2013-12-122013 MedOpen Advanced officially concluded!
The 2013 MedOpen Advanced Course in ICZM in the Mediterranean, which PAP/RAC organised for the SHAPE project partners, has been officially concluded. A number of 22 applicants registered for the Course, more than a half of whom actively participated to it.
During the 12 weeks 12 different topics dealing with the ICZM were presented to students through the Basic and Advanced lectures, including the additional reading materials, such as the scientific articles, reports and publications, as well as the slide presentations and videos.
Students actively participated to the ICZM Forum discussions and prepared their Final Essays (individually or in groups of two) with the aim to advance ICZM in their country or a specific location. The Essays were submitted to their lecturer for the assessment and comment.
In addition to their theory classes, students participated to a practical component of the Course - the Simulation Game, becoming members of a fictitious society faced with a challenging coastal management issue. All participants were given roles evolving according to given guidelines, but in the utmost freedom to test theoretical issues and methodologies. During the five weeks the participants assumed various parts of the ICZM Process, prepared proposals which were defended with the local authorities to promote sustainable development in the imaginary scenario, and finally, submitted a full report on proposals to the Mayor. The result of their joint efforts is a document entitled a Strategy for Sustainable Development of Handenor 2020 – Rewriting a Hi(story).
The students’ overall work will be assessed and graded by the MedOpen lecturers and the Simulation Game Co-ordinator taking into account their active participation to Forum discussions and the Simulation Game, as well as their Final Essays. The results obtained will be announced at the MedOpen website.
PAP/RAC will benefit from students’ comments and evaluation of the Course included in the Post Evaluation Questionnaires, which, as usual, will be taken into consideration for the improvement of the future MedOpen editions.
2013-12-11PAP/RAC exposes its projects
2013-12-10CoP 18 traced next biennium
On 3 - 6 December 2013 Istanbul was the venue of the 18th Ordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention. Hosted by the Turkish government, the Mediterranean countries and the EU discussed and finally adopted a list of decisions by which the future activities will be implemented in the Region and will guide the governance of the whole MAP system.
The major decisions were adopted on the following issues: the management of marine litter, the definition of a Good Environmental Status and the ecosystem approach roadmap, the reform of the MCSD and the revision of the MSSD, the development and/or implementation of Action Plans on sustainable production and consumption, on the Offshore Protocol and on Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity Protocols, as well as on the Compliance Committee including the Reporting Format on the ICZM Protocol. Initiated was the revision of MAP with a view to propose a MAP Phase III, as well as of the budget for 2014-2015 including the financial regulations.
The ICZM Protocol and its Action Plan were emphasised by several speakers at the Ministerial session of this CoP as one of the main MAP priorities and, in particular, as a tool and a process for achieving a good environmental status of the Region, for the integration of the marine and terrestrial parts of the coastal zone, as well as for providing mechanisms for institutional co-ordination and MSP.
The Istanbul Declaration was adopted as a political document to trace the future of MAP.
2013-11-23LITEAU presented results
The French Ministry of Ecology, sustainable development and energy organised a Colloque on the Liteau programme that took place at the Aquarium Nausicaa in Boulogne-sur-mer on 21 - 22 November 2013. The Liteau programme is the French research programme with the objective to support policies, management and protection of marine and coastal areas. Read more at: http://www1.liteau.net/
One of the projects financed by that scheme was the ProtoGIZC, which was co-financed by PAP/RAC. The project has produced the Introduction to an Explanatory report on the ICZM Protocol, as well as an in-depth Analysis of the Croatian legal framework in relation to this Protocol. The project was implemented by IDDRI, Sciences PO, France. In a joint presentation of the ProtoGIZC results, PAP/RAC underlined the importance of the project for the MAP, and in particular how and where the project results have been used. The MedPartnership, Pegaso and Shape projects were mentioned, as well as the preparation of the Reporting format for the ICZM Protocol, negotiations of the new EU Directive on MSP and ICZM, the promotion of the Protocol in the Black Sea region and Western Indian Ocean, as well as the promotion of ICZM as a sustainable approach to coastal management through the virtual training course in ICZM in the Mediterranean – MedOpen. The future CAMP Var in France could be a possibility to extend the project. Support was given to the future research projects on various topics, such as on carrying capacity, ecosystem approach and EO8 in particular, interlinkages between the marine and terrestrial part of the coastal zone, institutional arrangements for ICZM and similar.
