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  • 2017-12-22
    New MAP biennium on the way

    At the 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP20) to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols that took place in Tirana, Albania, on 17-20 December 2017, the way for the new biennium 2018-2019 has been paved. More than 140 country representatives and MAP partners in addition to the Secretariat and MAP components atteded this important event. The meeting discussed and adopted several thematic Decisions including those related to the revised Reporting Format, Compliance Committee, Governance, Biodiversity and Pollution, and in particular on the first Quality Status Report 2017 that is based on the IMAP indicators. This output is regarded as the MAP flagship of the current biennium.

    With regard to PAP/RAC, the decision IG.23/7 on Regional Framework for ICZM/MSP was one of the most important ones. The major decisions were related to the Programme of Work and Budget and the Tirana Declaration. The first Istanbul Environment Friendly City award was given to the city of Izmir.

    The COP 21st will take place in Italy. 

  • 2017-12-15
    Information meeting for the MedProgramme Climate add-on

    Back to back with the 2nd Consultation Meeting of the GEF MedProgramme, an Information meeting for the project “Enhancing regional climate change adaptation in the Mediterranean marine and coastal areas”, was held in Rabat, Morocco, on 13-14 December 2017. The GEF Operational NFPs from 6 project countries were invited to attend the meeting. The partners presented the methodologies for the activities proposed for implementation in the framework of the project, as well as the results of similar activities implemented in the framework of the ClimVar & ICZM Project.  Countries provided a valuable feedback, confirming the appropriateness of the methodologies presented and a strong and high quality collaboration with UNEP/MAP and its Regional Activity Centres. The regional activities presented by the GWP-Med were also welcomed with a great interest and willingness expressed by the countries to undertake needed endeavours to make the best possible use of the activities proposed.

  • 2017-12-13
    Second MedProgramme consultations in Rabat

    The second Consultation Meeting for the GEF MedProgramme Child project 2.1: Mediterranean coastal zones: climate resilience, water security and habitat protection was held in Rabat, Morocco, on 12-13 December 2017. The consultations were organized for the representatives of Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. UNEP/MAP and 4 executive agencies (PAP/RAC, BP/RAC, GWP-Med and UNESCO-IHP) presented their objectives, targets to be met and the proposed activities. Representatives of the countries welcomed the activities proposed, identified those of interest for their countries and provided a clear answer to the project partners on the relevance and on the need for the proposed activities. The meeting enabled all the involved partners to update their plans and to streamline the activities towards the most promising and most needed zones.

  • 2017-12-11
    National IMAPs for Coast and Hydrography

    During a two-day meeting of the Sub-regional expert group on Coast and Hydrography of the EcAp Med II project, held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 6 – 7 December 2017, representatives from the partner countries, national experts, the PAP/RAC team and consultants, discussed the following topics: Presentations of the final draft National Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programmes (IMAP - Coast and Hydrography indicators); State-of-the-art regarding the National IMAPs on Coast and Hydrography in other Mediterranean countries; Collaboration and experience-exchange on monitoring Coast and Hydrography between different sub-regional groups of countries; and a step-by-step implementation of the guidance fact sheets on the Coast and Hydrography indicators.

    The lively discussions helped pave the way towards the future implementation of the national monitoring programmes developed within the EcAp Med II project. Other synergies with the Barcelona Convention system and EU initiatives have been discussed, to support the implementation of the Coast & Hydrography indicators, especially in the framework of the upcoming MedProgramme.

  • 2017-11-21
    EcAp experts to meet in Zagreb

    A Sub-regional expert group meeting on Coast and Hydrography indicators will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 6 - 7 December 2017, as part of the EcAp MED II project. The Project supports the South Mediterranean Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention to implement the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp). All other Contracting Parties have been invited to participate, as well.

    One of the main objectives of this meeting is to present and discuss the final drafts of the National Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programmes (IMAPs) on Coast and Hydrography indicators prepared by the EcAp MED II-eligible countries. An opportunity will also be given to all other countries to present the state regarding their National IMAPs on Coast and Hydrography. The meeting will also discuss the sub-regional specificities and experience-exchange on monitoring. Furthermore, the second day of the meeting will be dedicated to a step-by-step training on how to implement the monitoring on all three indicators of Coast and Hydrography.

    This workshop aims at enhancing the already established sound basis for a harmonised and efficient monitoring of the Mediterranean coastal zones.

  • 2017-11-18
    Co-Evolve has taken great strides!

    Organised by the Valenciaport Foundation, the CO-EVOLVE 3rd Steering Committee meeting has taken place on 16 and 17 November 2017 and gathered all the involved partners. It was an opportunity to discuss the progress achieved so far, and particularly the activities of the studying phase (WP3). All the involved partners have provided their inputs, while PAP/RAC and the Institute for Marine Sciences (ISMAR) now have to synthesize them in a white book which will be largely distributed among the partners and other stakeholders from the Mediterranean.

    The meeting was also an opportunity to present the next step to be taken – the testing phase (WP4), which will apply in practise the findings of the WP3 in order to create enabling conditions for the sustainable development of tourism in the coastal and marine zones. In the framework of the WP4, PAP/RAC will organize training courses in the pilot areas so to insure that tourism planning will be in line with the provisions of the ICZM Protocol and MSP principles. 

  • 2017-11-16
    CoRE project final conference

    On 15 November 2017, PAP/RAC, being an associate partner, participated in the final conference of the “CoRE” project organised at the “Splendid” hotel, Bećići, Montenegro.

    “CoRE“ is an EU/IPA project managed by the Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia and the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and implemented by the Hydrographic Institute of Croatia and the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro, and their partners University of Dubrovnik – Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, and the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro. The specific objectives of the project were to: establish safety protocols and new hydrographical maps based on research and gathered data; and to increase general knowledge of wide groups of stakeholders on maritime property (maritime domain) coastal component and its sustainable littoralisation.

    The final conference focused on presenting the final outputs of the project: results of the field work in both Croatia and Montenegro, but also on comparative analysis of the maritime domain status in Croatia and Montenegro. The project deepened an already established successful collaboration between PAP/RAC and other involved partners from Croatia and Montenegro.

  • 2017-11-10
    What to expect for coastal zones from COP 23?

    The 23rd annual conference of the Parties under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was launched on 6th November in Bonn, Germany (COP23). The same day, World Metereological Organization (WMO) has reported that it is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heat waves and droughts. Last three years were all the hottest years on record, as well as the 2013-2017 which is set to be the warmest five-year period. The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released right ahead of the COP 23, finds that national pledges only bring a third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030 to meet climate targets. Finally, Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-general of WMO, said at the Bonn conference that he saw little likelihood of the warming trend being reversed in the short term: “This trend can be expected to continue for the coming 50 years. In this system, once you reach a certain level it does not drop soon.”

    An interesting expectation from the Bonn conference is related to cities in tropical island states, led by Fiji, who plan to team up with cities such as New York and Malmo to tackle rising sea levels and other threats linked to climate change. Enhanced exchange of experiences could contribute in fighting the impacts of the rising sea levels. During the conference, which will last up to 17 November, we are all waiting for solutions, decisions and deeds that aim for a further, faster ambition together.


  • 2017-11-07
    Istanbul Environment City Award - Express your vote!

    The Secretariat of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) - Barcelona Convention launched the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award to be conferred to Mediterranean coastal cities. This award aims to recognize and reward the efforts of local authorities to improve the environment and the quality of life and promote sustainable development in Mediterranean coastal towns and cities. It also aims to encourage local authorities to move towards a more environment friendly future and enable them to act as a role-model to inspire other towns and cities. The three following Mediterranean coastal cities have been short listed: Crikvenica, Croatia; Izmir, Turkey; and Tel Aviv - Yafo, Israel.

    As per the nomination and selection process, the short listed cities are now subject to an electronic public voting that will provide a final ranking. Based on this ranking, the Jury will select the winning city. Finally, the Award will be conferred during the 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 20, Tirana, Albania, 17-20 December 2017). 

    The public voting has just been launched for a period of two weeks until the 21st of November 2017. Please use the following link to access the relevant platform dedicated to the public consultation:   

    This public voting can be considered as an incentive to raise the awareness of the general public regarding the quality of the environment and the importance of urban issues for sustainable development. In order to ensure the largest number of votes, you are kindly invited to disseminate the information about the public voting mentioned above, encouraging a large public participation. 

