• 2014-12-19
    First review of the draft climate change adaptation framework


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    The MedPartnership Advisory Panel to the regional climate change adaptation framework held its first meeting on 18 December in Athens. The meeting was supported by the GWPMed Water, Climate & Development Programme (WACDEP). The focus of the meeting, which was also attended by a PAP/RAC representative, was on presenting the aim of the Framework and the work undertaken so far, to gather experiences on how this Framework can build upon and complement other climate related policies, assessments and initiatives in the region, and to review the content of the preliminary draft of the Framework.

    Following this initial meeting, a more developed version of the Framework will be shared with the Panel members for comments. The second expert meeting will be held in February 2015 to review the almost final draft of the framework. A series of consultation steps with national and other stakeholders will follow, leading to submission of the Framework to the UNEP/MAP Focal Points and the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for formal adoption. 

  • 2014-12-19
    CAMP Montenegro Final conference: a New Swing for Sustainable Coastal Development


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    The Final conference for CAMP Montenegro (and the ICZM Strategy for Montenegro) was a successful event that took place on December 18 in Budva. It was attended by over 80 participants including representatives of national administration and expert institutions, local institutions, as well as UNEP/MAP and its RACs.

    At this high level meeting, Mr. Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, pointed out that the implementation of the CAMP Montenegro improved the national policy for sustainable development, urban planning and environmental protection, and provided a significant contribution to the strengthening of the capacity for implementation of international (including EU) policies and regulations. Mr. Leone, UNEP/MAP Co-ordinator, thanked the Government of Montenegro for the support provided and significant efforts engaged in implementation of this important project. He also expressed particular satisfaction with the fact that Montenegro follows the path of sustainable development.

    It was agreed that, in the framework of the CAMP Montenegro, an extraordinary work has been done that helped understand transformation processes and prioritise pressures in the coastal areas. The results will be aimed at controlling and reducing pressures on coastal environment, mainly through the implementation of the National ICZM Strategy as well as the Coastal Area Spatial Plan that shall soon be adopted by the Government.The Final CAMP Conference marked the end of the extraordinary project experience. But the results achieved are not an end in itself but rather they present the way forward in the coming period.UNEP/MAP would like to thank all the national institutions and experts that contributed to the successful realisation of the CAMP project and in particular the General Co-ordinator, Ms. Jelena Knežević.

  • 2014-12-15
    PAP at 2014 Think Forward Film Festival in Venice


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    A short animated movie “A good climate for change” produced by PAP/RAC (in co-operation with BONOBO Studio Zagreb, Croatia) for the 2014 Mediterranean Coast Day was screened during the 2014 Think Forward Film Festival (TFFF), on 12 and 13 December. The movie was officially launched on the occasion of the central regional celebration of the Mediterranean Coast Day in Tunisia which was organised in the frame of the MedPartnership project.

    The TFFF is a project of the International Centre for Climate Governance, a joint initiative of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Fondazione Giorgio Cini, now an internationally renowned centre whose research activities focus on the design of climate policy and governance.  “Consumer choices we bring to our table” is the theme of the 2014 TFFF. The sustainability of daily consumption is a key issue for addressing climate change and especially one to which everyone can make his or her direct contribution.

    Discover the short animated movie at:
    •    English version: https://vimeo.com/107569895
    •    French version: https://vimeo.com/107577437 
    •    English version with Croatian subtitles: https://vimeo.com/107058771
    •    French version with Arabic subtitles: https://vimeo.com/106824837

  • 2014-11-20
    Towards finalization of the RCP


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    On 2O November 2014, the first workshop on finalization of the Reghaia Coastal Plan (RCP) was held in Algiers. It was the first meeting since the establishment of the Intersectorial Committee for the finalization of the Plan by the Wali of Algiers, which gave a new impetus to the activity and provided greater flexibility implementation of the RCP. In his introductory speech, the Secretary General welcomed the creation of this committee, and stressed the importance of achieving concrete recommendations for the area. It is towards this goal that the debates of the day tended, and the result perfectly met the expectations since the Action Plan has been significantly refined and validated by stakeholders. It remains to identify potential funding sources, which will be done at the last participatory workshop that should be held in December.

  • 2014-11-19
    CAMP Montenegro coming to an end


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    The final Steering Committee meeting took place in Podgorica on 19th November. A Draft ICZM Strategy was presented to the members and some general feedback was received. The overall conclusion was that the Strategy is comprehensive, innovative and can be used as a model for future similar documents and processes. The Final conference where all the CAMP results will be presented, including the ICZM Strategy, is taking place in Hotel Maestral in Budva, on December 18.


  • 2014-11-18
    GIS for Šibenik-Knin County


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    In the framework of the definition of the ICZM Plan for the Šibenik-Knin County, the first round of professional training courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was held in Šibenik, on November 18. A group of professionals representing the Šibenik-Knin County administration and PAP/RAC (13 people in total) attended this training course led by Martina Baučić, GIS expert and PAP/RAC consultant to the realisation of the ICZM Plan for the Šibenik-Knin County.

    The aim of this training course was to make the experts familiar with the use of the open source software: Quantum GIS (QGIS). The Worldwide QGIS is today a key tool in terms of providing a decision-making support to spatial management, and therefore it is an unavoidable tool in the coastal zone management.

  • 2014-11-18
    Strategic lines of the ICZM Strategy for Algeria validated


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    The Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment of Algeria has organized, in collaboration with the coastal provinces of Jijel, Tlemcen and Tipaza, three workshops to validate strategic lines of the ICZM strategy for Algeria. The workshops, which were held on 18, 24 and 27 November, respectively, were attended by the main stakeholders and more than 200 representatives of various ministries and public institutions, as well as by economic actors and representatives of the civil society and academia from 14 coastal wilayas.

