‘Double trouble’: the expansion of the Suez Canal and marine bioinvasions in the Mediterranean Sea
- Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:42
Egypt to build new Suez canal… ‘This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez canal parallel to the current channel’ said Mohab Mamish, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, in a televised speech.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/05/egypt-build-new-suez-canal, viewed August 13, 2014).
The letter is available under Open Access at:
Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas current events - Number 4, 2014
- Created on Friday, 19 September 2014 11:10
Even if you, unlike Lewis Pugh, did not swim for Marine Protected Areas this summer, we hope it went well...
The busy autumn period is now in full swing, with important dates and activities to come. Among the highlights: the eleven small projects that were selected by MedPAN's Board of Directors in the framework of the 2014 Call for Small Projects (we will make them public after the last administrative details are sorted); the 12th COP of the CBD that is 2 weeks away with 2 side events featuring the Mediterranean sea (EBSAs and MPAs); the World Park Congress; and of course MedPAN's experience sharing workshop from 25 to 27 November in Albania. Please remember to register before 20 October.
You will find in this newsletter some of the latest activity published on the MedPAN website. Please do contact us if you have information you want to share with the MedPAN network of MPA managers in the Mediterranean.
The MedPAN Secretariat
PEGASO IRA Publication
- Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:40
The Integrated Regional Assessments in support of ICZM in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins has been published and is available for download.
For bibliographic purposes, this document should be cited as follows:
Santoro F., Lescrauwaet A.K., Taylor J., Breton F. (eds). Integrated Regional Assessments in support of ICZM in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins. Paris, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, 2014. 84 pp. (IOC Technical Series, 111; IOC/2014/TS/111.) (English only)
Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas current events - Number 3, 2014
- Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 12:04
Many thanks to all the organisations that submitted small projects in answer to the 2014 Call for Small projects. The Secretariat of MedPAN is currently reviewing the 58 projects that were received and the final selection will be announced by mid-July.
You will find in this newsletter some of the latest activity published on the MedPAN website. Please keep in mind that we encourage you to contact us should you have information you want to share with the MedPAN network of MPA managers in the Mediterranean.
The MedPAN Secretariat
Reminder! Application Deadline for the 10th MEDCOAST Institute
- Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:53
This is a reminder that there are just 10 days to the deadline (30 May 2014) for application to participate at the Tenth International Training Workshop on Integrated Coastal Management in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (MEDCOAST Institute 2014), 26 August - 11 September 2014, Dalyan, Southern Aegean Coast (Turkey).
MEDCOAST Institute is a flagship event organised by MEDCOAST since 1994 and it is the longest running programme for international ICM training. This 17-day long unique workshop offers an opportunity for hands-on training on the latest ICM developments in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere and includes a study tour along the southern Turkish Aegean coast for seven days on traditional Turkish wooden sailing boats (gullets). The maximum number of participants to be accepted for this jubilee event is 25.
The flyer of the 10th MEDCOAST Institute and the application form can be downloaded from "https://www.medcoast.net/modul/index/eventsdetail/The-Tenth-International-Training-Workshop-on-ICM-in-the-Mediterranean-the-Black-Sea/12"
We request you to kindly share this message with people who could be potential participants.
MEDCOAST Institute Secretariat
2nd issue: Science for MPA Management
- Created on Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:52
Welcome to the second edition of ‘Science for MPA management’! This edition focuses on a central theme for Marine Protected Areas management: surveillance and enforcement of rules and regulations.
As already observed in 2006 during the Sustainable Fisheries Management and Surveillance in Mediterranean MPAs MedPAN workshop (organised by WWF France and the OEC in the framework of the Interreg IIIc project), "surveillance and compliance to regulations are a prerequisite for any management action".
Unanimously reported as a priority topic in recent reports and papers, surveillance and enforcement of rules and regulations was also the focus of the MedPAN Mediterranean sharing experience workshop held in October 2013 in Hyères, France.
This edition of 'Science for MPA management' completes these existing studies and discussions with a review of the scientific litterature published on this topic.
Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of this second issue! Happy reading...
Download the pdf
The MedPAN Secretariat
SAVE THE DATES: MedPAN network Sharing-experience workshop - 25-27 Nov 2014, Albania
- Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:39
The MedPAN network forthcoming regional experience-sharing workshop will be held in Albania from 25 to 27 November 2014.
This year the workshop will address "monitoring for managing Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)". It will bring together MPA managers and scientific organisations that work with the marine environment.
Taking into consideration the diverse situations encountered in terms of monitoring in Mediterranean MPAs, this workshop will aim at supporting managers to better identify and implement monitoring in line with the objectives of their MPA. In a second phase the participants will discuss the idea to ‘promote’ specific protocols to harmonise data collection throughout the system of MPAs.
This workshop is organised by MedPAN and RAC/SPA in partnership with the Ministry of Environment of Albania, APAWA - Association for Protection of Aquatic Wildlife of Albania, and with the support of IUCN Med and the French MPA Agency. The workshop is funded by the MAVA Foundation, the French GEF (FFEM), the RAC/SPA and the French MPA Agency.
Registration will start in June.
We hope to count you among the participants in this workshop!
The MedPAN Secretariat
Horizon 2020 Mediterranean report
- Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:02
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.
MedPAN - 2014 Call for Small Projects (2)
- Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:01
Dear Sir or Madam,
MedPAN has launched on April 14th a new Call for Small Projects (CSP) to support the actions led in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Mediterranean.
The aim of this Call for small projects is to:
- Reinforce the management of the MPAs from an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and sustainable financing perspectives,
- Support sustainable management and development of economic activities, especially tourism and fishing.
