CBCMed library, a knowledge sharing platform showcasing the concrete results of funded projects

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A guide of ecotourism best practices in the Mediterranean, a plan for the strategic development of the Sousse city in Tunisia, a set of recommendations for boosting the investments of economic diasporas, a mobile app to find the nearest restaurants offering authentic Mediterranean food: these are some of the contents that you will find in our library, a knowledge platform designed to highlight the tangible results of the 95 cooperation projects funded in the framework of the ENPI CBC Med 2007-2013 Programme.

The library offers the possibility to look for a specific project by its acronym and search the database by different criteria such as thematic cluster and type of deliverable.

We invite you to explore the library if you want to learn about the concrete achievements of cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean area and to get inspired while drafting a project idea under the new ENI CBC Med Programme.

Please note that project deliverables are currently being uploaded so do not hesitate to visit the library on a regular basis.

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A new report on Marine Litter Assessment in the Mediterranean

Source: UNEP/MAP

thumb_news2UNEP/MAP has launched its new updated Marine Litter Assessment in the Mediterranean on 26 May 2016, within the framework of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), held in Kenya, Nairobi.

Marine litter has been confirmed as a critical issue in the Mediterranean, exacerbated by the basin’s limited hydrologic exchanges with other oceans, as well as pressures from its densely-populated coasts, highly-developed tourism, along with the impacts of 30 percent of the world’s maritime traffic transiting the Mediterranean sea and additional inputs of litter from rivers and heavily urbanized areas.

The report is based on the 2008 assessment of the status of marine litter in the Mediterranean prepared by UNEP/MAP MED POL, and reconfirms a number of its findings.

Compared to the 2008 assessment, this updated report provides data on waste and plastic inputs to the sea for each Mediterranean country and specifies the most important sources of litter, changes in their composition and transport patterns presenting updated results of modelling and provides a comprehensive review of existing data for the four compartments of the marine environment (beaches, surface, seabed, and ingested litter).

It also provides original data and information on micro-plastics, on derelict fishing gear and their impact and details the general reduction measures, especially those that are important for the Mediterranean Sea. The results of monitoring and national and regional studies on marine litter have been also integrated.

To download the report, click here

Un prototip de sistema d’alerta costaner prediu danys per temporals al litoral català amb vuit dies d’antelació

Font: Generalitat de Catalunya

·         El sistema permetria aplicar mesures d’emergència a les platges on es preveiessin les majors afectacions per protegir-les
·         L’iCOAST s’ha dissenyat amb la costa catalana com a referent però es pot utilitzar a altres regions litorals europees
Un prototip teòric de sistema d’alerta costaner, batejat com iCOAST, és capaç de predir danys causats per temporals extrems al litoral català, especialment a les platges urbanes, amb vuit dies d’antelació. El projecte ha estat coordinat  pel Centre Internacional d’Investigació dels Recursos Costaners (CIIRC) de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). En el seu desenvolupament han participat  l’Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC), el Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya —ambdós dependents del Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat—, la Direcció General de Protecció Civil del Departament d’Interior, el Coastal and Marine Research Centre de l’University College Cork (CMRC), l’associació Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Coperation and Action (ITHACA) i Soluciones Ingeniería Marítima Operacional (SIMO).
L’iCOAST està dissenyat per esdevenir, una vegada es pugui certificar en condicions reals, una ajuda en la presa de decisions per disminuir el risc costaner. Tot i que es pot utilitzar en diverses regions litorals urbanes europees, ha estat validat per la costa catalana. Una part important del litoral mediterrani té una capacitat limitada per fer front a variacions en l’onatge degut a l’existència d’infraestructures com passejos marítims, vies fèrries, carreteres o edificis.
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Green Economy in the Mediterranean online survey

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MIO-ECSDE, Medies coordinator, together with 2 more international civil society organisations (eco-union and GEC) have joined forces to shed light on the state of Green Economy in the Mediterranean region through a major study.

To this end, you are welcome to take part in the on-line survey here
www.medgreeneconomy.org
in order to identify initiatives and understand perceptions on Green Economy,
open by 31 May 2016 (estimated answering time: 10 minutes, languages: English and French).
The results will be presented mid-July in a public event.

The organisers of the survey, the “Med GE team” are thanking you in advance for contributing to the efforts towards a ‘greener’ Mediterranean economy!

“NoCountryAlone” – a video documentary on climate change in the Mediterranean region

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“#NoCountryAlone”, a video documentary on climate change in the Mediterranean region, produced by the EU funded ClimaSouth project, is now available in three language editions: English, French and Arabic: http://www.climasouth.eu/en/node/113.
We are actively seeking for partners who may wish to embed the link in their own websites (kindly let us know if you do), exchange banners or organise public viewings. The production of customised editions may also be possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have specific request.

We also wish to inform that the ClimaSouth web site & knowledge platform has been upgraded and is now online: www.climasouth.eu.

A newsletter covering these and other items of news from the project is also out (to subscribe http://www.climasouth.eu/en/node/136).
If there is a particular topic that you would like to see covered on the ClimaSouth website & knowledge platform and in future newsletters, please write to us. We welcome your feedback.

New website to showcase the results of the MedPartnership and ClimVar& ICZM projects

Source: MedPartnerhsip

The UNEP/MAP Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) has launched its redesigned page of the GEF MedPartnership and ClimVar & ICZM projects on 6 May 2016.

Funded by the Global Environment facility (GEF), the European Union and participating countries, the two projects came to an end in December 2015 and resulted in numerous valuable outputs which prompted PAP/RAC to redesign its special projects website to better present its results in a reader-friendly way.

Under the MedPartnership, PAP/RAC worked mainly on Integrated Coastal Zone Management which resulted in the development of the National ICZM Strategy of Montenegro and its adoption by the national Government, the development of the first Coastal Plan focused on climate variability and change impacts adopted by the County Assembly.  The project has also developed a methodological guide for converging coastal, river basin and aquifer management.

The contribution of PAP/RAC to the ClimVar and ICZM project was substantial. The focus of the work was on strengthening knowledge base on regional climate variability and change, and supporting the implementation of the ICZM Protocol, and capacity building.

The outputs of each project are detailed on the new website and categorised according to the type of activity. Ten activities are also presented with experience notes using the GEF IW template.

Presented in different and national languages, the outputs included among others:

  • Four methodological guidelines (for converging coastal, river basin and aquifer management, developing national ICZM strategies, adaptation to climate variability and change, and assessing socio-economic impacts and adaptation options);
  • Three technical documents related to the interpretation of the ICZM Protocol;
  • Five different assessments of the costs of the climate variability and change impacts, including one dealing with the banks and insurance companies;
  • Three national strategies (one in the national language only, but the experience note is available);
  • Three coastal plans (one in the national language only, but the English version will be available soon, Summary version and the experience note available in English);
  • Reports of the 3 major regional workshops with all the materials distributed and PPT slides presented.

Although the GEF projects are closed, the seeds they have sawn keep flourishing around the Mediterranean.

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CleanSea final newsletter, highlights on concrete steps to reduce marine litter

As FP7 CleanSea project ends, EUCC Mediterranean Centre, project partner and communication leader publishes the final newsletter.

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c6005c19cfb13177be6488ac7&id=7e321e7916&e=9f19623cce

Highlights:
– Policy options for litter-free seas (7 language versions)
– CleanSea documentary film
– Final symposium: story, videos and pics
– Costal & Marine Special issue: magazine with project scientific results.

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We wish you a pleasant reading!