First containers loaded with solid PCBs contaminated equipment leave Turkey for disposal

Source: UNEP/MAP

Turkey leads as the first Mediterranean country to dispose of its Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) contaminated equipment in collaboration with UNEP/MAP.

Athens – 27 April 2015: Turkey has started packing and shipping to France its transformers contaminated with PCBs, from electricity and industrial companies. The process of decontamination and disposal of the toxic substance in France is expected to last from 10 to 12 weeks, at the end of which, Turkey would have disposed of 634 tons of PCBs.

This activity comes within the framework of the MedPartnership project, led by UNEP/MAP and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and is being implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, and Turkey by the MAP MED POL programme and Sustainable Consumption and Production Regional Activity Centre (SCP/RAC).

“PCB degradation is a very slow and difficult process. These chemicals can linger for centuries, polluting the environment and, therefore, affecting human health and nature for generations to come, said Gaetano Leone, UNEP/MAP Coordinator. We are proud for having been able to assist in the disposal of such significant amounts of pollutants, and we are confident that the impact of this important activity by the MAP system will be very beneficial for the state of the Mediterranean environment, especially once the activity is completed in all four countries”.

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Horizon 2020 mediterranean report

The H2020 Mediterranean Report is a joint effort of the EEA and UNEP/MAP resulting from the creation of a regular review mechanism of environmental progress in the three H2020 policy priorities. These are municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution. The report also serves as a contribution to the mid-term review of the H2020 initiative.


The first assessment of progress in the depollution of the Mediterranean Sea is underway

Source: H2020

A regional report is currently under preparation jointly by the EEA and UNEP/MAP under the Horizon 2020 Initiative, which will assess progress in the depollution of the Mediterranean Sea with a focus on the three Horizon 2020 priority areas (i.e. municipal solid waste; urban waste water; industrial emissions). The 4th meeting of the RMR Sub Group (June 2013) adjusted the report outline to reflect progress in the reporting process.

This first Horizon 2020 assessment is composed of a regional thematic assessment based on the key Horizon 2020 indicators selected and a set of country level assessments (similar to the part C of the European State and Outlook Report 2010) for Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Complementary to the thematic assessment, a technical report on the process toward the setting-up of a regular reporting mechanism of Horizon 2020 while implementing the SEIS principles is also in preparation. The report is using the DPSIR (Driver, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) analytical framework to build-up the analysis. A specific guidance document has been prepared by the EEA to support countries with the elaboration of their country-level assessment contribution to the Horizon 2020 regional report. This first indicator based report will, together with other Horizon 2020 technical studies (e.g. of Horizon 2020 investments portfolio, review of UNEP/MAP-MEDPOL National Action Plans) and evaluation of implementation of specific projects (e.g. mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020 CB/MEP) support a wider mid-term review of the Horizon 2020 Initiative and recommendations for its second phase (2014-2020).

España: El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente coordina con las Comunidades Autónomas el Plan Estatal de Protección de la Ribera del Mar contra la contaminación


Este Plan, que enmarcará todas las actuaciones ante sucesos de contaminación grave en la costa, será presentado a la Conferencia Sectorial de Medio Ambiente, al CAMA y a la Comisión Nacional de Protección Civil

Se ha presentado a consulta de los responsables autonómicos el proyecto de Orden Ministerial para la creación de los Comités de Seguimiento de las Estrategias Marinas

Asimismo, se ha abordado la futura normativa de evaluación ambiental y el Proyecto de Programa Estatal de Prevención de Residuos

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BAT4MED international conference on “Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control in the Mediterranean region”

Source: CP/RAC

June 27th, 2013, in Dead Sea, Amman, Jordan

This international conference aims at bringing together the project partners with public authorities, policy and decision makers, industries and other stakeholders from the EU and Mediterranean countries in order to discuss the topic of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control in the Mediterranean region.

The project team will present most relevant results from the study undertook in the Mediterranean Partner Countries, and put in light synergies with other interesting policies and experience, on the IPPC implementation.

This international conference is one of the final acts of the BAT4MED project, along with the national workshops to be held in Mediterranean non-participating countries in the summer (Lebanon on June 24th, Jordan on June 26th, Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank) on July 1st, and Algeria/Libya to be defined).

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UfM launches study to protect the Mediterranean Sea from pollution

Source: UfM

A study to prevent, abate and combat pollution of the Mediterranean Sea will be conducted by the UfM Secretariat. The results and findings of the study will contribute to the comprehensive assessment of the current situation of depollution in the Mediterranean.

Barcelona, 22 February, 2013. The launching workshop of the study entitled “Update priority investment portfolio for protecting the Mediterranean Sea from Pollution”, to be conducted by the Union for the Mediterranean and concluded by the end of 2013, took place at the UfM headquarters, in Barcelona, on 22 February. The main purpose of the study is to update investment needs towards pollution reduction targets in the perspective 2020-2025.

The meeting was the occasion to present the preliminary findings of the UfM’s study, as well as the main activities planned until next autumn. It also gave the opportunity to discuss countries’ involvement and collect information from relevant water and environment stakeholders.

The UfM study will complement two other studies conducted in parallel by the United Nations Environment Programme – Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) with an aim to evaluate the implementation of depollution projects in the Mediterranean. They will provide recommendations on the way forward, taking into account the need for coherence, synergy and joint effective action among different actors and their respective programmes and initiatives in this field. The outputs of the three studies will contribute to revise the UNEP-MAP Depollution Strategic Action Program and National Action Plans as well as to define the second phase of H2020 initiative.

The workshop brought together coordinating partners, namely the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme – Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP), the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as regional Institutions and IFIs involved in the Depollution of the Mediterranean agenda.

España: El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente aprobará un Plan Estatal de Protección de la Ribera del Mar contra la Contaminación en 2013


Con el objetivo asegurar la coordinación de las actuaciones contra la contaminación y podrá ser activado a petición de la Comunidad Autónoma cuando concurran circunstancias que así lo requieran.

Incluirá un atlas de sensibilidad de la costa y un análisis de sus riesgos y vulnerabilidad ante la contaminación

El Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente  aprobará el próximo año un Plan Estatal de Protección de la Ribera del Mar contra la Contaminación, que formará parte del Sistema Nacional de Respuesta ante la Contaminación Marina Accidental, aprobado, mediante Real Decreto, por el Consejo de Ministros el pasado viernes.

El Plan Estatal de Protección de la Ribera del Mar complementará a los Planes Territoriales establecidos por las Comunidades Autónomas, con el objetivo de asegurar la coordinación en las actuaciones de lucha contra la contaminación en la costa, particularmente en aquellos casos en que más de una Comunidad Autónoma se vea afectada o cuando se requiera la intervención de medios de otros Estados, esto es, cuando el episodio de contaminación tenga carácter supraautonómico o supranacional, o en aquellos casos de especial necesidad en que el peligro de daños irreparables sea inminente.

Se prevé, asimismo, que este Plan pueda ser activado a petición de la Comunidad Autónoma cuando concurran circunstancias que así lo requieran.

El Plan Estatal, aprobado a propuesta conjunta de los Ministerios de Fomento, Interior y el propio MAGRAMA, se encuentra actualmente en proceso de elaboración en el Departamenteo dirigido por Miguel Arias Cañete, e  incluirá aspectos tales como  un atlas de sensibilidad de la costa española y un análisis de vulnerabilidad y riesgo de la misma, amén de las capacidades logísticas y de gestión necesarias para  hacer frente a un episodio de contaminación de significativas dimensión e intensidad.

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