• 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 Ploče, 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 Srđan Darmanović, 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 Škaričić, 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 Marković, 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 Matvejević

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    Predrag Matvejević, 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. Matvejević 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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