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MEDITERRANEAN COAST DAY 2017 – A GLOWING SUCCESS

Posted June 12, 2018

The 2017 Mediterranean Coast Day, organised on September 25 in Tivat, Montenegro with the main topic “Protect our Sea”, was a glowing success. The main event was attended by 150odd participants, representatives of several Mediterranean countries, and a large number of representatives of institutions and other components of the Montenegrin civil society.


Mr. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, opening the Mediterranean Coast Day 2017

The event was organised under the high patronage of Mr. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro and President of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Integrated Coastal Zone Management, who opened the event and gave a highly inspired speech. He confirmed the awareness of the highest political levels of Montenegro of the value of the coastal zones and environmental issues these face, and dedication to resolve them. Combined with great efforts made by relevant institutions, including the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management, Montenegro has achieved great results…

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Coast Day 2016

Posted July 21, 2017

This year's Mediterranean Coast Day was celebrated with a slight delay, on Tuesday, September 27, to avoid the weekend when most of the participants couldn’t attend. It was co-organised by PAP/RAC and SCP/RAC in Barcelona, within the project “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean” financed by the “MAVA Fondation pour la Nature”, which offered substantial financial support to the event. Given the objective of the project, the topic of this year’s celebration, which is different each year, was the “Blue Economy” and its importance for reaching economic, social and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Region.

The event was organised at the imposing Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Dating back to early 1900s, this masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme was originally a hospital, built according to the energy-saving and patients’ comfort principles that would still be valid today. However, by 2010 it became too small and compromised for the burgeoning city so a new hospital was build while this site…

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MONTENEGRO TO CELEBRATE COAST DAY 2016

Posted September 13, 2016


It is with great pleasure that we can report that Montenegro is planning to celebrate the Coast Day again this year, as has become tradition for them. Apart from work with school children, as was their practice in the previous years, this year they will expand their activities to involve adult population. Thus, on September 23, the organisers will visit all elementary schools in the capital city, Podgorica, and the coastal municipalities and distribute promotional materials, while one school has been selected as eco-case (different school each year) where a lecture will be organised on environmental protection with a special emphasis on the sea. Given the principal topic of this year’s celebration “A Blue Economy for a Healthy Mediterranean”, which is suited for a wider audience, it was decided to organise a round table for adult population. Representatives of relevant organisations and institutions have been contacted to secure lecturers that will hold presentations through which the importance of the blue economy for both economic development and environmental protection would be explained and made easier to adopt. 

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MEDITERRANEAN COAST DAY 2016

Posted September 5, 2016
Preparations for the 2016 regional celebration of the Mediterranean Coast Day are in full swing. Invitations have been sent, nominations are being received, the premises have been booked, and the myriad of logistical issues are being dealt with. We are looking forward to a wide and varied audience that will be able to acquaint themselves with the latest developments regarding the blue economy in the region, as well as enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the venue. The agenda of the event will be available soon at this site.

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COAST WEEK 2016 IN SLOVENIA

Posted September 5, 2016
For the second year in a row, Slovenia has decided to celebrate the Mediterranean Coast Week. After the successful EUSALP Launch Conference and the constitutive session of the EUSALP General Assembly in January 2016 at Brdo, the Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week is the second in a series of events organised by Slovenia during its presidency of EUSALP. From 23 September to 1 October 2016, the Slovenian Coast will be the venue for numerous events on environmental connectivity and the meeting place of various stakeholders co-creating our common space in the region .

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COAST DAY 2015

Posted July 18, 2016

Another year has flown by and the time came to celebrate the Mediterranean Coast Day. This year, it was a little bit different than usually. The central regional celebration lasted two days instead of one, on September 24 and 25. Namely, the host this year was France, more precisely the “Conservatoire du littoral” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Anniversaries of several other organizations involved in coastal conservation also fall this year, namely fifty years of the National Trust programme "Neptune", forty years of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), thirty years of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), twenty years of the French GEF and the Tunisian Coastal Protection Agency, ten years of the PIM Initiative for Mediterranean Small Islands, and, finally, the launching of the Coastal Agency of Montenegro.

