• 2017-09-20
    Barcelona Convention ready for CoP19

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    The Meeting of the MAP Focal Points took place on 12-15 September 2017 in Athens, Greece. The objective was to review the draft decisions for the CoP19. Several topics were on the agenda and the decision on the Regional Framework for ICZM, including the Conceptual Framework on Marine Spatial Planning was the main one related to PAP/RAC. This document will trace the work of the Centre and other MAP components for the decade to come. Many other decisions were discussed as well, such as those related to Governance of the MAP system, Work Programme and the budget for the next biennium, the biodiversity and pollution related issues and alike.  

    A day prior to this meeting the 6th Meeting of the EcAp Coordination Group took place with the objective to discuss the EcAp indicators Guidance Fact Sheets and the Quality Status Report (QSR) 2017. PAP/RAC contributed with the inputs on common indicators related to Coast and Hydrography cluster. The conclusions of this meeting were an important contribution to the draft Decision for the CoP19 as the QSR 2017 which is meant to be one of the flag outputs of the Secretariat in the current biennium.   

  • 2017-09-14
    Coast Day 2017 around the corner

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    Once again the year has gone by quickly and another Coast Day is imminent. This event, celebrated annually since 2007, brings together all the countries of the Mediterranean to raise awareness of the importance of the coast as a natural, cultural and economic resource, and the risks it currently faces. The Mediterranean Coast Day 2017 will be held in Tivat, Montenegro on 25 September under the high patronage of H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanovi?, President of Montenegro, who will personally attend the event. The main topic of this year’s event will be “Protect our Sea”, as focus for both official and informal segments of the event. The celebration is being co-organised by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro (JPMD), and the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC). More information about the event is available here.

  • 2017-09-13
    Launching of Co-Evolve platform

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    Co-Evolve project is pleased to announce the launch of its new website which is accessible at https://co-evolve.interreg-med.eu/. Being functional, dynamic, modern and refined, the site focuses on information about organized events and news. On this platform, you will also be able to access documents produced within the framework of the project which will be progressively put online.

  • 2017-08-24
    Launch of the MOCOMED platform

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    The MOCOMED platform (a MOving COast in the MEDiterranean) is an online interface dedicated to the risks of coastal erosion and marine flooding. It aims to allow a better understanding and apprehension of coastal risk management in the Mediterranean.

    The MOCOMED platform was set up as part of the CAMP Var (CAMP France), a project carried out by PAP/RAC of UN Environment/MAP. Launched in 2015, the CAMP Var project aims to support the implementation of ICZM (ICZM Protocol) in the Var territory, and is interested in the risks of coastal erosion and marine flooding.

    Coastal natural hazards are in fact at the crossroads of natural dynamics and human issues that draw the coastline of today. Between land and sea, these risks can impact the human goods and activities present on the coastline and thus interest public policies in terms of forecasting, prevention and crisis management. They can also be seen as opportunities and open up new perspectives in terms of spatial planning, the development of economics, or the creation of new spaces for leisure and nature.

    The MOCOMED platform is aimed at both people wishing to acquire general concepts and knowledge in the area of coastal risks, but also to a more experienced public of professionals, it includes: a pedagogical area dedicated to the moving coastline, with dynamic coastal patterns, in its natural and anthropic states; a historical space, as a retrospective of shoreline evolution over time; a resource area, containing toolkits as well as links to work and approaches to coastal risks, in the Mediterranean and beyond.



  • 2017-07-21
    The first newsletter for the CO-EVOLVE project

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    Whether you want to learn more on the CO-EVOLVE project, or you are more generally someone who cares about sustainable development of maritime and coastal tourism, then the CO-EVOLVE newsletter should be interesting for you. This newsletter provides detailed and updated information about the project’s first activities and achievements. The first section focuses on recent events organized by the project or in which it was represented. The second one provides information about relevant internal and external upcoming events and activities. A new version of the newsletter will be published approximately every six months, until the end of the project’s lifetime in October 2019. The newsletter is available on the following address:  (http://mailchi.mp/dd22d3df1f0c/co-evolve-newsletter-1-july-2017)

    Should you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, which we warmly recommend, you can do so at the link: http://eepurl.com/cU5_1j

  • 2017-07-20
    Marine litter is a big deal, it may end up in your meal!

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    The International conference "Marine litter - challenges & solutions" was organised by Davor Skrlec, the Croatian representative to the European parliament, in Split, Croatia, on 18 July 2017.

    The 100-odd participants, including representatives of the Croatian national, regional and local public authorities, researchers, civil society and international experts gathered to discuss three major topics related to marine litter: global and European perspectives, actions in the Adriatic, and marine litter in Croatia.

    The PAP/RAC Director informed the participants about the UN Environment/MAP initiatives concerning the Regional Plan on Marine Litter adopted in 2013 as a legally binding document for the entire Mediterranean Region; the 2016 Decision on additional instruments to support the implementation of the Regional Plan; the Regional Platform on Marine Litter established as an open-ended group of partners and a forum for consultations and exchange of experiences. She also pointed out two other important initiatives for combating marine litter: the Regional Action Plan for Sustainable Production and Consumption, and the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) which includes two already adopted and one candidate indicator related to marine litter.

  • 2017-06-28
    Towards the Regional Framework for ICZM

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    At the Extraordinary Meeting of PAP/RAC NFPs that took place in Athens, Greece, on 28 and 29 June 2017, participants agreed on the draft document that will serve as a ToR, i.e. a guiding reference for the preparation of the full text of the Regional Framework for ICZM, as required by the Article 17 of the Protocol, during the next biennium. It should assist the CPs to implement the ICZM Protocol in the region and strengthen regional co-operation for this purpose. In addition, the draft Conceptual Framework for MSP in the Mediterranean was also agreed as a first step towards the introduction of this relatively new instrument for the implementation of ICZM in Mediterranean territorial waters. Both documents will be further discussed at the MAP Focal Points meeting early September this year.

