2015-12-19CAMP France 2nd Steering Committee
This half-day meeting was filled with a very rich programme. The partners also met over lunch and launched the exchanges in a friendly setting, which continued lively and constructively throughout the afternoon. A real ownership by local actors of the CAMP has clearly arisen, where the principles of the ICZM Protocol have a strong gravitational force on the different actions of the project. The main elements can be summarised as follows:
- Methodology, approach and timetable for the implementation of the diagnostic study on ICZM practices in the Var territory. To stimulate the discussion a mapping of actors, initiatives and approaches to ICZM in the Var was prepared by the project co-ordinator and shared with the participants;
- Data collection for the implementation of DONIA;
- Launch of www.pacvar.fr ;
- Debriefing on working groups and the preparation of future workshops has been at the heart of debates and concerns: (i) erosion/submersion, (ii) harbours/navigation basins, and (iii) sustainable archipelagos;
- Organisation of Var’s "land-sea" Forum. The event date was postponed to the last week of March 2016.
More about the progresses and future actions will be shared soon. Follow us on www.pacvar.fr !
Thanks again to Pit for his investment. We wish him to be successful in the upcoming professional and personal challenges!
2015-12-18Happy anniversary APAL!
PAP/RAC was one of the privileged Mediterranean actors who were given the opportunity to testify of a long and fruitful co-operation with APAL and to propose ways of the future co-operation.
Once again, our sincere congratulations, and long live APAL!
Based on an interactive work with national and local stakeholders and several exchanges with the PAP/RAC NFPs in other Mediterranean countries, the project succeeded to propose a way forward in the Region with regard to the MSP implementation, i.e. the most appropriate methodological tools, possible co-operation/management schemes, prerequisites and possible ways of dealing with the MSP challenges, keeping in mind the needs and specificities (natural, social, economic and institutional) of the Mediterranean countries at national and regional levels. The Final Report of the project including some concrete recommendations will be made available very soon at the PAP/RAC web site.
The MedPartnership and ClimVar and ICZM together have implemented more than 150 activities and 80 demonstration projects. They contributed in saving over 10 million cubic meters of water yearly in several industrial sectors, establishing/supporting the establishment of seven new MPAs, producing new maps of coastal aquifers, and made possible the proper disposal of over 900 tons of PCBs in three different countries.
The projects supported the organization of more than 500 meetings, workshops, and trainings which have reached out to thousands of stakeholders and provided a platform for local actors, regional experts and international institutions to interact. A number of new techniques and tools were developed to help countries carry out their activities and facilitate communication between scientists and decision-makers.
Activities carried out under the projects were also instrumental for the creation of inter-ministerial committees in countries such as Croatia, Montenegro, and Algeria, to support the long-term sustainability of these processes. Moreover, the projects have supported the update of the NAPs in several countries, and allowed the development of a regional climate change adaptation framework to increase the resilience of marine and coastal areas in the Mediterranean to the effects of climate change and variability. The projects’ activities produced over 300 documents including technical reports, guidelines and policy analyses.
Three workshops were organised. The first was for the stakeholders from the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia Counties, and was organised in Dubrovnik on October 15, while the third workshop, for Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Lika-Senj Counties, took place in Pula on October 26. The workshops were each attended by 50-odd participants from relevant governmental and non-governmental institutions, as well as other members of civil society. The second workshop was somewhat different. It was organised for the stakeholders from the Šibenik-Knin and Zadar Counties, but was extended to two days (October 21 - 22) and combined with the 7th meeting of the Croatian Inter-ministerial committee created for the preparation of the Croatian Marine and Coastal Strategy. Apart from the presentation of the Strategy, the participants were informed on the ICZM Plan for the Šibenik-Knin County which is nearing its completion. There were also presentations on the relevant experience of some other countries and organisations made by the representatives of Greece, UNEP/MAP’s Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), and the Scottish Coastal Forum. This workshop was attended by 70-odd participants. All the workshops were organised in cooperation with and support by the hosting counties.
2015-10-14MAP Focal Points meet in Greece
Welcoming the participants, the Hellenic Alternate Minister of Environment Mr. Yiannis Tsironis opened the meeting and said: “For the past 40 years, the Barcelona Convention and UNEP/MAP have been providing a framework for regional cooperation that promotes the protection of the natural and built environment of the Mediterranean region and has served as a model for other regions of the world. At this crucial period for many countries of the Mediterranean, having to deal with a number of economic, social and political challenges, the Barcelona Convention will continue to act as an effective framework for regional cooperation, supporting peace and stability in our region”.