The Conservatoire, PAP/RAC and the city of Antibes, thus, decided to combine these anniversaries with the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration by organising a Meeting of Coastal Agencies from Europe and the Mediterranean on September 24 and 25 in Antibes Juan les Pins…

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Croatia celebrates Coast Day 2014 in Šibenik

Posted October 31, 2014

For the year 2014, PAP/RAC has organised the Coast Day celebration for Croatia in Šibenik, jointly with the Šibenik-Knin County. Apart from being one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Croatia, Šibenik and its surroundings are particularly exposed to the consequences of climate variability and change, which is the topic of this year’s Mediterranean Coast Day. Also, within the MedPartnership initiative, PAP/RAC has been implementing a project in the Šibenik-Knin County aimed at preparing the Coastal Plan for the County, so it was only logical to organise there an awareness-raising event such as the Coast Day celebration. At that, PAP/RAC had full support of the County and Town authorities and organisations.

On Friday, September 19, the event was organised at the Šibenik waterfront. Already in the morning a fair of local eco-produce and traditional arts and crafts was opened. The official programme began at 10:30 a.m. with brief welcome addresses by Ms. Željka Škaričić, PAP/RAC Director, Mr. Željko Burić, Mayor of Šibenik and Mr. Goran Pauk, Prefect of the Šibenik-Knin County.

This official part was followed by sketches performed by children of all ages, from early kindergarten to high school. First to show the results of their work were…

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Coast Day 2014 in Montenegro

Posted September 30, 2014

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain joined efforts to mark the Mediterranean Coast Day with the main objective of raising awareness of the value of the coast and education of school children on the importance of coastal zone protection. Educational workshops were organised at an elementary school in Podgorica and one in Budva, while “Coast Day” educational posters and other promotional materials were distributed at elementary and high schools in Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj, Cetinje and Podgorica. In the educational workshops the pupils were shown short films dealing with environmental protection, effects of climate change and values of the coast. Representatives of relevant institutions made presentations on the importance of the sea as both natural and socio-economic resource, on the need to protect the environment, on the effects of climate change and the responsibility of the society as a whole. The main objective was stimulating those young people to get actively involved in environmental protection initiatives.

Continuing the tradition of preparing educational posters for the Coast Day, this year the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain, in cooperation with the Institute of…

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COAST DAY 2015

Posted July 18, 2016

Another year has flown by and the time came to celebrate the Mediterranean Coast Day. This year, it was a little bit different than usually. The central regional celebration lasted two days instead of one, on September 24 and 25. Namely, the host this year was France, more precisely the “Conservatoire du littoral” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Anniversaries of several other organizations involved in coastal conservation also fall this year, namely fifty years of the National Trust programme "Neptune", forty years of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), thirty years of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), twenty years of the French GEF and the Tunisian Coastal Protection Agency, ten years of the PIM Initiative for Mediterranean Small Islands, and, finally, the launching of the Coastal Agency of Montenegro.

The Conservatoire, PAP/RAC and the city of Antibes, thus, decided to combine these anniversaries with the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration by organising a Meeting of Coastal Agencies from Europe and the Mediterranean on September 24 and 25 in Antibes Juan les Pins (Maritime Alps – France). During the two days, there were more than 250 Mediterranean and European actors involved in the protection of coastal zones, including governments, international organisations, local authorities, public sector, coastal management organizations, associations, and funding agencies, who participated in the various workshops, events and celebrations.

In parallel, the Agence Française de Développement and the Blue Plan organised, on September 24 in Antibes, a regional workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean. Fifty-odd participants joined the workshop to discuss the ICZM-related objectives of the AFD/Blue Plan partnership, including (i) the integration of social and environmental issues within the management process engaged on coastal areas, and (ii) the operationalisation of strategic recommendations proposed in the frame of a balanced development of these territories.

After the plenary session in the morning of September at the Palais des Congrès of Juan-les-Pins, the participants were transferred to the Batterie du Graillon, a property of the Conservatoire du littoral, and its 2 hectares of natural areas at the extreme point of the Cape of Antibes, managed by the City of Antibes Juan-les-Pins. In the afternoon, the participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts in four thematic workshops:

    Coastlines, how to adapt facing climate changes?
  • ICZM: Practices and tools for integrated planning of coastal areas;
  • Sustainable management of biodiversity: from Nature gardening to naturalness…
  • Building together a new model of coastal conservation: governance, partnerships and co-management.
    • To close this important day, the City of Antibes gave the participants the opportunity to celebrate the Anniversaries at the Villa Eilenroc, at the Cape of Antibes, dating from the Belle Epoque, bequeathed in 1982 to the city of Antibes Juan-les-Pins. In this exclusive setting, everyone had the opportunity to taste products from the Conservatoire’s sites, and chat in a relaxed atmosphere.