  • 2017-06-27
    Var Land-sea forum III – from the Mediterranean to local

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    Within the framework of the CAMP France project (PAC Var), PAP/RAC, in partnership with the French Coastal protection agency (Conservatoire du littoral), organized the third Land-sea forum of the Var County. The Forum was held at the premises of the University of Toulon, on 27 June 2017, as a side event to the 2017 European Days of the Var County.

    This event, which brought together 40-odd actors from national, regional and local levels, was dedicated to the theme of the inter-actors co-operation, discussed under the prism of the Mediterranean, but also of the local co-operation. In the first series of round tables, the European projects SimWestMed and Maregot were presented. Possible synergies were discussed, in particular concerning the land-sea interactions and the integration of MSP and ICZM, as well as the possible organisation of joint events in 2018.

    During the second session, the draft report on the analysis of ICZM management policies in the Var County regarding the implementation of the ICZM Protocol was presented. A series of recommendations were discussed by the participants, while guidelines and clarifications were set to enable the project team to finalise this document for the final CAMP conference to be held at Villa Noailles in Hyères, France, on 6 October 2017.

  • 2017-06-14
    SimWestMed first Project Group and Steering Committee meeting in Malta

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    The Working group of the SimWestMed project gathered in St. Julian’s, Malta, on 13 June 2017 to discuss Components and Sub-components of the project. Particular attention was paid to development of the Initial assessment. The partners from the four countries of the project (France, Italy, Malta and Spain) will fulfil a “country fact sheet” that will be merged into a homogeneous synthesis on marine and maritime aspects relevant for MSP in the Western Mediterranean Basin, as a corner stone for the project implementation. The Regional MSP Platform was also at stake, as well as the issues related to land-sea interactions, interactions between uses, cumulative impacts, data and information requirements, and other tools that should help the process of developing and proposing a conceptual methodology for a trans-boundary MSP.

    PAP/RAC presented the definition and application of MSP as foreseen by the Barcelona Convention, taking into account the relationship between the EU and non-EU member states. Finally, the discussion focused on the preparation of the case studies, where PAP/RAC will also play a co-ordinating role. The cases will allow the partners to get knowledge and experience from the terrain.

    The Steering Committee meeting was held on 14 June 2017. The round table discussion focused on national MSP approaches, as well as on management, co-ordination and communication components. A series of next steps and milestones were agreed upon as guidance for the Working group.

  • 2017-06-02
    Blue economy for the Mediterranean

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    In the framework of the project entitled “A Blue Economy for a healthy Mediterranean” funded by MAVA, the final project conference took place in Marseille, France, on 30 - 31 May 2017. It was preceded by its Advisory Board meeting with the objective to review and validate the results achieved by the project and to give advice on the proposed agenda of the conference.

    The conference was the second major event organised in the frame of this project. The first session was dedicated to the presentation of the project results and discussions, in particularly on the selected economic activities and the proposed indicators to measure their status and trends. PAP/RAC was responsible for the Component 3 on Promotion and mainstreaming of project results at the Mediterranean scale and internationally. The second part of the conference was focussed on specific sectors such as ship building, port activities, bio-prospecting, tourism, off-shore energy and fisheries and aquaculture. These most important sectors for the Mediterranean economy should take blue economy principles more into account if the Mediterranean region is to become a region where sustainable development will contribute to the wellbeing of its populations, as well as protection of resources and its rich biodiversity. All these are also the objectives and requirements of the ICZM Protocol and other MAP policy documents such as MSSD, SCP Action Plan and other international ones like SDGs of the UN. At the end of the conference, recommendations for the sectors were presented and discussed. The conference was concluded with a round table entitled “Moving towards a blue economy in the Mediterranean region”.

  • 2017-05-22
    IFOAM - Organics International session at PAP/RAC

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    International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) - Organics International launched its fifth European organic leadership course in Croatia with the kick-off at the annual Organic Fair in Split held on 19-20 May 2017 and a Sunday morning session at the PAP/RAC premises. The course then moved to the Adriatic islands of Vis and Hvar.

    Since 1972, IFOAM - Organics International has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. At the heart of IFOAM - Organics International are its 800 Affiliates in more than 100 countries. IFOAM's mission is to take the world a step closer to the mainstream uptake of organic agriculture.

    Sustainable coastal development for the Mediterranean coastal zones implies the uptake of the organic agriculture production and consumption, for the health of its population, soils and ecosystems, but also as valuable offer for its numerous tourists.

  • 2017-05-21
    Advocating for Blue economy

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    Two related events were in the focus of PAP/RAC last week - the European Maritime Day 2017 (EMD) and the Multi-Use for Sustainable Blue Growth (MUSES Project) Stakeholders Workshop, which took place in Poole, UK, from 16-18 May 2017. Both meetings were related to blue growth and the future of European Regional Seas, and were of relevance for the MAVA "A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean" project, in which PAP/RAC is a partner, and its objective to follow up on advocacy of the blue economy in international initiatives.

    A PAP/RAC representative participated at the EMD2017, which is the main annual event organised by DG Mare of the EU, and which brought together more than 600 participants. The main title of the event was the "Future of our Seas" with the blue economy having a crucial role. Several parallel stakeholder workshops took place and the main themes were Innovation and Growth; People and Skills; Sustainability and Governance; and Safety and Security.

    Back-to-back with the EMD, a Workshop has been organised in the framework of the MUSES project (Horizon 2020) that involves 10 partners from across Europe. The project aims at understanding multi-use benefits for environmental, socio-economic and spatial point of view and in that way promotes blue growth at the European seas level. PAP/RAC was invited as a stakeholder from the Mediterranean region. This was a good opportunity to promote and advocate for the blue economy concept from the MAVA project and reflect on the approaches taken at other Regional Seas level.


