2012-12-12Coastal Commission adopted CAMP results
The CAMP Levante de Almeria, Spain, has nearly reached its completion stage. Namely, on 11 December 2012, the CAMP Coastal Commission met in order to adopt the main output of the project, i.e. the Sustainable Development Reference Framework (SDRF) for the CAMP area. Prior to the adoption, the project results and the SDRF in particular were presented and discussed, as well as the follow-up activities and organisation of the work. All the members of the Commission were present and anonymously adopted the SDRF, including the annexes, such as the vulnerability maps and conclusions and recommendations of the Coastal Council that had discussed the reports on 15 November 2012. The meeting was concluded with the adoption of the Declaration by which a political statement was expressed about the SDRF and the future implementation of the proposed actions.
The Coastal Commission is composed of the mayors of eight municipalities, the representatives of the Regional government, Provincial council, Association of the municipalities and of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs. 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 Coastal Commission is created as a decision-making and executive body for the actions and measures needed to implement the proposals derived from the CAMP.
It was also decided that the Final Presentation Conference would take place on 16 January 2013 when the results of the project would be presented to the public and all the stakeholders involved. It is expected that high representatives of the Andalusian region and the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs will attend the Conference.
2012-12-05High interest for the ICZM Protocol
Almost 50 participants from 11 Mediterranean countries attended the MedPartnership “Regional Workshop on harmonizing the national legal and institutional framework with the ICZM Protocol”, held on 4-5 December in Zagreb, Croatia. The aim of the workshop was to assist countries in understanding the legal aspects of the ICZM Protocol; building capacities for the ratification of the Protocol and its transposition into the national laws; and in implementing the ICZM Protocol. The workshop consisted of three major blocks: an insight into the legal aspects of the ICZM Protocol, particularly of its key provisions including the analysis of these provisions in the face of the EU law; the experience of a national case study implemented in Croatia; and finally, a joint identification of stakeholders who could lead the implementation of the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean countries, or those who could obstruct it or make it more difficult.
Out of 11 countries represented at the workshop, 5 have not ratified the Protocol yet. As it has been agreed by the participants, the ratification enables all interested stakeholders to use the ICZM Protocol as a tool to push for a sustainable coastal development, but also as an instrument of adaptation to the climate variability and change. It was also pointed out that the ratification was only one step on the long path towards sustainable coastal development for which the efficient implementation of the ICZM Protocol is a crucial challenge.
The event was organised following sustainable criteria. This case study has been uploaded on the website of the Sustainable Events Toolkit (SET) for the Mediterranean developed by CP/RAC.
2012-11-30Algeria keeps its momentum for ICZM!
On 21 November, the results of the 1st stage of the two pilot activities, namely, the development of a National ICZM Strategy for Algeria and of a Coastal Plan for Reghaïa, have been presented at a meeting held in the premises of the Algerian Ministry of Land-Use Planning, Environment, and Town (MATEV). The meeting was organised by MATEV with the support of PAP/RAC and UNESCO-HIP in the framework of the MedPartnership project.
As for more than 10 years now, Algeria is working on the protection of its coast by applying ICZM with the support of PAP/RAC. The stakeholders who attended the meeting were mainly familiar with the ICZM concept and formulated particularly useful and relevant remarks regarding issues and problems raised in the reports on both activities, emphasizing as well the need to work on awareness raising. As some comments had to be submitted in writing, it was agreed that the institutions could send their feedbacks to the team leaders by the end of November. It will then be possible to finalize the sectorial and integrated reports, and to start with the second phase of the activity, which includes the development of scenarios and of the Strategy/Plan document together with an action plan.
The meeting was followed by an organisational meeting where the need for co-ordination between the two activities was strengthened. It was agreed that the next workshops on the strategy had to be organised not only in Algiers but also in Oran, and in Annaba. Also, a recommendation was made to organise the sustainability workshops on the Plan in Reghaïa. Finally, it was stressed that the activity on the Strategy would benefit from the additional funding for the new MedPartnership project “Integration of climate change and variability into ICZM strategies and plans”, which is perfectly timely to integrate the climate change and variability aspects in the Strategy. The deadline for both activities was set for June 2013.
2012-11-25MPAs are everyone’s business!
