Sea turtle rescue centres- First ever Mediterranean map launched


A new online map of sea turtle rescue centres in the Mediterranean has been created by MEDASSET.  The new tool was launched at the 41st Congress of the CIESM (Mediterranean Science Commission) in Kiel, Germany (12-16 September 2016).

The “Database & Online Map of Sea Turtle Rescue & First Aid Centres in the Mediterranean” is a new project by the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles (MEDASSET) which was prompted by a paper by Ullmann and Stachowitsch (2015) that called for ‘better information on the number and types of rescue facilities on a Mediterranean scale’.

The sea turtle rescue centres are presented to the public via a new interactive Google Map that is managed by MEDASSET.  The primary aim is to provide open access to accurate and current information on all facilities that rescue and care for sea turtles in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the new tool helps increase awareness about the existence of the network of facilities.

“Up-to-date information has been provided by each facility, making this a most reliable source” remarked Liza Boura, Project Manager.  The information includes the facility location, type, contact details and volunteer opportunities.  The map will be periodically updated, maintained and improved after launch.

Facilities that do not currently appear on the map but wish to be included are invited to contact MEDASSET.  Relevant organisations can freely use this new tool by embedding the Google Map on their websites.

Oceana expedition in Malta concludes after 140 days at sea

Oceana, the project partner tasked with carrying out marine surveys, has concluded its at-sea research in Malta to explore deep-sea areas, underwater caves and sandbanks within the LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project.

The project, co-financed by the EU, and comprising the Environment and Resources Authority (project leaders), the Maltese Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Department of Biology of the University of Malta, apart from Oceana, is the most comprehensive video survey of unknown marine areas ever undertaken in Malta and aims to achieve effective protection for three different habitats  of high ecological value. Its preliminary findings include the identification of hundreds of species, large reefs of cold water corals and caves discovered 300 m below the surface.

“The findings from Malta are impressive and include species that hadn’t previously been recorded in the Mediterranean. The footage and samples compiled will require years of analysis to be fully valued but in the shorter term they will serve as the basis to create marine protected areas that help preserve this natural heritage and restore its abundance. We hope that other countries undertake similar actions to improve their understanding and protection of their marine environments,” said Ricardo Aguilar, expedition leader and research director at Oceana in Europe.

The total surveyed area amounts to 2,974.72 km2, of which 2,923.80 km2 are offshore. In comparison, the total land surface of the Maltese archipelago is just 316 km2, which shows the extent and importance of this project. The project was divided in two expeditions (2015 and 2016), and utilised an ROV (underwater robot) able to reach depths of over 1000 m, and divers using underwater scooters to enhance speed. A total of 206 ROV transects (up to 1039 m deep) and 42 scuba dives were carried out.

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


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


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
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


“#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:
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:

A newsletter covering these and other items of news from the project is also out (to subscribe
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.