MAP Centres – PAP/RAC and SPA/RAC, attended the workshop.
The main results of the CAMP Morocco, namely: the ICZM and SD Strategy including bankable project sheets, two pilot actions (Jebha in the province of Chefchaouen and Souani in the province of Al Hoceïma), an MSPA file (for the Jebha circle and the National Park of Al Hoceïma), a model of a participatory approach and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and sustainability indicators to be used by all those who intend to work in the zone of the Central Rif, were presented and validated during this workshop. In spite of being the closing one, the workshop should open the door to realisation of recommended development and protection activities. One of the recommendations made in this sense was to organise another workshop, in Rabat, upon start of the new school year, so as to share the CAMP results with different sectoral ministries, UNDP, EC, the World Bank and all those who could support the post-CAMP activities.
On the day of the workshop, an article was published in the best-selling newspaper in Morocco on the efforts of the monitoring committee of the Souani project.
2010-05-24The Maritime World met in Gijón
The 3rd European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference was hosted by the city of Gijón, Asturias, on the Atlantic coast of Spain, from 18 to 21 May 2010. This was one of the events organised in the framework of the Spanish EU Presidency. The focus of the conference was the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the related Integrated Maritime Policy where the major objective is to achieve the good state of the marine environment of European seas by 2020. The ecosystem approach, marine spatial planning and definition of descriptors of the good environmental state are the main challenges along this road and these were also important topics of the event.
All these topics were also of interest to Mr. M. Prem, PAP/RAC Director a.i., who participated at various workshops and gave a presentation on the ICZM Protocol as a tool for maritime sustainable management within the Pegaso project session. The main message conveyed was one of the objectives of the ICZM Protocol, i.e. the integration of land and sea, and the need to take coastal zones into account when Maritime Policy is implemented.
Informally, Mr. Prem met with Mr. Janez Potocnik, EU Commissioner for the environment, and expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the Commission succeeded to forward the Commission's decision on the ratification of the ICZM Protocol to the EU Parliament. It is expected that the Protocol be ratified by the EU during July or September this year. Also, Mr. Potocnik was invited to participate to the regional Coast Day event that is going to be organised by PAP/RAC in collaboration with MAP Secretariat in Slovenia, on 25 September 2010.
On 11-12 May and on 14 May, representatives of PAP/RAC, UNESCO-IHP, GWP-MED and SPA/RAC, all being partners in implementing the ICZM component of the GEF Strategic Partnership, met for the second time, now in the premises of PAP/RAC in Split, in order to discuss joint activities within the project. The partners developed a new set of activities aiming at converging their methodologies. Knowing that PAP deals with the coast, GWP with river basins and waters, and UNESCO-IHP with groundwater and aquifers, converging methodologies should ensure a better integration of the results as well as moving towards an eco-system approach.
The Project Manager, Mr. Ivica Trumbic, attended the meeting and complimented the partners for working towards valuable results. The partners agreed that the methodological framework that will be produced through the new set of activities and tested through the preparation of the ICZM Plans and ICZM Strategy would be a valuable output, perfect to replicate. The partners also agreed to meet in Athens, by the end of June, this time reinforced by methodology specialists, to continue working towards the convergence of their established methodologies.
2010-05-10UNESCO hosted GOC 2010
PAP/RAC actively participated to the panel discussions organised during the Technical Symposium, and in particular at the session on ICZM: Time to upscale, and Sharing experiences in developing ICZM Protocols: Mediterranean and Western Indian Ocean perspectives. Both events were organised by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI, France).
GOC 2010 was an opportunity to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC UNESCO).
Excellent news have arrived from the CAMP Morocco area: archaeological excavations have been launched at the site designated to host the tourism development project of Souani in the Al Hoceïma province. Financed by the developer himself - CGI (Compagnie Générale Immobilière), the excavations concern the military bastion of al Mazamma located within the future tourist resort. According to the consultant in charge of historic and cultural sites within the CAMP Morocco, who shared the good news with us, the works are proceeding well, and the boundaries of the site (the walls) have almost been defined.
