Meeting to discuss the ‘Var’ case study of the SIMWESTMED project

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29 January, 2018
Aix-en-Provence, France

Together with Conservatoire du littoral, PAP/RAC is organising a twofold meeting, on January 29th in Aix-en-Provence, about the ‘Var’ case study of the SIMWESTMED project. The event will also be an opportunity to present the French contribution to the definition of the Common Regional Framework on ICZM for the Mediterranean.

The objective of the meeting is to discuss the two topics of focus for PAP/RAC within the SIMWESTMED project: (i) Land-sea interactions and (ii) governance. Participants to the event will be stakeholders and project partners: French authorities from national, regional and local levels, public bodies, research institutes, etc. Partners will be invited to discuss strength and weaknesses of existing and planned management policies. Moreover, they will address their perception of the issues regarding the transboundary implementation of MSP.

To steer the dialogue, and provide PAP/RAC with inputs for the ‘Var’ case study, participants will discuss those tools – including their development and strengthening – that help manage the interrelationships between maritime and coastal ecosystems and marine activities. The interpretation of land-sea interactions in light of the ICZM principles is also part of the main agenda points for exchange.

During the second session, the history, the structure and the latest developments and challenges for incremental application of the ICZM protocol will be discussed in the framework of the definition of the Common Regional Framework on ICZM for the Mediterranean of the Barcelona Convention.

The decision (IG 23/7) on the definition of the common regional framework for ICZM in the Mediterranean and a conceptual framework for MSP was taken in December 2017 in Tirana, within the COP 20 framework. The discussion is expected to lead to the future establishment of a French working group that will contribute to the development of a document during the next biennium.