    With this latest round of workshops, it will now be possible to finalize the document of the ICZM National Strategy, which should be presented by the end of January in an international presentation conference.

  • 2014-11-17
    Kick-off of CAMP Italy


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    The Inception Conference for the CAMP Italy project took place in the premises of the Regional park of Porto Conte in Alghero, Sardinia, on 12 November 2014. Representatives of all the three Italian regions participating in the project, namely, Emilia Romagna, Sardinia and Toscana, as well as representatives of different authorities and MAP components (INFO/RAC and PAP/RAC) attended the meeting. The morning session was chaired by Mr. G. Leone, MAP Co-ordinator, who emphasised the importance of the CAMP for the Mediterranean region and its role for the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its protocols, in particular the ICZM Protocol. The participants were also addressed by the ex-CAMPs’ co-ordinators who underlined the elements of major importance for the implementation of the CAMP which were given by a virtual means from Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia and Spain.

    This event was the opportunity to present the CAMP Italy project, its objectives, activities and expected results. The partners from the involved regions introduced the horizontal activities that involve co-ordination and dissemination, capacity building, data collection and management and institutional co-ordination and public participation, as well as the individual activities for all the five project areas. The project is important not only for solving of the immediate problems of coastal areas of the three involved regions but for its contribution to the national level as well. Moreover, this project is also meant to enhance networking with other CAMPs and provide an excellent opportunity for all MAP components to work closely during its implementation. The projects is envisaged to be concluded by early summer 2016. For a regularly update on the project implementation, please, consult the web site: www.camp-italy.org .

  • 2014-11-12
    Closure of Coastgap


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    Within the framework of the Mediterranean co-operation days the Final Conference of the Coastgap project, which was organised by the Lazio region, took place in Rome, on 11 November 2014. The objective of the project was to capitalise on the best practices in climate change adaptation to produce governance and adaptation policies in order to reduce risk along the coastal zones and foster sustainable development. One of the best practices included also the results of the Shape project and outputs produced by PAP/RAC and its partners, such as those related to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol and Article 8 on the definition of the setback zone in particular.  The morning sessions were devoted to MSP and blue growth scenarios in the Mediterranean, and to discussions on perspectives for the implementation of the Joint Action Plan – Developing conditions for sustainable growth in the Mediterranean.   

    PAP/RAC had a role of the project External Quality Advisor and contributed already during the project implementation phase by participating to the Coastgap meetings, and by providing an Audit report of all the activities implemented within the project framework. At the conference PAP/RAC major results of the Audit report as well as perspectives for the future co-operation in the Mediterranean were presented in the morning session. The afternoon was devoted to the workshops and the presentations and discussions on the Joint Action Plan proposals. The presentation on Article 8 of the ICZM Protocol, i.e. the implementation of the setback zone was given at the workshop on "Sustainable use of strategic resources for the blue growth of the Med coasts". The contributions of PAP/RAC were well received and enriched substantially the conference programme.

  • 2014-11-10
    MedPartnership Co-ordination Group met in Barcelona


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    The Co-ordination Group of the MedPartnership project held its 6th meeting in Barcelona on 4 - 5 November 2014. Coming to an end in December 2015, the project has implemented almost 80% of its foreseen activities. “We are very proud of our achievements”, said Lorenzo Galbiati, the project manager. “This is a huge progress thanks to the efforts of all partners and national experts”, he added.

    Representatives of the executing partners presented the progress of their activities within the four components of the project. The group also drew a clear roadmap with well defined steps for achieving the project’s goals and ensuring its successful completion in the months to come.

    A complete session was also dedicated to the sister project on climate variability and change. The progress of activities was presented along with the regional framework, which is going to be developed through a consultation process. The framework will be submitted to CoP 19 for approval. “The framework aims to outline a common strategy for Mediterranean countries to address the impacts of climate change”, said Tassos Kromidas, MedPartnership climate change and variability consultant.

    Participants to the meeting took also time to brainstorm on the future project’s activities. Meanwhile, the GEF 6 new strategy was presented to set a frame for the future project. The closing of the meeting was around planning the next Steering Committee meeting towards the closure of the project. "This project is an important initiative for the fact that it widened the collaboration platform on working «Together for the Mediterranean" for the benefit of the Countries and coastal and marine ecosystems", said Daria Povh from PAP/RAC.

  • 2014-11-03
    EuroMED Co-operation: PAP/RAC is in!


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    Under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the support of the European Commission, the National Research Council of Italy organised, in Naples, on 3-4 November 2014, the conference “EuroMED Cooperation: Inland and Marine Water Challenges”. The aim of the Conference was to enhance the international co-operation on research and innovation (http://www.euromed-imwc.eu/index.html).

    The PAP/RAC Director was given the chance to deliver the key note speech at one of the four parallel thematic workshops held during this two-day Conference: the one on a Mediterranean integrated ocean observing system to support sustainable coastal and marine tourism. That was another occasion to underline the importance and role of tourism within ICZM as well as the usefulness of the ICZM principles and tools for reaching the objectives of sustainable tourism as defined by UNEP and UNWTO.  The conference provided a unique opportunity for the European and non-European scientific communities, national and international policy-makers, inter-governmental bodies and relevant stakeholders from private sector to discuss an innovative issue and identify key societal challenges and research priorities with regard to inland and marine water, with particular regard to the enhancement of the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation.