  • 2017-10-31
    PANACeA – Mediterranean biodiversity protection

    In the framework of the Interreg Med project PANACeA, small fisheries co-management models, scientific data sources and new methodologies for monitoring and management of coastal and marine ecosystems, as well as a better management of climate change and marine litter have been in the focus of a three-day open debate hosted by MedCities in Barcelona, Spain, from 23 to 25 October 2017. The participants were partners in the Interreg MED project PANACeA and a wide audience of actors involved in the European and Mediterranean policy, projects and initiatives active in the field of conservation science, public administration of natural resources and regional conventions affecting biodiversity, with participation of modular MED biodiversity protection projects. The final joint message of more than 100 representatives of the national, European and Mediterranean institutions that gathered in Barcelona was to help bridge the gaps between science, management practices and policies, as well as to express the need for a better coordinated approach to natural resource protection and management.

    A PAP/RAC representative, as a member of the PANACeA advisory board, took an active role in the event organisation, especially leading the preparation and moderation of one of the Panels on “Monitoring and management of coastal and marine ecosystems”. Active support was also provided by representatives of the Plan Bleu and SCP/RAC. To close the circle of debates, the key challenges in integrated ecosystem monitoring and management were scrutinized. Even if the Mediterranean area is well studied, is it well known? The participants addressed the issues of the scattered information, and the reluctance of decision-makers to take evidence-based decisions. PAP/RAC stressed the need for more coherence between scales, and between disciplines and policies.

    The three-day dialogue has provided valuable information for a better understanding of the impacts of human activities on Mediterranean natural ecosystems and addressed the increasing need to coordinate scientific criteria and data and its integration into decision making and management processes.

  • 2017-10-29
    MedOpen, from theory to practice

    At the second Mediterranean Conference "Biodiv 2017" organized by the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Gulf of Gabès (ASCOB-Syrtis), in collaboration with the SPA/RAC, held in Monastir, Tunisia, from 28 to 30 October 2017, Mr. Moez Shaiek presented his essay on the ICZM in the Bay of Monastir. He prepared this essay in the framework of the MedOpen ICZM online training course organized in 2016 by PAP/RAC for the advanced students. His work, in cooperation with Ms. Asma Ben Abda, details a draft ICZM Plan, based on a precise analysis of relevant stakeholders and describes the process of an integrated and ecosystem-based management of the Bay of Monastir. From theory to practice, the next step forward  will be the implementation of this ICZM plan! Read more about this essay at « Biodiv 2017 » and about PAP/RAC online course at MedOpen.

  • 2017-10-25
    A free online course by InforMEA - Enroll now!

    Registrations are open for a three hour self-paced course which explains how international environmental agreements and policies are made, by whom, and how they are complied with, and enforced. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the strengths and weakness of existing environmental governance regimes.

    All stakeholders interested in learning about the main aspects of environmental governance regimes, as well as the principal actors involved and the reforms needed, can benefit from this course which is a collaborative effort between UNITAR and UN Environment. Participants successfully completing the course will receive certificate jointly issued by UNITAR and UN Environment.

    InforMEA is the UN Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements which offers access to treaty texts, decisions and resolutions adopted by Governing Bodies, country reports, national implementation plans and several other documents. The platform also provides over 20 free online courses on MEAs and environmental law and governance.

    Click here to enroll

  • 2017-10-10
    CAMP France … what's next?

    The Villa Noailles overlooking the city of Hyéres, France, hosted the CAMP Var (France) final conference on 6 October 2017. The event brought together more than 80 actors involved in the conservation and development of the coastal and marine areas in the Var, in the French part of the Mediterranean, as well as in other coastal areas of the Mediterranean Basin.

    This rich day was opened by Mr. JP. Giran, Mayor of Hyères, Mr F. Roux, 4th Vice-President of the Var Department, Mr. JP. Blanc, Director of the Villa Noailles, Mr. F. Bernard, Chairman of the CAMP Var Steering Committee (the French Coastal Agency - Conservatoire du littoral) and Ms. Z. Skaricic, PAP/RAC Director. After a review of the genesis of the project, three sessions, focusing on the three main axis of work that marked the life of the project, illustrated how local actors live: (i) the land-sea interactions within harbour and navigation basins; (ii) the management of the risks of erosion and marine submersion; and (iii) the archipelagos of excellence. The study of land boat parks, the Mocomed platform and the short movies on the promotion of small islands have also been presented.

    The project team presented the study of the coastal and marine management policies in the Var, which has been ongoing during the last two years of the project. Following the presentations of the main method and conclusions, the Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica Water Agency announced that it would encourage this dynamic and support technically and financially, alongside with PAP/RAC and the French Coastal Agency, the development and implementation of a methodology to evaluate the efficiency of these policies. This work will probably be carried out in the following Var territories: Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée and the Community of Communes of the Golf of St-Tropez. The agency may eventually finance the actions that will be recommended by such an evaluation.

    The role of the civil society and the general contributions of the CAMP Var have been commented by the Bandol littoral association. Finally, the challenges of the evaluation of the efficiency of the policies were addressed by the partners in the framework of the Mediterranean cooperation, with a reflection to be carried out in the framework of the CAMP projects’ network. Before gathering at a cocktail and visiting the Villa Noailles, the representatives of the project partner organizations and institutions shared their commitments so that the actions implemented during the last three years of the CAMP Var may be continued beyond the life of the project, in the long term!

  • 2017-10-05
    SimWestMed Regional meeting – Var Case study

    The SimWestMed Regional meeting and the first output of the Var Case Study led by UN Environment/MAP and PAP/RAC took place at the Villa Noailles in Hyères, France, on 5 October 2017. This event took place back-to-back with the Final conference of the CAMP France project organized the following day, and at which all the SimWestMed partners were welcome.

    This workshop helped build a shared knowledge basis on MSP implementation and its specificities in the Western Mediterranean. The meeting brought together the project partners, alongside with experts (and/or sub-contractors), who will be working on project activities, and the key stakeholders from the pilot areas (e.g. the local public organisations dealing with coastal and marine management).Two general objectives of the meeting were: to ensure a proper and common understanding, especially regarding MSP in the context of the Barcelona Convention and the LSI interpretation regarding ICZM; to create opportunities for cooperation on the case studies.

    The programme was designed in a way that the partners could discuss the further elaboration of the case studies of the project: Var, Tuscany, Gulf of Lion, Strait of Sicily, Tyrrhenian sites. The event allowed partners to exchange on key issues and challenges for the implementation of project activities in the case study sites, as well as to step forward to the operational phase in these areas.

  • 2017-09-27
    Mediterranean Coast Day 2017 – A glowing success

    The regional celebration of the 2017 Mediterranean Coast Day, organised on September 25 in Tivat, Montenegro was a glowing success. The main event was attended by 150odd participants, representatives of several Mediterranean countries, and a large number of representatives of institutions and other components of the Montenegrin civil society. The event was organised under the high patronage of Mr. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro and President of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Integrated Coastal Zone Management, who opened the event and gave a highly inspired speech. He confirmed the awareness of the highest political levels of Montenegro of the value of the coastal zones and environmental issues these face, and dedication to resolve them. Combined with great efforts made by relevant institutions, including the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management, Montenegro has achieved great results that can serve as example for other countries to look up to, a statement reiterated by many speakers, including Mr. Gaetano Leone, UN Environment/MAP Coordinator and Ms. Željka Škaričić, PAP/RAC Director. This year the title of the honorary Ambassador for the Coast was awarded to Mr. Branimir Gvozdenovic, Vice-President of the Parliament of Montenegro, for his great personal contribution to the cause, and in particular CAMP project in Montenegro. The programme of the event also included several presentations on the positive experience of various countries dealing with environmental issues, as well as on some important projects about to be launched in the area. In parallel with the official event, the Montenegrin hosts organised a number of activities with children ranging from collection and separation of waste on the beaches, to lectures on diving in ecology and theatre play. This was slightly marred by the weather as rain prevented the implementation of the outdoors activities. The highly successful day was rounded up by a cruise through the magnificent bay of Boka Kotorska, the deepest bay of the Adriatic Sea with highly indented coastline.

    More information on the celebration is available here.

  • 2017-09-27
    Adriatic-GEF Consultation Meeting

    The Consultation Meeting on the “Implementation of Ecosystem Approach in the Adriatic Sea through Marine Spatial Planning” Project (the so-called ADRIATIC-GEF Project) was held in Tivat, Montenegro, on 27 September 2017, following the Coast Day celebration. The meeting was attended by representatives of both eligible countries - Montenegro (Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Environmental Agency, Public Enterprise “Morsko Dobro”) and Albania (National Environmental Agency), as well as by representatives of PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC, MED POL, MAP/UN Environment Coordination Unit, and two PAP/RAC consultants. The meeting discussed Project’s overview and benefits for countries; Project’s activities; alignment of national monitoring programmes with IMAP requirements; and the Inception Report. The Meeting set the stage for future activities, especially in light of the upcoming Inception Meeting and the Steering Committee meeting. This meeting is a beginning of a fruitful collaboration of eligible countries and MAP RACs on restoring the ecological balance of the Adriatic Sea through implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) and improving the sub-regional management capacity through Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).

