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EcAp MED II

The 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).

The 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). The project seeks to support these countries to implement the EcAp Roadmap, through assisting them in establishing new monitoring programmes in line with EcAp. This will enable, for the first time, 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 will (a) address some specific challenges of the EcAp Roadmap implementation in the Mediterranean; (b) strengthen science-policy interface; (c) address sub-regional implementation needs; and (d) respond to data and information challenges in the region.

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

The duration of the project is on 36 months, from June 2015- May 2018. But it was extented 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.

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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UN Environment MAP 

Plan Bleu

SPA/RAC 

ENI SEIS II South

The scope is to reduce the marine pollution in the Mediterranean by developing a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) supporting the regular production and sharing of quality environmental data, indicators, and information.

The scope is to reduce the marine pollution in the Mediterranean by developing a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) supporting the regular production and sharing of quality environmental data, indicators, and information.

The institutional partners are (a) UN Environment Mediterranean Action Plan (UN Environment/MAP) and (b) European Environment Agency (EEA)

The countries partners are (a) Algeria; (b) Egypt; (c) Israel; (d) Jordan; (e) Lebanon; (f) Libya; (g) Morocco; (h) Palestine; and (i) Tunisia.

THE AREAS OF WORK are (a)National work plans; (b) Indicators and assessment; (c) Data and statistics; and (d) Data management and infrastructure where INFO/RAC and EEA are co-leader.

The main role of INFO/RAC is to develop an infrastructure in line with EU standards with the purpose of supporting countries in reporting good quality data. The data are relative to water, waste and industrial emissions.

If you want further information on the project, please visit its website at this address https:/eni-seis.eionet.europa.eu/south

MEDREGION

The project is set-up to “Support Mediterranean Member States towards the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive new GES Decision and programmes of measures and contribute to regional/sub-regional cooperation”.

The project is set-up to “Support Mediterranean Member States towards the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive new GES Decision and programmes of measures and contribute to regional/sub-regional cooperation”.

The main objective of the project is to complete gaps in monitoring data in the Mediterranean region/sub-regions by improving the data/information collection for the regional GES assessment and for the updated monitoring programmes, to be aligned and coherent to the IMAP process. This activity should take into account INSPIRE, EMODNET and WISE-Marine, as well as CORMON.

The main outcome from INFO/RAC are:

  • Survey of Mediterranean countries on the monitoring planned activities;
  • Data Catalogue of data available;
  • First release of Info System implemented available;
  • Final release of Info System implemented available;
  • Data collection and Data models definition;
  • Info System technical and non-functional requirements;
  • Report of the analyses of the links between monitoring and pressures for all relevant descriptors;
  • Info System Implementation and functionalities.

SUPREME

The general objective of Supreme project is to support the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in EU Member States within their marine waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Adriatic, Ionian, Aegean and Levantine Seas and to launch and carry out concrete, cross-border MSP cooperation initiatives between Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The general objective of Supreme project is to support the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in EU Member States within their marine waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Adriatic, Ionian, Aegean and Levantine Seas and to launch and carry out concrete, cross-border MSP cooperation initiatives between Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean. Based on the above general objectives, the specific objectives of the project are:

 

  • To inform awareness and understanding of the range of factors and uses potentially impacting on the marine area within the Eastern Mediterranean, their potential cumulative impact on the environment and projected future trends.
  • To identify spatial demands for maritime sectors at basin and marine waters scales and measures to reduce conflicts and promote synergies, including multi-use of marine areas, under an ecosystem-based approach.
  • To identify and address important data gaps and support the coherence of data analysis across marine area boundaries, promoting data sharing and joint use of data through existing portals (e.g. EMODnet, ADRIPLAN, etc.), with emphasis on transboundary areas and issues.
  • To explore the potential spatial requirements for marine conservation; specifically, the challenges around transboundary working.
  • To promote mechanisms for transboundary cooperation on MSP implementation, involving all relevant stakeholders in the planning and, in perspective, in the management phase.
  • To promote the coherent implementation of MSP and ICZM under the Barcelona Convention Strategies and Protocols and the consistent application of the ecosystem approach, both on regional/sub-regional level.
  • To address concretely MSP local and transboundary issues in selected case studies areas (Northern Adriatic, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Slovenian coast, North-Eastern Ionian, and Aegean Sea).

INFO/RAC in the framework of UN Environment Programme/MAP has the role to develop some tools to support the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning actions.

http://www.msp-supreme.eu/

MEDCIS

MEDCIS project is a follow up of the previous two calls from DG Environment that dealt with Joint Monitoring proposals and assistance on the Member States to develop Action Plans for Integrated Monitoring Programmes, Programmes of Measures and Data Management, under the obligations of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Background

MEDCIS project is a follow up of the previous two calls from DG Environment that dealt with Joint Monitoring proposals and assistance on the Member States to develop Action Plans for Integrated Monitoring Programmes, Programmes of Measures and Data Management, under the obligations of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The 3rd call addressed the implementation of the second cycle of the MSFD; achieving coherence, coordinated and consistent updates of the determinations of Good Environmental Status (GES), Initial Assessments and Environmental Targets.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/msfd_2016.htm

  

Project Objectives

The main objectives of this project are:

  • to facilitate and provide the methodological standards for the next phase of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) towards coordinated approaches between Member States, across the Mediterranean by reviewing, comparing, selecting and adapting appropriate existing methodologies;
  • to focus on Mediterranean regional/subregional cooperation towards the standardization of suitable approaches to achieve GES, taking in consideration the specificities of the basin and of the countries

MEDCIS, will address most of the descriptors at Mediterranean level (all subregions) with a focus on the following:

  • Biodiversity including NIS and seafloor integrity
  • Marine litter
  • Noise.

Case studies will be performed in selected areas (e.g. N. Adriatic Sea), in order to test the MSFD implementation proposals.

 

More specifically MEDCIS will:

  • Review and update the 2012 Assessment (MSFD Article 8), the determinations of GES and Threshold values (MSFD Art. 9), the Environmental Targets and associated Indicators (MSFD Art. 10), at Mediterranean marine region/subregion level by developing case studies to test the performance of the proposed assessment tools (e.g. NEAT).
  • Establish nested sets of geographical assessment areas for the Mediterranean, to update the 2012 assessment.
  • Improve the management and access to data from monitoring programmes used in the assessments in accordance with MSFD Art. 19(3) and the INSPIRE Directive.
  • Upgrade monitoring programmes (MSFD Art. 11), towards the coordination of monitoring in a region or subregion, the development/ improvement of joint monitoring programmes to assess the distribution and extent of pressures and their impacts. Special attention will be on NIS and Marine Litter monitoring programs.
  • Develop a common approach for assessing the implementation of PoMs by providing the necessary tools and mechanisms towards a coherent reporting (MSFD Art. 18) and regionally joint or coordinated measures;
  • Establish a network with RSCs (particular UNEP/MAP), MSFD competent authorities, policy makers and other stakeholders, as well relevant projects to ensure coordination across regions/subregions, and boost dissemination of results and the direct use of the project’s outcomes in accessible manner to stakeholders.

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