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‘NextMed’ Conference, Rome 12 December 2014 October 30, 2014

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The Joint Managing Authority is pleased to invite you to the ‘NextMed’ Conference which will take place on December 12, 2014 in Rome in order to mark the passage to the ENI CBC Med 2014-2020 Programme.

The Conference, supported by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, aims to showcase the achievements of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean region and highlight coming challenges under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

The event will gather a wide range of actors of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation among political, EU and project representatives. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the strategy, objectives and priorities of the new ENI CBC Med Programme. In addition, an exhibition will offer a unique journey through the 95 projects funded by the ENPI CBC Med 2007-2013 Programme.

Detailed information as well as the agenda and registration form will be available soon on the Programme’s  website: www.enpicbcmed.eu

An environmental alliance for a sustainable and fair Mediterranean October 29, 2014

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The 3 October 2014, Legambiente has organized in Palermo (Sicily) a meeting with representatives of Associations from France, Morocco, Tunisia, Malta and Spain  with the aim to talk about an environmental alliance for a sustainable and fair Mediterranean. The final object of this alliance is to build a common action between the social actors of the Mediterranean basin, so that it can become a sea full of rights, peace, solidarity and sustainable cultural and economic exchanges; a place where to arise a new concept of international cooperation, based on a more equal exchange of experiences, ideas and responsibility.
During the meeting partners discussed about various issues like renewable energies, climate change and citizens involvement. All the participants to the meeting are convinced that environmentalism, combining the environment safeguard with social, cultural and economic development, is more than others the right perspective from which we can front the dramatic consequences of both climate and economic crises.
The meeting had a very good effect; the associations have established a roadmap to the COP 2015 to be held in Paris 2015. It is one of the first important meetings where the entire world will talk about climate change and next steps binding for countries: the Alliance has to act to emphasise the climate change problems referred to the Mediterranean countries!

Atelier EUCC France – Érosion côtière: des techniques montagnardes pour protéger le littoral varois October 22, 2014

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Toulon, 18 oct. 2014 (AFP) –

Filets anti-éboulements, gabions en rondins d’acacia: des techniques utilisées en montagne sont expérimentées sur
le littoral varois pour contrecarrer l’érosion, ce fléau qui a arraché l’hiver dernier jusqu’à vingt mètres de côte en
Aquitaine.
“Il faut travailler avec la nature plutôt que contre la nature”, explique la présidente de l’association française du
réseau européen du littoral (EUCC-France), Yvonne Battiau-Queney.
“Mais pour utiliser des processus naturels, il faut les connaître”, souligne l’initiatrice d’ateliers organisés mardi et
mercredi dans la région toulonnaise pour sensibiliser à des remèdes compatibles avec le développement durables.
L’érosion côtière est une préoccupation nationale, souligne Loïc Gouguet, chargé de mission littoral à l’Office
national des Forêts (ONF). “Une +stratégie nationale de gestion du trait de côte+ n’est pourtant en place que
depuis 2011″, pointe-t-il.
Il est par exemple impossible de chiffrer avec précision les mètres carrés abandonnés chaque année à la mer.

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La expedición Tara en Barcelona October 20, 2014

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Taller Tara Mediterraneo
Una asamblea de ciudadanos en torno a temas ambientales clave del Mar Mediterráneo ANTROPIZACIÓN Y CONTAMINACIÓN EN EL MEDITERRÁNEO: IMPACTOS Y SOLUCIONES 23 de octobre à las 15h Palacio Pedralbes, UfMS Headquarters
Calle Pere Duran Farell 11
(formerly called: Calle Fernando Primo de Rivera 11)
Presentación
Sobre la base de un proyecto de investigación sobre el impacto de los desechos plásticos en el ecosistema marino en el Mediterráneo, la goleta Tara navega en el Mediterráneo hasta diciembre de 2014, con 22 paradas en 11 países diferentes. Sobre la base de los proyectos científicos a bordo desarrollamos talleres de dialogo con la sociedad para intercambiar visiones distintas de las cuestiones ambientales en el mar Mediterráneo. Estas acciones tienen como objetivo principal contribuir a la conciencia mundial sobre estos temas, sino también para avanzar en acciones concretas a nivel local y estimular el debate público sobre la gestión de las politicas publicas relacionadas con la contaminación y los desechos en el mar.
Organización del Taller
Los talleres se presentan en un formato de 2 a 3 horas, para un grupo de 10 a 20 personas. El equipo organizador está formado por un Moderador y un Relator. Dos o tres expertos – científicos, líderes comunitarios, responsables de ONGs, professionales, ciudadanos – conducen el dialogo sobre diversos temas específicos propuestos. Estos talleres se llevarán a cabo con los socios de la expedición, actores locales, investigadores y representantes de las instituciones. Las conclusiones de los dialogos estaran editadas en un “Livre Bleu de Tara Mediterrannée” en 2015.
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Coordinacion: Tara Expeditions Responsable: Andre ABREU mail: andre@taraexpeditions.org mob: +33 665121012
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Participa a les II JORNADES DE COASTWATCH AL GARRAF October 17, 2014