The Network of Marine Protected Areas Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN), together with partner institutions, have once again done a remarkable effort and organised the “Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean”. The Forum was held in Antalya, Turkey, from 25 to 28 November.
The aim of this event, the biggest so far, was to address the MPAs conservation and management issues in the Mediterranean region. For the very first time, 300 key players, including representatives of national agencies for the environment, fisheries, tourism and the economy sectors, managers, scientists and NGOs from 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean and beyond, have decided to join their forces and capacities in order to set up a new improved common roadmap aimed to achieve the goals set forth in the Barcelona Convention and to protect, by 2020, 10% of the Mediterranean Sea surface, as well as to pave the way for establishing a comprehensive, effectively-managed and ecologically representative network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean.
Within the three days of the Forum duration, a wide variety of themes have been discussed, especially through the open dialogue during workshops and round tables. One of the final conclusions and the general consensus was that MPAs should not be considered only and exclusively as marine territories illuminating the necessity of ICZM as an unavoidable step in any MPAs management regime, particularly in the context of stakeholder multiple uses and effects of natural resources within these important but fragile areas. To sum up, this Forum undoubtedly has achieved its mission pointing out one more time that MPAs are everyone’s business.
2012-10-22Morocco has ratified the ICZM Protocol
A great news has arrived today from the Co-ordinating Unit of MAP: Morocco has ratified the ICZM Protocol! The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain, in its capacity of Depositary of the Treaty for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Mediterranean Seaside Region signed in Barcelona on 16 February 1976, informs that on 21 September 2012, the Kingdom of Morocco deposited the Ratification Instrument of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean.
By the ratification of the ICZM Protocol, the Kingdom of Morocco has become the second Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols to have ratified the full set of legal instruments adopted in the framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan.
The ICZM Protocol ratification by Morocco brings the number of ratifications to 9.
2012-10-17ESLAND for islands
On 11-13 October, the ESLAND project partners gathered at the conference in Sassari, Sardinia, to present and discuss the first results of the activities carried out in the framework of this project co-financed by the EU Directorate-General for Education and Culture. The main goal of the project is to study the culture expressed in the European island landscapes in order to contribute to better management and integration of cultural aspects important for the island identity into sustainable development policies and landscape plans. Also, to raise awareness among people of the importance of various cultural landscapes, the landscape patterns developed throughout the centuries to protect the most valuable cultural features of island landscapes for the future. Five European islands, as well as their landscape-related issues, are included in the project: Asinara/Sardinia, Cyprus, Korèula/Croatia, Saaremaa/Estonia, Scilly/UK, and Venice and Murano/Italy.
PAP/RAC’s role is to lead the WP on landscape identity and to concentrate on the Korèula island in Croatia. The mind mapping method will be used in order to “extract” the islanders' views of their islands and in particular their views related to the identification of landscape values important for the island identity.
The implementation of the European Landscape Convention and the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean (Article 11 on Coastal Landscapes) in particular are the legal backbones of the project.
2012-10-12Croatia has ratified the ICZM Protocol
After a thorough discussion, in which all of the members of the Parliament expressed their appreciation of the Protocol and raised hopes that it would be successfully implemented, on 12 October 2012, the Parliament of Croatia adopted the Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol. The vote was 115 in favour and 6 abstentions.
In the Republic of Croatia, a number of obligations ensuing from the provisions of the Protocol have already been built into the existing legislation through the provisions of different laws, such as the Law on land-use planning and construction, on environmental protection, on nature protection, on waters, on forests, on islands, on maritime domain, etc. The Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol for Croatia contains a Declaration by which the geographical area to which the Protocol applies is determined. Croatia shall communicate the Declaration to the Depositary at the time of the deposit of its instrument of ratification.
The Protocol ratification by Croatia brings the number of ratifications to 8. Congratulating Croatia on the ratification we raise hopes that this number will rise quickly.
2012-10-11PAP’s reputation reaches Far East
On October 9-10, PAP/RAC received a delegation from the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), which is one of the leading Korean government-affiliated institutes, and also a think-tank for developing national strategy and policies on marine and coastal affairs. As newly introducing “Coastal Waters Zoning System” and “Target-based Natural Coastline Management System” as more efficient methods for the existing ICZM, they have been developing some more substantial and realistic measures for those two systems. They recognised the Mediterranean region as having great experience in this field and identified PAP/RAC as the most suitable organisation to contact.
