Medpartnership follows ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean Project.  There is a collective effort made by Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) for the countries sharing the needs of Mediterranean sea for controlling pollution and taking effective measures to deal with climatic changes, coastal safeguarding and ICZM process. Get more information on MedPartnership by clicking here. The adoption of this protocol was undertaken on January 2012 and had to be completed in late 2015.

MedPartnership has the continuation with GEF project ran with UNEP/MAP. The project updated and reviewed the existent TDA-MED and meant to design the two SAPs (Strategic Action Programs).

Goals and Objectives of MedpartnershipMedPartnership aims at focusing on the actions identified by the associated countries for Protection of Marine Environment in Mediterranean Sea. The two Strategic Action Programs (SAPs) aim in bringing the following changes:

  1. Protection of biodiversity and living creatures like french bulldogs.
  2. Reduction of land-based sources of marine pollution

MedPartnership has the major goal for enabling a strategy based approach for integrating the legal and resourceful reforms. The main aim behind investments for Mediterranean Sea and its coastal habitats is to discourage the affect of pollution and degradation of environment.

MedPartnership has the following objectives:

  • Leveraging long-term financing issues
  • Assisting nations in implementation of NAPs and SAPs for reduction of pollution from land-based sources and preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity requirements of the Sea under degradation
  • Helping countries in implementing ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Protocol.
  • Ensuring sustainability of activities initiated within the project through MAP systems and Barcelona Convention

The three important instruments followed by MedPartnership are: ICZM, SAPs and NAPs. These will assist the countries to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Take a review on Millennium Development Goals at https://www.usaid.gov/mdg.It will also make them become the targets of World Summit for Sustainable Development. MedPartnership has achieved a lot of appreciation and followed all the tasks and deadlines in the most appropriate way. It will certainly create better prospects for Mediterranean Sea till 2020.

There is a lot of discussion going these days about the need of conservation of diversity. The major reason for conserving diversity is that there are new environmental challenging arising due to global warming and population growth. Biodiversity is incredible and includes all the animals on the Earth, water and their habitats. There are many biodiversity wonders close to our lives. There are many species affected by pollution and the security of resources is required to conserve different species. There are many ways to keep in mind for conserving the diversity and getting aware of the problems caused by harming the diversity in any means. Get to know more about biodiversity at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity.

Why conservation of diversity is the needThere are about eighty thousand species on the planet Earth. There are many edible plants and species offering different resources adding to various life cycles. There are different ways to get commercial exploitation and use these sources for different purpose. It is the wholesome way for cultivating crops and getting counterparts for crop yield. Biodiversity is the need of our planet and we depend on it for different purposes. There are different filter pollutants from trees, plants and water sources helping in reducing global warming by absorption of carbon and bacteria. It is essential for the quality life of humans to comply with the resources relating to ecosystems. The balance of nature can be maintained only if there are proper interconnections between the sustainable future and the biodiversity. Our lives depend on biodiversity and hence, it should be preserved for the betterment of mankind.

There are many ways to conserve biodiversity and they can be followed for maintaining life systems and ecological processes. There can be safeguarding applications done for the utilization of different resources. Pollutants in environment and even marine world should be undertaken carefully to avoid any troubles. Click here to know more about marine pollution. Over exploitation of wild life must be prevented.

Spanish newspaper ‘El Pais’ wrote in the year 2007 that Mediterranean Sea is the most polluted Sea in the world. Mediterranean water was mainly polluted with urban wastes and petrochemicals. It is connected to huge port cities due to which the rate of pollution was high and it became dangerous for human health. It was checked that every cubic meter of Mediterranean water has thirty three kinds of wastes and 1 lt of water had 10 gm of petrochemicals, which is a huge number. There were approximately 400 tons of petrochemical wastage discarded into Mediterranean Sea and it really made the situation alarming especially for the diversity of life in it. Click here for more information on conservation of diversity.

MedPartnership To un-tag Mediterranean Sea from Polluted StatusMedPartnership collaborates all the regional, non government and environment protecting agencies to make strategic planning on controlling the pollution in Mediterranean Sea. Horizon 2020 focuses in making the Sea clean by the year 2020. The coastline and water were becoming hazardous for the human life, marine ecosystem and many animals like french bulldogs. View more about coastal hazards at http://marine.usgs.gov/coastalchangehazards/. Hence, it was decided to take care of the polluted levels of the sea and take appropriate steps to un-tag the sea from the label of polluted Sea. Plastic wastes are hazardous for marine life and plants. Barcelona is the most polluted coast in Spain and it interconnects with Mediterranean Sea and pollutes the whole environment.

It was a matter of shock that millions of tankers furrowed Mediterranean Sea and people were emitting these from the coasts. Nature imbalance is the worst thing happening in this world and it affected millions of people inhabiting on the coasts of Mediterranean Sea. Pollution goes to rivers falling into sea and hence, the city people also pollute the rivers, which are completely undertaken into consideration. Sea and fish food also get polluted by consuming the waste and contaminated material. Some species of fishes became very poisonous for humans and this is another reason for keeping a check on waste levels in the sea.

