2011-12-16Declaration adopted by Coastal Commission
In addition to representatives of eight municipalities, the CC is also composed of representatives of the Regional government, Provincial council, Association of the municipalities and the State Ministry. This is an important body established in the framework of the CAMP in order to provide institutional co-ordination and social participation. Most of all, the CC is created as a decision making and executive body for the actions and measures needed to implement the proposals derived from the CAMP. The meeting also nominated the Chairman and the vice Chairman of the Commission.
Prior to the adoption of the Declaration, a detailed progress report was given by the CAMP Co-ordinator, supported by the report of the Chairman of the Coastal Council, which is a broader participatory body within the CAMP framework. The international context, namely, the link of the CAMP to the ICZM Protocol and in particular the expectations of the MAP from this project, was underlined in the introductory speech by the PAP/RAC Deputy Director. A number of media representatives took part in the press conference prior to the beginning of the CC meeting.
2011-12-09UNESCO Workshop on coastal hazards
The workshop on the use of strategic coastal planning and management to reinforce awareness of and preparedness for tsunamis and other sea-level related hazards was held at the premises of UNESCO in Paris from 5 to 7 December 2011. The objectives of the workshop were to sensitize civil protection and coastal managers on the use of strategic land-use planning for strengthening preparedness for tsunamis and other sea-level related hazards in the context of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), and to improve communication among different actors in preparedness.
Experts from 10 countries of the project region attended the workshop presenting case studies from different areas of the region. Ms. Daria Povh Škugor, PAP/RAC Programme Officer, presented the activities and results of the MedPartnership project, as well as the new project on integrating climate variability and change into national strategies to implement the ICZM Protocol. She led the working group on awareness which produced the recommendations for coastal managers.
2011-12-07MEDCOAST Institute 2012
Brief information about MEDCOAST Institute 2012 can be found at the "Announcement of MEDCOAST Institute 2012" flier in pdf format. More information is available at www.medcoast.org.tr
2011-12-07Monaco workshop for Rio+20
The workshop was attended by representatives of governments, researchers and experts, representatives of relevant UN entities, civil society, economists, as well as representatives of the business sector from different regions of the world. The workshop was organised around three principal themes: food safety and security; energy; and tourism. The objectives were to promote and share best practices, and to propose concrete political recommendations to Rio+20 to achieve a sustainable use of oceans.
Mr. Stipica informed the participants of the ICZM Protocol to the Barcelona Convention which was recognised as a unique example with potential for replication. In the final paper of the workshop entitled “Monaco Message” ICZM is recommended as a tool for sustainable development in coastal zones.
In the closing session of the workshop, the participants were addressed by H.E. Mr. Sha Zukang, Secretary General UNCSD, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, who expressed his satisfaction with the presentations and discussions in the sessions. The workshop was closed by HSH Prince Albert II who reiterated his concern about the state of the oceans and coasts, and raised hopes that the outcome of the workshop would contribute to their protection.
2011-12-02Montenegro ratified the ICZM Protocol!
On 1 December 2011, the Assembly of Montenegro adopted the decision to ratify the ICZM Protocol to the Barcelona Convention. The conclusion of the Protocol by Montenegro brings the number of ratifications to 7.
A number of pre-CAMP activities facilitated the Protocol ratification. These included the preparation of an analysis of the implementation of Art. 8 of the ICZM Protocol to the spatial planning system in Montenegro and the preparation of expert guidelines for the Terms of Reference for the Montenegrin Coastal Area Spatial Plan (CASP). These assessments, as well as changes in terms of institutional and legislative framework for implementing the national environmental and spatial planning policy, led toward the necessary redefinition of the CAMP activities to be fully tailor-made for the ICZM Protocol implementation.
PAP/RAC welcomes the Assembly’s decision raising hopes that the Protocol ratification will contribute to the effective protection and sustainable management of this part of the Mediterranean coast.
2011-10-31MEDCOAST revealed many unknown knowns...
The 10th MEDCOAST scientific conference was held in Rhodes, Greece, from 25 to 29 October. More than 100 participants from the Mediterranean, but also from other world countries like Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Russia, attended this unique scientific conference on ICZM. Scientists presented their work related to the coastal zones, exchanged ideas and discussed different innovative solutions for the coastal challenges of today.