  • 2017-05-21
    Designing the MedProgramme

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    An informal kick-off meeting of the GEF newly approved concept for the Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme) on Enhancing Environmental Security was held in Athens, Greece, on 17-19 May 2017. MedProgramme was created to accelerate the implementation of upon agreed priority actions, aiming to reduce the major transboundary environmental stresses affecting the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security, and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations.

    The main objective of this meeting was to support the preparation of the 7 Child projects of the MedProgramme. 12 partner institutions attended the meeting and discussed jointly on how to integrate their future activities in a way to produce joint effect, to create synergies and the final result which is substantially more than just a sum of all the activities. The PAP/RAC-led Child Project 2.1 entitled Mediterranean coastal zones: climate resilience, water security and habitat protection is to be implemented in all project countries, namely, in Albania, Bosnia &Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia.

  • 2017-05-20
    Mr Larid left us too soon

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    It is with great sadness that the PAP/RAC team learned today of the passing of its long-time collaborator and friend, Mr Mohamed Larid. Mr Larid was among the pioneers of ICZM in Algeria, accompanying PAP/RAC from the early 2000s in the framework of the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP) for Algeria. As a person in charge of participatory activities, he organized numerous “Imagine” workshops during which he encouraged everybody to think about and act for the future of the Algerian coast. He was a bit of a dreamer, which sometimes enabled him to go beyond what seemed possible. In his last collaboration with PAP/RAC on the Coastal Plan for Reghaïa, Mr Larid was a talented team leader who knew how to get the best of the experts he was working with. Mr Larid cared also to insure the future for ICZM, systematically involving his students in the ICZM issues. For PAP/RAC, he was a precious collaborator we shall regret for a long time.

  • 2017-05-12
    MedOpen CVC Advanced concluded

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    The MedOpen Advanced training session on climate variability and change (CVC) in the Mediterranean has been officially concluded. A number of 20 students coming from Morocco (15) and Tunisia (5) registered for this training session implemented in French. The students were requested to participate in the Forum discussion and to prepare a Final essay dealing with CVC issues. The Final essays submitted dealt with interesting themes, such as the impact of CVC on the coastal zone of Morocco; the vulnerability of the coastal zone of Tunisia to CVC and the capacities to adapt; the ICZM approach and sustainable development in Morocco; the effects of CVC on marine aquaculture in the Mediterranean with special reference to the development of “harmful algal blooms”, algal biofouling and the contribution of algae on greenhouse gas reduction; the effects of CVC on fisheries in Morocco; Morocco’s commitment to tackle the effects of climate change; etc. One student even “crossed” the Mediterranean boundaries and elaborated in her essay the impact of glacial melting caused by climate change on the indigenous polar population (the case of north Quebec). Students’ Final essays, their contribution to Forum discussions, as well as their overall work will be assessed and graded by the PAP/RAC MedOpen lecturer in charge of this session.

    The added-value of this training session is students’ evaluation of the training. PAP/RAC will benefit from these comments, which, as always, will be taken into consideration for the improvement of the future MedOpen trainings.

  • 2017-05-12
    CO-EVOLVE met in Split

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    On 10 and 11 May 2017, PAP/RAC hosted in its premises the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the Co-Evolve project. The event that gathered 29 participants including representatives of 6 project partner institutions and 6 pilot areas was an opportunity to review the progress of project activities.

    One of the meeting objectives was to present the progress of the analysis of the key threats and enabling factors for co-evolution of sustainable coastal and marine tourism in the Mediterranean, which is currently being developed by institutional partners with the support of pilot area coordinators. Another important item of the agenda was the presentation of the progress of work in the pilot areas which are located in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Even though their work will officially start when the analysis is finalized, a preliminary work has already been launched, including the identification of the main stakeholders and interviews with tourism actors in order to fine tune the proposed activities.

    In the afternoon of the second day of this fruitful meeting, a technical visit to one of the pilot areas - the Kaštela Bay was organized for the participants. In Kaštel Suæurac, a representative of the project partner RERA, the public institution for coordination and development of the Split-Dalmatia County, informed the participants on the issues and opportunities of the area. He explained that the Kaštela Bay had been previously assessed in UN environment/MAP studies as one of the “climatic hot spots” of the Croatian coast, and that it would be crucial to properly include that threat when planning tourism development. Participants were then taken to the castle of Kaštel Lukšiæ, and as the wind was raging that day they had an opportunity to see how waves were already entering through the main door, endangering the castle which could be of great value for cultural tourism.

  • 2017-05-09
    Don’t let plastics become part of the sea

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    May 7th 2017 was a sunny hot day in Athens. 9:15 in the morning UN Environment/MAP staff gather outside the metro station. Destination: Freattyda beach in Piraeus, Greece, to participate to the MedSOS Cleanup campaign "Don't let plastics become part of the sea", held under the auspices of UN Environment/MAP. 

    Enthusiastic and motivated groups of volunteers of all ages took part to the campaign. Upon arrival, they were handed big bags, gloves and sheets to record the different types of marine litter collected.

    “The Governments of the Mediterranean, Parties to the Barcelona Convention, decided last year on a target of reducing marine litter around the basin by 20% by 2024. UN Environment/MAP is very keen on supporting such initiatives, that are a tiny, however crucial step towards that goal”, said Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of the UN Environment/MAP who participated in the cleanup activity.

    The campaign which focused for the second consecutive year on plastics, comes in line with the UN Environment efforts to turn tide on plastics with its 5-year #CleanSeas campaign, launched last February. Cigarette butts ranked first among the litter collected by the UN Environment/MAP participating staff. The beach was also strewn with Styrofoam particles from fish boxes, and straws, in addition to oxidized iron pieces.