It is expected that a good collaboration would continue in the future and that PAP/RAC would be given the opportunity to link research with the end users in the Mediterranean.
2013-11-21New PAP logo revealed!
2013-11-15Adriatic-Ionian Strategy on the way!
On 14 November 2013, a meeting to start work on the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region strategy was held in Brussels. PAP/RAC was represented in the panel on ICZM and MSP organised within the environmental pillar of the strategy. At a round table session that followed the introductory presentation made by a Spanish consultant, all panellists were given the opportunity to briefly comment on the main points raised, as well as to make recommendations to be taken into account when drafting the text of the strategy.
Having expressed the appreciation for the very good job done since now, especially the way the ICZM was presented as a cross-cutting theme, the PAP/RAC Director fully supported this approach, underlying that this strategy had a great opportunity to be fully integrated by using the tools offered by ICZM, in particular its governance mechanisms. In this way, the environmental pillar would not be addressed separately but it would be possible to mainstream environmental issues in the other three pillars: (1) Driving innovative maritime and marine growth; (2) Connecting the region; and (3) Increasing regional attractiveness.
The second important issue was the need to capitalise on the existing and to benefit from the work done within the Barcelona Convention system not only with regard to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol and its Action Plan but also by using all the other legal instruments of the Convention and building on the on-going activities and processes, such as EcAp, SCP, etc.
Based on the results of the meeting and the previous on-line consultation among the countries, the first draft of the strategy will be prepared by the end of this year, to be presented and discussed at the next consultation meeting envisaged for February 2014, in Athens.
2013-11-14MedOpen students success at MEDCOAST
Now, when the 2013 MedOpen Advanced session is in its full swing, great news arrived from a group of three MedOpen previous session participants: last year, they decided to come together to work out their Final Essay, which was about the conversion and sustainable development of a site that was used as a former U.S. base in Greece. They did a very good job and then decided to prepare a paper out of the Final Essay and submit it to the next MEDCOAST conference, which was held recently in Turkey. The paper has been accepted; they went to the conference and presented it.
This is an excellent example of the use of a Final Essay prepared during the MedOpen, and then developed further as an added-value product beyond the MedOpen course, as well as another confirmation of the relevance of this PAP/RAC initiative. This experience will be used as a benchmark in the future MedOpen activities.
On November 8, the second Climagine workshop was organised in Šibenik. It was one of three workshops envisaged within the MedPartnership sister project "Integration of climate variability and change into national strategies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management". The first one was organised in April 2013, and the third is envisaged for February 2014. The objective of this workshop was to present to the local stakeholders the hitherto development of the Climagine method, based on the "Imagine" developed and implemented by the Blue Plan/RAC, and to identify the most relevant dimensions/indicators to be taken into consideration in the future work.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Šibenik-Knin County, Blue Plan and PAP/RAC. It was attended by 50-odd participants, representatives of national, regional and local authorities and institutions, academic community and NGOs, as well as by BP and PAP/RAC representatives.
After an introductory part in which the participants were informed of the work done so far, a list was introduced of dimensions – themes, identified by the participants of the Climagine 1, and confirmed through interviews done with various stakeholders in the period between the two workshops as relevant to the issue of climate variability and change. In a thorough discussion that followed, each dimension was reviewed, some indicators were proposed, and recommendation was made whether it should be taken into consideration or not. The expert team was thus given material to work on in the next phase of the project.
On Thursday November 7, the first meeting of the Steering Committee and a workshop on the Integrated Coastal Zone Management of the Šibenik-Knin County was organised, in the old Town Hall of Šibenik. This project is part of the MedPartnership sister project "Integration of climate variability and change into national strategies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management", a Mediterranean initiative led by the UNEP-MAP.
