Mare Nostrum to Introduce New Coastal Management Policy Tools at its Closing Conference in Valencia

The event will focus on cross-national implementation of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) policies among Mediterranean countries and will bring together decision makers, researchers and NGOs from the EU and beyond.

Nov 04, 2015, 06:00 ET from Mare Nostrum

VALENCIA, Spain, November 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

The EU-funded Mare Nostrum Project will hold its closing event in Valencia, Spain on November 24 to 26, 2015, during which it will present findings and policy tools for improved coastline regulation and management.

The focus of the conference will be cross-national action to bridge the current legal and institutional gaps in the implementation of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) policies among countries in the Mediterranean Basin. The meeting will also present the new "kit of tools" for coastline regulation and management developed by the Mare Nostrum team.

The event, which is being organized by Mare Nostrum Project partner the Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation of the Valencian Region (FEPORTS), will bring together an international audience of decision makers, researchers and civil society organizations and NGOs.

"Our closing conference will analyze the implementation process of the Barcelona Convention's ICZM Protocol on the basis of Mare Nostrum's findings gleaned during the project," said Mare Nostrum project initiator and coordinator Prof. Rachelle Alterman of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

"The event will provide a great opportunity to explore potential for improvement of ICZM legislation and implementation in the Mediterranean, and revisit the Barcelona Protocol's formulation," she added.

Prof. Alterman will discuss the relevant findings of the project and present a comparative analysis of the legal institutional implementation gaps and attempts to bridge it.

Presentations will review and compare the experience of several Mediterranean countries, including Greece, Israel, Malta, Spain, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

Special sessions will be devoted to public empowerment tools and the role of civil society in coastal conservation.

The deadline for free registration for the conference is November 18, 2015, while spaces are still available.

About Mare Nostrum  

Mare Nostrum's objective is to explore new ways of protecting and managing the Mediterranean coastline within the existing international Barcelona Convention and its Protocol on Integrated Coastline Zone Management (ICZM). The project uniquely focuses on understanding the "implementation gap" between the ideals of the Barcelona Convention and realities on the ground. The outcomes of the project will include recommendations for legal and institutional tools which may be adopted to improve local practices at the local level, taking a "bottom-up" approach.

Mare Nostrum is one of the 95 projects funded by 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The project is of three years' duration and has a total budget of €4,319,592, 90 percent of which is financed by the programme.

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Statement about the Programme  

The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral cross-border cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The programme's objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The 14 countries participating in the programme are Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended) and Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official programme languages are Arabic, English and French (


Dan Gerstenfeld

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