  • 2017-09-26
    MAVA for the Mediterranean coastal wetlands

    After celebrating together the 2017 Mediterranean Coast Day in Ghar El Melah, on 26 September 2017, international partners of the Mediterranean wetland conservation project financed by the MAVA Foundation, launched a series of meetings in Bizerte, Tunisia, organised by WWF North Africa and MedWet. First was the meeting of the “M3 Coastal wetland” Steering Group which met to discuss the implementation of the project, review the objectives and monitor the processes. A special focus was given to the contribution of the MAVA project in the pilot sites: (i) Ghar El Melah in Tunisia, (ii) Buna delta in Albania, (iii) Oristano in Sardinia, Italy, and (iv) Ulcinj salinas in Montenegro, as well as three overarching initiatives: (i) governance, which PAPRAC leads, (ii) Salinas initiative and (iii) island wetlands. A monitoring and evaluation plan were agreed.

    The lively discussions among the partners continued the following two days with a kick-off meeting of the communication campaign on wetlands, under the lead of the MedWet. The communication officers of partner organisations used the opportunity to get to know each other better, exchange on the issues and challenges to tackle together, and to point out their own strengths and weaknesses. Together with the project managers, they stepped forward with drafting possible communication and policy approaches consistent with those of the relevant target audiences, the joint key messages, future joint events, etc. PAP/RAC will support the local partners in organising the Coast Day events during the lifespan of the project. A new wetland community was born!

  • 2017-09-26
    Coast Day in Tunisia and Algeria

    In the framework of the Mediterranean wetland project of the MAVA Foundation, PAP/RAC supported the organisation of a local celebration of the Coast Day in Ghar El Melah, Tunisia, on 26 September 2017. The area of Ghar El Melah has been selected as a pilot site for this regional initiative, where PAP/RAC will have a leading role in defining an Integrated coastal resources management plan, alongside with the GWP-Med. The project implementation will last 3 years, with a possible extension for the following three years. PAP/RAC and WWF North Africa organised the event in cooperation with the Tunisian Coastal Agency (APAL), and under the auspices of the Governor of the Bizerte Region. The major stakeholders of the area gathered and shared their vision of and expectations from the sustainable development of the area. In addition, the local inhabitants and NGOs joined the debates, including the local fishermen and urban planners. This event was  a great and live illustration of what the Coast Day was all about for the MAVA partners, who will have the opportunity to organise such events in the coming years. At the same time, it was a good starting point for the MedWet overarching communication campaign.

    Indeed, after the institutional presentations and the discussions, the partners visited the wetland centre of Ghar El Melah, located in the fort dating back to Ottoman times and being under UNESCO’s protection. Welcomed by the pupils of one of the local schools, the partners had a chance to discover the local handcrafting. The kids were one of the key attractions, and the 1st channel of the National Tunisian TV that followed the entire event, did not miss a part in the actions they undertook that day, especially the cleaning activities in the old harbour of the city. Also, a field trip around the project area was organized for the MAVA partners.

    In Algeria, the Association Ecologica de SKIKDA, in collaboration with the Directorate of the Environment of Skikda and young volunteers, organised a beach cleaning action on the Molo de Stora beach, on 26 September 2017. The aim of this action was to raise awareness of the population of the issues of safeguarding the coastal and marine environments, threatened by waste, mainly plastics. 30 bags of waste, including plastic bottles and cans, as well as a lot of macro waste such as lids, cigarette butts, etc. were collected. The association has also planned other actions since at the end of the summer season the beaches are covered with waste.

    To celebrate ten years of its activities, the National Commissariat of the Coast of the Wilaya of Tipasa took advantage of the Coast Day to organize a photographic exhibition. It was presented by the Head of Delegation.

  • 2017-09-25
    ICZM Protocol ratified by Lebanon

    A good news has arrived from the Co-ordinating Unit of MAP: the Republic of Lebanon 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 1 August 2017, the Republic of Lebanon deposited the Ratification Instrument of the ICZM Protocol. The Protocol entered into force on 31 August 2017.

    PAP/RAC welcomes this ratification raising hopes that it will contribute to the effective protection and sustainable management of this part of the Mediterranean coast. The ICZM Protocol ratification by Lebanon brings the number of ratifications to 11.

  • 2017-09-25
    MedProgramme consultations back to back with Coast Day in Montenegro

    Back-to-back with the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration in Tivat, Montenegro, on 26 September 2017, the GEF MedProgramme Child project 2.1: Mediterranean coastal zones: climate resilience, water security and habitat protection held its first sub-regional preparatory consultations. The consultations were organized for the representatives of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. With its wide scope and large GEF grant of 45 million USD approximately, the MedProgramme represents the largest International Waters GEF-funded efforts implemented by the UN Environment and one of the biggest multi-focal area Programme ever approved by the GEF. These consultations were organized to discuss proposed activities related to the coastal and water resources management. The main objectives of the meeting were: to present MedProgramme Child Project 2.1; to assess the needs related to the Child Project objectives; and to present and discuss demonstration pilot opportunities. Representatives of the countries proposed different activities of interest for the countries related to the project outcomes and targets. Second consultations for the remaining countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, will be organized in November this year.

  • 2017-09-22
    ICZM in Iran

    In the framework of the partnership between the Islamic Republic of Iran and France on ICZM, PAP/RAC joined a French delegation composed of representatives of the French Coastal Agency (Conservatoire du littoral), the Water Agency Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica and the French Embassy in Teheran, and took part at a 4-day workshop and a field trip, from 19 to 24 September 2017.  A large panel of the Iranian administrations were represented during the workshops that were organised under the patronage of the Iranian Department of Environment.

    During the mission, the experts discussed the coastal and marine conservation and development issues in France and Iran. PAP/RAC offered an overview of the ICZM-related activities in the Mediterranean, including the MAP system, the ICZM Protocol, the National ICZM strategies, the CAMP projects, the local ICZM plans, the Coast Day event, the MedOpen on-line training course, etc. It is important to point out that many researches and activities dealing with ICZM are undergoing in Iran. This rich experience regards the Oman and Persian Seas, as well as the Caspian Sea. During the field trip that took place on the Caspian Sea, the French delegation had the opportunity to discover the key issues of environmental conservation and development: solid waste treatment, aquaculture, wetland management, water sanitation, reintroduction of endangered species, etc. They also had the opportunity to meet the local actors.

    Perspectives for future collaborations will be further discussed between the French and Iranian delegations, with possible visits of Iranian experts to France and expertise and knowledge sharing programmes. Beyond the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, the exchanges initiated between the Department of Environment and PAP/RAC opened the door to a possible dialogue between the two Regional Seas, namely between the Barcelona Convention for the Mediterranean and the Teheran Convention for the Caspian Sea, where one of the major challenges will be the foundation of a Secretariat.

  • 2017-09-20
    Barcelona Convention ready for CoP20

    The Meeting of the MAP Focal Points took place on 12-15 September 2017 in Athens, Greece. The objective was to review the draft decisions for the CoP20. Several topics were on the agenda and the decision on the Regional Framework for ICZM, including the Conceptual Framework on Marine Spatial Planning was the main one related to PAP/RAC. This document will trace the work of the Centre and other MAP components for the decade to come. Many other decisions were discussed as well, such as those related to Governance of the MAP system, Work Programme and the budget for the next biennium, the biodiversity and pollution related issues and alike.  

    A day prior to this meeting the 6th Meeting of the EcAp Coordination Group took place with the objective to discuss the EcAp indicators Guidance Fact Sheets and the Quality Status Report (QSR) 2017. PAP/RAC contributed with the inputs on common indicators related to Coast and Hydrography cluster. The conclusions of this meeting were an important contribution to the draft Decision for the CoP20 as the QSR 2017 which is meant to be one of the flag outputs of the Secretariat in the current biennium.   

  • 2017-09-14
    Coast Day 2017 around the corner

    Once again the year has gone by quickly and another Coast Day is imminent. This event, celebrated annually since 2007, brings together all the countries of the Mediterranean to raise awareness of the importance of the coast as a natural, cultural and economic resource, and the risks it currently faces. The Mediterranean Coast Day 2017 will be held in Tivat, Montenegro on 25 September under the high patronage of H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanovi?, President of Montenegro, who will personally attend the event. The main topic of this year’s event will be “Protect our Sea”, as focus for both official and informal segments of the event. The celebration is being co-organised by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro (JPMD), and the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC). More information about the event is available here.

  • 2017-09-13
    Launching of Co-Evolve platform

    Co-Evolve project is pleased to announce the launch of its new website which is accessible at https://co-evolve.interreg-med.eu/. Being functional, dynamic, modern and refined, the site focuses on information about organized events and news. On this platform, you will also be able to access documents produced within the framework of the project which will be progressively put online.

