The third training course for young animators took place in the framework of CAMP Algeria on 12 -14 December 2004 in the premises of the Training Centre for the Environment of MATE. This was also the last training on this subject. Animators were trained on the use of various participatory techniques and tools that can be applied in the CAMP context. Also, they worked with PAP consultants on the preparation of the participatory workshop, which is to take place end December this year in the commune of Staouëli within the 'wilaya' of Algiers.
A brainstorming of all national team leaders and PAP consultants took place on 20 December 2004 at the National Centre for Urban Studies and Research (CNERU). This meeting, chaired by the National Project Co-ordinator, was crucial for the integration of CAMP results and for the harmonisation of the proposed solutions of different thematic activities. The discussions allowed for the clarification of a series of questions related to the role of various CAMP activities, and for the validation by the ICAM activity of the proposed "thematic" solutions. This should allow for well-integrated final documents that will serve as a good base for the follow-up activities of CAMP.
2004-12-07CoLD Final Conference in Damascus
Results of the "CoLD - Improving Coastal Land Degradation Monitoring in Lebanon and Syria" project were presented and discussed at the Final Presentation Conference (1-2 December 2004) in Damascus. The project was addressed to improve Lebanese and Syrian national capacities of relying on advanced tools for environmental management and planning of coastal areas, according to the principles of sustainable development. It was carried out by Lebanese (National Centre for Remote Sensing - NCRS) and Syrian (General Organization of Remote Sensing - GORS) national teams, in close co-operation and with the support of the MAP Regional Activity Centres, namely ERS and PAP. The main activities of CoLD and responsible RACs were the following:
• the "Reconnaissance Survey" - ERS/RAC
• the "Detailed Analysis", the "Strategy and Recommendations" and the "Interactive Participatory Programme" - PAP/RAC
• the "GIS" - ERS/RAC and PAP/RAC.
The project main objective was to provide a clear reference framework for approaching the issue of land degradation in coastal areas and for implementing sound conservation and sustainable development measures.
The CoLD project was financialy supported by the European Commission LIFE Third Countries programme.
Within the activities aiming at the promotion of integrated coastal area management (ICAM) in Algeria, METAP decided to finance training on the methods and techniques of ICAM for 10 officers operating in the environmental domain. With regard to language constraints, it was decided that the training would be organised in France, and the French Conservatoire du Littoral resulted the most logical choice, as an institution that has been collaborating with the Algerian Ministry of Physical Planning and the Environment since 2002 within the French-Algerian co-operation programme on the subject "Preservation of the Algerian Coast". It was, thus, the Conservatoire du Littoral, in collaboration with the association "Rivages de France", and with general co-ordination by PAP/RAC, that organised this five-day training on the subject "Integrated Coastal Area Management: Protected Natural Spaces ". The training took place on September 19-25, 2004, in Aix-en-Provence and several sites in the surroundings.
On October 10, a seminar for the presentation of the results of the "diagnostic" phase of the Algerian CAMP was organised in Algiers, in the premises of the Ministry of Physical Planning and the Environment. Leaders of the national teams in charge of different thematic and cross-sectoral activities presented the results of their work in the first phase of the project to an audience composed of the members of the international committee of the CAMP, officials of the Ministry, local authorities, representatives of scientific institutions and NGOs operating in the CAMP area. The meeting was also attended by representatives of PAP/RAC and BP/RAC, as well as the international consultants engaged by the Centres to assist the national teams in the implementation of the activities. The meeting was honoured by the visit of Mr. Chérif Rahmani, Minister of Physical Planning and the Environment, who made a brief speech in which he thanked MAP, the leader of the national project and the national teams for the work done.
The seminar was preceded by the second project co-ordination meeting, that was organised on October 9 at the premises of CNERU. The project leaders, national team leaders and MAP consultants met to discuss the progress of the work on the second phase of the project, to confirm the calendar of the activities until the closure of the project, and to decide on the most efficient modalities of work.