The delegation was composed of: Yoon, Sung Soon, Associate Research fellow; Jung, Ji Ho, Senior Researcher; and Ahn, Yong Sung, Researcher.
Since one of their major topics of interest was the CAMP “Kastela Bay” project and its follow up, on October 9 a visit of the CAMP area was organised with the presentation of the project and its most important elements. On October 10, the delegation visited the PAP/RAC premises where a meeting was organised with the director and other staff members involved with the activities of their interest. They were informed on the structure of UNEP-MAP and PAP/RAC’s role in it, as well as on the PAP’s modus operandi. Apart from a fruitful discussion which they deemed very useful, they were also given a number of documents that will be helpful in their future work. Later that day, a visit was organised to the “Eco-Kastela bay” agency in charge of the Split-Solin and Kastela-Trogir sewerage system which is a direct result of the original CAMP project. The sewerage system project was presented in great detail, followed by a visit to some sites of interest. The KMI delegation thanked PAP/RAC for organising their visit and expressed conviction that the information obtained would be of great benefit for their future efforts.
2012-10-102012 MedOpen Advanced Course concluded
The 2012 MedOpen Advanced Course on the ICZM Process, intended in the first place for the PEGASO partners, has been concluded. During the 13 weeks of the Course, the participants were acquainted with the ICZM in general but in more detail with the ICZM Process being crucial for the implementation of pilot projects in the PEGASO CASES.
The overall work of the candidates was assessed by taking into account their participation in the Forum discussions and Simulation Game, as well as their Final Essays. The Forum received a very high “viewing” level - over 3,700 hits to just 13 topics from the registered subscribers of students and lecturers, indicating a very high level of readership by the 35 students. The quality of discussion was generally high, with a number of particularly challenging posts. The Simulation Game exercise was successful with a very minority of students in the group due to, among others, work load and pace being perhaps above average for a part-time course for professionals. The Final Essays, mostly based on the local case studies, were prepared by 12 candidates in total. This was a good average when compared with previous MedOpen Advanced runs. Also, the subjects for the Final Essays were excellently chosen. A number of 15 candidates in total have successfully completed the MedOpen Advanced Course.
PAP/RAC will take advantage of the experiences gained in this-year Advanced Course for the improvement of the future MedOpen editions, including, among others, keeping the communication with the Advanced Course certified candidates alive, as well as ensuring a common place for exchange of experience through the creation of a MedOpen alumni network within the PAP/RAC website.
In the discussion that followed the presentations, valuable proposals and recommendations were made for the improvement of the format and contents of the Outline. In general, the partners agreed on the proposed draft; however, they suggested that the document should not be too detailed in order to leave freedom to countries to use the framework proposed in the most appropriate way. Also, it was recommended that more emphasis should be put on the ecosystem approach and the involvement of different stakeholders in the implementation of the Action Plan. The importance of a participatory process was stressed in relation to forming the governance structure, as well as in relation to deciding jointly with the stakeholders on indicators to be used as most important for a country.
In the last session of the workshop, the partners discussed the new possibilities for a joint project in the new call for strategic project proposals within the IPA Adriatic.
On September 26, a joint meeting of the PEGASO (funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research - FP7), SHAPE (co-funded by the EU’s IPA Adriatic Cross-border Co-operation Programme) and MAREMED (MARitime Regions co-operation for the MEDiterranean) projects took place at the PAP/RAC premises in Split to share results related to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol. Also, PERSEUS (FP7), the GEF MedPartnership, the FaceCOAST Med-Cluster and ResMAR (Network for Environmental Protection in Maritime Space) projects joined the PAP/RAC initiative to bring together all these projects implementing the ICZM Protocol. The main objective of the meeting was to share information and seek for joint activities and project outputs so as to create better synergies and coherence among the projects. This was a unique opportunity which PAP/RAC took advantage of during the Coast Day events. Also, a Bologna Charter, as a political document initiated by the Emilia-Romagna region, Italy, was briefly presented.