The Souani site, which got in the focus of attention owing to the "Destinations" project, was chosen as one of pilot activities within the CAMP Morocco the objective of which was to prepare an action plan for its protection and appreciation. It included the following:
• Restore and consolidate the damaged parts of the bastion, primarily by earthquakes;
• Manage the space and infrastructure of the site (conservation, a museum or heritage house, or art gallery);
• Contribute to the promotion of the heritage of the Al Hoceïma region using an integrated approach;
• Ensure the integration of a cultural component of the territory (ancient monuments) with the creation of economic activities (museum, shops, exhibitions, etc.).
We would like to congratulate and extend our gratitude to the CGI who not only realised the historic value of this site but also recognised the importance of this authentic tourist asset that can considerably enrich the tourism offer of the region.
2010-04-19It's official now: We do PEGASO!
The project seeks to improve the coastal zone management by bridging the science and coastal governance at regional, national and local level in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions. Its ultimate objective is to involve a large variety of stakeholders who will work on integration, always with one shared objective in mind – better future for our coasts and seas. In that, access to data and information are essential so that PEGASO will at the same time seek to produce updated coastal data and to provide tools for their transfer towards stakeholders whose feed-back will in turn help refining the scientific research. Data management, scientific research, active stakeholder participation, interactive methods and tools, pilot applications – these will be the main ingredients of the project.
The PEGASO project comes to support the future implementation of the Mediterranean Protocol. The Black Sea riparian countries are actually considering the possibility to prepare a similar regional tool, which can in fact be largely inspired by the Mediterranean one as the two regions share similar coastal concerns.
Therefore, one of the first tasks within the project will be a stock-take of policy, institutional, legal and financial frameworks for ICZM in the countries of the two regions. This stock-take will be mainly made using a questionnaire to be agreed upon with the NFPs of the Barcelona and Bucharest Conventions, who will be officially informed on and involved in the project during a meeting to be organised in connection with the "Coast Day“ celebration in Slovenia in September this year.
2010-04-07The MEDCOAST classic is back!
The Eight International Training Workshop on Integrated Coastal Management in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (MEDCOAST Institute 2010) is scheduled to take place in Dalyan/Southern Aegean coast, Turkey, during 31 August - 16 September 2010. The deadline for application is 31 May 2010.
MEDCOAST Institute has been organised since 1994 until the Seventh Institute in 2004. After a long break (6 years!), MEDCOAST Institute has the opportunity for continuing with this important ICM capacity building effort. More information on MEDCOAST Institute 2010 is available at http://www.medcoast.org.tr
On 17 March, a meeting on the ICZM Plan for the transboundary demo area Buna/Bojana was held at the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Management in Tirana. The ICZM Plan preparation is the demonstration activity of PAP/RAC within the sub-component on ICZM in the frame of the MedPartnership.
Both, the Albanian Ministry and PAP/RAC, confirmed priority issues and possible activities. The Work Plan for the entire project and for the year 2010 was agreed and collaboration officially confirmed. Finally, PAP/RAC and the Albanian delegation visited the project area.
2010-03-20Albania ratified the ICZM Protocol!
The MAP Focal Point of Albania informed MAP Co-ordinating Unit that the Albanian Parliament passed Law No. 10234 on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol on 18 February 2010.
Pending notification from the depositary country of the ICZM Protocol, Albania confirms its ratification, thus bringing the total number of ratifications to 3. Three additional ratifications are needed for the Protocol to enter into force.
2010-03-03We do PEGASO. What do you do?
The lead partners of PEGASO project Work Packages (WP) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 met in Venice, on 2-3 March 2010 to discuss the tasks to perform and outputs to produce within these WPs. This meeting was an occasion for them to discuss about how to co-ordinate their activities in order to reduce overlapping and understand interlinkages and needs for the project implementation. To this end, all WPs were presented and made acquainted to other WP partners, in particular the PAP/RAC main output, i.e. the ICZM Governance Platform as the major project result which is tailored to assist the countries to implement the ICZM Protocol.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the Kick-off meeting, which will take place in Venice, on 12-14 April 2010. The logistic aspects were defined and the agenda was reviewed in order to smooth the work of the meeting organisers.
A very friendly and co-operative atmosphere during this meeting, which has yielded first concrete results, is a good sign for the future of the project.
2010-03-02UNEP/MAP presented the report on SOED
On the occasion of a joint event co-hosted by UNEP/MAP and the Hellenic Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the MAP presented the comprehensive report on the State of the Environment and Development (SOED), covering the Mediterranean region. The launch that took place in Athens, on 2 March 2010, was very well attended by ambassadors and high-level representatives of the Barcelona Convention Diplomatic delegations to Greece, representatives from Ministries, NGOs, academia and a large number of foreign and national journalists.