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Coastwatch Europe és una xarxa internacional de vigilància del litoral. Més de deu mil voluntaris europeus participen cada any, cobrint les costes de diversos països europeus.
El proper 15 de novembre podreu participar al segon mostreig al litoral del Garraf. La inscripció és gratuïta i poden participar totes les persones i col·lectius interessats.
Amb la vostra participació podreu:
– Augmentar la protecció del territori costaner
– Crear una extensa base de dades amb informació de l’estat del litoral
– Participar a una xarxa internacional que recull dades mediambientals
– Aportar les vostres opinions sobre els problemes que amenacen la línia de costa
– Col·laborar amb l’educació ambiental

A les costes de Catalunya es torna a posar marxa aquest projecte gràcies a
l’impuls de ACOIO (Associació Catalana d’Oceanògrafs i Oceanògrafes) i
des del Centre d’Estudis del Mar de Sitges i el Consorci dels Colls i Miralpeix
es vol col•laborar per tal d’organitzar el mostreig a totes les platges possibles
de la comarca del Garraf.
Apunteu-vos abans del dia 12 de novembre, enviant:
correu electrònic a consorci@collsmiralpeix.cat o missatge al Facebook Consorci Colls

Adriatic Sea a pioneer in the Mediterranean region for recovery and reuse of fishing nets October 17, 2014

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With the Italian Port of Ancona promoted as national ‘collection point’ and trawl vessels becoming involved for the benefit of the environment, the Adriatic Sea becomes a pioneer throughout the Mediterranean for the recovery and regeneration of abandoned fishing nets lying on the seabed.

This initiative is made possible thanks to a unique partnership between researchers, divers, fishing industry operators, NGOs, local governments and industry, presented today during a formal kick-off by the two promoters: the DeFishGear project and Healthy Seas. The DeFishGear project is funded by the EU-IPA Adriatic cross-border programme, and aims to free the Adriatic of plastics. Healthy Seas is an initiative that has started similar activities in the North Sea; it was established by the Aquafil Group (a global player in the production of Nylon 6), the ECNC Land & Sea Group and Star Sock.

Satisfaction with this positive synergy is unanimous, as emphasized by Paul Pelusi, President of Consorzio Mediterraneo, the Italian partner of the DeFishGear project. “It’s a significant milestone, but also an important starting point to strengthen the instruments and, more generally, the culture of sustainability for the conservation of our sea.”

As pointed out by Paul Pelusi, in addition to the action for the recovery of abandoned fishing nets, the actions of the pilot project, which will also involve the ports of Chioggia, Cattolica and Molfetta, “are of great importance, because for the first time on a multi-regional scale they allow the collection and exploitation of fishing nets that are disused and replaced by fishermen because they are no longer usable. This is a doubly virtuous solution that not only allows the disposal of this waste, but also its enhancement through new uses of the raw material.”

Fabrizio Calenti, Executive Director of Aquafil, the Italian partner of Healthy Seas, said: “As a company we have been committed to the Healthy Seas initiative since March 2013. This has allowed us to collect more than 50 tons of abandoned fishing nets so far, and we are very happy that now also the Italian Adriatic is part of this. On behalf of Aquafil we are proud to give our contribution to this initiative that will, also in Italy, transform the abandoned fishing nets into ECONYL® yarn, the raw material used to create new products such as hosiery, swimwear, underwear and carpets.”

Satisfaction was expressed by Simone Cecchettini, Head of Lega Pesca Marche: “This initiative not only legitimizes the full title and interest of the fishermen to act as guardians of the sea, but also demonstrates the great potentialities in the diversification of the business towards environmental services. Developing the active presence of the fishing industry in the protection of the seas is a strategic objective for which, at a national level, the fishing coordination of the Alliance of Italian Cooperatives (comprising the three Italian cooperative confederations AGCI, Confcooperative and Legacoop) intends to open a discussion with the Ministry of Environment. Towards a sea defence policy that is with and not against fisheries.”

 www.healthyseas.org

EUCC participará en las jornadas EL TERRITORIO ANTE LA CRISIS: UNA VISIÓN DESDE ESPON October 14, 2014

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FECHA: 16 y 17 de octubre (jueves y viernes)
LOCAL: Sala de Conferencias Internacionales, Universidad de Alcal

Pedro Fernández del Centro Mediterráneo EUCC participará en la mesa redonda “Gestión integrada de zonas costeras y economía azul” aportando la experiencia en GIZC de las ONGs, la gobernanza costera en el mediterráneo y ejemplos prácticos.