International organisations led by MAP and PAP/RAC presented the state-of-the-art of their activities, in particular the Action Plan for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol that entered into force in March this year. The Protocol was illustrated with local examples from Spain and Egypt. In addition, two large initiatives in the Mediterranean, the MedPartnership and the PEGASO project, were presented and discussed.
Several representatives of the national government attended the conference as well and got the insight into the latest research in the region. During the conference ambitious plans for the future were discussed, in particular related to the next biennial conference which will mark 20 years of the MEDCOAST scientific conferences, but also 40 years of the US Coastal Zone Management Act. The conference was concluded with the Rhodes declaration stressing the strength of the MEDCOAST family.
2011-10-25Focal Points discussed the ICZM Action Plan
An Extraordinary meeting of the PAP/RAC National Focal Points (FPs) was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 18 -19 October 2011. On the first day of the meeting the preliminary results of the Stocktaking on ICZM in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea were presented and discussed. This is an important initiative within the PEGASO EU FP7 project by which, first the state of institutional settings, governance issues, policies and legislation on ICZM were analysed on the basis of a questionnaire distributed to all Contracting Parties (CPs), and second the gaps and needs were extracted and links made to the draft Action Plan for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol (AP). Also, the Guidelines for the preparation of the National ICZM Strategies were presented that will be used to assist the CPs for the elaboration of their respective strategies. Very useful suggestions were provided by the participants for the improvement of the two documents.
On the second day of the meeting the draft AP was presented and discussed in detail. The overall structure and the contents of the document were well received by the FPs. Some concrete proposals were adopted at the end of the meeting as conclusions and recommendations including the better integration and elaboration of the Common Regional Framework for the ICZM in the Mediterranean. The improved version of the AP will be submitted to the MAP FPs for comment and approval at their meeting scheduled for the end of November, tentatively. This document, once adopted by the Ordinary meeting of the CPs in January 2012, will trace the MAP endeavours to implement the ICZM Protocol by the end of 2019.
The documents for the Dubrovnik meeting can be found here.
2011-10-13CAMP “Levante de Almeria” gathers momentum
CAMP “Levante de Almeria” is currently in its full swing including the participation of stakeholders and other actors in various CAMP events, such as the meetings of the Coastal Council and the Commission. Mr. M. Prem, PAP/RAC Deputy Director, participated at the above meetings that took place at EGMASA and at the Almeria University on 29 September - 1 October 2011.
On 29 September a Steering Committee meeting was organised to discuss the workplan and the budget. A progress report was presented with particular stress on the Coast Day events. With regard to the Sustainable Development Reference Framework (SDRF) as the main output of this CAMP, the concept of the document and its structure were discussed, and the general consensus is that it is well in accordance with the PAP/RAC Guidelines for the preparation of the National ICZM Strategies.
On 30 September a co-ordination meeting was held with the consultants. All the team leaders and members of the team groups presented the progress of each individual activity. The 3rd meeting of the Coastal Council (CC) was convened late in the afternoon of the same day. It was attended by the members of the CC and the representatives of consultants for each of the individual activities, including Mr. S. Bell who is engaged as a consultant for the Imagine workshops. This meeting was followed by the 2nd Imagine workshop.
On 1 October the second day of the Imagine workshop was held and the participants worked on the selection of the indicators and the definition of the sustainable thresholds for each indicator. It was a very productive workshop, and it should be pointed out that the links between the individual activities, especially with the SDRF and Imagine process and results (indicators in particular) are very well established. According to Mr. Bell, this is the first CAMP ever where Imagine is so strongly linked to the project and with such a broad participation. The 3rd Imagine workshop is scheduled for 11-12 November and a Coastal Commission meeting for 14 November 2011.
2011-10-10Mediterranean and Black Sea opportunities
2011-09-25Mediterranean Coast Day celebration
Following the proposal of the Algerian Ministry of Physical Planning and Environment (MATE), the 2011 regional Coast Day celebration was organised in Algiers, under the high patronage of H.E. Mr. Chérif Rahmani, the Minister of MATE. More than 500 participants, including a number of high-ranking guests, namely, representatives of other relevant ministries, ambassadors of Mediterranean countries and representatives of international institutions in Algeria, as well as representatives of local authorities and institutions, NGOs and the civil society attended the seminar which was held at the Palace of Nations, and personally chaired by the Minister.