This meeting was co-organised by the Šibenik-Knin County and PAP/RAC. This meeting was the opportunity to step forward towards the definition of the ICZM plan for the County. The host of the event was Mr. Goran Pauk, President of the County, who welcomed the participants and highlighted the need for special planning tools to better cope with the challenges of climate change and variability. It is now widely accepted that adaptation measures are necessary to guarantee a future sustainable development of the County. He also insisted on the importance of such a local initiative for the development of a strong national strategy.The meeting was attended by 60-odd participants, representing a wide range of local and national experts from relevant authorities and institutions, and different sectors facing impacts of climate change. Special emphasis was placed on the presentation of the first steps done in establishing the ICZM Plan for the Šibenik-Knin County. Various experts presented their work in progress, explained the integration of the different researches and pointed out the next key activities and actions to be implemented. In a special session of the meeting, the members of the Steering Committee adopted the preliminary documents to the project: Inception and Scoping Reports. These first achievements were crowned by the political support given by the County and local representatives.
The meeting was concluded by a preparatory session for the “Climagine 2” participatory workshop, organised on the next day (November 8). It is widely recognised that participatory approaches are a corner stone to the definition of any ICZM strategy or plan. This workshop will be the second of its kind, bringing together local stakeholders, with the stress placed on the definition of priority themes, dimensions and indicators that will contribute to the preparation of the ICZM Plan with special focus on adaptation to climate change and variability impacts.
That was an occasion to contribute with the UNEP/MAP and PAP/RAC experience and present the ICZM Protocol and the role and place of ICZM with regard to coastal sustainability. The importance and the uniqueness of the Protocol was fully recognised by the authors of the report, which is an excellent occasion to promote the Protocol worldwide, all in accordance with the objective 3 of the Action Plan for its implementation in 2012-2019.
During the workshop, MCSD was suggested as a good forum for continuing the work on sustainable development in the Region, and to put forward the work initiated for its reform and the revision of the MSSD.
The aim of the meeting held on October 8 was to define the pilot case area for the demonstration project in Tunisia. The representatives of co-executive agencies explained how the demonstration case could be articulated at the national and local level, combining the Climagine participatory approach with the DIVA and RiVAMP models for the evaluation of socio-economic impacts of CC on coastal zones (PAP/RAC is responsible for the co-ordination of the DIVA model implementation). After a vivid discussion, a consensus was reached by the local partners, and the Kerkennah Islands were chosen as the demonstration site for Tunisia. This decision was based on the ecosystem value of the area and its particular vulnerability to climate change and extreme events. According to recent studies, a 50 cm rise in sea-level would immerse 30% of the Islands.
On October 9, the meeting was attended by the same participants on the international experts side, and some local stakeholders from the selected pilot area. The meeting discussed the structure of the future SDI Platform for data and information sharing on CC for the countries of the MedPartnership. The focus was on the localisation and availability of the data. The Tunisian Agency for Coastal Planning was appointed by the participants, under the approval of the General Direction of Environment, the new Focal Point for the project. The meeting was concluded by the representative of the Ministry of Environment, who reminded that great support was needed from all the partners to build a successful project in a very difficult political period, but insisted on the good and very promising work done during these two days.
The author of the book hopes that this book may present a “good practice” enabling to share knowledge with scientific and civil communities and increase our knowledge of the state of the coastal zone for a better and wiser use of the territory in the future.
2013-09-262013 Mediterranean Coast Day celebration
The morning part of the event, more formal, saw a number of relevant presentations. Experience of various Mediterranean countries in ICZM implementation was presented, while the highlight of the day was the presentation by students from the high school “Vladimir Nazor”, Split, Croatia. They spent the summer studying three beaches of Split and presented to the audience a brief history of the beaches, current situation and problems, and made suggestions for improvement.
The afternoon part of the event was more casual, organised on one of Rimini beaches and open to the general public. Among others, traditional way of fishing was presented and some ancient fishing boats shown. The event was a great success and attracted numerous visitors.
2013-09-25Technical meeting of PAP Focal Points
2013-09-24Montenegro celebrates Coast Day 2013
On the occasion of the Coast Day, a press conference will be organised on September 25 at the multimedia hall of the Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in Podgorica. The results achieved so far in the frame of the CAMP Montenegro will be presented at the conference.
Also, at the city squares of all six coastal municipalities the volunteers of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) will be distributing promotional materials. At the same time, a stand with the promotional material will be open for citizens at the quay of the Small beach in the Municipality of Ulcinj which well known for its exquisite beaches in the whole Mediterranean region.