    Marine litter has been confirmed as a critical issue in the Mediterranean. The problem is exacerbated by the basin’s limited exchanges with other oceans, its densely populated coasts, highly developed tourism and various additional inputs of litter from rivers and very urbanized areas.

  • 2017-05-07
    Towards “small sustainable islands”

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    On 5 - 6 May 2017, PAP/RAC joined the meeting on “small sustainable islands”. The meeting, which was organized in the island of Zlarin, Croatia, brought together the French actors associated with the SMILO Initiative (Conservatoire du littoral and Port Cros National Park) and the Croatian local and regional actors dealing with the protection, management and development of islands in Croatia and representing the Šibenik-Knin County, the City of Šibenik, the Regional Development Agency of the Šibenik-Knin County, the 5 LAG, the LAG More 249, the island association “Pokret Otoka”, the island of Silba, the Institute of Economics Zagreb, the island of Zlarin, including its Tourist Board and the Island Council, as well as the folk ensembles “Koralj” and Bodulièi, the volunteer fire-fighters associations, and the Yacht Club.

    The meeting was organized back-to-back with a workshop dedicated to the local community of Zlarin - the Croatian pilot island of this initiative. The goals of the meeting were: (i) to move forward towards the process of labelling the island of Zlarin as a "sustainable island" and to define an action plan for its sustainable development, and (ii) to continue the efforts for the implementation of actions and development of synergies as a part of the SMILO international activities, as well as to expand the network with new partners in Croatia.

    On the occasion of the meeting, representatives of the City of Šibenik and the Šibenik-Knin County signed the Declaration of sustainable development of small islands. Also, the local Committee for sustainable development of the island of Zlarin was set up. This two-day meeting allowed the participants to share their experiences, knowledge and points of view in order to move towards the implementation of joint actions.


  • 2017-05-05
    PAP/RAC NFPs meeting held in Split

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    On 3 and 4 May 2017, the PAP/RAC National Focal Points meeting was held in Split, Croatia, in the presence of representatives of 17 Contracting Parties, five invited experts, the UN Environment/MAP representative and the PAP/RAC staff. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the progress achieved during the 2016-2017 biennium in the implementation of the PAP/RAC Programme of Work (PoW), and to present the PoW for the biennium 2018-2019, as well as to discuss the Regional Framework the first draft of which had been presented and discussed in Athens beginning April. In addition, the Coast and Hydrology components of the Quality Status Report and the GEF MedProgramme and CVC&ICZM projects were introduced to the participants.

  • 2017-04-28
    Progressing on EcAp's Science-Policy Interface

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    PAP/RAC representatives attended the 5th workshop on the science-policy interface (SPI) strengthening organized by Plan Bleu, in Nice, France, on 27 and 28 April 2017.  In addition, the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) coordination group meeting was held on IMAP spatial and temporal scales of monitoring and assessment back to back with the Quality Status Report (QSR) meeting.

    The workshop was organized  with the support of the EU funded EcAp MED II project and its specific output related to science-policy interface strengthening. The meeting allowed to share best practices, to present efforts of Contracting Parties for IMAP implementation at national scales, as well as to encourage discussion and meeting recommendations regarding elaboration of efficient spatial and temporal scales for monitoring and assessment.

    PAP/RAC was leading the separate discussion-session on scale of assessment regarding the Coast and Hydrography indicators, but also discussing the issues on assessment scales which are applicable for all IMAP indicators. In addition, the draft QSR assessment fact sheets for Coast and Hydrography indicators were presented and discussed by the participants.


  • 2017-04-26
    EcAp Med II workshop discussed Coast and Hydrography indicators

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    On 24 and 25 April 2017, the second training workshop on Coast and Hydrography indicators was organized in Rome, Italy, in the framework of the EcAp Med II project. In addition to two PAP/RAC representatives and three experts on Coast and Hydrography, six national consultants from EcAp MED II eligible countries (Algeria, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia) attended the workshop, together with two representatives from Turkey, and the UN Environment/MAP and ISPRA expert.

    In the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP), adopted by the COP 19 in 2016, the 27 indicators were identified as relevant to estimate the good environmental status of the Mediterranean coastal zones and sea. This workshop was dedicated to three indicators belonging to Coast and Hydrography cluster, namely: “Length of coastline subject to physical disturbance due to the influence of manmade structures”; “Location and extent of the habitats impacted directly by hydrographic alterations; and “Land use change”. PAP/RAC experts presented the indicators individually to define precisely the monitoring arrangements, and provided concrete examples of their implementation. Country experts exchanged state-of-the-art regarding the development of national IMAPs. The Shared Environmental Information Systems (SEIS) was presented by the UN Environment/MAP expert. The workshop was concluded with a presentation on importance of interconnection between EO1 Biodiversity (i.e. marine habitats) and EO7 (i.e. estimation of hydrographic alterations) by the ISPRA expert. One of the main requests formulated by national experts was the need for capacity building, especially in terms of technical support regarding the implementation of the indicators (e.g. modeling, GIS application, etc.). The dynamic exchange of workshop participants enhanced the already established sound basis for a harmonized and efficient monitoring of Mediterranean coastal zones.

  • 2017-04-25
    EUSAIR and PAP/RAC support each other

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    On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the workshop on “The Present and the Future of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism“ took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 24-25 April 2017. It was organised with the support of the Interreg V-B ADRION 2014-2020 (Strategic project Facility Point) and the Ministry of Tourism of Croatia as an awareness raising and experience sharing initiative of the Pillar 4 on Sustainable Tourism of the EU Macro-regional Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

    Ms. Željka Škarièiæ, PAP/RAC Director, was invited to participate in the Panel on “Promoting and Integrating Sustainability and SCP into Tourism Policies”. She made a presentation on ICZM as a framework for the integration of environmental sustainability concerns into tourism policies. On one hand, that was another good opportunity to promote the ICZM Protocol, its principles and objectives as well as the work done on the Regional Framework for ICZM. On the other, it was an occasion to deepen mutual support between the pan-Mediterranean initiatives of the Barcelona Convention and the Adriatic-Ionian macro-regional strategy with regard to one of the core themes to be dealt with in ICZM.

