• 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 - !

  • 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 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 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:

  • 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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