In order to encourage active participation of the young people, presentations dedicated to the importance of the protection of the coast, as well as the distribution of brochures and promotional materials to school children have been organised in two elementary schools and one high school in Ulcinj. Also, a contest on the theme “Coast and the sea we deserve” is organised in two elementary schools, while an art workshop on the same theme is held for kindergarten children. In collaboration with NGOs “Green Step”, “Bojana” and “Creative City” from Ulcinj the cleanup of the central part of the Big beach is organised.
2013-09-222013 Coast Day in Split
2013-09-18Slovenia celebrates Coast Day 2013
2013-09-152013 MedOpen Advanced for SHAPE
By the decision of the SHAPE project Steering Committee, the 2013 MedOpen Advanced Course is organised for the SHAPE project partners. The main objective of the Course is to make the SHAPE partners familiar with the ICZM in general, and in particular with the ICZM Process, being crucial for the implementation of pilot projects.
The course, which will be lasting for 12 weeks, will be attended by 22 trainees who, in addition to the ICZM in general and the ICZM process, will be presented the ICZM benefits, actors and responsibilities, legislation and finances needed, tools and techniques, the ICZM Protocol, as well as good practices in coastal management. The trainees will also be provided with the opportunity to experience a simulated coastal management situation and participate in finding practical sustainable solutions.
The route included the low-laying parts of the coast that are threatened by the sea-level rise, as well as some of the most important islands of the County. By it natural assets, the Šibenik-Knin County is one of the richest Croatian counties. Its coast is extremely developed with more than 280 islands, islets and rocks. The County has 2 exceptional national parks, the Kornati islands and the Krka river, as well as 11 other natural sites of particular value that have been protected. During the establishment stage, the team realised that one of the most imminent threats due to the climate variability and change for this County are forest fires. Therefore, special attention is dedicated to this issue, and the representatives of the firefighters and of the regional office of the State Directorate for the Protection and Rescue accompanied the team on this field trip, and contributed to the discussions on board.
A meeting was initiated by Mr. Spyros Danellis, Member of the European Parliament, and organised jointly by WWF and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) to present and discuss the major objectives and experiences related to maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management prior to the first reading of the draft Directive in the Parliament. The meeting took place on 4 September 2013. In addition to the presentation of the experience from the European Atlantic by the University of Liverpool, PAP/RAC supported the adoption of the proposed Directive by presenting the Mediterranean experience with the ICZM Protocol and the implementation of coastal management and marine spatial planning in the region.
The meeting was an excellent opportunity for PAP/RAC to point out the main requirements of this legal instrument and to make links to marine planning. The crucial elements that are relevant for the proposed Directive are the implementation of the ecosystem approach and integrity of marine and land part of the coastal zone; institutional co-ordination; public participation; transboundary co-operation; and instruments of ICZM, such as the National coastal strategies. Consistency with the proposed maritime strategies was underlined so to have a coherent instrument with the coastal ones. Practical projects were presented to illustrate the implementation of these requirements on the ground.
More than 30 participants including EMPs and their assistants, the representatives of DG Mare and DE Environment, as well as a Rapporteur to the Parliament on this Directive expressed lots of interest in lively discussions that followed the presentations.
2013-07-16Fascinating coastal landscape
Last weekend, on 13 July, the walking trail of St. Anthony’s Channel in Šibenik was officially opened to public. The 4,4 km long trail takes the visitor through the beautiful and pristine environment of the Channel to the impressive fortress of St. Nicolas - one of the most valuable and best preserved examples of defence architecture in Dalmatia built by the Venetians in the 16th century.
PAP/RAC, working in close co-operation with the Šibenik-Knin County's institutions for coastal protection and development, especially in the frame of the GEF project “Climate Variability and Change”, was also invited to support this great initiative.
Please, find more about this event at: http://www.zpv-sibenik.hr/ and http://www.kanal-svetog-ante.com/ or check out the Facebook page of Šibenik-Knin County’s Public Institution for Nature Protection at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Javna-ustanova-Zaštiæene-prirodne-vrijednosti-Šibensko-kninske-županije/243746109092187?fref=ts
2013-07-04Split students for 2013 Coast Day
On July 3 they visited PAP/RAC to present their work and first draft of the presentation they will make as part of the programme of the central Coast Day celebration in Rimini on September25. They presented the results of their study and the methodology used for the analysis through power point presentation, describing the beaches, identifying key issues and pointing out possible solutions. Each presentation was commented by the PAP/RAC’s experts. The students were given tips on how to better structure their presentations and suggestions on how to better illustrate the methodology they applied. The PAP/RAC team agreed that the work done by the students, well driven by their teacher, was very good, both the desk work and the field researches.