  • 2017-04-23
    EMSEA Conference - Apply now!

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    The European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), in collaboration with the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, Malta, organizes the fifth EMSEA conference. The conference will be held at the University of Malta in Valetta, Malta, from 7 - 10 October 2017. The aims of the conference are to promote: a further penetration of Ocean Literacy in school curricula; the digital age of Ocean Literacy; Oceans and human health; and the future scenarios and roles for Ocean Literacy. The target participants of the EMSEA conference are all those dealing with the sea, and in particular the researchers, policy makers, lecturers, etc.

    The deadline for Abstract submission is 15 June 2017. More about the conference can be found at: https://www.um.edu.mt/events/emsea2017/

    EMSEA is a roof organisation which promotes Ocean Literacy across Europe. Its branch EMSEA-Med is focused on the promotion of Ocean Literacy across the Mediterranean region, in the EU and non-EU countries, with the aim of achieving sustainable use and protection of the Mediterranean Sea. More about EMSEA-Med can be found at: http://www.emsea.eu/info.php?pnum=15/ and at the Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/emseamed/

  • 2017-04-11
    Getting ready for the Regional Framework

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    A workshop to discuss the first draft of the Regional Framework for Integrated Coastal Zone Management was organised by PAP/RAC in Athens, Greece, on 5-6 April 2017. The Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea supported organisation of the meeting. The meeting was attended by nominated experts from thirteen Mediterranean countries. The Regional Framework is a document envisaged in the article 17 of the ICZM Protocol with the aim of supporting Contracting Parties to cooperate for the promotion of sustainable development and integrated management of coastal zones. Based on constructive inputs and suggestions, the updated version of the Framework will be further discussed at the upcoming PAP/RAC National Focal Points meeting in May.

    Following the Regional Framework meeting, on 7 April, a meeting with the representatives of Greek authorities and institutions took place in order to present the recent UN Environment/MAP and PAP/RAC projects on EcAp indicators and MSP. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Environment and Energy; Tourism; Economy and Development; and Rural Development and Food, as well as representatives of scientific and research organisations coming from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, National technical University of Athens, Helenic Center for Marine Research and Panhellenic Society of Technologists Ichthyologists. It was a very interesting and productive meeting both for the PAP/RAC and Greek representatives, hopefully being the first of the many collaborative expert meetings in the future.

  • 2017-04-10

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    ITALY CROATIA CBC Programme 2014-2020 encourages cross-border co-operation among the territories of the two Countries overlooking the Adriatic Sea (25 Italian provinces and 8 Croatian counties). The overall objective of the Programme is “to increase the prosperity and the blue growth potential of the area by stimulating cross-border partnerships able to achieve tangible changes”. The Programme aims to do so by supporting projects in the fields of blue innovation, climate change adaptation, environment, culture and transport. The total Programme budget allocated is around MEUR 237, MEUR 201 of which from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the remaining amount from the national co-financing.

    For the opening of the first set of Call for Proposals Italy-Croatia Programme bodies are organizing Infodays in Croatia from 19 - 21 April 2017. The workshops will be held, respectively, in Ploèe, Zadar and Karlovac. A detailed Agenda of the workshops is available at the website of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds - https://razvoj.gov.hr/vijesti/program-interreg-v-a-italija-hrvatska-2014-2020-poziv-na-nacionalne-info-dane-i-svecano-otvaranje-podrucnih-ureda-zajednickog-tajnistva-programa/3588/.

    During the Infodays, the representatives of the Managing Authority and of the Joint Secretariat will provide detailed information about the funding opportunities given by the Call, the administrative and financial requirements and application rules and procedures, with the final aim to involve the potential beneficiaries and quality project proposals.

  • 2017-04-04
    ICZM in North Africa

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    On the occasion of the closing meeting of the project "Effective Integration of integrated coastal zone management in the countries of North Africa: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia", which was held in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 30 March 2017, WWF North Africa brought together many actors from the three countries, and primarily the NGO partners of the project. A PAP/RAC representative has taken part in the welcome addresses together with representatives of APAL, the Ministry in charge of the environment of Morocco, the Directorate-General in charge of tourism in Algeria and the WWF NA, as well as in the discussions that followed.

    The meeting was an opportunity to review the results of the project and to share good practices, as well as the difficulties encountered. The regulatory perspectives in north Africa regarding the ICZM Protocol have been discussed, with particular emphasis on the support needed for its ratification in Algeria and Tunisia. Partners have proposed various actions to develop the network of “ICZM-engaged” NGOs in the Maghreb, which emerged within the project lifetime. In order to keep it alive, all associations present at the meeting promised to organize awareness raising actions in each country, and in parallel, especially during the forthcoming Week of the sea and the Coast Day. On the other hand, a Manual for the implementation of ICZM by the associative networks will be widely disseminated (400 copies will be printed and distributed).

    Finally, a common agenda has been established by the partners to anticipate the second phase of financing of the CEPF-Med (the donor who financed the project), for which a Call for proposals should be launched in September 2017.

  • 2017-04-03

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    Today, the MedOpen on-line Advanced training session on climate variability and change (CVC) has been launched in French. This four-week training is attended by 20 students, including 15 from Morocco and 5 from Tunisia. The students had already applied for the 2016 MedOpen ICZM Advanced training in French, but their candidatures, although fully in accordance with the selection criteria, were not accepted due to a large number of applied candidates. Taking into account their great interest to participate in one of the future MedOpen trainings, PAP/RAC has organised this training session.