  • 2017-08-24
    Launch of the MOCOMED platform

    The MOCOMED platform (a MOving COast in the MEDiterranean) is an online interface dedicated to the risks of coastal erosion and marine flooding. It aims to allow a better understanding and apprehension of coastal risk management in the Mediterranean.

    The MOCOMED platform was set up as part of the CAMP Var (CAMP France), a project carried out by PAP/RAC of UN Environment/MAP. Launched in 2015, the CAMP Var project aims to support the implementation of ICZM (ICZM Protocol) in the Var territory, and is interested in the risks of coastal erosion and marine flooding.

    Coastal natural hazards are in fact at the crossroads of natural dynamics and human issues that draw the coastline of today. Between land and sea, these risks can impact the human goods and activities present on the coastline and thus interest public policies in terms of forecasting, prevention and crisis management. They can also be seen as opportunities and open up new perspectives in terms of spatial planning, the development of economics, or the creation of new spaces for leisure and nature.

    The MOCOMED platform is aimed at both people wishing to acquire general concepts and knowledge in the area of coastal risks, but also to a more experienced public of professionals, it includes: a pedagogical area dedicated to the moving coastline, with dynamic coastal patterns, in its natural and anthropic states; a historical space, as a retrospective of shoreline evolution over time; a resource area, containing toolkits as well as links to work and approaches to coastal risks, in the Mediterranean and beyond.

  • 2017-07-21
    The first newsletter for the CO-EVOLVE project

    Whether you want to learn more on the CO-EVOLVE project, or you are more generally someone who cares about sustainable development of maritime and coastal tourism, then the CO-EVOLVE newsletter should be interesting for you. This newsletter provides detailed and updated information about the project’s first activities and achievements. The first section focuses on recent events organized by the project or in which it was represented. The second one provides information about relevant internal and external upcoming events and activities. A new version of the newsletter will be published approximately every six months, until the end of the project’s lifetime in October 2019. The newsletter is available on the following address:  (http://mailchi.mp/dd22d3df1f0c/co-evolve-newsletter-1-july-2017)

    Should you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, which we warmly recommend, you can do so at the link: http://eepurl.com/cU5_1j

  • 2017-07-20
    Marine litter is a big deal, it may end up in your meal!

    The International conference "Marine litter - challenges & solutions" was organised by Davor Skrlec, the Croatian representative to the European parliament, in Split, Croatia, on 18 July 2017.

    The 100-odd participants, including representatives of the Croatian national, regional and local public authorities, researchers, civil society and international experts gathered to discuss three major topics related to marine litter: global and European perspectives, actions in the Adriatic, and marine litter in Croatia.

    The PAP/RAC Director informed the participants about the UN Environment/MAP initiatives concerning the Regional Plan on Marine Litter adopted in 2013 as a legally binding document for the entire Mediterranean Region; the 2016 Decision on additional instruments to support the implementation of the Regional Plan; the Regional Platform on Marine Litter established as an open-ended group of partners and a forum for consultations and exchange of experiences. She also pointed out two other important initiatives for combating marine litter: the Regional Action Plan for Sustainable Production and Consumption, and the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) which includes two already adopted and one candidate indicator related to marine litter.

  • 2017-06-28
    Towards the Regional Framework for ICZM

    At the Extraordinary Meeting of PAP/RAC NFPs that took place in Athens, Greece, on 28 and 29 June 2017, participants agreed on the draft document that will serve as a ToR, i.e. a guiding reference for the preparation of the full text of the Regional Framework for ICZM, as required by the Article 17 of the Protocol, during the next biennium. It should assist the CPs to implement the ICZM Protocol in the region and strengthen regional co-operation for this purpose. In addition, the draft Conceptual Framework for MSP in the Mediterranean was also agreed as a first step towards the introduction of this relatively new instrument for the implementation of ICZM in Mediterranean territorial waters. Both documents will be further discussed at the MAP Focal Points meeting early September this year.

  • 2017-06-27
    Var Land-sea forum III – from the Mediterranean to local

    Within the framework of the CAMP France project (PAC Var), PAP/RAC, in partnership with the French Coastal protection agency (Conservatoire du littoral), organized the third Land-sea forum of the Var County. The Forum was held at the premises of the University of Toulon, on 27 June 2017, as a side event to the 2017 European Days of the Var County.

    This event, which brought together 40-odd actors from national, regional and local levels, was dedicated to the theme of the inter-actors co-operation, discussed under the prism of the Mediterranean, but also of the local co-operation. In the first series of round tables, the European projects SimWestMed and Maregot were presented. Possible synergies were discussed, in particular concerning the land-sea interactions and the integration of MSP and ICZM, as well as the possible organisation of joint events in 2018.

    During the second session, the draft report on the analysis of ICZM management policies in the Var County regarding the implementation of the ICZM Protocol was presented. A series of recommendations were discussed by the participants, while guidelines and clarifications were set to enable the project team to finalise this document for the final CAMP conference to be held at Villa Noailles in Hyères, France, on 6 October 2017.

  • 2017-06-14
    SimWestMed first Project Group and Steering Committee meeting in Malta

    The Working group of the SimWestMed project gathered in St. Julian’s, Malta, on 13 June 2017 to discuss Components and Sub-components of the project. Particular attention was paid to development of the Initial assessment. The partners from the four countries of the project (France, Italy, Malta and Spain) will fulfil a “country fact sheet” that will be merged into a homogeneous synthesis on marine and maritime aspects relevant for MSP in the Western Mediterranean Basin, as a corner stone for the project implementation. The Regional MSP Platform was also at stake, as well as the issues related to land-sea interactions, interactions between uses, cumulative impacts, data and information requirements, and other tools that should help the process of developing and proposing a conceptual methodology for a trans-boundary MSP.

    PAP/RAC presented the definition and application of MSP as foreseen by the Barcelona Convention, taking into account the relationship between the EU and non-EU member states. Finally, the discussion focused on the preparation of the case studies, where PAP/RAC will also play a co-ordinating role. The cases will allow the partners to get knowledge and experience from the terrain.

    The Steering Committee meeting was held on 14 June 2017. The round table discussion focused on national MSP approaches, as well as on management, co-ordination and communication components. A series of next steps and milestones were agreed upon as guidance for the Working group.

  • 2017-06-02
    Blue economy for the Mediterranean

    In the framework of the project entitled “A Blue Economy for a healthy Mediterranean” funded by MAVA, the final project conference took place in Marseille, France, on 30 - 31 May 2017. It was preceded by its Advisory Board meeting with the objective to review and validate the results achieved by the project and to give advice on the proposed agenda of the conference.

    The conference was the second major event organised in the frame of this project. The first session was dedicated to the presentation of the project results and discussions, in particularly on the selected economic activities and the proposed indicators to measure their status and trends. PAP/RAC was responsible for the Component 3 on Promotion and mainstreaming of project results at the Mediterranean scale and internationally. The second part of the conference was focussed on specific sectors such as ship building, port activities, bio-prospecting, tourism, off-shore energy and fisheries and aquaculture. These most important sectors for the Mediterranean economy should take blue economy principles more into account if the Mediterranean region is to become a region where sustainable development will contribute to the wellbeing of its populations, as well as protection of resources and its rich biodiversity. All these are also the objectives and requirements of the ICZM Protocol and other MAP policy documents such as MSSD, SCP Action Plan and other international ones like SDGs of the UN. At the end of the conference, recommendations for the sectors were presented and discussed. The conference was concluded with a round table entitled “Moving towards a blue economy in the Mediterranean region”.

  • 2017-05-22
    IFOAM - Organics International session at PAP/RAC

    International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) - Organics International launched its fifth European organic leadership course in Croatia with the kick-off at the annual Organic Fair in Split held on 19-20 May 2017 and a Sunday morning session at the PAP/RAC premises. The course then moved to the Adriatic islands of Vis and Hvar.

    Since 1972, IFOAM - Organics International has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. At the heart of IFOAM - Organics International are its 800 Affiliates in more than 100 countries. IFOAM's mission is to take the world a step closer to the mainstream uptake of organic agriculture.

    Sustainable coastal development for the Mediterranean coastal zones implies the uptake of the organic agriculture production and consumption, for the health of its population, soils and ecosystems, but also as valuable offer for its numerous tourists.

  • 2017-05-21
    Advocating for Blue economy

    Two related events were in the focus of PAP/RAC last week - the European Maritime Day 2017 (EMD) and the Multi-Use for Sustainable Blue Growth (MUSES Project) Stakeholders Workshop, which took place in Poole, UK, from 16-18 May 2017. Both meetings were related to blue growth and the future of European Regional Seas, and were of relevance for the MAVA "A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean" project, in which PAP/RAC is a partner, and its objective to follow up on advocacy of the blue economy in international initiatives.