  • 2014-10-13
    Our Sylvain has found his safe haven, or rather Marina


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    We are pleased to share good news with all our friends and collaborators. Our young colleague, Sylvain Petit, has found the love of his life, Marina. Among their closest family and friends, on Saturday, October 11, they got married in the ancient church of St. Jerome at the slopes of the Marjan hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Dalmatian islands. Glorious sunshine added to the solemn, yet relaxed atmosphere. We hope that their life together will be full of sunny days. Congratulations, Marina and Sylvain! SRETNO!

  • 2014-10-13
    Visit of Jordanian MSP experts


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    A group of high-level experts from Aqaba, Jordan, visited PAP/RAC on 13-17 October 2014 to discuss issues related to Marine Spatial Planning. The group was joined by several international experts. The visit was arranged through the UNDP GEF project  "Mainstreaming marine biodiversity conservation into coastal zone management in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone".
     
    The Gulf of Aqaba is the only exit of Jordan to the sea and its area is characterised by high concentration of population and tourism facilities and, above all, several ports that serve Jordan as well as a number of neighbouring countries. In addition, the Gulf of Aqaba is a biodiversity hot spot containg highly valuable coral reef areas. Although parts of the area are protected as Jordan's only Marine National Park, the coral reefs extend throughout the entire 27 km of the Jordanian coast, its existence often being endangered by other activities.
     
    The GEF project aims, among other, to prepare a Marine Spatial Plan which will harmonize numerous activities in its restricted marine area of 96 km2. The experts discussed the methodology of the preparation of marine spatial plans, its benefits and expected results. During the visit, the Jordanian experts visitied several localities in Croatia where similar coastal and marine management problems exist.


  • 2014-10-01
    September 25, it is the Coast Day!


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    This year the Mediterranean Coast Day was celebrated on September 25 at Gammarth, Tunisia, with focus on climate variability and change. Unusually for this time of the year, it was raining. Was it a sign of climate change? Whatever the answer, it was indeed “a good climate for change"!

    In the morning, more than 150 people, coming from Tunisia and abroad, gathered in the conference hall of the ”Ramada Plaza” Hotel. The audience was varied, with representatives from foreign ministries, international organisations, national and local authorities, NGOs, research institutes. Several important personalities stood on the stage in order to pass some key messages to the audience, ranging from the importance to share with your friends the need to protect the coastal zone, to the necessity of strengthening co-operation on the issue of climate variability and change. In his address, H.E. Mr. Mounir Majdoub, the Tunisian Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, recapitulated the main risks Tunisia is facing due to climate change: droughts, floods, sea level rise, soil degradation, etc. He pleaded for new policies to cope with those challenges, for policies in line with technological progress and adapted to ecosystems, and insisted on the need to strengthen international co-operation and secure necessary funds to invest in this critical area. Later in the morning, Mr. Anil Markandya, Scientific Director of the Basque Institute for Climate, received from Mr. Majdoub and Ms. Željka Škaričić, PAP/RAC Director, the certificate of Ambassador of the Coast 2014. This prise honours every year a person that inspires, through his or her work and engagement, the people from the Mediterranean and beyond, to better understand, protect and respect the coasts and their environment.

    In the afternoon, the main event was an association forum on integrated coastal zone management. More than 20 associations, NGOs and international organisations (e.g. SPA/RAC, PAP/RAC – MedPartnership) presented their work. The forum was a great success, with about 250 visitors who had the opportunity to discover a wide range of actors that are involved in the protection of the Tunisian coasts, their people, culture, economy and environment. The Coast Day 2014 was closed with a cocktail party during which award was given to the winner of the children’s coastal photo competition.

    During the celebration we projected the short animated movie “A good climate for change”, prepared for this year’s Coast Day, which is the best day to raise awareness about the ecological issues shared by all the Mediterranean countries. Climate changes are already happening, it is time to adapt. We should also put a stop to all what is affecting the climate and our environment in a harmful way.

    Discover the short animated movie at:
    •    English version: https://vimeo.com/107569895
    •    French version: https://vimeo.com/107577437 
    •    English version with Croatian subtitles: https://vimeo.com/107058771
    •    French version with Arabic subtitles: https://vimeo.com/106824837
     
    Find out more: http://www.coastday.org
    Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/MED.Dan.Obale

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  • 2014-09-30
    Coast Day in Montenegro


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    The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain joined efforts to mark the Mediterranean Coast Day with the main objective of raising awareness of the value of the coast and education of school children on the importance of coastal zone protection. Educational workshops were organised at an elementary school in Podgorica and one in Budva, while “Coast Day” educational posters and other promotional materials were distributed at elementary and high schools in Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj, Cetinje and Podgorica.

    In the educational workshops the pupils were shown short films dealing with environmental protection, effects of climate change and values of the coast. Representatives of relevant institutions made presentations on the importance of the sea as both natural and socio-economic resource, on the need to protect the environment, on the effects of climate change and the responsibility of the society as a whole. The main objective was stimulating those young people to get actively involved in environmental protection initiatives.

    Continuing the tradition of preparing educational posters for the Coast Day, this year the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain, in co-operation with the Institute of Marine Biology of Kotor, prepared a poster dealing with “Jellyfish of the Mediterranean”. As with all the earlier posters dealing with various marine environment related topics, the objective of this year’s poster was to sensitize school children to issues important for coastal zone preservation.

  • 2014-09-22
    Šibenik celebrates Coast Day 2014


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    For the year 2014, PAP/RAC has organised the Coast Day celebration for Croatia in Šibenik, jointly with the Šibenik-Knin County. Apart from being one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Croatia, Šibenik and its surroundings are particularly exposed to the consequences of climate variability and change, which is the topic of this year’s Mediterranean Coast Day. Also, within the MedPartnership initiative, PAP/RAC has been implementing a project in the Šibenik-Knin County aimed at preparing the Coastal Plan for the County, so it was only logical to organise there an awareness-raising event such as the Coast Day celebration. At that, PAP/RAC had full support of the County and Town authorities and organisations.