They will now finalise their work, and to prove their motivation the students agreed to make another test presentation again in August, before the best students join the main Coast Day 2013 Celebration in Rimini, Italy, on September 25.
2013-07-03PAP/RAC at the EU Joint MSP-ICM Expert Group
At the invitation of the EU Focal Point the PAP/RAC Director attended the Member State Expert Group on Maritime Spatial Planning - Integrated Coastal Management held in Brussels on 2nd of July 2013. The meeting was an opportunity to present recent projects on MSP and ICZM in the European coastal areas including the Mediterranean Sea Region. It was focused on recent developments in the member states on MSP and ICM, such as: marine planning of offshore renewables in Scotland; Belgian MSP plan; ICZM Assistant of the SUSCOD project. Moreover, three interesting topics were discussed: barriers in implementing MSP and ICM; climate change adaptation activities in the context of MSP and ICM; and topics needing guidance.
The member states were quite interested to learn about the Mediterranean initiatives, in particular with regard to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol and the efforts to secure integration of planning and management initiatives on land and sea according to the definition of the coastal zone given in the Protocol and in respect of the ecosystem approach as one of the fundamental ICZM principles.
2013-07-02SHAPE partners progress on setback
In Albania, the pilot project includes the Narta protected area where the main problems are related to coastal erosion processes and coastal dynamics on one side and the absence of the officially defined highest winter waterline from which the zone of 100 m where no construction is allowed, on the other. During the discussion a number of starting points were defined with regard to legal and technical capacities for the implementation of the setback in Albania. Also, the status of the Narta region was discussed and in particular the erosion processes as the main characteristics important for the definition of the coastline. A set of criteria was proposed to proceed including stakeholders involvement. The meeting was held at ECAT, which is the project partner, and it was attended by experts and representatives of the relevant ministry and institutions.
In Slovenia, the project area includes the whole coastal area of the country and the project is led by the Regional Development Agency (RRC Koper). The objectives of the meeting were to review the work done, in particular to comment the interim report and to detail out the gaps and elements of the project still to be done. A set of criteria for the definition of the setback were discussed. This will assist the consultants to define the setback zone first, to exclude those areas that do not fall under the Article 8 criteria and second, criteria to extend the setback zone beyond 100 m which is set as a minimum in the Article. Also, the process for presenting the draft proposal to the main stakeholders was discussed. The GIS tools as a support to the management of the 100 m coastal strip developed within the Shape project was demonstrated, as well.
2013-06-24Visit of Jordanian delegation
For practical reasons, the tour encompassed the Adriatic countries: Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Visits, including meetings with relevant management bodies, were organised to a number of protected areas (Tivat salina in Montenegro, Brijuni national park in Croatia, Seèovje salina and Škocjanski zatok nature reserve in Slovenia, Po Delta nature park in Italy), tourist facilities with strong environmental bias (“Istra” hotel in Rovinj Croatia, “Villaggio del sole” camping site in Marina Romea - Italy). There were also meetings with representatives of governmental organisations operating in the field (“Morsko dobro” public authority managing all of the Montenegro coast, Regional Development Agency in Koper - Slovenia, Tourism Board of the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy), as well as two NGOs (“Sunce”, Split and Bird Watching and Studying Association of Slovenia). Of course, there was a meeting at PAP/RAC, and with the National Co-ordinator of the CAMP “Montenegro”. Last but not least, we had a meeting with the representative of the Lead Partner of the SHAPE Project who also provided information on the central regional celebration of the Mediterranean Coast Day to be organised in Rimini, Italy. The study tour lasted 8 days, and the members also had the opportunity to visit sites of cultural, historic and natural importance, such as the historic centres of Budva and Kotor in Montenegro, Split, Trogir and Omiš in Croatia, Piran in Slovenia and Rimini in Italy. The members of the delegation were pleased with the organisation of the study tour and its results that they found would be useful in their future work. In all the meetings the hosts offered assistance if and when appropriate.