    A PAP/RAC representative participated at the EMD2017, which is the main annual event organised by DG Mare of the EU, and which brought together more than 600 participants. The main title of the event was the "Future of our Seas" with the blue economy having a crucial role. Several parallel stakeholder workshops took place and the main themes were Innovation and Growth; People and Skills; Sustainability and Governance; and Safety and Security.

    Back-to-back with the EMD, a Workshop has been organised in the framework of the MUSES project (Horizon 2020) that involves 10 partners from across Europe. The project aims at understanding multi-use benefits for environmental, socio-economic and spatial point of view and in that way promotes blue growth at the European seas level. PAP/RAC was invited as a stakeholder from the Mediterranean region. This was a good opportunity to promote and advocate for the blue economy concept from the MAVA project and reflect on the approaches taken at other Regional Seas level.


  • 2017-05-21
    Designing the MedProgramme

    An informal kick-off meeting of the GEF newly approved concept for the Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme) on Enhancing Environmental Security was held in Athens, Greece, on 17-19 May 2017. MedProgramme was created to accelerate the implementation of upon agreed priority actions, aiming to reduce the major transboundary environmental stresses affecting the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security, and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations.

    The main objective of this meeting was to support the preparation of the 7 Child projects of the MedProgramme. 12 partner institutions attended the meeting and discussed jointly on how to integrate their future activities in a way to produce joint effect, to create synergies and the final result which is substantially more than just a sum of all the activities. The PAP/RAC-led Child Project 2.1 entitled Mediterranean coastal zones: climate resilience, water security and habitat protection is to be implemented in all project countries, namely, in Albania, Bosnia &Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia.

  • 2017-05-20
    Mr Larid left us too soon

    It is with great sadness that the PAP/RAC team learned today of the passing of its long-time collaborator and friend, Mr Mohamed Larid. Mr Larid was among the pioneers of ICZM in Algeria, accompanying PAP/RAC from the early 2000s in the framework of the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP) for Algeria. As a person in charge of participatory activities, he organized numerous “Imagine” workshops during which he encouraged everybody to think about and act for the future of the Algerian coast. He was a bit of a dreamer, which sometimes enabled him to go beyond what seemed possible. In his last collaboration with PAP/RAC on the Coastal Plan for Reghaïa, Mr Larid was a talented team leader who knew how to get the best of the experts he was working with. Mr Larid cared also to insure the future for ICZM, systematically involving his students in the ICZM issues. For PAP/RAC, he was a precious collaborator we shall regret for a long time.

  • 2017-05-12
    MedOpen CVC Advanced concluded

    The MedOpen Advanced training session on climate variability and change (CVC) in the Mediterranean has been officially concluded. A number of 20 students coming from Morocco (15) and Tunisia (5) registered for this training session implemented in French. The students were requested to participate in the Forum discussion and to prepare a Final essay dealing with CVC issues. The Final essays submitted dealt with interesting themes, such as the impact of CVC on the coastal zone of Morocco; the vulnerability of the coastal zone of Tunisia to CVC and the capacities to adapt; the ICZM approach and sustainable development in Morocco; the effects of CVC on marine aquaculture in the Mediterranean with special reference to the development of “harmful algal blooms”, algal biofouling and the contribution of algae on greenhouse gas reduction; the effects of CVC on fisheries in Morocco; Morocco’s commitment to tackle the effects of climate change; etc. One student even “crossed” the Mediterranean boundaries and elaborated in her essay the impact of glacial melting caused by climate change on the indigenous polar population (the case of north Quebec). Students’ Final essays, their contribution to Forum discussions, as well as their overall work will be assessed and graded by the PAP/RAC MedOpen lecturer in charge of this session.

    The added-value of this training session is students’ evaluation of the training. PAP/RAC will benefit from these comments, which, as always, will be taken into consideration for the improvement of the future MedOpen trainings.

  • 2017-05-12
    CO-EVOLVE met in Split

    On 10 and 11 May 2017, PAP/RAC hosted in its premises the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the Co-Evolve project. The event that gathered 29 participants including representatives of 6 project partner institutions and 6 pilot areas was an opportunity to review the progress of project activities.

    One of the meeting objectives was to present the progress of the analysis of the key threats and enabling factors for co-evolution of sustainable coastal and marine tourism in the Mediterranean, which is currently being developed by institutional partners with the support of pilot area coordinators. Another important item of the agenda was the presentation of the progress of work in the pilot areas which are located in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Even though their work will officially start when the analysis is finalized, a preliminary work has already been launched, including the identification of the main stakeholders and interviews with tourism actors in order to fine tune the proposed activities.

    In the afternoon of the second day of this fruitful meeting, a technical visit to one of the pilot areas - the Kaštela Bay was organized for the participants. In Kaštel Suæurac, a representative of the project partner RERA, the public institution for coordination and development of the Split-Dalmatia County, informed the participants on the issues and opportunities of the area. He explained that the Kaštela Bay had been previously assessed in UN environment/MAP studies as one of the “climatic hot spots” of the Croatian coast, and that it would be crucial to properly include that threat when planning tourism development. Participants were then taken to the castle of Kaštel Lukšiæ, and as the wind was raging that day they had an opportunity to see how waves were already entering through the main door, endangering the castle which could be of great value for cultural tourism.

  • 2017-05-09
    Don’t let plastics become part of the sea

    May 7th 2017 was a sunny hot day in Athens. 9:15 in the morning UN Environment/MAP staff gather outside the metro station. Destination: Freattyda beach in Piraeus, Greece, to participate to the MedSOS Cleanup campaign "Don't let plastics become part of the sea", held under the auspices of UN Environment/MAP. 

    Enthusiastic and motivated groups of volunteers of all ages took part to the campaign. Upon arrival, they were handed big bags, gloves and sheets to record the different types of marine litter collected.

    “The Governments of the Mediterranean, Parties to the Barcelona Convention, decided last year on a target of reducing marine litter around the basin by 20% by 2024. UN Environment/MAP is very keen on supporting such initiatives, that are a tiny, however crucial step towards that goal”, said Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of the UN Environment/MAP who participated in the cleanup activity.

    The campaign which focused for the second consecutive year on plastics, comes in line with the UN Environment efforts to turn tide on plastics with its 5-year #CleanSeas campaign, launched last February. Cigarette butts ranked first among the litter collected by the UN Environment/MAP participating staff. The beach was also strewn with Styrofoam particles from fish boxes, and straws, in addition to oxidized iron pieces.

    Marine litter has been confirmed as a critical issue in the Mediterranean. The problem is exacerbated by the basin’s limited exchanges with other oceans, its densely populated coasts, highly developed tourism and various additional inputs of litter from rivers and very urbanized areas.

  • 2017-05-07
    Towards “small sustainable islands”

    On 5 - 6 May 2017, PAP/RAC joined the meeting on “small sustainable islands”. The meeting, which was organized in the island of Zlarin, Croatia, brought together the French actors associated with the SMILO Initiative (Conservatoire du littoral and Port Cros National Park) and the Croatian local and regional actors dealing with the protection, management and development of islands in Croatia and representing the Šibenik-Knin County, the City of Šibenik, the Regional Development Agency of the Šibenik-Knin County, the 5 LAG, the LAG More 249, the island association “Pokret Otoka”, the island of Silba, the Institute of Economics Zagreb, the island of Zlarin, including its Tourist Board and the Island Council, as well as the folk ensembles “Koralj” and Bodulièi, the volunteer fire-fighters associations, and the Yacht Club.

    The meeting was organized back-to-back with a workshop dedicated to the local community of Zlarin - the Croatian pilot island of this initiative. The goals of the meeting were: (i) to move forward towards the process of labelling the island of Zlarin as a "sustainable island" and to define an action plan for its sustainable development, and (ii) to continue the efforts for the implementation of actions and development of synergies as a part of the SMILO international activities, as well as to expand the network with new partners in Croatia.

    On the occasion of the meeting, representatives of the City of Šibenik and the Šibenik-Knin County signed the Declaration of sustainable development of small islands. Also, the local Committee for sustainable development of the island of Zlarin was set up. This two-day meeting allowed the participants to share their experiences, knowledge and points of view in order to move towards the implementation of joint actions.


  • 2017-05-05
    PAP/RAC NFPs meeting held in Split

    On 3 and 4 May 2017, the PAP/RAC National Focal Points meeting was held in Split, Croatia, in the presence of representatives of 17 Contracting Parties, five invited experts, the UN Environment/MAP representative and the PAP/RAC staff. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the progress achieved during the 2016-2017 biennium in the implementation of the PAP/RAC Programme of Work (PoW), and to present the PoW for the biennium 2018-2019, as well as to discuss the Regional Framework the first draft of which had been presented and discussed in Athens beginning April. In addition, the Coast and Hydrology components of the Quality Status Report and the GEF MedProgramme and CVC&ICZM projects were introduced to the participants.