    On Friday, September 19, the event was organised at the Šibenik waterfront. Already in the morning a fair of local eco-produce and traditional arts and crafts was opened. The official programme began at 10:30 a.m. with brief welcome addresses by PAP/RAC Director, the Mayor of Šibenik and the Prefect of the Šibenik-Knin County. This was followed by sketches performed by children of all ages, from early kindergarten to high school. Students from two high schools, one from Split and one from Šibenik, made a presentation about climate changes and variability starting with the global level, down to the level of the Adriatic Sea and ending at the level of the Šibenik-Knin County. While the programme was going on on the land, the near-by sailing club organised a regatta for their juniors. The programme finished at noon when a number of workshops were organised for the children, from presentation of a traditional sailing boat by a 77 year old mariner, over watercolour painting to making toys from waste. All the participants in the programme were given certificates prepared by the County and symbolic gifts. Our Centre used the opportunity to promote its work and the activities of the MedPartnership project, and distributed some promotional materials prepared for the occasion.



  • 2014-09-18
    Shipping towards MSP


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    PAP/RAC participated in the 3rd European Ports & Shipping Conference which took place on 18 and 19 September in Amsterdam. This two-day international conference brought together the ports, logistics and shipping companies together with policy makers and academia to discuss development strategies for ports and shipping sector.

    PAP/RAC presented the ICZM policy framework that could play a significant role in strategic planning for ports and shipping industry. In addition, the relevance of the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean and the EU, legal and practical links of MSP and ICZM, as well as reflections of MSP in the ICZM Protocol have been highlighted. Considering the important mandate PAP/RAC has for applying MSP in the Mediterranean, this conference could be considered as a useful entrance towards enhancing links with maritime business sector.

  • 2014-09-17
    Tourism in the focus of the European Parliamentarians


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    The youngest EU member state - Croatia, took the initiative to organise the First Inter-parliamentary Conference on the Challenges of Sustainable Tourism, which was hosted by the Committee on Tourism of the Croatian Parliament in Zagreb and Mali Lošinj, on 10-12 September 2014 (http://www.sabor.hr/English). The conference was attended by representatives of the EU parliamentary committees responsible for tourism, as well as by South East European accession candidate countries and potential candidate countries, who met for the first time to exchange views and experiences on two big challenges of sustainable tourism: promotion of cultural heritage and environmental protection.

    At the invitation of the Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Croatian Parliament, the PAP/RAC Director attended the Conference on behalf of UNEP/MAP. She was given the opportunity to speak about the pressures made by tourism on the Mediterranean coastal and marine environment and to propose a new approach to the strategic planning of sustainable tourism development that, when it comes to the coastal zones, can largely benefit from the principles, methods and tools promoted by ICZM.

  • 2014-09-05
    CAMP Var project signed!


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    The Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP) for the Var County of France has been signed on September 4 by Mr. Xavier Sticker, Ambassador of France in charge of the Environment, and Mr. Gaetano Leone, Co-ordinator of MAP/UNEP, the Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention.
     
    Supported by the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), the CAMP Var project was initiated following an official request from the President of the General Council of Var to be an extension of the County’s Sea and Coastal Scheme and bring, in an international framework, additional expertise and analysis. This project will also support the implementation of integrated management approach at the local level through pilot approaches and application of internationally accepted methodologies. In addition, the CAMP aims to study the gradual creation of a system of "sea-coast" governance that should be linked with the existing management initiatives in the space between land and sea in the Var County (Natura 2000 in the sea, Land sites and PMD of the Conservatory of the Coast, bay-contracts, County scheme for spatial planning, Charter of the National Park of Port Cros, coastal strategic document, etc.).

    The Var Coastal Area Management Programme was designed through regular contacts among the PAP/RAC, the Conservatory of the Coast (PAP/RAC’s French Focal Point), the Ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs, and associated experts such as those of the Var General Council and Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica Water Agency, whose support is expected throughout the process.
     
    We welcome the passage to this new level leading to the concrete phase of implementation of the Programme. A project manager will be hired soon and will support the launching of the project that is expected in the coming weeks.

  • 2014-08-28
    Preparations under way for Coast Day 2014

    It has become a Mediterranean tradition to celebrate the Coast Day as a good promotional tool for raising awareness of the value of the coast and of its various issues. As usually, the central regional Coast Day celebration will be organised on September 25 to honour the date when Slovenia ratified the ICZM Protocol as the first Mediterranean country to do so. This year, it will take place in Tunisia, on the coast of the gulf of Tunis, hosted by the Tunisian Ministry of Equipment, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development. Climate variability and change and integrated coastal zone management will be the central topics of this year's celebration. The host of the official part of the  celebration will be H.E. Mr. Mounir Majdoub, Tunisian Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, while the whole event will be co-organised by APAL (Agence de Protection et d'Aménagament du Littoral - Coastal Protection and Planning Agency) and PAP/RAC.

    Apart from the central regional celebration, each country is invited to organise national and/or local events. So far we have been informed that celebrations will be organised in Croatia (Šibenik, September 19) and Israel (although at a later date, as on September 25 they celebrate Rosh Hashana).

  • 2014-06-18
    3rd COASTGAP Steering Committee meeting and conference


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    The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting and the International Conference of the projects COASTGAP and MEDSANDCOAST took place on 12-14 June at the premises of the Department of Hérault in Montpellier. The aim of the event was to discuss the progress of the best practices capitalisation process and the COASTGAP "Joint Action Plan on MED Adaptation to Climate Change". The events were organised jointly in order to exchange experiences between the two projects, and to improve networking on the similar initiatives around the Mediterranean. A PAP/RAC representative participated in these events in the role of the quality control adviser for the COASTGAP project. The discussions held in the meetings were continued during an interesting field visit of the fragile coastal zone where the Department of Hérault strives to provide for sustainable coastal development.