One of the main conclusions of the meeting was that there already existed a very good level of synergies and that although the projects capitalised on the outputs from various projects, there was still room for improvement. The workshop also recommended to use the existing PEGASO platform to which all other projects should be attached in order to facilitate the sharing of data and information with other actors, stakeholders, donors, etc. Finally, a creation of a common map with pilot projects was proposed where linkages between the projects could be seen.
A joint declaration was proposed to be drafted and shared among the partners where the common issues detected would be underlined confirming thus even stronger collaboration in the future, also vis à vis the donors and policy makers at the highest levels.
The ICZM Protocol and its practical implementation highlights were presented by the directors, leaders and managers of the Mediterranean coastal programmes and projects. In the second, more casual part, groups of children and adolescents presented the results of the activities preceding the main event. Namely, the main focus of those activities was on the young population with the intention to raise their awareness of the values and problems of the coast.
The celebrations were concluded on September 28 by a gala concert on Riva (the Split waterfront promenade). The numerous audience, including H.E. Mr. Ivo Josipoviæ, President of Croatia, enjoyed performances by Oliver Dragojeviæ, one of the most famous Croatian singers and UNDP’s ambassador for the coast, Valentina Fijaèko, soprano, prima donna of the Split National Theatre, and three “klapa” (male vocal groups singing traditional Dalmatian songs).
2012-09-24PAP/RAC NFPs discussed technical issues
At the meeting, the progress on the implementation of the Action Plan for the ICZM Protocol was presented, including the main activities and the Mediterranean Coast Day. The representatives of the SHAPE and PEGASO projects provided the participants with the basic information about these two projects and the activities being implemented. A PAP/RAC representative presented the preliminary results of the Stock-taking analysis being in progress. During the discussion that followed this presentation, recommendations were given for the follow-up. The specific SHAPE and PEGASO products, including the Explanatory reports on the ICZM Protocol’s Articles 7 (Co-ordination) and 8 (Definition of the set-back), and the ICZM Process and ICZM wiki were also presented and discussed, as well as the PEGASO outputs - the ICZM Indicators and Regional Assessment. Finally, information on the activities of other ICZM Protocol-related projects - the MedPartnership and Climate Variability and Change, were presented and discussed by the participants.
The meeting recommended, among others, to continue with the work on the ICZM Protocol; to benefit from and build on the existing projects (PEGASO, SHAPE, MedPartnership, etc.); and to carry forward the Stock-taking analysis together with the NFPs and different partners, along with the analysis being carried out for a parallel stock-taking in the Black Sea. Once the pilot projects on the definition of the coastal set-back are completed, to extract lessons learned which should give some answers to questions posed in the report on Art. 8; to clarify MSP and ICZM approaches; and to address the existing needs and use the existing tools of ICZM and MSP to find solutions for the long-term benefits, which is of particular importance in the time of crisis.
2012-08-27Mediterranean Coast Day 2012
The 2012 Mediterranean Coast Day central regional celebration will be organised in Split, Croatia by PAP/RAC, as a part of the EU IPA Adriatic SHAPE project, and in collaboration with UNDP’s “Coast” project. The main event will be on September 25 but the activities will be extended over the whole week. The theme of the celebration is “The Voice of the Coast”. The ICZM Protocol and its practical implementation highlights will be presented by the directors, leaders and managers of the Mediterranean coastal programmes and projects.
The host of the event on 25 September will be H.E. Mr. Mihael Zmajloviæ, Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection. The event will be attended by high-level representatives of Croatian authorities as well as a number of distinguished foreign guests, such as Ministers of Environment of various Mediterranean countries, UNEP/MAP and UNDP representatives, and members of the diplomatic corps. Back-to-back with the central celebration, a technical meeting will be organised with the PAP National Focal Points, the day before, on September 24. The day after, on September 26, there will be a joint meeting of the PEGASO, SHAPE and MAREMED projects to share results related to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol and a workshop for the SHAPE partners.
The meeting on 24 September will be a good opportunity to present the SHAPE project to the PAP/RAC Focal Points. The meeting will provide technical inputs for the Coast Day itself and give an overall guidance for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol. The main event on 25 September will be another opportunity to present the project to a wide and diverse audience as described above, but in a more informal way. The joint meeting of the PEGASO, SHAPE and MAREMED projects on 26 September is going to look for better synergies between various projects. In the afternoon of the same day, a workshop on the National ICZM Strategies for the Adriatic countries with a focus on the development of an Outline for the National ICZM Strategies tailored for the Adriatic countries will take place.