Thanking Greece for hosting the meeting, the President of the Bureau, Mr. Mehmet Birpinar highlighted the continuous commitment of the countries to the Barcelona Convention and said: “the Mediterranean continues to be a model for the world in terms of friendship and cooperation. We have made success when so many things were going wrong in some parts of the world. We succeeded together with our stakeholders.”
Presenting the progress of work during the last biennium, the UNEP/MAP Coordinator, Mr. Gaetano Leone, highlighted the achievements and challenges encountered by the region saying: “Conditions around the Mediterranean region and ecosystems continue to be degraded. The pressures are heavy on such limited and vulnerable resources, coastal zones and the marine environment. At a time when the situation is reason for deep concern, the opportunities for impact are still abundant and attainable”. Recalling the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted in New York, he added “These are crucial in inspiring us to define our strategies for the Mediterranean. Frameworks such as the MAP ensure the translation of global ambitions and goals of sustainable development into concrete actions at national level”.
The meeting of the MAP Focal Points is expected to also review and transmit to COP 19 for its consideration and possible adoption a number of strategic and programmatic documents such as MSSD, UNEP/MAP mid-term Strategy 2016-2021, and Action Plans.
2015-10-09SwitchMed calls for green entrepreneurs
This is a free of charge on-site training with a duration of 5 days spread over 3 months that will serve as incubation phase for the entrepreneurs’ ideas. Workshops and training materials will be in Arabic (English materials are also available). At the end of the training, the best projects will have the opportunity to participate to an acceleration phase, receiving one-year technical and financial advice, and being awarded financial support.
By joining the training, entrepreneurs will have access to one of the first highly qualified green entrepreneurship training programmes in the southern Mediterranean countries and will learn how to convert step by step their Green Business Ideas into a sound and feasible Green Business Project. This project is funded by the European Commission.
For further information about the programme and to apply to the training, please, visit the SwitchMed website
It was pointed out that, unlike other plans previously made for this fragile area of Réghaïa, a commission, chaired by the Wali, had been set up, and that this commission had at the same time a working document - the Réghaia’s plan, an institutional tool - the wilaya of Algiers, and an instrument - the decision signed by the Wali, to ensure that the plan would be implemented. In other words, the means are there and it is now a matter of will for the plan to be implemented.
Parallel to the meeting, a pilot action was organized on the El Kaddous beach. With the help of the Coastal Commission, the Agency for the Promotion and Protection of the Coastal Zone, and the National Waste Agency, an operation of dune’s stabilization and beach cleaning took place. Unfortunately, despite the glorious sunshine, the weather did not allow the diving clubs who had been mobilized to clean the seabed to intervene because of a large swell. But this is only a postponement, since in Réghaia: action is for now!
2015-09-182015 Coast Day at the door
They have, thus, decided to combine these anniversaries with the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration by organising a Meeting of Coastal Agencies from Europe and the Mediterranean on September 24th and 25th, to be held in Antibes Juan les Pins and Vallauris (Maritime Alps – France). This event will be organised in partnership with the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MAP, PAP/RAC, the Blue Plan/RAC, the Cities of Antibes Juan les Pins and Vallauris, the Department Council of Maritime Alps, the French Development Agency, the French Water Agency RMC, and the French GEF. The meeting is primarily intended for the Mediterranean and European stakeholders involved in the protection of coastal areas, namely: governments, local authorities, coastal management agencies, NGOs and specialised networks. It will be the opportunity to interact, through plenary sessions, workshops and roundtables on major issues such as climate change, naturalness, coastal planning, and partnership issues dealing with management of coastal areas.
In parallel, the French Development Agency and the Blue Plan organise, on September 24, in Antibes a regional workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean. The workshop aims to discuss the ICZM-related objectives of the FDA/Blue Plan partnership, including (i) the integration of social and environmental issues within the management process engaged on coastal areas, and (ii) the implementation of strategic recommendations proposed in the frame of a balanced development of these territories.
Apart from this central regional celebration, we have announcements of several local events: in Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Tunisia.
For more detail, see the Coast Day website.