      The morning of September 25 was dedicated to the Coast Day, and the prospects regarding coastal management. A synthesis of the exchanges of Day 1 was presented and discussed, especially regarding the major issues that are the climate change, the naturalness, the coastal planning and the partnerships within coastal zones management. Key actors participated in a round-table about the future of our coasts. “The way we manage and use our resources and ecosystems has a definite and obvious impact on the lives and livelihoods of present and future generations” said Mr. Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of UNEP/MAP. Recalling the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda gathering leaders from all over the world these days in New York, and in particular the goal 14 of the Agenda entitled “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, he added: “We are all called today to commit to the achievement of this goal so that by 2020, we are able to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans”.

      The Antibes Declaration, developed based on the meeting conclusions, reflects the commitment of these agencies and of the countries bordering the Mediterranean to the protection of the coast. It will be brought to the attention of the United Nations Climate Change Conference during the UNFCC COP21, that will be held in Paris next December.

      Ms Zeljka Skaricic, PAP/RAC Director, encouraged the participants to keep on building synergies and cooperation for a better environment, especially in these times of fragmentation around the Mediterranean. She recalled that the involvement of 22 countries bordering the Mediterranean in the preparation of a Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean, which entered into force in 2011, and which is the first legal instrument of its kind in the world, is a clear indicator of their commitment to preserving the coast. M. Xavier Sticker, French Ambassador for Environment, gave a lively synthesis of the exchanges.

      At the end of the plenary session, children from Antibes got on the stage to present their project "I love my sea", that they had developed all along this year, and delivered their Declaration in favour of the conservation of the coasts of Europe and the Mediterranean. Mr. Jean Leonetti, Deputy-Mayor of the City of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, concluded the morning session joining the kids on the stage.

      The celebration continued in the afternoon at the Villa Eilenroc. Before leaving the Villa to visit the coastal footpath of the Antibes Cape, Ms Vivianne Le Dissez, President of the Board of the Conservatoire, delivered officially to Mr. Sticker, French Ambassador for Environment, the Antibes Declaration for the conservation of coasts facing global change.

      COAST DAY REGIONAL CELEBRATIONS

      Slovenia decided to extend the celebration over the whole week. They have implemented a number of activities relevant to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol, as well as a panel on climate change. There was also a beach cleaning activity, a boat tour visiting ancient Roman villas, an exhibition about the history of the town of Portorož, etc. The events were organised in Koper and Portorož by the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, University of Primorska, Municipality of Koper and a number of NGOs.

      In Croatia, the celebration was organised in the town of Korčula in the homonymous island. The organisers, which include the Korčula Town Museum and the informal network kor::net, presented the picture book “Boats and Islands” prepared within the ClimVar & ICZM project by the children of Korčula and their teachers describing the children’s view on the significance of the coast and the sea. The opportunity was used to draw attention to the need to protect the coastal environment. It is particularly important since the event was primarily address kindergarten and school children.

      Although Montenegro featured strongly in the central regional celebration owing to the Coastal Agency, they decided to have a national Coast Day celebration, as they have done for many years now. This year the organiser was the NGO “Green Net” of Budva with the support of the ClimVar & ICZM project. The main objective was to familiarise school children with the climate change issues. They designed and will run for at least 2 years an Internet page “Climate Change for Children” in Montenegrin language. They also prepared and distributed promotional materials relevant to the Coast Day (posters, back-packs, drawing books, pens) in 35 schools in the coastal municipalities of Herceg Novi, Tivat, Kotor, Budva, Bar and Ulcinj. And finally, they organised "Climate change" workshops in selected schools with lecturers, distribution of material and promotion of PAP/RAC's short film produced within the ClimVar & ICZM project. .

      After hosting the regional event in 2014, Tunisia, owing to the involvement of the Agency for coastal planning and protection (APAL), and, in particular, the strong support from the NGO “Notre Grand Bleu”, a series of Coast Day invests took place on the Elkaraia beach on September 27. In line with last year’s main event theme “A good climate for change” it was decided, in cooperation with PAP/RAC, and in the frame of the ClimVar & ICZM project, to raise awareness on climate variability and change impacts on coastal zones. A team from “Notre Grand Bleu”, in cooperation with APAL, coordinated the events, which can be summarised as follows:

      • National symposium on global warming and influence on species and integration to ICZM;
      • a beach cleaning operation to help raise awareness on the lifetime of wastes;
      • a drawing contest to raise awareness on the key issues related to climate change, such as erosion, global warming and sea level rise ;
      • a discovery dive, and an underwater drawing contest, to highlight the issue of sea level rise.