  • 2017-04-28
    Progressing on EcAp's Science-Policy Interface


    PAP/RAC representatives attended the 5th workshop on the science-policy interface (SPI) strengthening organized by Plan Bleu, in Nice, France, on 27 and 28 April 2017.  In addition, the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) coordination group meeting was held on IMAP spatial and temporal scales of monitoring and assessment back to back with the Quality Status Report (QSR) meeting.

    The workshop was organized  with the support of the EU funded EcAp MED II project and its specific output related to science-policy interface strengthening. The meeting allowed to share best practices, to present efforts of Contracting Parties for IMAP implementation at national scales, as well as to encourage discussion and meeting recommendations regarding elaboration of efficient spatial and temporal scales for monitoring and assessment.

    PAP/RAC was leading the separate discussion-session on scale of assessment regarding the Coast and Hydrography indicators, but also discussing the issues on assessment scales which are applicable for all IMAP indicators. In addition, the draft QSR assessment fact sheets for Coast and Hydrography indicators were presented and discussed by the participants.


  • 2017-04-26
    EcAp Med II workshop discussed Coast and Hydrography indicators


    On 24 and 25 April 2017, the second training workshop on Coast and Hydrography indicators was organized in Rome, Italy, in the framework of the EcAp Med II project. In addition to two PAP/RAC representatives and three experts on Coast and Hydrography, six national consultants from EcAp MED II eligible countries (Algeria, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia) attended the workshop, together with two representatives from Turkey, and the UN Environment/MAP and ISPRA expert.

    In the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP), adopted by the COP 19 in 2016, the 27 indicators were identified as relevant to estimate the good environmental status of the Mediterranean coastal zones and sea. This workshop was dedicated to three indicators belonging to Coast and Hydrography cluster, namely: “Length of coastline subject to physical disturbance due to the influence of manmade structures”; “Location and extent of the habitats impacted directly by hydrographic alterations; and “Land use change”. PAP/RAC experts presented the indicators individually to define precisely the monitoring arrangements, and provided concrete examples of their implementation. Country experts exchanged state-of-the-art regarding the development of national IMAPs. The Shared Environmental Information Systems (SEIS) was presented by the UN Environment/MAP expert. The workshop was concluded with a presentation on importance of interconnection between EO1 Biodiversity (i.e. marine habitats) and EO7 (i.e. estimation of hydrographic alterations) by the ISPRA expert. One of the main requests formulated by national experts was the need for capacity building, especially in terms of technical support regarding the implementation of the indicators (e.g. modeling, GIS application, etc.). The dynamic exchange of workshop participants enhanced the already established sound basis for a harmonized and efficient monitoring of Mediterranean coastal zones.

  • 2017-04-25
    EUSAIR and PAP/RAC support each other

    On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the workshop on “The Present and the Future of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism“ took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 24-25 April 2017. It was organised with the support of the Interreg V-B ADRION 2014-2020 (Strategic project Facility Point) and the Ministry of Tourism of Croatia as an awareness raising and experience sharing initiative of the Pillar 4 on Sustainable Tourism of the EU Macro-regional Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

    Ms. Željka Škarièiæ, PAP/RAC Director, was invited to participate in the Panel on “Promoting and Integrating Sustainability and SCP into Tourism Policies”. She made a presentation on ICZM as a framework for the integration of environmental sustainability concerns into tourism policies. On one hand, that was another good opportunity to promote the ICZM Protocol, its principles and objectives as well as the work done on the Regional Framework for ICZM. On the other, it was an occasion to deepen mutual support between the pan-Mediterranean initiatives of the Barcelona Convention and the Adriatic-Ionian macro-regional strategy with regard to one of the core themes to be dealt with in ICZM.

  • 2017-04-23
    EMSEA Conference - Apply now!

    The European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), in collaboration with the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, Malta, organizes the fifth EMSEA conference. The conference will be held at the University of Malta in Valetta, Malta, from 7 - 10 October 2017. The aims of the conference are to promote: a further penetration of Ocean Literacy in school curricula; the digital age of Ocean Literacy; Oceans and human health; and the future scenarios and roles for Ocean Literacy. The target participants of the EMSEA conference are all those dealing with the sea, and in particular the researchers, policy makers, lecturers, etc.

    The deadline for Abstract submission is 15 June 2017. More about the conference can be found at: https://www.um.edu.mt/events/emsea2017/

    EMSEA is a roof organisation which promotes Ocean Literacy across Europe. Its branch EMSEA-Med is focused on the promotion of Ocean Literacy across the Mediterranean region, in the EU and non-EU countries, with the aim of achieving sustainable use and protection of the Mediterranean Sea. More about EMSEA-Med can be found at: http://www.emsea.eu/info.php?pnum=15/ and at the Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/emseamed/

  • 2017-04-11
    Getting ready for the Regional Framework

    A workshop to discuss the first draft of the Regional Framework for Integrated Coastal Zone Management was organised by PAP/RAC in Athens, Greece, on 5-6 April 2017. The Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea supported organisation of the meeting. The meeting was attended by nominated experts from thirteen Mediterranean countries. The Regional Framework is a document envisaged in the article 17 of the ICZM Protocol with the aim of supporting Contracting Parties to cooperate for the promotion of sustainable development and integrated management of coastal zones. Based on constructive inputs and suggestions, the updated version of the Framework will be further discussed at the upcoming PAP/RAC National Focal Points meeting in May.

    Following the Regional Framework meeting, on 7 April, a meeting with the representatives of Greek authorities and institutions took place in order to present the recent UN Environment/MAP and PAP/RAC projects on EcAp indicators and MSP. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Environment and Energy; Tourism; Economy and Development; and Rural Development and Food, as well as representatives of scientific and research organisations coming from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, National technical University of Athens, Helenic Center for Marine Research and Panhellenic Society of Technologists Ichthyologists. It was a very interesting and productive meeting both for the PAP/RAC and Greek representatives, hopefully being the first of the many collaborative expert meetings in the future.

  • 2017-04-10

    ITALY CROATIA CBC Programme 2014-2020 encourages cross-border co-operation among the territories of the two Countries overlooking the Adriatic Sea (25 Italian provinces and 8 Croatian counties). The overall objective of the Programme is “to increase the prosperity and the blue growth potential of the area by stimulating cross-border partnerships able to achieve tangible changes”. The Programme aims to do so by supporting projects in the fields of blue innovation, climate change adaptation, environment, culture and transport. The total Programme budget allocated is around MEUR 237, MEUR 201 of which from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the remaining amount from the national co-financing.

    For the opening of the first set of Call for Proposals Italy-Croatia Programme bodies are organizing Infodays in Croatia from 19 - 21 April 2017. The workshops will be held, respectively, in Ploèe, Zadar and Karlovac. A detailed Agenda of the workshops is available at the website of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds - https://razvoj.gov.hr/vijesti/program-interreg-v-a-italija-hrvatska-2014-2020-poziv-na-nacionalne-info-dane-i-svecano-otvaranje-podrucnih-ureda-zajednickog-tajnistva-programa/3588/.

    During the Infodays, the representatives of the Managing Authority and of the Joint Secretariat will provide detailed information about the funding opportunities given by the Call, the administrative and financial requirements and application rules and procedures, with the final aim to involve the potential beneficiaries and quality project proposals.

  • 2017-04-04
    ICZM in North Africa

    On the occasion of the closing meeting of the project "Effective Integration of integrated coastal zone management in the countries of North Africa: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia", which was held in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 30 March 2017, WWF North Africa brought together many actors from the three countries, and primarily the NGO partners of the project. A PAP/RAC representative has taken part in the welcome addresses together with representatives of APAL, the Ministry in charge of the environment of Morocco, the Directorate-General in charge of tourism in Algeria and the WWF NA, as well as in the discussions that followed.

    The meeting was an opportunity to review the results of the project and to share good practices, as well as the difficulties encountered. The regulatory perspectives in north Africa regarding the ICZM Protocol have been discussed, with particular emphasis on the support needed for its ratification in Algeria and Tunisia. Partners have proposed various actions to develop the network of “ICZM-engaged” NGOs in the Maghreb, which emerged within the project lifetime. In order to keep it alive, all associations present at the meeting promised to organize awareness raising actions in each country, and in parallel, especially during the forthcoming Week of the sea and the Coast Day. On the other hand, a Manual for the implementation of ICZM by the associative networks will be widely disseminated (400 copies will be printed and distributed).