On the occasion of the seminar, the MAP Co-ordinator and PAP/RAC Director presented the activities carried out by their relevant organisations with special reference to the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean and the Action Plan for its implementation. Like in previous joint actions, this issue did not fail to get the Minister’s support.
After the seminar, a visit was organised to the Province of Tipasa where the participants took part in the rich promotional programme with children, divers, sailors and other sea and coast lovers. The Coast Day celebration enjoyed great media coverage.
2011-09-02Coast Day 2011
It has become tradition to celebrate the Coast Day on 25 September. This year, the theme will be “The Protocol has Entered into Force”. The central regional celebration will be organised at the “Sheraton” hotel in Algiers, under the high patronage of H.E. Mr. Chérif Rahmani, the Algerian Minister of Land-use Planning and Environment, United Nations Ambassador for 2006 - International Year of Deserts and Desertification, Champion of the Earth for 2007 and President of the Foundation “Déserts du Monde”, as well as our "Ambassador for the Coast".
All the countries are invited to mark this important day as they deem most appropriate.
2011-07-20Harmonising Buna/Bojana planning process
On 11 July 2011, the First Harmonisation Meeting for the management of the Buna/Bojana coastal area, river basin and aquifers (1st Buna/Bojana Harmonisation Meeting) took place in Podgorica, Montenegro. The meeting was organised with support of and in collaboration with: the Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism; the Albanian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Water Administration; UNEP-MAP; PAP/RAC; GWP-Med; and UNESCO-IHP.
The meeting was a stepping stone in the process for the preparation of the “Buna/Bojana Transboundary Integrated Management Plan”. In particular, the meeting was the opportunity to discuss and elaborate on the: baseline situation with regard to the main common issues identified in the river basin and the coastal area; stakeholders’ expectations with regard to the management of the Buna/Bojana area including the coastal, river basin and aquifer resources (develop a “vision”).
The meeting was attended by more than sixty targeted representatives of national and local stakeholders including the national, regional and local authorities, important economic sectors (such as agriculture, energy, hydropower, tourism, etc.), water users associations, academia, private sector, NGOs and civil society organisations.
2011-07-14PEGASO met in Tulcea
The main objectives of the meeting were: to report on the progress made so far in various WPs; to discuss the implementation achievements and gaps; to define the next steps; and to conduct the End User Committee meeting, and the project General Assembly. The major topics discussed included: ICZM in the Mediterranean and Black Sea – ICZM Process with the focus on stocktaking; the regional assessment; the ICZM Platform; CASES; and Coastal and marine SDI. PAP/RAC contributed substantially to the overall success of the meeting by participating in various sessions in particular to the stocktaking and platform sessions.
A technical visit to the Danube Delta was an opportunity for participants to know better the issues affecting the area.
The 3rd meeting of the government designated experts on ecosystem approach took place in Durres (Albania), on 2-3 June 2011. This meeting aimed at validating the operational and ecological goals, as well as the related indicators linked to the MAP’s implementation of the ecosystem approach, and at reaching an agreement on a timetable. It ended with the adoption of the draft decision’s elements on this approach implementation, which should be submitted to the next MAP Focal Points meeting scheduled for September 2011.
It is important to mention that the approach as being under development in the Mediterranean covers also the terrestrial part of the coastal zone, i.e. the geographical coverage of the Barcelona Convention and the ICZM Protocol. Therefore, a couple of ecological objectives are related to coastal zone and the specific one is on the coastal ecosystems and landscapes. However, the indicators are still “under construction” and should still be verified by the Parties.
2011-06-0114th meeting of the MCSD
The 14th meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) was held in Budva (Montenegro), from 30 May to 1 June 2011. Opened by Montenegro’s Environment Minister and the MAP Co-ordinator, it gathered some 25 participants representing the Mediterranean rim countries’ governments, the civil society actors and some international organisations.
This meeting essentially aimed at:
• discussing how the promoting of a green economy strategy, as well as a more effective institutional framework, could contribute to MAP strategy and priorities, and to the working programme and organisation;
• facilitating the reflection on the contribution to the Mediterranean for the next United Nations Global Conference on sustainable development (Rio+20), planned for June 2012. The ICZM Protocol was underlined as one of the major achievements in the Mediterranean region. This unique legal instrument should therefore be exploited for its contribution to sustainable development and be promoted and shared with other Regional Seas on the globe;
• discussing the Commission’s future directions in view of the ongoing assessment of the MSSD’s preliminary recommendations, including climate change adaptation.