On September 28, a gala concert will be organised on Riva (the Split waterfront promenade). The audience will be able to enjoy performances by Oliver Dragojeviæ, one of the most famous Croatian singers and UNDP’s ambassador for the coast, Valentina Fijaèko, soprano, prima donna of the Split National Theatre, and three “klapa” (male vocal groups singing traditional Dalmatian songs). Everybody in Split at time is invited to join us at this concert.
The design of the ICZM process to assist the implementation of the ICZM Protocol has been co-ordinated by PAP/RAC, and is based on over 30 years of practical ICZM experience in the Mediterranean. Perhaps for the first time the ICZM process has been encapsulated into simple key linear stages from the initial “Establishment” stage to the “Realising the Vision”. It is still in its early testing stage of development, and its application will vary according to local circumstances. But, as a web-based application, it will learn from experience, and infinitely expand over time.
Importantly, the process is designed to apply to ICZM projects, plans, strategies and programmes, and its emphasis is on the achievement of sustainability outcomes. As such, technologies, IT applications, project administration, data collection and analysis, etc. are subservient to the core task of achieving the winning goals - a consensus for sustainable development, and a solid governance foundation for its delivery.
2012-06-15GEF for the future of the Mediterranean
The Third Steering Committee Meeting of the MedPartnership was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 15-17 May 2012. The meeting, which was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey, was attended by representatives from Algeria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority and Tunisia, as well as by representatives of the EC, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the French Development Agency, UNEP, the WB, FAO, UNIDO, MAP with its RACs - PAP, CP, SPA and the Blue Plan, WWF, GWP-Med, and MIO-ECSDE.
After presenting the achievements of the project in its third year, it was agreed that the project was now developing successfully in terms of its policy, management and capacity building activities. Also, all 79 demonstrations are in full implementation thanks to the efforts of the participating countries and executing partners.
Following the Steering Committee meeting, on 17 May, a new project - “Integration of climatic variability and change into national strategies to implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean”, endorsed by the GEF in January 2012, held its first meeting to launch the Inception Phase of the project. PAP/RAC is a partner in both projects with a large number of activities all aiming to assist implementation of the ICZM Protocol in the countries.
2012-06-11ICZM and MSP to frame the Adriatic
During a two-day meeting, more than 30 presentations were made covering different aspects of the ICZM and MSP integration. Even though the majority of covered subjects were related to the Adriatic region, several good practices from the northern European marine regions and sub-regions showed valuable and comparison worthy examples on how to approach to integration of the ICZM and MSP and therefore to implement the MSP.
Prior to the conference, the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the project took place. During the first part of the meeting, the very complex administrative and budgetary issues were discussed, while the second part of the meeting was dedicated to individual WPs.
2012-05-31CAMP Almeria in its final stage
The CAMP Levante de Almeria Integration workshop on preparation of the final project document, i.e. the Sustainable Development Reference Framework (SDRF), took place in Almeria, on 28 May 2012. The workshop was attended by 60-odd participants, including observers from the Coastal Council, technical delegates from the Coastal Commission, experts from various institutions that were involved in the development of individual projects and the CAMP staff and team leaders.
The workshop was opened by Ms. Sonia Rodríguez, Provincial Delegate for Environment, and Mr. José María Garrido, Chair of the Coastal Council. At the beginning of the session, a video on CAMP (lasting 22 minutes and available in Spanish only) was presented summarising the work done from the beginning of the CAMP to date. The morning session was dedicated to presentations, which were followed by the discussion on measures and actions proposed by individual activities. In the afternoon, four workshops were organised, each focusing on one of the four main objectives of the SDRF, namely: water resources, territory and spatial development, best practices for the economic activities (agriculture, tourism, fisheries, renewable energy and waste) and the governance. The plenary session summarised the results and proposed a way of drafting the SDRF. The conclusion of the plenary was that the contents of the SDRF would bring two major messages derived from the CAMP, i.e. the integration and the consensus, as a major contribution for the future management of the coastal area.