2004-10-06Drafting group for ICAM Protocol established
At the meeting that took place on 1-2 October 2004 in Split , five legal and technical experts of the drafting group, together with MEDU and PAP/RAC staff, made the first concrete step towards the legal framework for ICAM in the Mediterranean . All this as a continuation of previous activities on this issue, such as the Forum in Cagliari (end May), which provided lots of valuable suggestions and recommendations for the drafting of the Protocol.
The meeting discussed more general topics in the introduction, such as experiences with other MAP Protocols, obstacles, 'road map' and alike. In the continuation, the structure and the contents of the Protocol were discussed in detail, as well as the distribution of the tasks among the experts of the drafting group. By mid-December the first draft will be prepared and reviewed at an expert meeting. Notes of the meeting will soon be available on this site
2004-10-04Croatia adopted a Decree on coastal areas
As a consequence of a rapid and uncontrolled development in Croatian coastal areas, and taking into account the expected pressures in the future, the Government issued a Decree for the protection of coastal areas. Very specific norms and standards are prescribed for urban development and for other sectors using coastal resources. This is the first legal document of this kind in the Mediterranean . Therefore, PAP/RAC made a translation from Croatian into English and French. However, take note that this text is not officially approved .
2004-08-30Changed e-mail address in PAP/RAC
Please, note, that e-mail address of PAP/RAC staff is changed from today on. Instead of email@example.com, please put, firstname.lastname@example.org
2004-07-20New publication on CCA for Tourism
The Challenge of Tourism Carrying Capacity Assessment - Theory and Practice, edited by Harry Coccossis, The University of Thessaly, Greece and Alexandra Mexa, University of the Aegean, Greece, has been published recently.
This book examines the use of various tools to define, measure and evaluate tourism carrying capacity (TCC) - a method aiming to impose limits for entering certain tourist destinations or using certain activities. Drawing on case studies from throughout Western Europe, it presents practical experiences of implementing TCC in various tourist destinations.
The chapter on Tourism carrying capacity in Mediterranean coastal tourist destinations was written by Mr. Ivica Trumbic, PAP/RAC Director. For more information and orders (ISBN 0-7546-3569-4), please, contact the ASHGATE Planning 2004 Catalog
The second phase of the project of formulation of erosion combating programmes in the pilot watersheds in the Maghreb countries was launched in a workshop organised on the subject in Tunis on June 30 - July 2, 2004. The workshop, organised in collaboration with the Directorate of Soils of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, was attended by the members of the national teams of the three countries involved in this second phase, as well as 10-odd experts from interested Tunisian institutions. The main objective of the workshop was to train the national teams on the formulation of "technological packages" (preventive, protective and remedial measures) for erosion management in the watersheds mapped in the previous phase (valley of Bas Isser in Algeria, Oued Beni Boufrah in Morocco, Oued Ermel in Tunisia).
2004-06-15Forum paved the way towards ICAM Protocol
Forum was held in the premises of the Convent of San Giuseppe, Cagliari, Sardinia (May 28 - 29, 2004). It was organised with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Territory of Italy, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Province of Cagliari. The principal organiser was PAP/RAC. It was assisted by the WWF Mediterranean Office in Rome.
The Forum was attended by more than 120 participants from most of the Mediterranean countries, representing various stakeholder groups, such as: Ministries for the Environment/Physical Planning; Ministries for Tourism, Infrastructure, Public Works and/or Development; local and regional coastal authorities; international organisations; scientific community; and NGOs. Also, the meeting was attended by the representatives of METAP, MAP, its Regional Activity Centres (BP/RAC, CP/RAC, MEDPOL, REMPEC, and SPA/RAC). The Forum was a successful event where important inputs for the drafting of the Protocol were proposed. Provided were valuable suggestions and recommendations on its structure and level of detail of its legal provisions in order to come to a well balanced and harmonised text.