En el marco del Proyecto ESPON ON THE ROAD, la Fundación General de la Universidad de Alcalá a través de la Iniciativa de Ecoinnovación y Sostenibilidad, en el papel de Punto Focal en España, organiza estas jornadas. La jornada pretende reunir a planificadores territoriales, responsables de administraciones públicas, agentes económicos e investigadores y académicos, en torno al estado del conocimiento con objeto de analizar y debatir los resultados sobre las regiones de España producidos en ESPON.

Más información de la jornada aquí

Capitalisation seminar: What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin? October 14, 2014

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SAVE THE DATE!
CAPITALISATION SEMINAR #1
DATE: 29-30 October 2014
VENUE: Termoli (IT)

What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin?” aims at creating an informal platform bringing together the key stakeholders in charge of shaping, financing, and implementing fisheries and aquaculture policies across the Adriatic-Ionian basin. This informal platform represents the first step of a technical and political follow-up of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). It also should lead to the setting-up of a win-win approach built on a concrete dialogue addressing the European Commission (DG MARE and DG ENVIRONMENT), the European Parliament (PECH Committee), Regional and national governments, representatives of the fisheries sector, NGOs, scientists, as well as members of territorial cooperation projects dealing with fishing, aquaculture and environmental issues. During the seminar debates on the content of the CFP, participants will take turns presenting examples of best practice (e.g. sustainable fishing practices, tourism activities related to fishing, co-management of marine protected areas, etc.) In addition, an interactive session will be developed by representatives of the MED-IAMER project with the aim to validate the methodology behind the exercise of analysing the impact of human activities in marine environment of the Adriatic-Ionian basin. Finally, aiming to enhance the development of an integrated Maritime Policy in the Adriatic–Ionian basin, the seminar will cover the theme of EU cross-border and transnational cooperation. In this context, dialogue with non-EU Member States will be ensured through the participation of the members of the Fisheries Committee of the Euro-Adriatic-Ionian Region. The seminar “What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin?” will be organised with the financial support of the European Commission in the framework of the projects COM & CAP MARINA-MED (MED programme 2007-2013) and ADRIGOV (IPA programme 2007–2013).

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Agenda of the eventIT, EN, FR
Practical note for participantsENG, IT
Transfer flyerENG, IT

MPA costs cut through international collaboration October 9, 2014

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Source: Science for Environment Policy

The cost of a Mediterranean marine protected area (MPA) network could be cut by over two thirds if countries surrounding the Sea collaborate in its creation. This is the conclusion of a study that explored how the Convention on Biological Diversity’s goals to protect wildlife through MPAs could be met cost-efficiently.

Multinational efforts to conserve marine biodiversity make sense given that marine systems are naturally connected. However, in practice, most marine conservation programmes are not coordinated between different countries. This is partly because such programmes are perceived to be more costly.

This study suggests that multinational work can reduce the cost of marine conservation. It explored how different levels of cross-border collaboration would affect the cost of implementing an MPA network in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Sea is a biodiversity hotspot and one of most complex marine regions in the world. It is bordered by…

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EuroMED Cooperation Inland and Marine Water Challenges October 7, 2014

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Naples 3-4 November 2014

Under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the kind support of the European Commission, the National Research Council of Italy organizes the conference ‘EuroMED Cooperation. Inland and Marine Water Challenges’, aimed at enhancing the international cooperation on research and innovation.
The event is designed as a two day conference – four parallel thematic workshop and a plenary session – embracing present scientific and political debate for the identification of urgent challenges related to the proper management of the inland and marine waters, with special emphasis to their link, and the impacts on society and sustainable economic growth. The Mediterranean Region is indeed involved in relevant economic activities from fisheries to coastal tourism that are clearly affected by the inland and marine water management issue. Research and innovation achievements shall therefore be reached and shared by all Mediterranean countries in a cooperation perspective.
In complementary with relevant on-going initiatives, the conference provides a unique opportunity for the European and non-European scientific communities, policy makers from national Ministries, international Institutions, and inter-governmental bodies, and relevant stakeholders from private sector, to discuss an innovative issue and identify key societal challenges and research priorities connected to the link between inland and marine water, with particular regard to the enhancement of the Euro Mediterranean international cooperation.
One of the main feature of this event will be the launch of the “Naples Conference Report” to address a mid-term perspective common strategy that responds to and impacts on international science policy cooperation and developments.

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