On 29 May, the 5th Steering Committee meeting on the CAMP project took place. The meeting discussed various issues related to the organisation and implementation of the CAMP, such as the progress report, the SDRF structure and contents, the participatory process, planning of the future events, the post-project phase and funding issues, the budget report, dissemination of the video and the date and the agenda of the Final Project Conference to be held in the week 17-21 in September this year. Prior to the Final Conference, a Coastal Council meeting and a meeting of the Coastal Commission will be organised on 21 June and on 10 July, respectively, in order to verify the SDRF and to agree on the measures proposed.
2012-05-14A new run of MedOpen Advanced launched!
A new run of the MedOpen Advanced Course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) has started. The main objective of the course is to get acquainted with ICZM in general and with the ICZM Process in more detail.
Since the training on ICZM with the focus on the ICZM Process was agreed by the PEGASO project as an absolute need for the partners, in particular for those from the CASES, the course is in the first place intended for them. The number of trainees attending the course is 35.
Let’s hope this intensive twelve-week course will provide an inspiring setting for all of the trainees, ICZM practitioners from the Mediterranean region and beyond. This course was designed to share ideas, lessons and strategies to forward the art of designing and implementing the local, national and regional place-based integrated coastal management.
2012-03-24Montenegro in the mood for ICZM
On 22 March, the Inception workshop for the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP) for Montenegro and the national ICZM Strategy was held at the Podgorica Hotel in Podgorica, Montenegro. The meeting, which was organised by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, with support of PAP/RAC, was attended by more than 70 participants including representatives of national and local authorities, as well as representatives of national institutions and civil society organisations concerned with the Montenegrin coastal zone.
CAMP Montenegro has a great opportunity as it has been designed in such a way as to support and contribute to the process of preparation of the Coastal Area Spatial Plan of Montenegro, through which it can secure practical application of some of the specific articles of the ICZM Protocol. Therefore, the central part of the meeting was devoted to the relationship between the ICZM Protocol and spatial planning. In particular, the aspects of ICZM that can contribute to the rationalisation and modernisation of the public management and spatial planning system were discussed. Among others, these relate to co-ordination, integration and participation mechanisms, development of a coastal information system (observatory), utilisation of some of the specific tools and instruments such as the carrying capacity assessment, and implementation of the coastal set-back. Also, the concept of green economy was presented and how it can contribute to the sustainable coastal development.
Even thought there are great challenges the CAMP Montenegro project is facing, in particular having in mind the global economic crisis, there is still a great support and strong belief that with a professional and committed team assembled within, the project will catalyse change toward sustainable coastal development.
2012-02-28Groundwater analysis launched!
An Expert Meeting for the "Preparation of groundwater supplements to the Mediterranean Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis, SAP and Barcelona Convention Protocols”, which was organised by UNESCO-IHP within the framework of the MedPartnership, took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 22-23 February 2012. For the first time, a supplement on coastal aquifers and groundwater to the Med-TDA will be undertaken to enhance knowledge of a unique role that coastal aquifers play in reducing the land-based sources of pollution into the Mediterranean Sea and for the conservation of ecosystems. This supplement to the TDA will also assess the current situation of stress and will lead to the formulation of scientifically grounded recommendations for the best practices and management options for the sustainable management of the Mediterranean coastal aquifers.
A PAP/RAC representative presented the history of the preparation of the ICZM Protocol, including the preceding ICZM activities in the Mediterranean that led to the willingness and readiness of the Mediterranean countries to prepare this legally binding instrument, first of this kind in the world. She also proposed new joint activities for PAP/RAC and UNESCO-IHP, where collaboration on the preparation of the National ICZM Strategies would be of particular importance.
2012-02-2135 years of PAP/RAC
This year, PAP/RAC celebrates the 35th anniversary of its official establishment as one of the components of MAP. All these years, the Centre has been successfully addressing immediate problems of a developmental nature and their effects on the coastal environment and its resources, through practical activities in several fields. Thanks to the active collaboration with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in the Region, and its "multi-level" approach, PAP/RAC has induced swift progress towards the creation of a healthier Mediterranean environment, preserving its natural and cultural heritage, resting on the principle of sustainable development.