  • 2017-03-23
    Slovenia converted the coastal road to “green oasis”

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    On 20 March 2017, after years of efforts by local municipalities, the road between the coastal towns of Izola and Koper in Slovenia was closed for traffic and converted to more sustainable uses such as recreation, bathing and enjoyment of the sea. According to the Slovenian Infrastructure Minister, the "green oasis" between Izola and Koper will pave the way for sustainable use of the coastal and maritime area and for the development of sustainable tourism. He added that the closing of the coastal road ment that Slovenia got back 10% of its coast, pointing to development opportunities for the area. The Izola Mayor stressed that locals had been waiting for this for years and that now it was time to crate a symbiosis of man and nature in the area.

    Several plans and designs on how to arrange this new coastal area have already been proposed, including those from the CAMP Slovenia project completed about ten years ago. So, the closing of this road is a good example of the follow up of the CAMP, as well as of the ICZM Protocol implementation in Slovenia which has a very limited coastline.

    In addition, several years ago, Skocjanski zatok - a degraded coastal wetland near the Port of Koper was renaturated and today is known as a Nature reserve and Natura 2000 site.

  • 2017-03-17
    PANACeA & BleuTourMed Kick-off meetings

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    Two horizontal Interreg-Med projects, PANACeA & BleuTourMed, were launched back-to-back in Marseille, on 15 - 17 March 2017. The PANACeA is a regional initiative of streamlining management efforts in Protected Areas for an enhanced Protection in the Mediterranean Sea. The project’s main goal is to support actions and dissemination of results of nine modular projects. First, the project will help match the needs and expectations of the different thematic project partners. Second, it will ensure support for a more effective Science-Policy-Interface (SPI) and contribute to the implementation of both the EU and the Barcelona Convention policies concerning the protection and conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in protected areas.

    PANACeA’s Advisory Board will have a key role in assisting and guiding the actions needed to help partners and their networks to influence more efficiently the relevant regional policies. PAP/RAC is a member of this Advisory Board together with the IUCN World Commission on protected areas/University of Queensland, IUCN Med, WWF Med, Tour du Valat, and SPA/RAC.

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    PAP/RAC also joined the BleuTourMed project, as both a partner in a modular project “Co-Evolve” and as a member of the Advisory Board. The sustainable tourism Community is the Interreg MED community for the protection and promotion of the Mediterranean natural and cultural resources with the aim of enhancing the development of sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism in the Mediterranean area. The focus will be on strengthening the planning and management practices in favour of sustainable tourism.

  • 2017-03-14
    CAMP Var Steering Committee meeting

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    The meeting of the Steering Committee of the CAMP Var (CoPil) was organised at the Departmental Council of Var in Toulon on 13 March 2017. In addition to national project manager, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Departmental Council of Var, agglomeration community of Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée, Community of St. Tropez commune, Conservatoire du littoral (both international and PACA delegation), Departmental Direction of the territories and the sea of Var, Port Cros National Park and PAP/RAC, as well as by the associated external experts.

    The partners recapitulated the activities and results of the project in 2016 and the participation of the CAMP Var team at the final conference of the CAMP Italy project. Particular emphasis was put on the survey conducted at the end of 2016, as well as on the need for a wider dissemination of the CAMP results. The CoPil members also discussed and validated the future activities for 2017, including the presentation of the “risks” platform project; the work of the Port Cros National Park on light pollution; presentation of the small sustainable island initiative and the ISOS project; the launching of the internship on the survey; and the global analysis of the terrestrial ship storage areas in the Var County.

    The CoPil members also discussed and validated some other works, with a particular focus on the study on the evaluation of the sea and coastal management policies, where the additional work will have to bring ideas and recommendations for a more effective implementation of ICZM. This work will be an objective of a half-day session of the CAMP Var / European days 2017 side event, which will be held in Toulon on 27 June 2017. The second half of the event will be devoted to the presentation of the Maregot and Simwestmed projects with a view to discuss the potential common ground and ensure the continuity of certain activities of the CAMP. A call for contributions was launched for the next Bulletin #3 of the project, while the provisional agenda of the conference "Land-sea meeting... from Var to the Mediterranean" scheduled for the autumn 2017 was commented.

  • 2017-03-09
    CORMON on Coast and Hydrography met in Madrid

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    On 3 March 2017, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with UN Environment MAP Secretariat, organized a meeting of the Ecosystem Approach Correspondence Group on Monitoring (CORMON) on Coast and Hydrography in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment. It was attended by 20-odd experts – representatives of the Contracting Parties, as well as external experts/consultants on given topics, PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC, MEDPOL, and UN Environment Secretariat representatives.

    One of the main topics of the meeting was to discuss the knowledge gaps and issues on implementing three indicators related to Coast and Hydrography clusters: (i) „Location and extent of the habitats impacted directly by hydrographic alterations“; (ii) „Length of coastline subject to physical disturbance due to the influence of manmade structures”; and (iii) „Land-use change“. Another important topic was the development of the Mediterranean Quality Status Report (QSR), which is due by the end of 2017. Many participants agreed to contribute to the QSR by sending written national experiences on given topics. Finally, the representatives of the Contracting Parties were invited to present the current state of their National Integrated Monitoring Assessment Programmes (IMAPs) regarding Coast and Hydrography. The meeting was successful and provided PAP/RAC with essential inputs for the completion of the Indicators Guidance Fact Sheets, as well as for the QSR.

    The day before (2 March), PAP/RAC representatives attended the Workshop on Science-Policy Interface, with specific focus on Risk-Based Approach (RBA) and its implementation in monitoring EcAp indicators. The meeting was organized by Plan Bleu and UN Environment MAP Secretariat.