Located in the historical town of Split, dominated by the renowned UNESCO world heritage site Diocletian’s Palace, this is the first School of Architecture on the Eastern Adriatic. The school curriculum is focused on the Mediterranean environment, dealing both with contemporary phenomena of coastal development and the relationship with historical architectural heritage. Upon successful completion of their studies, students are granted a Degree of Master of Science in Architecture (120 ECTS credits), accredited as a professional degree for those intending to enter the professional practice of architecture.
The master’s programme is aimed at candidates with a Bachelor’s degree (first cycle, 6th EQF level, minimum 180 ECTS credits or its equivalent) in architecture and urban planning. Prospective students should have sufficient knowledge of English (B1 as per the CEF). Admission is subject to an assessment of candidate’s achievements and educational background.
Those interested in the study programme are kindly requested to send their applications by completing the on-line application form (Non EU students may apply until 15th of July, due to the visa requirements, and EU/EEA students may apply until 1st of September).
Further details pertaining to the study programme along with its admission terms and conditions are available on the Programme’s website: www.mast.hr
On April 29, the first of the three sustainability workshops on Reghaia’s Coastal Plan was held in the premises of the Centre Cynégétique de Reghaia. The main objectives of this workshop were to validate and enrich together with the stakeholders the indicators and priority areas defined during the 1st phase of the activity, as well as to propose realistic alternatives taking into account the priorities and their feasibility.
The meeting, which gathered about forty participants representing the national, regional and local level institutions, was also attended by students of the National Superior School of Marine Sciences and Coastal Development (ESSMAL), responding to the need to build capacities in ICZM. The second workshop meant to set the action plan is going to be organised in the same place on June 19.
The 3rd Advisory Committee meeting, organised by MedPAN, was held in Malaga, Spain, on 17 May. The main MedPAN regional partners gathered in order to discuss and provide recommendations on current and further strategic plans and actions of the MedPAN network. To that end, particular emphasis has been given to implementation and promotion of the Antalya MPA Forum roadmap, establishment of the regional MPA trust fund, capacity building strategies and studies on socio-economic value of MPAs.
PAP/RAC contributed to all discussion topics highlighting that the Mediterranean coastal and marine protected areas very often include areas where a diversity of incompatible activities compete for a limited space and resources and therefore their management should be placed into a wider spatial development framework such as ICZM and Ecosystem Based Approach. Moreover, all partners agreed that PAP/RAC as a lead centre for the promotion of ICZM in the Mediterranean unequivocally would play an important role in further promotion and successful implementation of the Antalya Declaration.
At the end of the meeting, the Advisory Committee proposed the next meeting for June in order to specify particular contribution roles of each regional partner towards establishment of the Mediterranean MPA trust fund.
On April 23, the third and last stakeholder consultation workshop in the framework of the National ICZM Strategy for Algeria took place in Tipasa. As the two previous ones, the workshop was organised by the Algerian Ministry of Land-use Planning, Environment and Town with the support of PAP/RAC and local authorities. The event gathered about 70 participants from the Wilayas of Alger, Chlef, Boumerdès and Tizi Ouzou, and was followed by regional and national media. During the discussion in small groups, participants were invited to answer to questions, such as “Are the existing institutions able to cope with all environmental problems in coastal zone?”, or “How to engage the biggest number of relevant stakeholders in decision-making process?”.
However, ending the workshop cycle does not mean that the consultation is over. A questionnaire has been prepared in order to be widely distributed to stakeholders, allowing, among others, the stakeholders from the furthest Wilayas from the workshop’s places, which were less represented, to express their views and suggestions.
The national and county reports containing annual and four-year assessments of sea bathing water quality were presented at the meeting. In brief, 96,82% of sea bathing water in Croatia are of excellent quality, 1,97% of good, 0,88% of sufficient and only 0,33% of poor quality. In addition, the online mapping of sea bathing water quality in the Republic of Croatia was presented through the application of the WISE system (Water Information System for Europe). Owing to this detailed and user-friendly database updated every 15 days users can check the quality of sea bathing water in Croatia starting from May 15. The information is available at http://www.izor.hr/bathing/bathing.html .
