At the launching of the project activities PAP/RAC invited partners dealing with the integrative approaches to go further and to jointly produce a document which will provide a guidance to the policy makers in all Mediterranean countries to better integrate coastal, river basin and aquifer management. The result of this initiative is the Integrative Methodological Framework (IMF).
Another contemporary challenge in which methodological guide was needed was the requirement of the ICZM Protocol to the Mediterranean countries to develop their National Coastal ICZM Strategies. In order to reveal the best practices an analysis of relevant national strategies, the experience of which could be useful for the National ICZM Strategies in the Mediterranean, has been undertaken. Guidelines were drafted and tested during the development of the national ICZM Strategy for Montenegro and Algeria, lessons learned were applied and the document was finalised.
The Mediterranean is known as one of the global “hot-spots” affected by climate variability and change (CVC). Building resilience to CVC should be therefore the aim of any local, sub-national or national coastal plan in the Mediterranean. This cannot be achieved without people being aware of threats that CVC poses to coastal development. Several activities, implemented by PAP/RAC, have been focused on raising awareness and capacity building among both general public and decision makers on coastal vulnerability to CVC. The awareness-raising and capacity building activities included various assessments; conferences; meetings; campaigns, like the Coast Day campaign; and workshops, participatory events and trainings, like the MedOpen on-line training course.
The Coast Day is an initiative launched by PAP/RAC with the aim of raising awareness of decision makers, general public, and the youth on the importance of the coast as a key natural and economic resource. Since 2007, the Coast Day has been celebrated by Mediterranean countries every 25 September, promoting one specific topic each year. In the framework of this project, 2014 was the year to promote the awareness of climate variability and change (CVC). The central celebration was held in Tunisia accompanied by celebrations in Šibenik, Croatia, and in the coastal cities in Montenegro. An educative video named “A Good Climate for a Change” was created and screened during the different events. In 2015, the ClimVar & ICZM project supported the Coast Day celebrations in the coastal cities of Montenegro; on Elkaraia beach in Tunisia; in Korčula, Croatia; in Portorož, Slovenia; as well as the central celebration in Antibes, France.
The MedOpen virtual training course was developed and launched by PAP/RAC in 2004. The aim of the course is to share experiences, ideas and lessons-learned related to Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean. The course includes the Basic and the Advanced module. The Basic module is continuously available to users, open to everyone and completely automated, while the Advanced module, being occasionally organised by PAP/RAC, requires a higher degree of commitment by trainees. In the frame of this project, a new module on climate variability and change (CVC) was developed featuring the first Advanced session on this topic, particularly intended for the GEF eligible countries.