    Finally, a common agenda has been established by the partners to anticipate the second phase of financing of the CEPF-Med (the donor who financed the project), for which a Call for proposals should be launched in September 2017.

  • 2017-04-03

    Today, the MedOpen on-line Advanced training session on climate variability and change (CVC) has been launched in French. This four-week training is attended by 20 students, including 15 from Morocco and 5 from Tunisia. The students had already applied for the 2016 MedOpen ICZM Advanced training in French, but their candidatures, although fully in accordance with the selection criteria, were not accepted due to a large number of applied candidates. Taking into account their great interest to participate in one of the future MedOpen trainings, PAP/RAC has organised this training session.

  • 2017-03-23
    Slovenia converted the coastal road to “green oasis”

    On 20 March 2017, after years of efforts by local municipalities, the road between the coastal towns of Izola and Koper in Slovenia was closed for traffic and converted to more sustainable uses such as recreation, bathing and enjoyment of the sea. According to the Slovenian Infrastructure Minister, the "green oasis" between Izola and Koper will pave the way for sustainable use of the coastal and maritime area and for the development of sustainable tourism. He added that the closing of the coastal road ment that Slovenia got back 10% of its coast, pointing to development opportunities for the area. The Izola Mayor stressed that locals had been waiting for this for years and that now it was time to crate a symbiosis of man and nature in the area.

    Several plans and designs on how to arrange this new coastal area have already been proposed, including those from the CAMP Slovenia project completed about ten years ago. So, the closing of this road is a good example of the follow up of the CAMP, as well as of the ICZM Protocol implementation in Slovenia which has a very limited coastline.

    In addition, several years ago, Skocjanski zatok - a degraded coastal wetland near the Port of Koper was renaturated and today is known as a Nature reserve and Natura 2000 site.

  • 2017-03-17
    PANACeA & BleuTourMed Kick-off meetings

    Two horizontal Interreg-Med projects, PANACeA & BleuTourMed, were launched back-to-back in Marseille, on 15 - 17 March 2017. The PANACeA is a regional initiative of streamlining management efforts in Protected Areas for an enhanced Protection in the Mediterranean Sea. The project’s main goal is to support actions and dissemination of results of nine modular projects. First, the project will help match the needs and expectations of the different thematic project partners. Second, it will ensure support for a more effective Science-Policy-Interface (SPI) and contribute to the implementation of both the EU and the Barcelona Convention policies concerning the protection and conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in protected areas.

    PANACeA’s Advisory Board will have a key role in assisting and guiding the actions needed to help partners and their networks to influence more efficiently the relevant regional policies. PAP/RAC is a member of this Advisory Board together with the IUCN World Commission on protected areas/University of Queensland, IUCN Med, WWF Med, Tour du Valat, and SPA/RAC.

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    PAP/RAC also joined the BleuTourMed project, as both a partner in a modular project “Co-Evolve” and as a member of the Advisory Board. The sustainable tourism Community is the Interreg MED community for the protection and promotion of the Mediterranean natural and cultural resources with the aim of enhancing the development of sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism in the Mediterranean area. The focus will be on strengthening the planning and management practices in favour of sustainable tourism.

  • 2017-03-14
    CAMP Var Steering Committee meeting

    The meeting of the Steering Committee of the CAMP Var (CoPil) was organised at the Departmental Council of Var in Toulon on 13 March 2017. In addition to national project manager, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Departmental Council of Var, agglomeration community of Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée, Community of St. Tropez commune, Conservatoire du littoral (both international and PACA delegation), Departmental Direction of the territories and the sea of Var, Port Cros National Park and PAP/RAC, as well as by the associated external experts.

    The partners recapitulated the activities and results of the project in 2016 and the participation of the CAMP Var team at the final conference of the CAMP Italy project. Particular emphasis was put on the survey conducted at the end of 2016, as well as on the need for a wider dissemination of the CAMP results. The CoPil members also discussed and validated the future activities for 2017, including the presentation of the “risks” platform project; the work of the Port Cros National Park on light pollution; presentation of the small sustainable island initiative and the ISOS project; the launching of the internship on the survey; and the global analysis of the terrestrial ship storage areas in the Var County.

    The CoPil members also discussed and validated some other works, with a particular focus on the study on the evaluation of the sea and coastal management policies, where the additional work will have to bring ideas and recommendations for a more effective implementation of ICZM. This work will be an objective of a half-day session of the CAMP Var / European days 2017 side event, which will be held in Toulon on 27 June 2017. The second half of the event will be devoted to the presentation of the Maregot and Simwestmed projects with a view to discuss the potential common ground and ensure the continuity of certain activities of the CAMP. A call for contributions was launched for the next Bulletin #3 of the project, while the provisional agenda of the conference "Land-sea meeting... from Var to the Mediterranean" scheduled for the autumn 2017 was commented.

  • 2017-03-09
    CORMON on Coast and Hydrography met in Madrid

    On 3 March 2017, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with UN Environment MAP Secretariat, organized a meeting of the Ecosystem Approach Correspondence Group on Monitoring (CORMON) on Coast and Hydrography in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment. It was attended by 20-odd experts – representatives of the Contracting Parties, as well as external experts/consultants on given topics, PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC, MEDPOL, and UN Environment Secretariat representatives.

    One of the main topics of the meeting was to discuss the knowledge gaps and issues on implementing three indicators related to Coast and Hydrography clusters: (i) „Location and extent of the habitats impacted directly by hydrographic alterations“; (ii) „Length of coastline subject to physical disturbance due to the influence of manmade structures”; and (iii) „Land-use change“. Another important topic was the development of the Mediterranean Quality Status Report (QSR), which is due by the end of 2017. Many participants agreed to contribute to the QSR by sending written national experiences on given topics. Finally, the representatives of the Contracting Parties were invited to present the current state of their National Integrated Monitoring Assessment Programmes (IMAPs) regarding Coast and Hydrography. The meeting was successful and provided PAP/RAC with essential inputs for the completion of the Indicators Guidance Fact Sheets, as well as for the QSR.

    The day before (2 March), PAP/RAC representatives attended the Workshop on Science-Policy Interface, with specific focus on Risk-Based Approach (RBA) and its implementation in monitoring EcAp indicators. The meeting was organized by Plan Bleu and UN Environment MAP Secretariat.

  • 2017-03-06
    Towards the ICZM network in the Maghreb

    On 28 February and 1 March 2017, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the WWF North Africa - Living Planet Tunisia, organised an exchange visit in Croatia for high level partners coming from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. This event fits in the context of the implementation of the activities of the project "Effective Integration of an ICZM approach in the countries of North Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia)" funded by CEPF Med.

    Nine participants from the Maghreb took part in this two-day exchange visit that took place in the County of Šibenik-Knin and Split. The participants were Tunisian parliamentarians and representatives of the civil society from Tunisia, the Ministry of the environment of Morocco, and the national Commissariat of the coasts in Algeria.

    The first day consisted of a field visit in the County of Šibenik-Knin, with the visit of the National Park of Krka, and a meeting with local institutional actors, first and foremost representatives of environmental and spatial planning Departments of the County. The focus of the day was on the Coastal Plan of the Šibenik-Knin County, which has been co-constructed by local authorities and PAP/RAC. This innovative document which unifies initiatives for the protection and development of coastal areas in the context of climate change, was adopted by the County Council in 2016. A strong political support enabled the preparation of this document, and this support was expressed on this day with a welcome speech of the County Prefect, who came to welcome the delegation.

    The second day of the visit, organised in the PAP/RAC premises, was rich in exchanges. The actors discussed the ICZM policies, programmes and plans developed and implemented in all the three countries. These experiences were put in perspective with the "Mediterranean" expertise of PAP/RAC. A network of ICZM actors and initiatives is being built thanks to the commitment of WWF NA, and exchanges will continue in this context with PAP/RAC support to the continuation of the implementation of the ICZM Protocol principles in the Maghreb.

    The visit was concluded by the PAP/RAC Director who detailed possible tracks of collaboration and called for the launch of new initiatives to enhance cooperation among and with the three countries.

  • 2017-02-28
    SUPREME and SIMWESTMED projects launched

    SUPREME and SIMWESTMED projects hold a joint conference entitled “Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean, an occasion for Blue Growth” on 27 February 2017 in the premises of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Rome. The Conference was a great opportunity for policy makers, scientists and practitioners coming from maritime sectors to share their views, experiences and expectations regarding sustainable use of Mediterranean resources. The PAP/RAC Director presented exciting new initiatives and trends related to protection and planning of the marine space, in the framework of the Barcelona Convention.