  • 2014-06-13
    Climagine 3


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    In conjunction with the Harmonisation Meeting for the Coastal Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County, the third Climagine workshop was organised on June 9. It was considered a good idea since the participants of both events were the same so considerable saving of time and expenses was thus achieved. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the list of indicators selected on the basis of discussions in the two previous Climagine workshops, and on stakeholder analysis and interviews undertaken. Three main threats were at the heart of the dialogue: (i) wild fires, (ii) water resource management issues, and (iii) marine pollution. The discussion in the workshop will allow the expert team to better define concrete proposals to be included in the future Coastal Plan of the County. Recommendations will soon be available, and the next Climagine, tentatively scheduled for October 2014, will be focused on defining clear and precise thresholds for the defined set of indicators.

  • 2014-06-12
    Harmonisation Meeting for the Coastal Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County


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    In order to present the Diagnostic Analysis, prepared within the work on the Coastal Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County, to the principal stakeholders and general public a harmonisation meeting was organised on June 9 at the Old Town Hall of Šibenik. The meeting was attended by 40-odd participants including the President of the County, heads of various County departments, relevant ministries and representatives of various local organisations and institutions, as well as representatives of several other coastal counties. The presentations were focused on three topics deemed as most important: (i) water resource management, (ii) sustainable spatial planning approaches, and (iii) the geospatial analysis for the County. The presentations were very well received and the discussion that followed showed great interest in the subject which fulfilled the main objective of the meeting, i.e. to continue working towards a unique and innovative Coastal Plan, with particular emphasis on adaptation to Climate Change and Variability.

    The opportunity was used to organise a meeting of the Project Steering Committee. Of the 13 members, 8 were present and adopted the Diagnostic Analysis, as well as the “Stakeholder Analysis” prepared by Mr. Vladimir Lay, Plan Bleu expert engaged to organise Climagine workshops.

  • 2014-06-04
    The importance of integration


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    As a member and representative of UNEP/MAP in the Joint EU Expert Group on ICM/MSP the PAP/RAC Director took part in the 3rd meeting of the Group, held in Athens, on 4-5 June. Several PAP/RAC NFPs and other collaborators were also present either as members of the Group or invited experts. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to ICM and MSP in the context of climate change adaptation, as well as some good examples of integration, i.e. Wadden Sea Forum and Croatian case of integration of marine and coastal strategy. The second day was fully dedicated to the new Directive on MSP and the changes it will bring in national planning systems, governance mechanisms, interactions of land and sea, co-operation with Regional Seas Conventions, etc. DG ENV and DG MARE were especially keen to identify the gaps where transfer of knowledge and best practices could be beneficial to Member States.

    The meeting was organised back-to-back with the EC Conference on MSP, shipping and ports (http://www.amiando.com/MSPConference_Athens.html).

  • 2014-06-02
    Coast Day, ClimVar & DIVA in Tunisia


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    From June 2 to 6, a PAP/RAC representative participated in a number of meetings and workshops organised in Tunis, Tunisia, in the frame of the “Integration of climatic variability and change into national strategies to implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean” project (ClimVar & ICZM).

    On Monday June 2, PAP/RAC discussed its co-operation with APAL on the organisation of the central regional celebration of the Coast Day 2014 to be hosted by Tunisia.

    A 3-day training was organised at the Hotel le Palace in Gammarth, Tunisia, with 15 participants, climate engineers from Tunisia and Morocco and representatives of the organising institutions (UNEP-MAP, BP/RAC, PAP/RAC and GWP-Med). On the first day the participants learned how to install, configure and deploy various open-source technologies for publishing and sharing spatial data. The second day was about better understanding of spatial data visualisation, analysis, downloading in an open-source environment. UNEP-Grid experts also presented the MedCIP platform for Climate Change being developed within the project. On the 3rd day of the training a presentation was made on coastal morpho-dynamics and the participants were trained on the use of a friendly integrated software toolbox, to provide estimates on beach retreat/erosion under sea-level rise. PAP/RAC presented experiences relevant to the implementation of the Article 8 of the ICZM Protocol, particularly on the work done to provide assistance to the Mediterranean countries to implement the coastal set-back.

    In the frame of the component 2 of the ClimVar project, on June 6 a meeting was organised by PAP/RAC in close co-operation with APAL to present and discuss the preliminary results to the implementation of the DIVA model in Tunisia. Twenty participants, representing national organisations, independent Tunisian experts and UNEP-MAP, Plan Bleu, GWP-Med and PAP/RAC representatives followed the presentation of the project by UNEP-MAP and PAP/RAC presentation on its activities within the ClimVar project in Croatia. These were followed by a technical presentation by the Global Climate Forum on the DIVA model, the concept behind the model and its applications so far, as well as information on the downscaling work done to run the model at the national level in Croatia and the preliminary results for the Tunisian coasts. In the ensuing lively discussion the Tunisian experts made a number of comments and showed great interest and support.

  • 2014-05-29
    Webinar on ICZM & Tourism


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    At the invitation of UNEP/DTIE office in Paris, the PAP/RAC Director was a guest speaker at the webinar on “Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Strategic Tourism Development Planning”.

    The webinar took place on 28 May at 4pm (CET) and was hosted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism. The objective was to present UNEP’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and the Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), as an example of ICZM best practices, as well as to provide  information on the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean, demonstrating the commitment of participating countries and organisations. The importance of coastal tourism was highlighted together with an overview of its major impacts on coastal resources and coastal population. Participants also had the opportunity to learn on the relevance of approaches followed and tools used in ICZM for the strategic planning of tourism development, in particular the application of the Carrying Capacity Assessment (CCA) method.