2015-09-10ClimVar & ICZM Regional Conference in Kiel
After a brief presentation and review of the activities and products of the ClimVar project per components by Plan Bleu and PAP/RAC experts, the DIVA team experts gave an overview of the concepts and history of the DIVA model and explained its structure. After the introduction to the training procedure the participants were divided into working groups to proceed with the computer-based practice. This was an excellent opportunity for them to, with the assistance of students from the University of Kiel, run the model and discuss its components.
On the second day, a half-day workshop was dedicated to the presentation of the key outputs of the ClimVar project on the evaluation of socio-economic impacts of CV&C on coastal zones. The meeting was interactive and the participants had the opportunity to discuss and comment the results. These exchanges helped also to make a step forward in the finalisation of various products, e.g. DIVA Tunisia, evaluation of CV&C impacts on key economic sectors in Tunisia and the Guidelines for socio-economic evaluation of CV&C in coastal zones. A field trip was organised in the afternoon, which gave the chance to the participants to become familiar with the adaptation measures and coastal engineering and planning on the Baltic Sea in the Kiel region.
The Plan is the practical application of the Integrative Methodological Framework (IMF) as the operational methodology for the sustainable management of the ecological continuum constituted by the marine and coastal zone, the river basin and the coastal aquifer. This Plan encompasses the transboundary area of Albania and Montenegro, bringing together administrative structures from the two states. The Plan considers impacts on the coastal (including marine) zone and the river basin of upstream activities from agriculture, tourism and urbanisation, and marine impacts on the river delta and coastal aquifers. This multi-sectoral approach resulted in measures for strengthening cooperation for restoration and safeguarding of the Area’s ecosystems and the services that they provide, increasing resilience to climate change as well as supporting creation of jobs and social welfare. The establishment of a transboundary governance mechanism, to ensure that relevant issues of transboundary importance are considered and acted upon bilaterally, is among the key measures. The Plan resulted in a draft Framework Agreement for the Sustainable Management of Skadar/Shkoder Lake Basin and Buna/Bojana Area, as requested by the Montenegrin Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism. The meeting was also an opportunity for initiating official consultations between the two countries on the draft Agreement, as the basis for action at the transboundary level. The draft Agreement, prepared by GWP-Med and PAP/RAC with contribution of the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science of the University of Dundee is one of the few examples globally of a legal agreement for the management of shared resources, taking into consideration the continuum of systems found in nature, following the “source to sea” or “ridge to reef” paradigm, integrating management of river basins, coastal and marine areas.
The draft Plan in English, with summaries in Albanian and Montenegrin can be found here.
2015-08-19Pierre Bougeant - adieu cher ami
Our sincere condolences go to his family, his wife, his son, his daughter-in-law and granddaughter (he was a grandfather for a few days) and all of his friends.
Rest in peace, dear Pierre.
2015-07-14Coastal law adopted in Morocco
The purpose of this legislation is to reconcile the protection and valorisation of coastal areas with the social, economic and cultural development of the Kingdom. The legislation integrates the broad principles of integrated coastal zone management, which should enable sustainable development of these territories. Thus, this law transcribes one of the key articles of the ICZM Protocol ratified by the Kingdom of Morocco in 2012, namely, the establishment of a 100 m setback zone, calculated from the coastal land boundary, and a setback of 2,000 m for transport infrastructure.
These are remarkable steps forward, but the stakes are multiple, and alongside the authorities of the Kingdom, PAP/RAC will continue its efforts for the implementation of ICZM on the ground. Thus, the definition of a National ICZM Strategy will be one of the major challenges.
2015-07-13Blue Economy on a way
The project is funded by the MAVA Foundation and will be carried out by the three MAP Regional Activity Centres (RACs), namely, Plan Bleu, SCP and PAP during the next 18 months. The full title of the project is “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean – measuring, monitoring and promoting an environmentally sustainable economy in the Mediterranean region”. The project is structured along three main components: define and monitor; support the implementation; and promote and mainstream an environmentally sustainable economy. The latter is under PAP/RAC responsibility and includes the organisation of two regional conferences (one as the Coast Day 2016 event); preparation of promotional materials including a video, and an on-line platform, newsletters and a web site, as well as the promotion of the project and its advocacy within the Barcelona Convention and other multilateral initiatives. The major output of the first component is to prepare a study/report on blue economy and a sustainability dashboard for the blue economy with a set of selected indicators in order to monitor the process of the blue economy (by Blue Plan), and the second one on promotion of good practices and promising cases of blue economy including the exhibition and a series of workshops on eco and social innovations (by SCP/RAC).