The report is a new effort to provide decision-makers and the public at large with consolidated information and data on the State of the Environment in the Mediterranean. The report is available on UNEP/MAP website; links to speeches and presentations from the political segment are also posted under the press release (latest news section).
2010-02-24Re-launching of CAMP Spain
Following the nomination of the new General Co-ordinator for CAMP Levante de Almeria, Spain, the Second Steering Committee meeting and an instructive meeting with the Co-ordinator took place in Almeria, on 24-25 February 2010. The next steps in the preparation of the CAMP project, in particular the preparation of the Inception Report and the Inception Workshop were discussed at the meetings. The overall project implementation, management and activities were discussed and introduced to the Co-ordinator to better acquaint her with the project, in particular the individual project activities, the main outputs, involvement of consultants, budget and the timetable, involvement of RACs and alike.
The first major output and activity of this CAMP will be the Sustainable Development Reference Framework as a kind of a long-term document to guide the development of the CAMP area that involves eight municipalities of the Levante de Almeria region. Other more sectorally-oriented activities, such as those related to water resource management, marine protected areas, landscape and heritage, will make a basis for this document. The second activity focuses on the establishment of the Coastal Commission and Coastal Council, both being important for a better co-ordination and integration among the main stakeholders and authorities on ICZM issues and the others important for the participation process. Both activities are related to the implementation of Article 7 and Article 18 of the ICZM Protocol.
The Inception meeting /First Steering Committee meeting of the UNEP/MAP GEF Strategic Partenrship for the Large Marine Ecosystem (MedPartnership) was held in Budva, Montenegro, on 17 and 19 February 2010. More than 80 participants, including the representatives of 13 countries and 22 organisations discussed and approved the revised work plans and budgets. Within this project, particular attention has been given to the existing initiatives and projects in the region with the objective to reduce overlapping and increase synergy of this large partnership for the Mediterranean Sea.
The ICZM Protocol will serve as a basis for a number of activities and as a platform for collaboration for most of the partners. One of the partners of the project - the World Bank, who is responsible for the "Sustainable Med" programme, will provide financing for the selected investments that will be proposed by the project.
PAP/RAC, participating in the component 1 on ICZM, will organise four Regional Workshops, develop an Outline for the National ICZM Strategy and NAP and two National ICZM Strategies, and demonstrate the ICZM approach, tools and techniques in two pilot areas. Three other partners - UNESCO, GWP and SPA/RAC will participate in the demonstration projects in order to achieve a real integration of water resources management, aquifer management and biodiversity protection within the ICZM framework.
2010-02-16Meeting of the CAMP Morocco team
2010-02-051st Steering Committee for ProtoGIZC
The 1st meeting of the Steering Committee was held in Paris, on 6 February 2010. At the meeting, the main steps and methodology of the ProtoGIZC project were presented and discussed; the ICZM Protocol and the European Community Law were presented; and the Protocol project on replicability in the Indian Ocean was discussed. The meeting was a good opportunity to steer the process of the project implementation, and to discuss the timeframe and details related to the implementation of the project in Croatia.
2010-01-19IAS kick-off meeting and ICZM seminar
The important seminar on ICZM in Croatia took place also in Zagreb, on 14 and 15 January. The main objective of the seminar was to raise the ICZM capacities of different ministries dealing with management of coastal areas. Important introductory lectures on ICZM, its good practice examples and ICZM Protocol were delivered by PAP/RAC representatives. The seminar was attended by thirty high-level representatives from all the relevant ministries, including the members of the newly founded ICZM Inter-ministerial committee. The participants expressed their interest in the next seminar, which would be more focused on ICZM Protocol and specific ICZM tools and methodologies.
Galillee College, Israel, known as a leading international management-training institute, has prepared three International Agricultural Training Programmes, a Project Management International Seminar and an Environmental Management Course. Based on Institute’s scholarship policy, the College Board has decided to grant two tuition scholarships to qualified candidates to each of the above Programmes.
All those who might be interested to participate at the Programmes are invited to apply to the Programme and benefit from the scholarships that the Galillee College is offering for qualified candidates. The candidates may register online via Institute's website http://www.galilcol.ac.il