A complete Report will be available soon. In the meantime, you are invited to see the photogalery, as well as the keynote papers, experiences, and working groups' reports.
Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, at their 13th Meeting in Catania (November 2003) based on results of the Feasibility Study prepared prior to that meeting, adopted a recommendation to "…prepare a draft text of the regional protocol on integrated coastal management, on the basis of a broad process of consultation among experts and all other interested parties in view of its consideration by the CPs." To that end, the Regional Forum on ICAM was envisaged to be the first step in the consultation process.
A small team working on the preparation of the simulation game for the Coastlearn virtual training course met in Moscow on 24-25 May. In the framework of Coastlearn virtual course, modules on integrated coastal zone management, biodiversity, public participation and tourism have been built. Modules are currently under translation into Russian, and have already been translated into several eastern European languages and Turkish. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss and conclude the concept of the simulation game, divide responsibilities and agree on a work plan. Different options for the development of the game, as well as some details related to the score calculation were discussed and agreed upon.
The first run of MedOpen virtual training course on ICAM in the Mediterranean will start on Monday, April 19th, 2004, at 09:00. Out of almost 60 candidates who applied for MedOpen half applied for the advanced course. In order to secure the quality of the course, only 21 candidates have been selected for the first run of the advanced course. The priority was given to candidates from the Mediterranean and to those selected by the MedOpen commission. The remaining candidates will start with the basic course and are scheduled for the next advanced run.
PAP/RAC has received applications from all over the world. The candidates have different educational backgrounds and are mainly highly educated, while their working experience is impressive. What makes this course special is a high motivation and enthusiasm of the applicants particularly stimulated by the opportunity to exchange experiences and experiment with new methods of learning. New candidates are welcome to join MedOpen for the second run!
2004-04-14New FAO site on soil erosion
TA new site on soil erosion was recently launched by FAO in a close co-operation with PAP/RAC. As a matter of fact, PAP/RAC and FAO AGL Department have a long history of successful co-operation. In the late '90s, two Guidelines were jointly prepared, namely the Guidelines for mapping and measurement of rainfall-induced erosion processes in the Mediterranean coastal areas and the Guidelines for erosion and desertification control management. In addition to the latter, a Photo-library on soil erosion processes, as a pictorial annex was published in 2002. In this way, a full set of the most needed methodological tools was developed, which are being used by soil erosion practitioners and other users. This new web site can be found at http://www.fao.org/landandwater/agll/photolib/index_e.htm.
The mapping methodology is applicable not only for rainfall-induced erosion processes as initially stated, but considers also wind erosion and other degradation processes induced by incorrect land-use practices and management; similarly, the flexibility, adaptability and versatility of the mapping criteria and methods might be likely to be applied in other regions of the world. The Photo-library is trilingual (English, French and Spanish), whereas both Guidelines are not (yet) available in Spanish.
PAP/RAC is currently conducting several projects where these guidelines are applied, such as in the Maghreb countries (Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria), as well as in Syria and Lebanon.
The second training course on animation and communication in the context of a participative process was held in the premises of the National Centre for Environmental Education of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Environment (MATE), in Algiers , from March 29 to 31, 2004 . The main objective of the training course was to train the animators who can promote the application of a participative approach in the framework of CAMP, and to prepare them for the first concrete application of the participatory approach at the level of pilot actions of the CAMP. The training course based its work on a brief information prepared for the needs of the training course regarding the Reghaia lake, which has every chance of being accepted as one of the pilot sites.
During the three days of the training course, which have been filled with the practical exercises, the play of the roles and the analysis of this play of the roles filmed with a video camera, the animators practised the art of communicating, how to animate different target groups, how to apply the tools of visualisation, how to control difficult situations, etc. Their wish to start the field work as soon as possible and to try to apply in practice what they have learned makes us believe that the participative approach will become an important element of the CAMP.Otherwise, the experience these young animators are going to apply in the field should allow them to continue applying the participative approach also in the phase to follow the CAMP, to take over an important role in introducing the participative approach in other similar projects, and to pass down their knowledge to other persons concerned with these participative approaches. In this way, another important objective of training courses organised by PAP/RAC, namely, the "training of the trainers", will be attained.