A representative of the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection informed the participants on the recently launched initiative for the preparation of a Coastal and Marine Strategy for Croatia that is to be led by the newly established inter-ministerial National Committee. A PAP/RAC representative presented the “MedPartnership” sister project on Climate Variability and ICZM, as well as the new initiative on assessing the social and economic costs for the Croatian coast and sea, the second step in the preparation of the Marine and Coastal Strategy.
2013-04-22SHAPE meeting in Pescara
2013-04-11Towards good governance in ICZM in Algeria
This last month has been an intense period for ICZM in Algeria. The team responsible for the preparation of the National ICZM Strategy was on the ground, with two regional workshops held in the last 15 days. The workshops took place in two Wilayas, namely, in Annaba, in the East (on 27 March) and in Oran, in the West (on April 2). The workshops were organised by the Ministry of Land-use Planning, Environment and Town with the support of PAP/RAC.
The Annaba workshop gathered participants from the five coastal Wilayas from the East, namely, El Tarf, Annaba, Skikda, Jijel and Bejaia, while the workshop in Oran welcomed the “Westerners” from the Wilayas of Tlemcen, Ain Témouchent, Oran and Mostaganem. The participation to workshops was a great success, not only in terms of number of participants (70-odd participants in Annaba and 50-odd in Oran), but also in terms of diversity of the stakeholders, including representatives of every single sector invited, as well as a number of representatives of local communities, authorities, NGOs, and media.
The workshops were a great occasion to benefit from the “local expertise” of all participants who were divided in working sessions and could share their views on institutional functioning, participation and relation between scientific knowledge and ICZM. Another workshop is going to be organised soon in Tipaza (Wilaya of the Centar) to conclude this cycle of Workshops contributing to good governance in ICZM, as requested by the Protocol.
2013-04-10First “Climagine” workshop in Šibenik
In the frame of the MedPartnership sister project "Integration of climate variability and change into national strategies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management", the first "Climagine" workshop was organised in Šibenik on April 8, 2013. The objective of this workshop was to present to the local stakeholders the hitherto development of the "Climagine" method, based on the "Imagine" developed and implemented by the Blue Plan/RAC, and to launch its implementation as a pilot process in the county of Šibenik-Knin, Croatia.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Blue Plan, PAP/RAC and the Šibenik-Knin County. It was attended by 50-odd participants, representatives of national, regional and local authorities and institutions, academic community and NGOs, as well as BP and PAP/RAC representatives. The workshop was opened by Mr. Goran Pauk, President of the County of Šibenik-Knin.
After an introductory part in which the participants were introduced to the issue of climate variability and change, and the “Climagine” methodology, the participants were divided into working groups. Their task was to discuss the various issues relevant to the coastal management in view of climate change and identify those of highest priority. In the end, each group presented the results of their work in the form of “rich pictures”.
The general consent was that the workshop was very interesting and useful. The participants committed themselves to attend the two more workshops to be organised within this project, whose ultimate goal is to establish an integrated coastal zone management plan for the coastal municipalities of the County, with special focus on climate variability and change.
2013-03-26PEGASO goes ambitiously forward
The 3rd General Meeting of the PEGASO project was organised in the capital of Morocco, Rabat, where the project partners met from 19-22 March 2013. The host of the meeting was the University Mohammed V-Agdal of Rabat, which is one the project partners. The diversity of the partners to the PEGASO project was well represented by the participants including scientists, representatives of international organisations, researchers, end-users and other stakeholders from the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
The agenda of this annual encounter was very rich and the main topics discussed can be summarised as follows: work plans for each Work Package, presentation of the SDI functionalities and their integration to the Web Portal, progress in the CASEs and presentation of latest evaluations, discussion on the future tasks in the CASEs, presentation of the Integrated Regional Assessment, end-users workshop and practice of the Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) tool.
The main objective of the meeting was to present the latest progresses realised in the CASEs and in the functioning of the ICZM governance platform. Very successful steps have been taken, such as the good overall communication and co-ordination established through the governance system, first between the partners, but also between the regional platform and local sites. The ideas exchanged during the meeting helped structure the next key steps for the last period of the project. PEGASO has still 10 months to go.
