MAP Network

The UN Environment/MAP system

UN Environment / Mediterranean Action Plan

The UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) is a cooperative effort to support the implementation of the Barcelona Convention. Adopted in 1976 by 21 countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the European Union, the Barcelona Convention aims to protect and improve the marine and coastal environment in the Mediterranean, whilst promoting regional and national plans contributing to sustainable development. 

MAP Coordinating Unit

UN Environment provides secretariat services to the Contracting Parties through its Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) Coordinating Unit, established in Athens. The MAP Coordinating Unit ensures the good functioning of the MAP system and promotes and facilitates the implementation of the Barcelona Convention, its Protocols and Strategies, and of the Decisions and Recommendations of the Contracting Parties.

Contracting Parties of Barcelona Convention are now 22:  Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, the European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

MEDPOL Programme

Established in 1975, MEDPOL aims to prevent and eliminate land-based pollution in the Mediterranean by (1) assisting the Contracting Parties to meet their obligations under the Barcelona Convention, the Dumping, Land-Based Sources and the Hazardous Wastes Protocols; and by (2) monitoring trends in the level of pollutants, marine litter and the biological effects of contaminants in the Mediterranean Sea and coast.

REMPEC - Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

Established in 1976, REMPEC’s mandate was firmly focused on assisting the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention to prepare for and deal with oil spills caused by ships. Today the Centre has a broader mandate and also focus on illicit ship pollution discharges, sea-based litter, atmospheric emissions and invasive aquatic species.

PB Plan Bleu

Since 1977 Plan Bleu's mission consists in raising the awareness of Mediterranean stakeholders on environmental and sustainable development issues and informing decision-making. With its dual function of observatory of the environment and sustainable development and centre of systemic and prospective analysis, it provides assessments of the state of the environment and development in the Mediterranean as well as a solid base of data, statistics, indicators, and analyzes.

PAP/RAC - Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre

PAP/RAC, established in 1978, contributes to sustainable development of coastal zones and sustainable use of their natural resources. Its mission is to provide assistance to Mediterranean countries in the implementation of the Barcelona Convention, in meeting their obligations under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol.

SPA/RAC - The Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre

Established in 1975, SPA/RAC mission consists in supporting the Mediterranean countries in the implementation of the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean. The specific objective of SPA/RAC is to contribute to the protection and preservation and sustainable management of marine and coastal areas of particular natural and cultural value and threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna.

SCP/RAC - Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Established in 1996, SCP/RAC’s mandate from the Barcelona and Stockholm Conventions is to provide assistance to their Contracting Parties to shift to sustainable consumption and production patterns and circular economy. In doing so, SCP/RAC support governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to adopt eco-design and eco-innovation as strategic approaches to boost businesses competitiveness in the market.

INFO/RAC - Regional Activity Centre for Information and Communication

Since 2005, INFO/RAC’s mission consists in collecting and sharing information, raising public awareness and participation, enhancing decision-making processes at the regional, national and local levels. Ensuring availability of coherent and scientifically sound environmental knowledge, INFO-RAC strives for close cooperation with other key environment institutions and international bodies to progressively move towards a Shared Environmental Information System.

INFO/RAC Contact Points vs MAP Components

The relationships between INFO / RAC and the components of the MAP system are also ensured through a network of internal focal points. The overall coordination is guaranteed by the INFO/RAC Director Giuseppina Monacelli.

MAP Components

Contact Points


Carlo Cipolloni


Giordano Giorgi


Alessandro Lotti


Celine Ndong


Cristian Di Stefano


Arthur Pasquale


Lorenza Babbini