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Calls for consultants by UNEP/MAP July 25, 2014

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UNEP/MAP has re-opened two Calls for Consultants on UNEP/MAP Website:

Terms of Reference for a to prepare the technical economic assessment study of Lube Oil management

Terms of References for Consultant for training workshops for more effective compliance/inspection implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation/law in the Mediterranean

Please note that the new deadline for receipt of  applications is: 8 August 2014.

Review of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development July 25, 2014

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Plan Bleu is pleased to share the First Stakeholder News Brief related to the Review of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD Review). In this inaugural issue, the news brief focuses on the work done since the MSSD Review has been decided at the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 18, Istanbul, December 2013):

  • launch of the MSSD Review by the Maltese Minister for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change (February 2014);
  • wide stakeholder consultation on the basis of a consultation document (April-May 2014);
  • Steering Committee meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MSCD SC meeting, 11-12 June 2014, kindly hosted by Malta who currently chairs the SC).

The Stakeholder News Brief 1 highlights recommendations agreed by the MCSD SC about issues, vision, and structure of the revised strategy, based on the results of the Stakeholder Consultation Phase 1. With the agreement on a provisional vision and structure, Phase 2 of the MSSD Review has commenced. Based on this provisional structure, multi-stakeholder thematic working groups (TWGs), whose responsibility will be the drafting of the specific axes of the reviewed strategy, will be convened: organisations interested in participating in the TWGs are kindly requested to contact Plan Bleu. A first draft of the revised strategy is expected by December 2014. Beginning in 2015, Phase 3 of the MSSD Review process will constitute a wide stakeholder consultation on the first draft of the MSSD 2.0, culminating in the approval of the revised Strategy by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention at their 2015 meeting.

The MSSD Review is led by the MCSD with the assistance of the Secretariat to the Barcelona Convention. The technical work supporting the MSSD Review is being carried out by UNEP/MAP through its Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre (PB/RAC), with the contribution of the other RACs.

2a Setmana Europea de la Custòdia del Territori July 24, 2014

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Del 26 de setembre al 5 d’octubre del 2014

Custòdia el territori, tingue’n cura, mima’l, cuida’l, protegeix-lo, conserva’l… Durant 10 dies sigues còmplice i viu la terra!

Formes part d’una entitat ambiental, un ajuntament, una entitat excursionista, una empresa amb vincles en el territori, un centre de recerca, una escola, un esplai? Estimes la natura i el teu territori?

Pren nota: del 26 de setembre al 5 d’octubre de 2014, celebrem la 2a setmana Europea de la Custòdia del Territori, i 6a Setmana als Països Catalans. I TU POTS CONTRIBUIR A QUE SIGUI UN ÈXIT!

Reserva’t les dates i organitza una activitat per custodiar el teu territori més proper! Si vols idees sobre el tipus d’activitats que pots organitzar visita el nostre banc d’idees.

10th Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas July 21, 2014

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The “Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas” builds upon the more than 30 years experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs at the regional level in a holistic and integrated approach, following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, targeting the Millennium Development Goals, and the follow-up to RIO+20. It focuses on linkages between natural, social and economic sciences, the research-management interface and the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development.

The course also considers the implications of regional policies including the EU Integrated Maritime Policy for the European regional seas, with a science-based and holistic approach to policy undertakings and implementation, and brings to the forefront the characteristics of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian in ocean governance issues.

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Book: 100 Days of Blue July 18, 2014

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At 6:51 am EDT on June 21st, 2014, the first day of summer, we launched 100 Days of Blue: The Blue Mind Book Tour.

During these 100 days Blue Mind Ambassadors will commit to safely spending time near, in, on, or under their favorite water (any water) each day for 100 days, sharing their experiences with those around them, and spreading the Blue Mind message.

Our goal is to change the way people feel, think, talk, and ACT about water, emphasizing a deeper understanding of the vast but underappreciated emotional and cognitve benefits of healthy waterways and oceans.

The research and experiences behind this way of thinking fill the pages of Blue MInd.

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Stop the sell-out of Greek beaches to private companies July 18, 2014

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Online petition against privatisation of Greek beaches

Atelier EUCC-France 14 et 15 octobre 2014 Côtes du Var June 27, 2014

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Le prochain atelier d’EUCC-France se tiendra les 14 et 15 octobre 2014 sur les côtes du Var.Il est organisé en collaboration avec Nathalie Marçot (BRGM) et Benoît Larroque (ONF).
Vous en trouverez le programme, ainsi qu’un bulletin d’inscription à renvoyer avant le 10 septembre 2014) dans le fichier attaché.

8th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies June 27, 2014

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30-31 March & 1-2 April 2015, Athens, Greece

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its 8th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies which will be held in Athens, Greece on 30-31 March & 1-2 April 2015. The conference website is: http://www.atiner.gr/mediterranean.htm.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Mediterranean Studies, such as history, arts, archaeology, philosophy, culture, sociology, politics, international relations, economics, business, sports, environment and ecology, etc.

Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/fees.htm.

Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/SOC-MDT.htm.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/FORM-MDT.doc by the 1 September 2014 to: Dr. Gregory A. Katsas, Academic Member of ATINER and Associate Professor, The American College of Greece-Deree College, Greece. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a panel (session, mini conference), chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (gtp@atiner.gr).

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 350 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 150 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into six Research Divisions and thirty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: info@atiner.gr.

Coastal & Marine Union celebrates 25th anniversary in French dunes June 26, 2014

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Originally posted on Coastal & MarinE-News:


With a perfectly organized dunes event EUCC France and around hundred participants including European dune managers and researchers from nine countries, we looked back on 25 years of EUCC (Coastal & Marine), founded in 1989 as the “European Union for Dune conservation and Coastal Management” (EUDC ). During the presentations and during the field visit to the dunes of Merlimont-Berck many stressed the pioneering role that the EUDC / EUCC played, since the first European Dune Congress in Leiden (1987). And there were delicious cakes with candles for 20 years EUCC-France and to celebrate 10 years EUCC Mediterranean Centre. Albert Salman and Pat Doody led the “birthday” and thanked in particular the following congress for special merit: John Houston and Paul Rooney (UK), Jean Favennec, Yvonne and Christine Battiau Clus-Auby (Fr), Jean Louis Herrier (Belgium ), Francisco Taveira Pinto (Portugal) and Rabski Kazimierz (Poland). We are all looking forward to…

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Coastal & Marine Union celebrates 25th anniversary in French dunes June 26, 2014

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