Also, the scope of the project and the priority sectors were discussed in detail. During a very fruitful and constructive discussion some very good suggestions were jointly agreed that will guide the project team to accomplish the project activities.
Preparation of the ICZM Strategy for Montenegro was undertaken in parallel with the preparation of the Coastal Area Spatial Plan, the most important planning document for the coastal areas in Montenegro. Therefore, the process and the results of the Strategy were largely directed towards preparing specific recommendations for the Spatial Plan. In particular, the Strategy:
- Developed criteria and guidelines to determine land uses in the Coastal Area Spatial Plan so as to direct construction to the least vulnerable areas. They included the introduction of a coastal setback zone and preservation of valuable inland areas suitable for rural development.
− Proposed key instruments to enable implementation of the above criteria and to guide changes in the desired direction. They include land-use and fiscal policy instruments, as well as those for monitoring and evaluating progress.
− Proposed an appropriate coordination mechanism to improve integration and convergence of sectoral management, with the overall responsibility for the coastal zone development.
With strong political support and commitment, these findings and the overall participatory process of the Strategy preparation resulted with:
− construction areas reduced by 44%;
− construction areas within one kilometre of the coastline reduced by 16%;
− introduced 100-meter coastal setback, applicable to almost 50% of the coastline; and
− initiated establishment of an ICZM coordination mechanism.
PAP/RAC wishes to thank the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, in particular HE Minister, Mr. Branimir Gvozdenovic, and the National Coordinator, Ms Jelena Knezevic, for their great support. This process would not have been nearly so successful without them.
2015-06-18CAMP France (Var) officially launched!
The CAMP Var was officially launched by an Inception workshop that was held at the University of Toulon, on June 17, in front of a wide range of stakeholders involved in the management of the coastal and maritime area of the Var County (60 odd people). The project partners presented the activities to be undertaken in the frame of the project, namely: the institutional diagnosis, a subjective mapping, the development of the ICZM application, the organisation of a “land and sea” forum, etc. The Inception workshop was held in parallel with the European Days of the Var County, and a joint field trip was organised to the coastal area of Coudoulière.
2015-06-08MedOpen CV&C Advanced concluded
The four week session was, as requested by the majority of trainees, extended for one more week so as to enable them to prepare their Final Essays. A variety of interesting Final Essay topics were proposed dealing, for example, with barriers to implementing ICZM as an adaptation option to CV&C; CV&C adaptation strategies in coastal areas; possible links between invasive species, CV&C and ICZM; sandy coasts in the context of CV&C; ecosystem changes with regard to CV&C; effects of climate change on water resources, and adaptation strategies; integration of CV&C in the ICZM strategies; and impacts of CV&C on coastal biodiversity. Final Essays and the Forum discussion, as well as the overall work of students during the training, will be assessed and graded by the PAP/RAC MedOpen CV&C lecturer.
PAP/RAC will benefit from students’ comments and evaluation of the training session included in the Post-evaluation questionnaire, which, as usual, will be taken into consideration for the improvement of the future MedOpen CV&C, as well as ICZM sessions.
2015-06-05MEDCOP 21 - paving the way for Paris
Being an area of major challenges in terms of the survival of vulnerable territories, climate change in the Mediterranean will have a considerable impact on both natural resources (modification of the rich yet fragile biodiversity, depletion of aquifers, soil erosion, loss of coastal areas, etc.) and on human activities, affecting large areas of the Mediterranean economy including agriculture, tourism, industry, energy production, etc. This event aimed to contribute to the construction of a Mediterranean agenda demonstrating the contribution of local authorities, associations, businesses and networks working as a catalyst for sustainable development. The relevance of the initiative undertaken by the Region, as well as readiness of the Mediterranean stakeholders was also confirmed with the fact that 500 representatives were expected, while 2000 arrived. 27 proposals, 4 amendments, 133 good practices and a declaration (http://www.medcop21.com/27-propositions/) were prepared and submitted to Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of foreign affairs and international development, who is going to preside the Paris event. Finally, it should be mentioned that a remarkable job has been done by the organisers, who in addition to host such a big event, managed to design it in an ecological way, placing a lot of attention to the mitigation measures.
