EcAp MED II project takes place within the framework of Mediterranean Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach, in coherence with the European Union (EU) Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The overall objective of this project is to support the UNEP/MAP Barcelona Convention and its Southern Mediterranean Contracting Parties to implement the ecosystem approach in synergy and coherence with the implementation of the European Union (EU) Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). These countries have been supported to implement the EcAp Roadmap, through assisting them in establishing new monitoring programmes in line with EcAp. The first step for a quantitative monitoring of the status of the Mediterranean Sea and coast on a regional basis, covering biodiversity and non-indigenous species, coast and hydrography, and pollution and marine litter monitoring in an interlinked manner.

In addition, the project has (a) addressed some specific challenges of the EcAp Roadmap implementation in the Mediterranean; (b) strengthened science-policy interface; (c) addressed sub-regional implementation needs; and (d) responded to data and information challenges in the region.

In the framework of the EcAp MED II project a key task of INFO/RAC has been the development of a IMAP (Pilot) Info System. IMAP is composed by 27 Common Indicators that require the construction of related Data Standards and Data Dictionaries for each one. One of the aims of the pilot has been to verify the feasibility of implementing a structure able to support this process and the development of a pilot system to collect data related to 11 Common Indicators.

The original duration of the project (36 months, from June 2015- May 2018) has been extended to June 2019.

The beneficiary Countries are (a) Southern Mediterranean Contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention; (b) Algeria; (c) Egypt; (d) Israel; (e) Libya; (f) Lebanon; (g) Morocco; and (h) Tunisia.

The project has been implemented by the MAP Coordinating Unit (UNEP/MAP) and executed by several MAP Components such as MED POL, BP/RAC, INFO/RAC, PAP/RAC and SPA/RAC.

Background ECAP MED II

The Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

The Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention have been engaged, at their 18th Ordinary Meeting, into the implementation of the ecosystem approach to the management of human activities in the Mediterranean, with the ultimate objective to achieve a Good Environmental Status (GES) of the Mediterranean Sea. They also outline a Roadmap for its implementation.

Moreover, the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy framework Directive (MSFD, 2008) by the EU Member States in the region presents crucial opportunities and needs for the application of the EcAp throughout the Mediterranean region ensuring that the MSFD and EcAp mutually strengthen and build on each other with the common ultimate aim to achieve GES of the Mediterranean sea.

"A healthy Mediterranean with marine and coastal ecosystems that are productive and biologically diverse", (Ecosystem Approach RoadMap)

The ecosystem approach process has been supported by two projects: EcAp-MED I (2012-2015) and EcAp-MED II (2015-2019). In fact, next to strongly contributing to the achievement of the first steps of the EcAp roadmap, especially in relation to the development of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme for the Mediterranean, the EcAp-MED I project has also created a great ownership between the Contracting Parties for EcAp. The EcAp-MED II project seeks to support the Southern Mediterranean Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention to implement the EcAp.

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