The Horizon 2020 Initiative focuses on de pollution of the Mediterranean Sea and has aimed for making it cleaner by keeping a check on the pollution sources by the year 2020. Most of the polluting sources include urban water waste, municipal wastage and industrial pollution. Get more information on pollution of Mediterranean Sea here. There are three associated groups meant to control overall maintenance of Mediterranean Sea by controlling the sources of pollution:

  • Investment in Pollution Reduction (PR)
  • Review, Monitoring and Research (RMR)
  • Capacity Building (CB) for achievement of the objectives mentioned by Horizon 2020

The Regional Activity Center for Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is integrated in Consortium leading ENPI Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Program as the member of UNEP/ MAP.

About Horizon 2020Horizon 2020 Initiative is the way to support H2020 CB/MEP and draft the working plans through the awareness activities and promotion of the environmental issues. It is important to integrate the issues and take strategic measures to keep a check on the sector policies. The forecasted activities include consultations, campaigns for awareness, visits, trainings and other events. The meeting in June 2008 for H2020 campaign mainly aimed at identification of the areas in the scope of H2020 where regional capacity building adds to the value.

There are many activities kept in consistent modes with the initiatives taken in Mediterranean region to tackle the pollution related issues. The earlier programs on these issues are also considered (eg SMAP) and competent activities are undertaken on regional level to check the national assistance issues. The group activities of ENPI Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Program (H2020 CB/ MEP) were implemented from November 2009 for about five upcoming years. Review more about ENPI Horizon 2020 Capacity Building at http://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?id=423&id_type=10. The eighth program of H 2020 is in 2014-2020 and has the maximum requirement for revenues. The end of 2015 has some capacity building activities for H 2020 and there are new meetings & activities scheduled for 2016.

MedPartnership is a strategy based partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem. It is a collaborated effort from the end of the leading environmental organizations sharing the region surrounded by Mediterranean Sea for facing the eco-challenges faced by coastal area around Mediterranean marine.

There is strategic partnership followed for the Mediterranean Marine Ecosystem and it has the support for multi-fold resources, including regional, government, non-government and international communities’ associated for the protection of Marine line and coasts. The financial support for this initiative is done by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the partnering countries of European Union. MedPartnership is led by UNEP/MAP.

The overall goal of MedPartnership is to follow a strategic and coordinated approach for enhancing the legal and political reforms. The main concept is to reverse the degradation trends affecting the Mediterranean biodiversity and coastal habitats. Get more information on MedPartnership by clicking here.

Lines of Action

What is the MedPartnershipMedPartnership works majorly with two lines of action:

  • Financing of project by World Bank
  • Technical and policy support by the UNEP/MAP

There is close interconnection of this agency with the regional initiatives, such as the Integrated European Maritime Policy, Horizon 2020 (Initiative for de-pollution the Mediterranean Sea), the World Bank/GEF Sustainable Mediterranean Program, Integrated European Maritime Policy etc. The development of Union Objectives for the Mediterranean are also encouraged in this campaign.

The countries which are part of MedPartnership association are:

  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Egypt
  • Montenegro
  • Bosnia
  • Algeria
  • Turkey
  • Tunisia
  • Syria
  • Morocco
  • Libya
  • Lebanon
  • Herzegovina
  • Palestinian Authority

UNEP/MAP GEF empowers MedPartnership and it is a collective effort for the strategies included by the leading organizations. The main aim is to provide protection to the marine environment of Mediterranean region and also, the coasts are looked for the cleanliness and protection. The project focuses on the sound management of stocks, equipments and contaminations in the areas surrounded by Mediterranean Sea. Take review on contaminations in Sea at http://www1.american.edu/ted/projects/tedcross/xseap17.htm.

There are different priorities identified in the NIPs, NAPs and existing initiatives by Mediterranean states for providing a harmonizing effect on the PCBs. It needs to meet the needs of Stockholm and Barcelona Conventions and has compatibility under the Basel Convention having association of the Mediterranean States.

The major aim of this sub component is the introduction of ESM (Environmentally Sound Management) for every single stage of the life style of the electrical equipment. The contamination of Mediterranean Sea should be slowed down to avoid any ecological changes and uneven occurrences.

Review and reforming institutional and legal frameworks, implementation of demonstration projects, technical capacity buildings and awareness rising. The variability of climate has different impacts on the marine life and it has become the need of the protecting agencies to be careful about the changes in climate, marine life and coastal zones.

MedPartnership is an effective tool to deal with the climate changing impacts and controlling the impacts of climate variability and changes on the coastal regions with ICZM process. The project was adopted in Jan 2012 and completed in late months of 2015. In nutshell, medpartnership is all about:

  • Establishing the climatic variation and coastal information
  • Supporting ICZM protocol and capacity building
  • Strengthening knowledgebase on regional weather variations