With an eye to achieving sustainable coastal development in their countries, more than 40 participants from 12 Mediterranean countries attended a two-day workshop on “The harmonization of the national legal and institutional framework with the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol”. The workshop was organized within the framework of the MedPartnership in Zagreb, Croatia, on 4-5 December.
The aim of the workshop was to assist countries in understanding the legal aspects of the ICZM Protocol, as well as to build capacities for its ratification, transposition into the national laws and thereafter its implementation. Adopted in 2008 and entered into force in 2010, the ICZM Protocol is the first legal regional instrument of this kind. So far, nine Mediterranean countries ratified the Protocol. Currently, two more Regional Seas are following the Mediterranean example and drafting their own Protocols to ensure sustainable coastal development.