The participants were also presented with a provisional assessment of the progresses made during the first five years of the Mediterranean Strategy on Sustainable Development’s (MSSD) implementation.
2011-05-31CAMP Montenegro signed!
The project is tailored in a way as to assist Montenegro to implement the ICZM Protocol. Therefore, in addition to capacity building and awareness raising, the key activities planned for the period 2011-2013 within the CAMP include: support for the preparation of the Coastal Area Spatial Plan (in terms of methodological support and preparation of coastal studies); preparation of the ICZM Plan, contributing to the CASP (mainly through recommendations of institutional mechanisms and other instruments necessary for the CASP implementation); and, if necessary, an SEA for the ICZM Plan will also be undertaken. Besides PAP/RAC as the CAMP Co-ordinator on behalf of UNEP/MAP, other MAP components will be involved in the implementation of the CAMP, namely, the MEDPOL, the Info/RAC, the SPA/RAC and the CP/RAC.
2011-05-24Harmonizing with ICZM Protocol
The Expert group meeting on harmonizing the national legal and institutional framework with ICZM Protocol took place during 18 and 19 May in the PAP/RAC premises in Split, Croatia. The first day of the Meeting was dedicated to the analysis of the contents and legal scope of the ICZM Protocol. The findings of the ProtoGIZC project, legal scope of the key Protocol provisions, and Protocol’s compliance with EU laws and Croatian legal framework were presented by IDDRI’s experts and later discussed and commented in detail by the Meeting participants. Apart from the mentioned issues, Croatian experts provided the participants with a detailed insight in Croatian and Montenegrin experiences related to public participation and spatial planning. On the second day, the focus of the Meeting was on the development of the National ICZM Strategies and ICZM Plans. The reports related to the analysis of the content and the legal scope of the Protocol, including the EU law and detailed elaboration of the Article 8 on the setback zone, will be integrated into a single report, i.e. “An Introduction to technical and legal aspects of the ICZM Protocol”, earlier known as an “Explanatory Guide”.
All the participants acknowledged the importance of the ICZM Protocol as a powerful tool for the sustainable development of coastal zones, but also agreed on the need for more efforts on further collaboration through interdisciplinary approach, capacity building and clarification of the vague terminology in some cases.
2011-05-20Focal Points met in Nice
During 11 and 13 May, a Joint meeting of the National Focal Points of the BP, Info and PAP Regional Activity Centres (RACs) took place in Nice. This was a regular biennium meeting to discuss the Centres' Progress Reports and Work Programmes for the next period, as well as to discuss relevant documents from their field of work. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the Blue Plan whereas PAP/RAC's session was on 12 May. The FPs congratulated PAP/RAC for the work done and appreciated the quality and relevance of the outputs achieved that were focused on the implementation of the ICZM Protocol. Due to the entering into force of the ICZM Protocol, they welcomed the efforts made to prepare a draft Action Plan for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol. Proposals were made on how to improve the document. Presented was also the draft Reporting Format for the ICZM Protocol and the Work Programme for 2012-2013.
Given the limited financial resources available for the implementation of the ambitious programme of work envisaged, the new call for the project proposals within the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Basin was presented as an opportunity to secure additional external funds.
2011-04-12Results of MedOpen Advanced announced!
Today, the MedOpen Advanced course on ICZM announced results of the candidates. The best student is Ms. Zoi Konstantinou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Congratulations, Zoi! As a reward, and to encourage future candidates to take part in the course, PAP/RAC will engage Zoi in some of its projects.
The students have been trained in the field of different ICZM skills and knowledge critical to today’s coastal management. The course was structured into three categories: skills that include conflict resolution (simulation game), communications (discussion forum) and policy and decision making (final essays). Three lecturers, coastal management experts, provided live support in these three categories, guidance and the feedback to the candidates. The course started with 22 candidates, but unfortunately, due to the political and other reasons in the region, six had to give up. Out of 16 candidates, 10 successfully ended the course and will be awarded the MedOpen Advanced Certificate. These candidates demonstrated high quality of their results, impressive understanding of the ICZM processes, motivation and commitment to ICZM as a best agreed tool for sustainable coastal management. The PAP/RAC MedOpen Team concluded that one more successful step had been taken towards building capacities and networks for the coastal management in the Mediterranean.
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2011-03-24ICZM Protocol enters into force!
