On 13 February 2018, a meeting with local authorities of the CAMP area (Neum municipality, as the only coastal municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina – B&H) and national authorities, including the MAP and PAP/RAC Focal Point for B&H, was organized in Neum, B&H. In addition to presentation of the draft Feasibility study by the consultant in charge of its preparation, the meeting participants discussed the proposed CAMP activities (horizontal and individual) which would help B&H in the implementation, at the national level, of decisions and obligations from the Barcelona Convention (i.e. IMAP, EcAp indicators to achieve the GES of the area), as well as in the realization of the ICZM priorities, at the local level. The Feasibility study will be finalized within a month when the second meeting is going to be organized to confirm the list of CAMP activities, as well as to ensure preconditions for the signature of the MoU for the CAMP implementation between UNEP/MAP and B&H.
A meeting of the County Committee for integrated coastal and marine management was held on March 7th at the premises of the Šibenik-Knin County. The Committee was founded as a result of the Coastal Plan, prepared in collaboration with PAP/RAC and adopted by the County Assembly. The objective of the meeting was to discuss and adopt the Recommendations for building coastal resilience to climate change impacts, as well as to inform the members on the results of a study on emission of toxic metals from tourist vessels into the sea.
PAP/RAC support the implementation of the Coastal Plan and in the meeting presented the Recommendations, which are the latest result of the joint work on the Plan. The implementation of these recommendations by the local authorities and community would be greatly beneficial for all stakeholders in the coastal zone and help preserve coastal resources for future generations. “The next step will be to present these Recommendations to the representatives of the local authorities, investors and the general public, since the only way to find better and environmentally friendly solutions is to act together”, said Ms. Sanja Slavica Matešić, Head of the Department for Environmental Protection and Municipal Affairs and the Secretary of the Committee.
PAP/RAC, together with the French Coastal Protection Agency (Conservatoire du littoral), organized a twofold meeting in Aix-en-Provence, on 29 January 2018. The meeting, which main focus was on the Var case study of the SIMWESTMED project, was also an opportunity to steer the French contribution to the definition of the Common Regional Framework for ICZM in the Mediterranean.
Regarding the SIMWESTMED project, the objective of the meeting was to discuss the two topics of focus for PAP/RAC within the project: (i) Land-sea interactions and (ii) Governance. The participants of the meeting were national stakeholders and project partners, including representatives of the French authorities from the national, regional and local level, public bodies, research institutions, etc. Partners were invited to discuss strengths and weaknesses of existing and planned management policies. Moreover, their perception of the issues regarding the implementation of MSP at different scales and at the trans-boundary level was addressed as well.
To steer the dialogue, and provide PAP/RAC with inputs for the Var case study, participants discussed the tools - including their development and strengthening - that help manage the interrelationships between maritime and coastal ecosystems and marine activities. The interpretation of land-sea interactions in the light of the ICZM principles was also a part of the main agenda items for discussion.
During the second session, the history, the structure and the latest developments and challenges for incremental application of the ICZM Protocol were discussed in the framework of the definition of the Common Regional Framework for ICZM in the Mediterranean. The decision (IG 23/7) on the definition of the Common Regional Framework for ICZM in the Mediterranean and a conceptual framework for MSP was taken in December 2017 in Tirana, at the COP 20 of the Barcelona Convention. The discussion led towards the establishment of a French working group that would contribute to the elaboration of the document during the following biennium.
2018-01-27Buna river project launched in Albania
A PAP/RAC representative participated at a meeting to launch the Buna Delta Protection project organized on 25 January 2018 in Shkodra (Albania). The meeting was attended by around 70 participants from local government, civil society and education bodies from Albania and Montenegro, followed by a field visit to the Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape, attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Tourism and Environment, at the Velipoja Visitor Centre on 27 January 2018.
The Buna Delta Protection Project, supported by the MAVA Foundation, will be coordinated by IUCN ECARO in partnership with PAP/RAC, GWP, Tour du Valat, and INCA. The project will run for five years focusing on the Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape, and will look to significantly reduce development threats currently affecting high value wetlands in order to stop further degradation of habitats. Furthermore, the project anticipates restoration activities on damaged wetlands and coastal habitats. In order to address socio-economic issues and human well-being, sustainable tourism and land use practices will be promoted. The site, designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Site) is one of the four Mediterranean coastal wetlands highlighted by the MAVA Foundation to develop best practices that will serve as references for the Mediterranean region.
The “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” was conferred to Izmir (Turkey) during the high-level session of the 20th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP20), which was held in Tirana, Albania, on 17-20 December 2017. The Contracting Parties established the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award“ to recognize and reward the efforts of local authorities to improve the environment and the quality of life and to encourage coastal cities and towns in their efforts towards sustainable coastal development.
Mr. Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), introduced the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” and the procedure followed for the nomination and selection of the winner, including through public voting. Izmir was selected as the winner of this pilot edition of the award, among 17 applicant-cities. The selection was made through a process applying criteria under four main categories: Nature and biodiversity protection; Built environment; Social, economic, and cultural sustainability; and Governance.
A Deputy Minister of Tourism and Environment of Albania handed a plaque to Mr. Aziz Kocaoglu, Mayor of Izmir, and congratulated on its exemplary implementation of an urban political agenda in the region. The Mayor of Izmir accepted the award on behalf of the people of Izmir and noted the numerous environmental investments and projects implemented in Izmir while encouraging participants to experience the city that thinks about its future.
PAP/RAC greeted this award to the city of Izmir with particular pleasure, knowing that the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP) Izmir, one of the first MAP CAMPs implemented from 1990-1993, contributed to setting the city on this path towards sustainability.