This Call for small projects is split into 2 parts:
- Call for Small Projects – Part A (CSP A): for project/actions implemented by MPA managers or by organizations responsible or involved in the MPA management. The organizations must be MedPAN members or become members of the MedPAN Association before the implementation of the project – or be partners of the MedPAN Association.
The activities concerned by CSP A are:
- Management Planning from an ICZM perspective,
- Innovative financing mechanisms,
- Sustainable fisheries management,
- Sustainable tourism management.
- Call for Small Projects – Part B (CSP B): for actions undertaken by organizations (NGOs, private companies, scientific institutions, and so on…) collaborating with MPA managers who are MedPAN members (or future members of the MedPAN Association) or MedPAN partners.
The activities concerned by CSP B are:
- Developing sustainable tourism activities in MPAs,
- Developing sustainable and alternatives fishing activities in MPAs.
Please download the rules and the grant application form (https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bw8D-TFFFccxTFE5WTN5dm1waXM&usp=sharing). Make sure to select the appropriate folder (CSP A or CSP B).
The call for small projects is open between April 14th and May 30th 2014 at 6 pm. The MPA managers and their partners who wish to participate will need to send a grant application form to the MedPAN Secretariat during this period. The best projects will be selected by June 30th 2014.
You will find all the details regarding participation eligibility, the type of projects that are required and the selection process in the rules document of the Call for Small Project.
To submit a grant request:
1. Read carefully the rules and assess whether your structure and project are eligible.
2. Fill in the grant application form.
If your MPA or the MPA concerned by the project is not yet member of MedPAN, please fill-in the form "Member application form 2014" and send it back to us as soon as possible before the 30 May 2014.
Don't hesitate to contact us for any question about this call for small projects.
This call for small projects is made possible through the support of the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the MAVA Foundation.
The MedPAN team
Review of Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development / Révision de la stratégie méditerranéenne pour le développement durable
- Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 13:48
On behalf of Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, Executive Secretary and Coordinator, Barcelona Convention - United Nations Environment Programme / Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/PAM)
Dear Focal Points, members of MCSD, MAP partners and stakeholders,
In their 18th Ordinary Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey (December, 2013, COP18), the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention requested UNEP/MAP Secretariat to launch the process of the review of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development(MSSD) with a view to submitting a revised MSSD for consideration and adoption by the Contracting Parties in their 19th Meeting (COP19) that will be held in December 2015 in Greece. The COP18 also requested Plan Bleu to support the Secretariat in the process of revision of the MSSD in terms of provision of monitoring information and reporting on MSSD implementation, including related programmes that have an impact on MSSD outcomes in the whole Mediterranean, and the coordination of consultation and drafting processes, for this revision. The whole process is being supervised by the Steering Committee of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) and with a view to submit MSSD 2.0 to the 16th Meeting of MCSD for their approval before it is submitted for the consideration by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention.
The purpose of this email is to launch a wide consultation process regarding the assessment of MSSD 1.0 and possible issues and vision for MSSD 2.0. To facilitate your participation, a consultation document that provides background elements, proposals and questions is available at: http://planbleu.org/en/event/virtual-platform-mssd-revision
Besides we encourage you to register by filling the dedicated form so as to facilitate your involvement in the next phases of the process of MSSD Review.
We thank you in advance for your valuable contributions.
Best Regards,Hugues RavenelDirecteur / DirectorPlan BleuCentre d’activités régionales / Regional Activity Centre15 rue Beethoven - Sophia-Antipolis06560 Valbonne, FranceTel : +33 (0)4 92 38 71 38www.planbleu.org
Pour le compte de Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, Secrétaire exécutive et Coordinatrice, Convention de Barcelone - Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement / Plan d’action pour la Méditerranée (PNUE/PAM)
Chers points focaux, membres de la CMDD, partenaires du PAM et parties prenantes,
Au cours de leur 18ème réunion ordinaire qui s’est tenue à Istanbul en Turquie (décembre 2013, COP18), les Parties contractantes à la Convention de Barcelone ont demandé au Secrétariat du PNUE/PAM de lancer le processus de révision de la Stratégie méditerranéenne de développement durable (SMDD) en vue de soumettre une version revue de la SMDD pour examen et adoption par les Parties contractantes à l’occasion de leur 19ème réunion (COP19) qui se tiendra en décembre 2015 en Grèce. Il a été demandé au Plan Bleu d’appuyer le Secrétariat dans le processus de révision de la SMDD, en termes de suivi de la mise en œuvre de la SMDD, en tenant compte des programmes connexes ayant une incidence sur cette mise en œuvre dans le bassin méditerranéen. Le Plan Bleu est aussi en charge de la coordination des consultations et de la rédaction des processus pour la révision de la SMDD. L’ensemble du processus est supervisé par le Comité de pilotage de la Commission méditerranéenne du développement durable (CMDD), en vue de présenter la SMDD 2.0 à la 16ème réunion de la CMDD pour approbation avant soumission à l’examen des Parties contractantes à la Convention de Barcelone.
L’objectif de ce courrier électronique est de lancer un vaste processus de consultation portant sur l’évaluation de la SMDD 1.0, ainsi que sur les problématiques et la vision possibles de la SMDD 2.0. Pour faciliter votre participation, un document de consultation fournit des éléments de cadrage, des propositions et des questions clés. Ce document est disponible à : http://planbleu.org/fr/node/1248
Par ailleurs nous vous invitons à laisser vos coordonnées sur un formulaire dédié, afin de faciliter votre participation aux prochaines étapes du processus de révision de la SMDD.
Nous vous remercions par avance pour votre précieuse contribution.
Hugues RavenelDirecteur / DirectorPlan BleuCentre d’activités régionales / Regional Activity Centre15 rue Beethoven - Sophia-Antipolis06560 Valbonne, FranceTel : +33 (0)4 92 38 71 38