    This webinar was designed for National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs) interested in reinforcing their technical capacity in sustainable tourism, for destination development managers, and sustainable tourism professionals all around the world. Other participants were also welcomed.

  • 2014-05-26
    Progress in ratifying the ICZM Protocol


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    The good news has arrived from the Israeli Focal Point for PAP/RAC: at its meeting held on 8 May 2014 the Israeli Government ratified the ICZM Protocol. This Resolution (#1588) was made in accordance with Article 19(b) of the Government Rules of Procedure.

    The ICZM Protocol ratification by Israel brings the number of ratifications to 10. PAP/RAC is expecting to receiving the official notification about the ratification.

  • 2014-05-08
    Managing Groundwater in Coastal Areas and SIDS


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    The third Groundwater Integration Dialogue on Managing Groundwater in Coastal Areas and SIDS took place on 6 – 7 May 2014 at the Mediterranean Information Office in Athens. The meeting was co-convened by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP Med) and the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) in co-operation with the UNESCO/WMO International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) and the Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) in the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) IW:LEARN, MedPartnership and TWAP Projects. This meeting is a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

    Project managers and practitioners from relevant GEF International Waters (IW) projects, country representatives, and experts on groundwater and coastal management exchanged knowledge on issues crucial for the sustainability of coastal areas worldwide, particularly in SIDS, informed on project design of IW projects during the next GEF cycle, and fed into the implementation of on-going GEF IW coastal and LME projects. A PAP/RAC representative pointed out the importance of UNESCO-IHP, GWP and PAP/RAC co-operation within the GEF LME MedPartnership being the first project in the Mediterranean to integrate coastal aquifers into marine, coastal area and basin management and protection. To that end, a common methodology – the Integrative Methodological Framework (IMF) is being developed by the project, as well as the Integrated Management Plan for the transboundary zone of the river Buna / Bojana between Montenegro and Albania. The participants of the meeting raised great expectations of the IMF document.

  • 2014-04-30
    Split students for 2014 Coast Day


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    The 2014 Mediterranean Coast Day celebration will have climate variability and change as its key topic. Since great importance is attributed to work with children and adolescents, PAP/RAC has started already last year collaboration with the high school “Vladimir Nazor” of Split and their advanced group in geography. After their highly successful work and presentations in last year’s celebrations in both Split and Rimini, it was decided to engage them again for this year’s celebration to be organised in Šibenik. It was decided that they would be joined by their colleagues from a Šibenik high school.

    To introduce the issues of climate variability and change, we have asked Prof. Ivica Vilibić of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, PAP/RAC consultant in other projects, to prepare a brief presentation for the students that will be involved in the project. The presentation was held on April 29 at the school. This year, the group will be composed of 2nd year students and all but one attended the presentation, and showed great interest in the subject. Prof. Vilibić supplied materials for their research, and kindly offered to provide any additional information and assistance, as well as to review their results when ready.

  • 2014-04-09
    Co-operation with Šibenik-Knin County in full swing


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    The PAP/RAC team working on the ICZM Plan for the Šibenik-Knin County has completed the draft Diagnostic Analysis. On April 8, a meeting was organised with the stakeholders from the County to present the document and get a feedback that would serve as the basis for finalisation of the document. The meeting was attended by 8 participants representing various County departments and offices who judged the draft Diagnostic Analysis very favourably and made valuable suggestions for its completion.

    The occasion was used by the PAP/RAC staff to hold a meeting with the counterpart at the County to launch the activities on the organisation of the 2014 Coast Day celebration in Šibenik. Since this year’s Coast Day will have climate variability and change (CV&C) as its main topic, it makes perfect sense to organise a celebration in Šibenik since PAP/RAC is implementing there a GEF MedPartnership project aimed at introducing the issue of CV&C into the physical planning system. It was decided that the event would be organised on Saturday, September 20, and the venue was also proposed. Each side made suggestions regarding the programme, and it was decided to start with preparatory activities as soon as possible in order to achieve a good and well prepared event.

  • 2014-04-07
    Promotion of PAP and Coast Day among high-school teachers


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    Mr. Josip Kosović, geography teacher at the “Vladimir Nazor“ high school, Split, participated in the work of the geography teachers professional council for the County of Split-Dalmatia, organised on April 5. As the head of the council he had an introductory speech in which he mentioned the co-operation of his school, and especially his advanced geography group of students, with PAP/RAC which culminated in the participation of his students in the last year's Coast Day celebration in both Split and Rimini. He informed his colleagues on the work of our Centre emphasising particularly the ICZM Protocol and its significance for sustainable coastal management, and the Coast Day as an important tool for the promotion of coastal issues. He then showed the posters prepared by his students for the last year’s event in Split and the presentations they made at the central regional celebration in Rimini. His colleagues showed great interest in the subject and several of them enquired about the possibility of establishing contacts with PAP/RAC. We are very pleased with all that since we highly regard the co-operation with the local community, and especially the children and adolescents.


  • 2014-03-22
    Participatory workshop for identifying coastal issues


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    In the frame of the CAMP Montenegro, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism organised a participatory workshop in Bar on March 21. The aim of the workshop was to identify some of the key problems dealing with sustainable development of coastal agriculture, tourism and spatial planning, as well as their root causes. The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants including representatives of national and local administration offices, NGOs and private institutions, as well as sectoral representatives.