They discussed a methodology for the development of a Coastal Risk Index related to the impacts of climate change considering three variables: exposure, vulnerability and forcing which coastal areas are facing. Risk maps at a regional scale were produced and discussed for each of the countries represented. A local application for the case of Morocco was also presented.
PAP/RAC was invited to the workshop to present its experiences within the same project, namely, the methodology for estimating costs of the climate variability and change applied in Croatia, with the local assessment of vulnerabilities applied in the coastal region of the Šibenik-Knin County.
A MAP expert on Climate Change presented the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework for the Mediterranean marine and coastal areas. Participants of the workshop provided their comments on the cases presented and congratulated to the organizations for the efforts undertaken.
2015-05-28The MEDCOAST jubilee workshop
MEDCOAST was initiated as a Euro-Mediterranean Network of Academic and Professional Institutions in 1990 with the aim of providing the support of the scientific community for developing and enhancing integrated coastal management practices in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries. When MEDCOAST organized the First International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment in 1993, it was one of the first conferences of its kind in the whole world. Since then, MEDCOAST has been organizing international scientific conferences biannually, in the months of October or November. Eleven events of this conference series and other scientific meetings organised with the acronym of MEDCOAST over 21 years produced 32 volumes of proceedings that add up to the total of 18,600 pages. The proceedings, which will be made available for open-access in the near future, constitute a very important source providing a wealth of information on coastal and marine issues in general and for the Mediterranean, the Black and Caspian Seas in particular.
One of the aims of the workshop was to review the past and present activities and practices in the field of integrated coastal management in the Mediterranean, the Black and Caspian Seas in parallel to the past MEDCOAST activities. The more significant aim was to make future projections, to reflect on the future opportunities for continuing the MEDCOAST valuable collaboration and its future as a regional institution for better contributing to coastal and marine management and conservation. A field trip was organized to Dalyan, a marine turtle important area, on May 29. PAP/RAC has been providing support to MEDCOAST since its early days.
The launching came within the framework of the meeting of the MAP National Focal Points aiming to discuss the UNEP/MAP draft Mid-term Strategy for the period 2016-2021.
The meeting was opened by H.E. Mr Ioannis Tsironis, Alternate Minister for Environment of the Hellenic Republic. Welcoming the participants to the meeting, Minister Tsironis reiterated the continuous support of Greece to the MAP, and said: "MAP's role is essential at this crucial period for the Mediterranean countries, faced with economic, social and political problems. Greece has always shown continuous support to MAP for its catalyzing role in supporting peace and stability in the region".
Faced with new challenges, tensions, and opportunities, the situation of the marine and coastal environment in the Mediterranean continues to be under serious pressures. "Forty years since the MAP and the Barcelona Convention were signed off, the reality in the Mediterranean is very different from 1975-1976", said Mr. Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of MAP in his welcoming address. "Today, the MAP mission is still ambitious and exciting, the mandate is still most relevant, the opportunities for impact are still abundant and attainable, the expectations are still high", he added.
Building on 40 years of work and accomplishments, several activities will be organized to highlight achievements and shed light on key environmental pressures in the Mediterranean. Contracting Parties were also encouraged to feature MAP in events organized at their national level.
Under the umbrella of the United Nations Environment Programme, the Mediterranean Action Plan and the Barcelona Convention provide the political and legal framework for the protection of the marine environment and the coastal areas of the Mediterranean region. With all riparian countries and the EU as Contracting Parties, they aim at addressing the multiple pressures affecting the sea and its coasts while promoting sustainable development.
2015-05-15PAP/RAC National Focal Points met in Split
The objective of the meeting was to present and discuss the status of implementation of PAP/RAC activities, including the Mid-term evaluation of the Action Plan for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol (2012-2019) and the Assessment of CAMP projects, the Reporting Format on the ICZM Protocol, the Workplan for 2016-2017 within the 6-year strategic planning of MAP and the PAP/RAC-related decisions to be submitted to COP 19. In addition, two pilot projects were presented and discussed, namely: a pilot project on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Mediterranean implemented by Greece and the EcAp pilot project: Candidate common indicator on “Land-use change” in the Adriatic.