    Back-to-back with the Conference, the kick-off meetings for the SUPREME and SIMWESTMED projects were organised the following day. The projects involve public authorities in charge of MSP in Western (France, Italy, Malta and Spain) and Eastern (Croatia, Greece, Italy-Adriatic part and Slovenia) Mediterranean Member States, and the UN Environment/MAP. The activities of the projects focus on supporting implementation of the MSP process in the EU Members States, and developing transboundary collaboration to manage MSP initiatives. The total budget foreseen for these 2-year projects is nearly 4.5 million Euros.

  • 2017-02-24
    What solutions for the Mediterranean?

    On 23 February 2017, Ms. Ségolène Royal, French Minister of the Environment, the Sea and Energy, in charge of international Relations on Climate, welcomed in Paris a large panel of participants from all around the Mediterranean - ambassadors, representatives of national authorities, scientific experts, civil society, and students. The event was organised by the Ministry alongside with the UN Environment/MAP and the Union for the Mediterranean, with support of the Governments of Morocco and Monaco.

    After a brief introductory speech, Ms. Royal opened the conference presenting the five objectives for mobilisation and joint action for countries around the Mediterranean. These objectives were discussed in five round tables: Mobilisation and coordination of scientific networks; Mobilisation to preserve marine and coastal ecosystem; Mobilisation against pollution of land origin; Mobilisation against marine pollution; and Sustainability of small Mediterranean islands.

    A PAP/RAC representative who participated at the panel together with representatives of the UN Environment/MAP Secretariat, Plan Bleu, RAC/SPA and Rempec presented the PAP/RAC experience in the implementation of the ICZM Protocol principles at the local level. Particular emphasis was put at the Coastal Plan of Šibenik-Knin County in Croatia prepared by PAP/RAC in close cooperation with local authorities and in an inclusive and participatory manner with local stakeholders. It was highlighted that this planning tool was built with particular attention to climate variability and change proposing a series of adaptation measures.

    Moreover, PAP/RAC supportive actions in Croatia were presented in the framework of the Initiative carried out by the Small Island Organisation (SMILO) under the patronage of Conservatoire du Littoral recalling that the ICZM Protocol pays particular attention to the sustainable development of the specific territories that islands represent. The example of the integration of the island of Zlarin (one of the islands of the Šibenik archipelago) to the SMILO initiative was described as an integrated process with a detailed territorial diagnosis which helped structure a local island committee, and contributed to the definition of a strategic action plan for a better living on the island. Examples of potential actions were presented, particularly the support to the opening of the Croatian National centre for corals on the island. Further cooperation of Croatian islands is expected within the network of SMILO in the coming years.

  • 2017-02-13
    Three Ministers of foreign affairs visited PAP/RAC

    At the occasion of the Adriatic Trilateral Initiative, inaugurated in Split on 10 February 2017, PAP/RAC received a visit of a delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Davor Ivo Stier, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs of of Albania, and H.E. Mr. Srðan Darmanoviæ, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

    The Croatia-Albania-Montenegro initiative was launched to contribute to the stability and security of this part of the Adriatic and Europe, and to intensify the dialogue on issues of common interest for these three countries. Some of the key areas include political dialogue, regional and international security, environmental protection, economy and tourism, transport, as well as energy and infrastructure.

    This first meeting of the Adriatic Trilateral Initiative was an excellent opportunity for the delegation to visit PAP/RAC – the institution which successfully cooperates with the three countries in environmental protection and sustainable development of the Adriatic region.

    The delegation was received by Željka Škarièiæ, PAP/RAC Director, who briefly introduced the Barcelona Convention system, the PAP/RAC specific objectives and its main fields of action, with particular reference to the role of PAP/RAC in assisting the Contracting Parties in implementing the ICZM Protocol. Having underlined the long and fruitful cooperation with the three countries, she presented two examples of PAP/RAC cooperation with Croatian authorities and institutions while Marina Markoviæ, PAP/RAC Programme Officer, presented two coastal zone management projects implemented in Albania and Montenegro.

  • 2017-02-09
    CAMP Var (France) Bulletin #2 published!

    The bulletin provides you with all the news related to the project with a focus on its favourite themes, stories of actors, as well as the actual “land-sea“ information.

    Good reading, see you all soon! And don't forget to share it - http://www.pacvar.fr/documentation/document-et-publications/ !

  • 2017-02-03
    PAP/RAC mourns passing of our Ambassador for the Coast, Predrag Matvejević

    Predrag Matvejević, writer, humanist, cosmopolite, polyglot and activist passed away yesterday in Zagreb, Croatia. He dedicated his life to fighting for peace, justice, human rights and wisdom. As he said himself, he was infused with the ideas of liberty, equality, and fraternity. His book "Mediterranean breviary" has been translated to 23 languages. For this work, he was proposed for a Nobel prize for Literature in 2016. According to the nomination letter, "Mediterranean breviary" recalls how our supposed differences could be transformed into reasons for coexistence, enrichment and sharing. This book, as well as his more recent book "The other Venice", exceptionally testifies about the Mediterranean values that we want to safeguard. Prof. Matvejević was also a member of the European "Advisory commission of wise men for the Mediterranean".

    For his contribution to the sustainable development of the Mediterranean, PAP/RAC appointed him the "Ambassador for the Coast" in the framework of the Mediterranean Coast Day initiative. As Croatian poet Jure Kaštelan said, he was opening the windows to the sun...

    In this tough times for the Mediterranean, we already miss his wisdom and humanity.

  • 2017-02-02
    Sustainable Development in focus in the Mediterranean

    The Steering Committee of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) held its 18th meeting on 18 and 19 January 2017 in Athens, Greece. Participants to the meeting discussed the progress made in the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 (MSSD 2016-2025) and its monitoring plan. The Strategy is a strategic guiding document for all stakeholders and partners to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the regional, sub-regional and national levels. Acknowledging the positive results achieved so far, they highlighted the need to further strengthen links between the work of the Commission and the implementation of the MSSD 2016-2025 with international and regional processes, in particular the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.

    Finally, the Steering Committee initiated the preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development in 2017 and its possible contribution to the CoP20.

  • 2017-02-02
    UN Environment/MAP launches its new website

    The UN environment/Mediterranean Action Plan – Secretariat to the Barcelona Convention (UN Environment/MAP) is delighted to officially announce the launch of its new website.

    With a generous contribution by the EU funded ECAP Med I project, the website was created to provide users with an easier way to learn about the Mediterranean Action Plan and the Barcelona Convention. The new website is interactive and gives better access to information, news and latest publications.

    We will be constantly updating our content with useful information, articles, and reports in three languages namely English, French and Arabic.

    We hope you find the new website useful and modern; please visit it at http://web.unepmap.org/ It functions best with firefox and chrome browsers.

  • 2017-01-20
    Caring for our Coasts - Mediterranean and Italian Experiences

    Under the main theme of "Caring for our Coasts - Mediterranean and Italian Experiences", the CAMP Italy held its final conference on Tuesday 17 January 2017 in Rome in the presence of Mrs. Maria Carmela Giarratano, General Director of the Ministry of the Environment, Land, and Sea Protection of Italy, and Mr. Gaetano Leone, Co-ordinator of UNEP/MAP. The conference presented the main results and methodologies of the two-year project, and their integration within the Mediterranean and international contexts.

    Within the framework of the project, the three regions, namely, Emilia-Romagna, Sardinia and Tuscany, developed strategies and procedures for the rational use of coastal and marine resources and the environmental protection, with the objective of identifying and operatively testing methodologies, instruments and best practices for sustainable development of the coast and valorization of the Italian historical heritage and landscape. Tools and methodologies developed were not only useful for the management of the project, but also replicable within the network of CAMP projects and useful for the institutions in charge of coastal management.

    The CAMP Italy project video was shared with the conference participants: https://youtu.be/4bsAuoEjjfw/

  • 2017-01-13
    Mediterranean territories work together to improve sustainable coastal tourism

    Two PAP/RAC representatives attended the kick-off meeting of the INTERREG MED CO-EVOLVE project (Promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism) led by the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace which took place in Komotini (Greece) on 12-13 January.

    CO-EVOLVE is an INTERREG MED modular project developed under the programme’s priority axis 3 (natural and cultural resources) and specific objective 3.1 (sustainable tourism). It aims to analyse and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas, allowing for the sustainable development of touristic activities, based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management/Maritime Spatial Planning.

    The project recognises that a key challenge for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism development is the strengthening of cooperation among regions and the joint development and transferring of approaches, tools, guidelines and best practices. It brings together an analysis at MED scale of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism with local studies on seven representative Pilot Areas. The aim is to demonstrate through pilot actions the feasibility and effectiveness of an ICZM/MSP-based planning process.

    CO-EVOLVE will be divided into two phases: studying, which consists in analysing and defining the state of the art at MED and pilot area scale and testing, during which instruments, policies, strategies and joint plans already identified in M1 through pilot activities will be tested in order to set up solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories.


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