  • 2017-03-06
    Towards the ICZM network in the Maghreb

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    On 28 February and 1 March 2017, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the WWF North Africa - Living Planet Tunisia, organised an exchange visit in Croatia for high level partners coming from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. This event fits in the context of the implementation of the activities of the project "Effective Integration of an ICZM approach in the countries of North Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia)" funded by CEPF Med.

    Nine participants from the Maghreb took part in this two-day exchange visit that took place in the County of Šibenik-Knin and Split. The participants were Tunisian parliamentarians and representatives of the civil society from Tunisia, the Ministry of the environment of Morocco, and the national Commissariat of the coasts in Algeria.

    The first day consisted of a field visit in the County of Šibenik-Knin, with the visit of the National Park of Krka, and a meeting with local institutional actors, first and foremost representatives of environmental and spatial planning Departments of the County. The focus of the day was on the Coastal Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County, which has been co-constructed by local authorities and PAP/RAC. This innovative document which unifies initiatives for the protection and development of coastal areas in the context of climate change, was adopted by the County Council in 2016. A strong political support enabled the preparation of this document, and this support was expressed on this day with a welcome speech of the County Prefect, who came to welcome the delegation.

    The second day of the visit, organised in the PAP/RAC premises, was rich in exchanges. The actors discussed the ICZM policies, programmes and plans developed and implemented in all the three countries. These experiences were put in perspective with the "Mediterranean" expertise of PAP/RAC. A network of ICZM actors and initiatives is being built thanks to the commitment of WWF NA, and exchanges will continue in this context with PAP/RAC support to the continuation of the implementation of the ICZM Protocol principles in the Maghreb.

    The visit was concluded by the PAP/RAC Director who detailed possible tracks of collaboration and called for the launch of new initiatives to enhance cooperation among and with the three countries.

  • 2017-02-28
    SUPREME and SIMWESTMED projects launched

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    SUPREME and SIMWESTMED projects hold a joint conference entitled “Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean, an occasion for Blue Growth” on 27 February 2017 in the premises of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Rome. The Conference was a great opportunity for policy makers, scientists and practitioners coming from maritime sectors to share their views, experiences and expectations regarding sustainable use of Mediterranean resources. The PAP/RAC Director presented exciting new initiatives and trends related to protection and planning of the marine space, in the framework of the Barcelona Convention.

    Back-to-back with the Conference, the kick-off meetings for the SUPREME and SIMWESTMED projects were organised the following day. The projects involve public authorities in charge of MSP in Western (France, Italy, Malta and Spain) and Eastern (Croatia, Greece, Italy-Adriatic part and Slovenia) Mediterranean Member States, and the UN Environment/MAP. The activities of the projects focus on supporting implementation of the MSP process in the EU Members States, and developing transboundary collaboration to manage MSP initiatives. The total budget foreseen for these 2-year projects is nearly 4.5 million Euros.

  • 2017-02-24
    What solutions for the Mediterranean?

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    On 23 February 2017, Ms. Ségolène Royal, French Minister of the Environment, the Sea and Energy, in charge of international Relations on Climate, welcomed in Paris a large panel of participants from all around the Mediterranean - ambassadors, representatives of national authorities, scientific experts, civil society, and students. The event was organised by the Ministry alongside with the UN Environment/MAP and the Union for the Mediterranean, with support of the Governments of Morocco and Monaco.

    After a brief introductory speech, Ms. Royal opened the conference presenting the five objectives for mobilisation and joint action for countries around the Mediterranean. These objectives were discussed in five round tables: Mobilisation and coordination of scientific networks; Mobilisation to preserve marine and coastal ecosystem; Mobilisation against pollution of land origin; Mobilisation against marine pollution; and Sustainability of small Mediterranean islands.

    A PAP/RAC representative who participated at the panel together with representatives of the UN Environment/MAP Secretariat, Plan Bleu, RAC/SPA and Rempec presented the PAP/RAC experience in the implementation of the ICZM Protocol principles at the local level. Particular emphasis was put at the Coastal Plan of Šibenik-Knin County in Croatia prepared by PAP/RAC in close cooperation with local authorities and in an inclusive and participatory manner with local stakeholders. It was highlighted that this planning tool was built with particular attention to climate variability and change proposing a series of adaptation measures.

    Moreover, PAP/RAC supportive actions in Croatia were presented in the framework of the Initiative carried out by the Small Island Organisation (SMILO) under the patronage of Conservatoire du Littoral recalling that the ICZM Protocol pays particular attention to the sustainable development of the specific territories that islands represent. The example of the integration of the island of Zlarin (one of the islands of the Šibenik archipelago) to the SMILO initiative was described as an integrated process with a detailed territorial diagnosis which helped structure a local island committee, and contributed to the definition of a strategic action plan for a better living on the island. Examples of potential actions were presented, particularly the support to the opening of the Croatian National centre for corals on the island. Further cooperation of Croatian islands is expected within the network of SMILO in the coming years.

  • 2017-02-13
    Three Ministers of foreign affairs visited PAP/RAC

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    At the occasion of the Adriatic Trilateral Initiative, inaugurated in Split on 10 February 2017, PAP/RAC received a visit of a delegation headed by Davor Ivo Stier, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs of of Albania, and Srðan Darmanoviæ, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

    The Croatia-Albania-Montenegro initiative was launched to contribute to the stability and security of this part of the Adriatic and Europe, and to intensify the dialogue on issues of common interest for these three countries. Some of the key areas include political dialogue, regional and international security, environmental protection, economy and tourism, transport, as well as energy and infrastructure.