Today, a bit over two years after it was opened for ratifications, the ICZM Protocol entered into force! Such a short period of time needed for this Protocol to enter into force expresses the full commitment of the Parties to implement the provisions set out in the frame of this Protocol. Being a unique legal instrument for sustainable coastal development, the ICZM Protocol provides an effective way to ensure that human actions are undertaken with a concern for balancing economic, social and environmental goals and priorities in a long-term perspective.The other most innovative legal instrument for environmental protection in the Mediterranean, the Offshore Protocol of the Barcelona Convention also enters into force today. The Protocol aims at establishing an effective management system to protect the Mediterranean Sea from pollution resulting from exploration and exploitation of the continental shelf, the seabed and its subsoil, and organise a mutual assistance in cases of emergency. The Offshore Protocol establishes a system of authorization, monitoring and strict liability in case of damage, with a view to limit impact on natural resources, biodiversity and population.
For more information: www.unepmap.org
2011-03-22Towards the Adriatic - Ionian Strategy
On 18 March 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration organised, in co-operation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, a Round Table on Environmental Protection. Since Montenegro chairs the Adriatic - Ionian Initiative, the meeting was held in Podgorica, Montenegro.
The meeting considered the implementation of a joint, transboundary sustainable development project in the countries of the Adriatic and Ionian region as part of a support towards the development of a Strategy for the Adriatic - Ionian Basin. Possible synergies in actions of the Adriatic - Ionian countries were focused on ICZM, green economy, prevention and response to maritime pollution, protected areas network (marine and terrestrial), and alike, all as part of the Adriatic – Ionian Initiative. The participants underlined the importance of PAP/RAC in providing technical support to the Countries in that process.
The meeting was opened by the Minister of State for Environmental Affairs of Syria who spoke about their devoted work on the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and all its related Protocols. Syria’s ratification of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean enabled this Protocol to enter into force. With that regard, a PAP/RAC representative gave a speech on "Shaping the future of the Mediterranean Coasts: Celebrating the ICZM Protocol" examining the applications of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol ratified by Syria in November 2010.
Warm hospitality and perfect organisation of the meeting and the press conference, and above all the commitment, agility and devotion of the Syrian representatives to save their coasts, filled with enthusiasm the participants of the meeting coming from 12 southern and eastern Mediterranean countries.
Finally, on 16 February, another important meeting took place: this time in the evening, in a nice restaurant in Sabadell, to celebrate the birthday of the project leader. Many happy returns, Françoise!
2011-02-17Together for Buna/Bojana Coastal Zone Plan
In the framework of GEF MedPartnership project a working meeting for the preparation of a transboundary Buna/Bojana (Albania/Montenegro) Coastal Zone Plan took place in Podgorica on 10 February 2011. The meeting was attended by national team leaders, Ms Marina Markovic (Montenegro) and Mr Zamir Dedej (Albania), and Mr Brian Shipman and Ms Marina Markovic from PAP/RAC. Ms Jelena Knezevic, GEF Focal Point in Montenegro, participated, as well. The main objectives of the meeting were to give an overview on the coastal plan development process; to update on the work undertaken by now; and to define future steps.
At the meeting it was agreed that Albania/Montenegro harmonization meeting will take place in mid-April in Podgorica. Prior to the meeting, it would be necessary to receive official nomination of the management team, in particular the Steering Committee members.
2011-02-11Will there be a CAMP in France?
2011-02-04SC approved CAMP Spain specifications
A special training session was organised on 27 January for the possible candidates for the national team to work on the Assessment of the Landscape Vulnerability. More than 50 participants attended the course what has shown that there was a great interest in the proposed methodology and expectations that the final vulnerability maps with the guidelines for planning and management of the CAMP area will contribute to spatial planning documents for the area in the future allocations of activities and various land uses. In particular to the preparation of the Sustainable Development Reference Framework in close co-ordination with the Imagine scenario building and indicators. The methodology is tailored in a way as to show areas in a cartographic form that are more or less vulnerable due to planned interventions in the landscape.
It was interested to hear that the concept of landscape in Spain is understood more as a visual quality of the environment. However, through the presentations and discussions the much broader concept of the landscape will be taken into account, i.e. a space where we find natural resources and activities using them, including natural and cultural (man-made) elements of the environment, its socio-economic component, i.e. human environment where visual qualities are just an element of it, and above all nature and biodiversity elements of the environment.