PAP/RAC participated to the different sessions, and contributed during plenary sessions and discussions on the need to continue the work done in the project, pointing out the success of PEGASO as a living and working network through the governance platform. This should become an overall Mediterranean governance platform to assist the implementation of the ICZM Protocol. All the participants shared their will to continue the initiated work, especially the work with the CASEs and in creating an efficient governance platform. Some regional stakeholders, such as MedWET and IFAMed (Integration of Fisheries and Aquaculture on the Mediterranean coastal planning) have expressed a strong willingness to join the platform once it becomes fully operational.
Particular attention was given to the EU draft directive on MSP and ICZM released on 13 March, which aims to establish a common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management in EU Member States. To address the EU expectations and to mark the engagement of the partners to further implement the ICZM Protocol requirements, a PEGASO Declaration will be soon drafted. Out of the last deliverables to be prepared, special focus was on the Business Plan for the future of PEGASO. This document will be presented at the end of the project, and strongly intends to contribute to the future of sustainable development of coastal and marine areas in the Mediterranean, in the Black Sea and beyond. PAP/RAC and MAP in general are expected to be the crucial organisations for the follow up and for the management of the ICZM governance platform in the future.
2013-03-08PAP/RAC welcomes “Mare Nostrum“
A new regional co-operation project - "Mare Nostrum" has recently joined the family of the Mediterranean ICZM projects. “Mare Nostrum“ is an ENPI CBC strategic project approved for funding in 2012.
At the invitation of the project leadership, the PAP/RAC Director took part at the kick-off meeting held in Haifa, Israel, on 3-6 March 2013. The meeting was an occasion to introduce to the project partners the ICZM Protocol, which was actually the source of inspiration for the definition of the project activities. The implementation of the Protocol requirements at the local level will be the core subject for the project partners, and will be explored in Greece, Israel, Jordan, Malta and Spain. More information about the project, its objectives and activities can be found at http://www.marenostrumproject.eu/
2013-02-06CAMP Almeria launches its follow-up
After three years of intensive work and implementation of activities, the CAMP Levante de Almeria enters its follow-up stage. The implementation of the Action Plan, which makes an integral part of the Sustainable Development Reference Framework (SDRF), has started.
The Final Presentation Conference, held in Almeria on 4 February 2013, was welcomed by a high political representation that confirmed dedication to the project results and showed political will to support its continuation. Mr. F. Ramos de Armas, Secretary of State for the Environment, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Mr. L. Planas Puchades, Andalusian Regional Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, showed enthusiasm for the CAMP and its results. Also, Ms. M. L. Silva Mejias, MAP Co-ordinator and Executive Secretary, underlined the importance of CAMP for the Mediterranean Action Plan.
The results and numerous activities were presented and the focus was on the SDRF as the major outcome of the project. During the round table session, members of the Coastal Council and Coastal Commission presented their experiences with the project implementation. The project was evaluated as extremely good and innovative at the European level due to the well structured and functional institutional co-ordination and public participation throughout the project duration on the one side, and very well elaborated technical proposals for the coastal issues on the other, which were both linked with the Imagine workshops as a tool for scenarios building and indicators.
Everybody wished that the post project phase would be as successful as the work carried out until now. It is obvious that the success of the CAMP will be judged according to the results achieved in the follow-up phase for which the Action Plan gives a plethora of possibilities for job creation and initiation of new economic activities, as well as for using the institutional co-ordination established for the future management of the Levante de Almeria coastal areas.
Following the completion of the analysis of the Croatian legislation in relation to the ICZM Protocol and its presentation at the MedPartnership Regional Workshop in Zagreb, the Croatian authorities expressed their interest to continue working with PAP/RAC and UNEP/MAP. Namely, Croatia ratified the ICZM Protocol on 12 October 2012 and would like to push for its implementation.
The first task for Croatia would be the development of the national ICZM Strategy. Since Croatia has been preparing its Marine Strategy, as required by the EU MSFD, the Croatian Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection decided to join the two strategic initiatives and to prepare a single document for its Adriatic Region – a Marine and Coastal Strategy. How to realise this initiative, together with the launching of the new climate variability and change pilot demonstration in Croatia, were the topics of a meeting between PAP/RAC and the representatives of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection and Environment Agency, held in Zagreb on 24 January.