    This first meeting of the Adriatic Trilateral Initiative was an excellent opportunity for the delegation to visit PAP/RAC – the institution which successfully cooperates with the three countries in environmental protection and sustainable development of the Adriatic region.

    The delegation was received by Željka Škarièiæ, PAP/RAC Director, who briefly introduced the Barcelona Convention system, the PAP/RAC specific objectives and its main fields of action, with particular reference to the role of PAP/RAC in assisting the Contracting Parties in implementing the ICZM Protocol. Having underlined the long and fruitful cooperation with the three countries, she presented two examples of PAP/RAC cooperation with Croatian authorities and institutions while Marina Markoviæ, PAP/RAC Programme Officer, presented two coastal zone management projects implemented in Albania and Montenegro.

  • 2017-02-09
    CAMP Var (France) Bulletin #2 published!

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    The bulletin provides you with all the news related to the project with a focus on its favourite themes, stories of actors, as well as the actual “land-sea“ information.

    Good reading, see you all soon! And don't forget to share it - http://www.pacvar.fr/documentation/document-et-publications/ !

  • 2017-02-03
    PAP/RAC mourns passing of our Ambassador for the Coast, Predrag Matvejeviæ

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    Predrag Matvejeviæ, writer, humanist, cosmopolite, polyglot and activist passed away yesterday in Zagreb, Croatia. He dedicated his life to fighting for peace, justice, human rights and wisdom. As he said himself, he was infused with the ideas of liberty, equality, and fraternity. His book "Mediterranean breviary" has been translated to 23 languages. For this work, he was proposed for a Nobel prize for Literature in 2016. According to the nomination letter, "Mediterranean breviary" recalls how our supposed differences could be transformed into reasons for coexistence, enrichment and sharing. This book, as well as his more recent book "The other Venice", exceptionally testifies about the Mediterranean values that we want to safeguard. Prof. Matvejeviæ was also a member of the European "Advisory commission of wise men for the Mediterranean".

    For his contribution to the sustainable development of the Mediterranean, PAP/RAC appointed him the "Ambassador for the Coast" in the framework of the Mediterranean Coast Day initiative. As Croatian poet Jure Kaštelan said, he was opening the windows to the sun...

    In this tough times for the Mediterranean, we already miss his wisdom and humanity.

  • 2017-02-02
    Sustainable Development in focus in the Mediterranean

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    The Steering Committee of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) held its 18th meeting on 18 and 19 January 2017 in Athens, Greece. Participants to the meeting discussed the progress made in the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 (MSSD 2016-2025) and its monitoring plan. The Strategy is a strategic guiding document for all stakeholders and partners to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the regional, sub-regional and national levels. Acknowledging the positive results achieved so far, they highlighted the need to further strengthen links between the work of the Commission and the implementation of the MSSD 2016-2025 with international and regional processes, in particular the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.

    Finally, the Steering Committee initiated the preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development in 2017 and its possible contribution to the CoP20.

  • 2017-02-02
    UN Environment/MAP launches its new website

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    The UN environment/Mediterranean Action Plan – Secretariat to the Barcelona Convention (UN Environment/MAP) is delighted to officially announce the launch of its new website.

    With a generous contribution by the EU funded ECAP Med I project, the website was created to provide users with an easier way to learn about the Mediterranean Action Plan and the Barcelona Convention. The new website is interactive and gives better access to information, news and latest publications.

    We will be constantly updating our content with useful information, articles, and reports in three languages namely English, French and Arabic.

    We hope you find the new website useful and modern; please visit it at http://web.unepmap.org/ It functions best with firefox and chrome browsers.

  • 2017-01-20
    Caring for our Coasts - Mediterranean and Italian Experiences

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    Under the main theme of "Caring for our Coasts - Mediterranean and Italian Experiences", the CAMP Italy held its final conference on Tuesday 17 January 2017 in Rome in the presence of Mrs. Maria Carmela Giarratano, General Director of the Ministry of the Environment, Land, and Sea Protection of Italy, and Mr. Gaetano Leone, Co-ordinator of UNEP/MAP. The conference presented the main results and methodologies of the two-year project, and their integration within the Mediterranean and international contexts.

    Within the framework of the project, the three regions, namely, Emilia-Romagna, Sardinia and Tuscany, developed strategies and procedures for the rational use of coastal and marine resources and the environmental protection, with the objective of identifying and operatively testing methodologies, instruments and best practices for sustainable development of the coast and valorization of the Italian historical heritage and landscape. Tools and methodologies developed were not only useful for the management of the project, but also replicable within the network of CAMP projects and useful for the institutions in charge of coastal management.

    The CAMP Italy project video was shared with the conference participants: https://youtu.be/4bsAuoEjjfw/

  • 2017-01-13
    Mediterranean territories work together to improve sustainable coastal tourism

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    Two PAP/RAC representatives attended the kick-off meeting of the INTERREG MED CO-EVOLVE project (Promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism) led by the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace which took place in Komotini (Greece) on 12-13 January.

    CO-EVOLVE is an INTERREG MED modular project developed under the programme’s priority axis 3 (natural and cultural resources) and specific objective 3.1 (sustainable tourism). It aims to analyse and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas, allowing for the sustainable development of touristic activities, based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management/Maritime Spatial Planning.

    The project recognises that a key challenge for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism development is the strengthening of cooperation among regions and the joint development and transferring of approaches, tools, guidelines and best practices. It brings together an analysis at MED scale of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism with local studies on seven representative Pilot Areas. The aim is to demonstrate through pilot actions the feasibility and effectiveness of an ICZM/MSP-based planning process.

    CO-EVOLVE will be divided into two phases: studying, which consists in analysing and defining the state of the art at MED and pilot area scale and testing, during which instruments, policies, strategies and joint plans already identified in M1 through pilot activities will be tested in order to set up solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories.


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