    The main conclusion of the workshop was that the biggest obstacles related to extensive transformation of the agricultural to buildable land and to the lack of the cross sectoral integration, in particular between tourism and agriculture. The participants emphasised the need for a stronger valorisation and utilisation of the cultural heritage, in particular in the tourism sector, as it could be considered as one of the most important tools for the diversification of the tourism offer.

    According to participants’ comments, the workshop was very successful and it fulfilled their expectations. The next participatory workshop is planned for May.

  • 2014-03-12
    PAP/RAC at the UfM meetings


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    At the invitation of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, the PAP/RAC Director participated in three meetings organised in the week 10-14 March in Amman, Jordan: the Stakeholders meeting to consult a variety of Mediterranean stakeholders about the priority issues related to three main themes of concern for the UfM (Horizon 2020, Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Climate Change); the Working Group on Climate Change; and the pre-ministerial meeting to revise the text of the Ministerial Declaration to be adopted at the forthcoming UfM ministerial conference in May. The working group on Climate Change was an occasion to make, on behalf of UNEP/MAP and the MedPartnership project, a presentation of the Climate Change and Variability (ClimVar) project. The presentation focused on: ClimVar platform and SDI; DIVA demonstration projects in Croatia and Tunisia; ICZM plan in Šibenik-Knin County (Croatia); and the dissemination and training activities. It was followed by a series of questions and proposals for future activities made by the participants.

  • 2014-02-24
    SHAPE successfully concluded


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    After three years of intensive activity, the SHAPE project was concluded at the Final Conference organised in Bologna, Italy, on February 21. The conference was attended by 60-odd participants representing the partners in the project and the authorities of the Emilia-Romagna Region which was the lead partner of the project. It was opened by Ms. Paola Gazzolo, Regional Minister for Territorial Safety, Soil and Coast Defence, and Civil Protection. The main objectives and the course of implementation of the project were summarised, and the results of each work package were presented. Special emphasis was placed on the results obtained in the Emilia-Romagna region. Possibilities were considered of follow-up activities, and the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region was identified as a viable option. The general conclusion was that the project produced good results that could be of great benefit for the policy makers and coastal managers of the Adriatic countries. Also, PAP/RAC will share the experience gained in this project throughout the Mediterranean region, especially with regard to the implementation of the articles 7 and 8 of the ICZM Protocol.

  • 2014-02-17
    MedPartnership commits to replicate good practices and work in synergy


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    The MedPartnership Steering Committee concluded its fourth meeting held in Hammamet, Tunisia, from 17 to 20 February 2014, in the presence of National Focal Points, executing partners and donors. The meeting reviewed the activities implemented under the four components of the project throughout 2012-2013 highlighting challenges and lessons learnt. Participants acknowledged the high quality results achieved by the MedPartnership in its fourth year of implementation, adopted the 2014-2015 work plan and budget, including extension of the project until the end of 2015, and noted the need to create synergies among the various activities and initiatives under the ambitious 2014-2015 work plan, with a focus on Green Economy. Countries committed to provide regular updates on national activities and to ensure the dissemination of good practices and results throughout the region. Meanwhile, they emphasized the importance of replication of good practices within the MedPartnership and agreed on the inclusion of three replication proposals in the work plan, in Croatia, Lebanon, and Tunisia.

    The MedPartnership Steering Committee also served as the Steering Committee for the sister project “Integration of Climatic Variability and Change into National Strategies to Implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean". The meeting included a special session on the project, with interventions by keynote speakers that focused on the Mediterranean dimension of Climate Variability, its implications on coastal zones and the necessary adaptation and policy framework.

    In addition to the revised 2014-2015 work plan and budget, participants to the meeting adopted the Inception Report, as well as the revised results framework presented in-session. They highly recommended that efforts be made to fully integrate the results and data from relevant regional and national initiatives and institutions into the Mediterranean Integrated Climate Information Platform (MedICIP).

  • 2014-02-11
    Convergence of spatial plans and CAMP results


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    A high level meeting with representatives of the Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, local governments, spatial planners and other experts took place in the premises of the Ministry in Podgorica, on 11 February 2014. The meeting, which was opened by Mr. B. Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, was attended by 50 participants including representatives of municipalities, developers of spatial plans for coastal municipalities, ministries and other relevant institutions.

    The meeting was organised after the important Governmental decision to adopt the CAMP Montenegro results by which competent departments and municipalities are obliged to implement the guidelines and findings of the CAMP into relevant coastal plans. As highlighted by the Minister, this would create necessary preconditions for improving the policy for sustainable development and environmental protection, in order to develop a system of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Montenegro.

  • 2014-02-06
    Workshop “Environmental Impact of Economic Activities”


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    In the framework of the MedPartnership, ClimVar and ICZM projects, a workshop was organised at PAP/RAC premises on February 5 to identify indicators for the assessment of impacts of the economic activities found on the Croatian coast on the most important components of the environment. The workshop was attended by 23 experts from various Croatian institutions and organisations deemed relevant for the subject, as well as PAP/RAC.

    The work was organised around two tables. One was required by the activity on Economic and Social Assessment (ESA) of the Croatian coast and sea, and designed so as to attribute quantitative values to the indicators, while the other table was descriptive. The first table was discussed in the first part of the workshop where a very open debate allowed the multidisciplinary panel to exchange opinions and contribute to this exercise on the basis of their expertise and experience. The table was slightly modified to include some additional elements identified as important, and numerical values were attributed to the impacts. The expert team will complete the table and send it to the participants for revision. Once completed, the table will be a very useful working tool for further development of the ESA study and for the strategic planning.
        
