The Valletta Declaration represents a call for a transnational cooperation for implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in the deep Mediterranean Basin. The declaration is one of main outcomes of the IDEM workshop “First assessment of the deep Mediterranean environmental status”, held at University of Malta’s Valletta Campus, on 5-7 September 2018. Following a round-table discussion, participants call on the Mediterranean EU Member States and all the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention, the European Commission and Parliament to support the following actions:
- A transnational cooperation to build synergies in research efforts, mostly when it comes to less explored southern parts of the Mediterranean basin, and especially its high seas and deep-sea regions;
- Building capacity and standardisation of future data collected, highlighting the need for developing a wide and standardized monitoring strategy for the Mediterranean deep sea;
- The need for a holistic approach across the entire Mediterranean Sea, to define criteria for high-seas and deep-sea Marine Protected Areas and to collaborate with non-EU States, especially the southern and middle-eastern Mediterranean countries.
The scientists working on the MSFD in the Mediterranean Basin present in Malta emphasized that this is not only an opportunity to render the implementation of the EU-MSFD in the Mediterranean area more efficient, but a real and impelling necessity, since Mediterranean marine ecosystems are tightly connected, do not follow political boundaries, and are experiencing unprecedented changes in their structure and functioning.
You are invited to sign the Valletta Declaration in the name of your project, organisations or institution by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org