2004-03-30Inception Workshop for CAMP Slovenia
Details of CAMP Slovenia project were presented and discussed at the Inception Workshop (IW) in Koper, 18-19 March 2004. The structure, organisation and each of the project activities were presented, and recommendations for improvements proposed by the participants. The workshop was attended by local and national authorities, scientific institutions, NGOs, representatives of MEDU, MEDPOL and the RACs involved in the project, and other stakeholders. Discussions were very fruitful and it is expected that an improved Inception Report will be available soon. Later on, the Steering Committee will adopt the Report, which will serve as a basis for the bidding process at the national level in order to select the experts to conduct the proposed activities. The start of the implementation is expected in May, and most of the outputs should be available by autumn 2005.
The main project activity is the Regional Concept of Spatial Development, around which other activities will take place, such as those for protected areas, tourism development, non-point sources of water pollution, coastal strip development, all in addition to the project horizontal activities (SPSA, project co-ordination, training, public participation, awareness).
A Report of the IW, as well as the Final Inception Report will be available on this site shortly.
2004-03-30OCEANA inaugurated in Damour
Results and recommendations of the CAMP Lebanon project are becoming reality. As a result of one of the CAMP activities, i.e. Tourism and Sustainable Development, which dealt with alternative or eco-tourism development in the CAMP area, a private firm has developed the Oceana project in co-operation with the Damour municipality, taking into account the proposed recommendations. It is based on a soft construction on the beach in the Damour plain, where simple facilities for tourists will be developed, as well as possibilities to sell local products. At the ceremony several speeches were given, among them by the Minister of Environment, the Damour Mayor, a representative of Mr. K. Annan, a private firm, an NGO, as well as of MAP. Present were about 250 people, and media covered the event very well.
It is for the first time in Damour that this sort of partnership was developed, and it is also important for MAP CAMP projects because even before the formal conclusion of this specific project, lots of interest has been shown from various entities to use its results. Very concrete co-operation was experienced also at previous stages of the CAMP Lebanon, when results of activities were used with other Directorates General, such as the one responsible for planning or the one for heritage.
In addition, Sarafand community (one of the three communities involved in CAMP) will prepare its development programme on the basis of CAMP outputs and recommendations. All this shows that CAMP Lebanon has produced a significant influence on the approaches and development in general of the Lebanese coastal areas. Therefore, it is a successfull project we all can wish to be replicated in other countries.
In a very near future it is expected that the CAMP project for Lebanon will be officially concluded by a Final Conference.
The Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention have, at the 13th Meeting in Catania (November 2003), adopted a recommendation to “…prepare a draft text of the regional protocol on integrated coastal management, on the basis of a broad process of consultation among experts and all other interested parties in view of its consideration by the CPs.” To that end, PAP/RAC is organising the Regional Stakeholders' Forum on ICAM Protocol to be the first step in the consultation process. It will take place on 28-29 May 2004 in Italy. The objectives of the Forum are the following:
* To present the Feasibility Study for the Protocol on ICAM in the Mediterranean;
* To open a wide debate among authorities and stakeholders in the region on the need for a new legal instrument for Integrated Coastal Management in the Mediterranean;
* To receive inputs for the drafting of the Protocol;
* To propose the consultation process for the drafting of the Protocol; and
* To propose the Protocol's “roadmap".
The Forum will be attended by the representatives of various stakeholder groups, including the Ministries for the Environment, Physical Planning, Tourism, Infrastructure, Public Works and/or Development; Coastal local and regional authorities; international organisations; scientific community; NGOs; professional associations; financial institutions; experts; and alike. The participants are expected to provide the meeting with valuable suggestions and recommendations on how to draft the Protocol. More information about the Forum.