    The afternoon session was dedicated to qualitative analysis of driving forces, pressures and impacts related to different issues important for the sustainable development of the Šibenik-Knin County coastal zone. The aim of the exercise was the definition of specific indicators related to each of the defined issues and pressures, to be used for the preparation of the ICZM Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County, as well as for a better integration and harmonisation with the Climagine results. A number of questions were raised concerning the prepared table, particularly regarding the definition of the pressures and the state of the environment. This is a very complex task and the work was just started on some elements. The participants agreed to continue collaborating on the elaboration of the table through e-mail and other means of direct communication under the guidance of the PAP/RAC team.

  • 2014-02-05
    Ecotourism for sustainable development of Boka Kotorska


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    A workshop on ecotourism as an opportunity for sustainable development of Boka Kotorska was organised in Kotor, on 30 January to 1 February 2014, within the CAMP Montenegro. The aim of the workshop was to explore the opportunities for sustainable development of the highly vulnerable micro region of Boka Kotorska Bay in order to achieve its good environmental status. The event was organised by SCP/RAC, SPA/RAC, PAP/RAC and MEDPOL Programme in co-operation with the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro as a contribution to the creation of a National ICZM Strategy for Montenegro. In addition to international experts in the field of ecotourism, green economy, marine and coastal ecosystems and pollution reduction, the workshop was attended by representatives of the main stakeholders, including the governmental and local authorities, potential eco-entrepreneurs, NGOs, concerned public, and university students and academics. The presentations of international experts were mainly concentrated on greening economy in Boka Kotorska.

    The main objectives of this three-day workshop were to share best practices, to obtain a SWOT analysis and define actions and strategies to boost ecotourism, as well as to raise awareness of the need for the ICZM Protocol implementation in Montenegro, which was presented through the efforts undertaken so far in building the institutional, legislative and strategic set up for the Protocol’s implementation. The last day of the workshop was dedicated to the multi-stakeholder round table meeting to discuss the first results of the Feasibility study on ecotourism for the local development in Boka Kotorska, and other relevant topics related to CAMP Montenegro.

  • 2014-01-28
    ICZM and MSP initiatives promoted in Montenegro


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    As part of the CAMP Montenegro, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in co-operation with the Coastal Zone Management Authority organised a workshop on the promotion of initiatives for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in Montenegro. The workshop, which was held in Budva, on 28 January 2014, was attended by about 80 participants, including representatives of institutions at the local and national level, NGOs, private sector and other relevant institutions.

    At the introductory part of the workshop, the participants were informed of the results and goals of the CAMP Montenegro and the SHAPE project. After that they were presented a methodology for creating the Coastal Area Special Plan for the coastal area of Montenegro. In the second part of the workshop, the vision of sustainable development of coastal areas was presented, as well as the key problems related to ICZM in Montenegro in terms of integration of environmental objectives into sectoral policies in the context of the implementation of ICZM instruments. After the presentation of results of the expert work carried out in the framework of the CAMP Montenegro, the participants expressed the ideas and opinions during the discussion, and completed questionnaires referring to the DPSIR analysis of the key issues.

    According to estimates of the participants, the workshop largely justified their expectations. Proposals and comments that were presented within the participatory process will be evaluated by the expert team and used as the input for the drafting of the National Strategy for Integrated Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro.


  • 2014-01-27
    Training on ISCD for the MENA region


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    The Training Programme on Integrated and Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) has been developed within the framework of Sida’s international training programmes that provides capacity building for professionals working in Sida’s collaborating countries.

    The programme aims at contributing to sustainable development of coastal zones. This shall be achieved through supporting processes of change in key organisations working with development and management of coastal zones. At the end of the programme each participant shall have: 1) Increased understanding of the importance and benefits of an integrated sustainable coastal planning and management for socio-economic development, with respect to environmental impact, poverty alleviation and equality, in a livelihood, security and rights perspective, 2) Increased knowledge about the planning process for an integrated sustainable coastal development, 3) Increased knowledge about experiences, methods and tools for organisational change in general and within coastal zone management in particular, and 4) Extended international and national networks for working with coastal development.

    The programme targets management staff from governmental, non-governmental organisations, the media and private sector involved in developing and managing coastal areas. The ISCD training programmes for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are conducted for two years for a total of 60 participants. Each of the two training programmes consists of five phases covering a total period of 15 months including three weeks scheduled training in Sweden and two weeks in Jordan - and individual work with mentor support from training team. Each participant develops an individual project within his/her organisation or sector. This shall lead to more sustainable development of coastal areas through related activities such as strategies, working methods, tools or networks for co-operation.

    NIRAS in co-operation with the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg and the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) have developed the concepts and contents of the training programme and prepare all practical arrangements for implementing the training programme. For more information visit http://www.niras.com

  • 2014-01-21
    PEGASO stepping towards the future


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    On 14-17 January 2014, the Final conference of the Pegaso project was held in Beldibi/Antalya, Turkey. The MedCoast Foundation, being one of the partners to the project, hosted the event.

    During the three days of the meeting, the partners discussed the project’s overall results and presented the latest progress achieved within each work package. Moreover, contributions, experiences and lessons learned from each of the CASES were shared. Very interesting comments were made on the aspects that should be of most concern to advance the ICZM implementation in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Based on the common shared knowledge, ideas and concepts were exchanged on how to build the governance platform of tomorrow, for these two seas. It was proposed that the future platform dedicated to ICZM would be hosted within the UNEP/MAP system. Also, the partners discussed the relation between ICZM, MSP, EcAp, etc. and the future of PEGASO in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. An interactive presentation of the SDI was concluded with the presentation of the business plan, identifying priority issues and actions to be taken. Finally, the preparation of a roadmap was addressed in order to better trace the future of the governance platform.

    After three days of intensive work, the MedCoast team organised a field trip to the Southern part of the Antalya Bay. Please discover the highlight spots of the field trip on the following interactive map.

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