The session went in a positive and friendly atmosphere, and valuable and constructive comments were made by the participants. According to the reactions from the participants, the PAP/RAC organisation of the meeting was excellent. The report of the meeting will be available soon.
Most of the PAP/RAC activities are under completion so that PAP/RAC was in the position to present almost all of the activities in great detail. These activities are representing today the offer of the “products” that PAP/RAC is in the position to offer to the Mediterranean countries for replication. Reactions of the participants were remarkably positive and confirmed the need for the activities of this type as implemented within the two projects.
After the meeting, PAP/RAC organised a field trip to the zone in which a Coastal Plan with specific focus on climate variability and change has been developed, that is to the coastal zone of the Šibenik-Knin County, including a boat trip.
2015-05-06Croatian Coastal and Marine Strategy
Two workshops have been organised already. The first was for the stakeholders from the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia Counties, and was organised in Split on April 27, while the second workshop, for Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Lika-Senj Counties, took place in Rijeka on May 5. The workshops were each attended by 60-odd participants from relevant governmental and non-governmental institutions, as well as other members of civil society. The third workshop is planned for June 1 in Zadar for the stakeholders from the Šibenik-Knin and Zadar Counties. Inputs from the workshops will be used for the finalisation of the documents the final drafts of which will be presented and discussed in the second series of workshops in the autumn.
2015-05-04CV&C training session launched this morning
This training session is intended for candidates from the GEF eligible countries in which the ClimVar & ICZM project is being implemented. Out of 24 candidates who applied for the training, 15 were selected from the following GEF eligible countries: Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. Priority was given to those whose educational background and professional experience are closely related to the contents to be explained and discussed in this training session.
We welcome aboard all our trainees!
2015-04-21Integration of Climate Variability and Change into the Coastal Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County
2015-04-17Call for Green Entrepreneurs
All interested candidates can apply for this Call at the SwitchMed website where they can find more information on the programme.
Ms. Ž. Škarièiæ, PAP/RAC Director, spoke about the efforts made by Algeria in the last decade to protect its coast. She thanked all those who, during the last two years, contributed to the preparation of this strategy. H.E. Ms. D. Boudjemaa, Minister of the Algerian Ministry of Land Planning and Environment, presented the content of the strategy, noting that the strategy would allow reframing actions for sustainable coastal development, and improving the efficiency of institutional and legal provisions. The Minister reminded participants that 1,400 people were involved directly or indirectly in the preparation of the strategy, and expressed the wish that the stakeholders would now engage fully in its implementation.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of RCP, which is the application at the local level of the NICZMS, and to a discussion on these two activities.
A PAP/RAC representative attended this meeting during which the Framework was discussed and restructured aiming at a consistent and relevant strategy for the Mediterranean countries. A new amended version of the draft framework will be prepared in view of submitting it to for adoption by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention at their 19th meeting in February 2016.
2015-03-19PAP/RAC at the GID Parmenides II Forum
Each year, European-Mediterranean (Parmenides) and African-sub-Saharan (FastDev) conferences bring together scientists and technologists as well as all development stakeholders in a given domain, namely, decision makers, economists, social scientists, GID partners, and representatives of society. These conferences aim to ferret out actual development needs; determine which knowledge is available (and which knowledge needs to be developed); identify the scientific, technological, socio-economic and cultural obstacles to the marshalling of knowledge in the service of development; and formulate proposals aimed at surmounting these obstacles.
This-year conference, GID Parmenides II Forum, took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 17-19 March 2015, with the general topic “Common heritage and technologies: enhancement of heritage, a key to development”. PAP/RAC Director was invited to deliver a speech about PAP/RAC’s and UNEP/MAP’s efforts in the field of coastal zone management, with focus on ecosystem-based management and bridging science and decision making.
The Inception Meeting of the project took place on 30 January 2015, at the premises of the Technical Chamber of Greece in Athens. Around 30 participants attended the meeting. All members of the core team were present as well as experts from the co-operating partners: Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC), Region of the Ionian Islands and the HCMR. One must mention the strong team from the Directorate of Spatial Planning of MEECC (recently renamed as Ministry of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy - MPREE), as well as the representatives of authorities from the Region of the Ionian Islands and the Marine Park of Zakynthos. UNEP/MAP and PAP/RAC were represented by the UNEP/MAP Programme Officer following the ICZM issues.