Today, more than ever before, PAP/RAC's mission is to provide assistance to Mediterranean countries, particularly in the implementation of the ICZM Protocol, which represents a major achievement in global terms in delivering a common agenda for a regional sea. In particular, the tasks assigned to it in Article 32 of the ICZM Protocol are in the core of PAP/RAC activities. ICZM remains the key tool for delivering a wide range of policies, strategies, plans and programmes in the coastal zone. By implementing the MAP - PAP/RAC Action Plan for the implementation of the Protocol PAP/RAC will use its excellence in ICZM to deal with the challenges of coastal zones in the years to come.
Join us in celebrating ICZM for better coastal zones of the Mediterranean!
2012-02-17PAP/RAC NFP Corner launched!
This NFP Corner is an excellent way of keeping the NFPs updated, in one place and with a single login, with the selected PAP/RAC documents and other important developments in its work, in particular those to be presented and discussed at the meetings attended by NFPs.
We are looking forward to NFP comments and their active participation in discussions!
2012-02-14CoP17 adopted the ICZM Action Plan
The representatives of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols met at their 17th Ordinary Meeting in Paris, on 8-10 February 2012. A long list of decisions important for the functioning of MAP, including the biennium work programme and its budget, was adopted.
With regard to PAP/RAC, an important milestone related to the ICZM Protocol was the approval of the Action Plan (AP) for the implementation of the Protocol. This strategic document will guide the Parties and the whole MAP structure in the period 2012-2019 in the implementation of the priorities set for in this AP. The ICZM and the ecosystem approach are the two main priorities for the Parties in the current biennium. This is also stressed in the Paris Declaration that was adopted at this meeting as well.
At the meeting venue, PAP/RAC organised an exhibition of the major on-going ICZM projects already supporting the implementation of the AP. These are the Pegaso, the Shape and the MedPartnership-ICZM project, as well as the Coastal Area Management programmes (CAMPs).
2012-02-07Shaping the Adriatic
The SHAPE project partners met in Bari, Italy, first, to contribute to the MEDITERRE 2012 international conference and second, to discuss the progress and administrative issues related to the project itself. Various project activities and topics were presented at the conference organised by the Apulia Region. The PAP/RAC presentation focused on the major requirements of the ICZM Protocol, the Action Plan for its implementation and in particular on the analysis of the ICZM practice in the Adriatic.
The second day was devoted to working sessions of the SHAPE itself. Due to the extremely unfavourable weather conditions in the Emilia-Romagna region, the Lead Partner could not attend and the Steering Committee meeting had to be postponed. The partners discussed technical issues and concrete activities important for the implementation of the project. The PAP/RAC representatives presented the progress report to date and in particular the contributions expected by other partners in WP3. A presentation on Article 8 of the ICZM Protocol on the coastal setback was given which was followed by a discussion.
With the activities aimed at the implementation of the ICZM Protocol, namely, the analysis of the ICZM practice, promoting MSP, awareness raising and training components, and in particular the pilot actions, the Adriatic is hopefully getting a new “shape“.
2012-02-01A good team, the best guarantee!
On January 25, a meeting to launch the national ICZM strategy for Algeria and the Réghaia coastal plan was held at the premises of the Algerian Ministry of Land-use Planning and Environment (MATE) in Algiers. The meeting, which was organized by MATE with support of PAP/RAC and UNESCO-HIP, was attended by more than 50 participants including representatives of national, regional and local authorities, as well as representatives of national associations and organizations concerned with the Algerian coastal zone.
The presentations were followed by a vivid discussion where all stakeholders expressed their point of view on the problems and issues they considered as priorities. The participants mentioned several times the problems identified in Réghaia, which were then assessed as being relevant for the totality of the Algerian coastal zone, expressing their interest in starting from a pilot project covering a restricted perimeter to extrapolate on a wide zone which is the one of the Strategy. Although several projects had been realized in the coastal zone of Réghaia in the last years, it came out from the discussion that the site was not yet treated as its fragility required.
Besides this meeting, an operational meeting was organised with representatives of the teams of the two activities. Sectoral consultants were identified, the road map was agreed and the role of the partners defined. Finally, it was decided that the teams of the Plan and the Strategy meet every Thursday in order to secure integration all along the process.