2004-02-18Inception Workshop for CAMP Slovenia
In the framework of the CAMP Slovenia project, the Inception Workshop will be organised on 18-19 March 2004 in Portoroz. The workshop will be attended by the representatives of the Slovenian MoE, the respective local authorities, NGOs, experts, national scientific institutions, MAP RACs involved in the project, as well as by a representative of MEDU. The Inception Report prepared by the National Project Co-ordinator will be presented and discussed at the workshop. Also, individual activities to be carried out within the project will be discussed in detail.
On the basis of the Feasibility Study for CAMP Mar Menor, which was prepared and presented at the Contracting Parties meeting in Catania (November 2003), an Agreement between MAP and the Spanish authorities was prepared and is going to be signed in the following weeks.
The proposal to start a CAMP project called “Mar Menor Lagoon and Its Area of Influence” of the Region of Murcia was presented by the Spanish authorities to UNEP-MAP in July 2002.
The CAMP area covers an extension of approximately 1,507 km2, 1,250 km2 of which belong to the land area, amounting to 56% of the regional littoral area and to 11% of the region's territory. The area likewise includes about 257 km2 of marine territory, 135 km2 of which belong to the Mar Menor lagoon. Besides the activities at the project level, including Project Co-ordination and Integration of Project Activities; Training; Participation, information and communication; Systemic and Prospective Sustainability Analysis, the following individual project activities are envisaged: Territorial sustainability; a set of Sustainability-oriented activities for different sectors (tourism, agriculture, fishing and aquaculture, energy, industry and mining); and Conservation of Natural and Cultural resources. Several MAP RACs will be involved in this project, namely: PAP/RAC, BP/RAC, SPA/RAC, ERS/RAC and CP/RAC. Find more info about the project in the Feasibility Study.
2004-02-18Final Presentation Conference in Lebanon
The Final Presentation Conference for the CAMP Lebanon is being organised and is expected to take place in April 2004. It will be convened in order to present the results of the completed project to the main stakeholders and the general public. Also, recommendations for the follow-up activities are expected to be proposed. Apart from numerous Lebanese representatives, the Conference will be attended by the representatives of the MAP Co-ordinating Unit and the RACs involved in the project implementation. More info will be available shortly.
On February 2 - 3, 2004, a meeting was held on "Enhancing public/private partnership for new financial arrangements to eliminate land-based pollution: promoting transfer of best available techniques (BAT)". At the meeting, PAP/RAC presented the work done within the GEF project component "Development of economic instruments for sustainable implementation of SAP". PAP/RAC agreed with the GPA and C.I.R.P.S. to exchange project results and outputs, and discussed the ideas for the future work and co-operation.
PAP/RAC is going to participate in the "Training course for preparation of Sectoral Plans and National Action Plans (NAP) in the framework of the Strategic Action Programme", that is to be held in Izmit, Turkey, on March 4-6, 2004. The meeting will be organised by UNEP/MAP. PAP/RAC experts and the national teams on economic instruments are working on the preparation of the "Proposals of economic instruments for NAP". These proposals will serve as an input to the national teams preparing the NAP. The overall task to be done will be discussed at the meeting, where the simulated NAP will be drafted basing on a simulation study.
2004-02-16CAMP Algeria: An in-depth training course on animation and communication in the context of a participative proces
The Ministry of Physical Planning and Environment (MATE) has recently given its consent for the organisation of the second training course within the framework of the CAMP Algeria activity "Training and Participation". The training course will be organised in Algiers, on 29 - 31 March 2004. This time, it will be an in-depth training course on animation and communication, intended primarily for animators who had already attended the initial training in November 2003, and who have to join the thematic teams during the implementation of pilot actions to be started in the nearest future. These actions will demonstrate how the integrated coastal area management is carried out at the limited level in practice.