2014 Mediterranean Coast Day Celebration

Posted September 27, 2014

It has become tradition in the Mediterranean to celebrate the Coast Day after it had first been organised in 2007. Its main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of the coast as both natural and economic resource, as well as to warn of the risks it is exposed to due to natural phenomena and human actions. ICZM is extensively promoted as the optimal policy framework for achieving sustainable development of coastal areas. Thus, September 25 was chosen as the Mediterranean Coast Day to honour the date when Slovenia ratified the ICZM Protocol as the first Mediterranean country to do so. The 2011 Mediterranean celebration, hosted by Algeria, was organised around the ICZM Protocol entering into force. This unique and highly important document is a result of great efforts made by the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and its Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), and represents the crowning glory of many years of dedicated work in the field of environmental protection in the Mediterranean within the Barcelona Convention. Each year the central Mediterranean celebration is organised in a different country, while other countries organise their own events. Thus, in 2007 and 2008 the central celebration was organised in Sardinia, Italy. In 2009 the host to the central celebration was Turkey, in 2010 Slovenia, in 2011 Algeria, in 2012 Croatia and in 2013 Italy.

 

 

You can read more about the central celebrations in the “News” section, as well as about the national events. Much attention is paid to attracting attention of as wide an audience as possible, ranging from decision-makers, over coastal practitioners, scientific community and private sector to children and adolescents. A number of various promotional material has been prepared and widely distributed including brochures, leaflets, CDs and video materials. Good media coverage was also secured. This year, the regional Mediterranean celebration will take place in Tunisia, on the coast of the gulf of Tunis, hosted by the Tunisian Ministry of Equipment, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development. PAP/RAC will coordinate the organisation of the event working in close cooperation with APAL (Agence de Protection et d’Aménagament du Littoral – Coastal Protection and Planning Agency), at the head of a multiparty Organising Committee consisting of APAL personnel and representatives of various national environmental bodies and international institutions. Climate variability and change and integrated coastal zone management will be the central topics of this year’s celebration.

A conference will be held in the morning with high-level representatives of the Tunisian Government, international organisations, international experts and the civil society, to share regional experiences on matters related to the selected topics, where the host of the event will be H.E. Mr. Mounir Majdoub, Tunisian Secretary of State for Sustainable Development. In the afternoon, a public event will be organised with local NGOs, associations and schools, in the form of a forum, where people will be allowed to share their experiences, meet people and hear various experts, in a more relaxed atmosphere, and discuss themes related to adaptation to climate change with a motto: It’s a good climate for change!

Apart from the central regional celebration, each country is invited to organise national and/or local events. So far we have been informed that celebrations will be organised in Croatia (Šibenik, September 19 - Programme of the event) and Israel (although at a later date as on September 25 they celebrate Rosh Hashana).

Coast Day 2014 in Montenegro

Posted September 30, 2014

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain joined efforts to mark the Mediterranean Coast Day with the main objective of raising awareness of the value of the coast and education of school children on the importance of coastal zone protection. Educational workshops were organised at an elementary school in Podgorica and one in Budva, while “Coast Day” educational posters and other promotional materials were distributed at elementary and high schools in Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj, Cetinje and Podgorica. In the educational workshops the pupils were shown short films dealing with environmental protection, effects of climate change and values of the coast. Representatives of relevant institutions made presentations on the importance of the sea as both natural and socio-economic resource, on the need to protect the environment, on the effects of climate change and the responsibility of the society as a whole. The main objective was stimulating those young people to get actively involved in environmental protection initiatives.

Continuing the tradition of preparing educational posters for the Coast Day, this year the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain, in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Biology of Kotor, prepared a poster dealing with “Jellyfish of the Mediterranean”. As with all the earlier posters dealing with various marine environment related topics, the objective of this year’s poster was to sensitize school children to issues important for coastal zone preservation.

Croatia celebrates Coast Day 2014 in Šibenik

Posted September 29, 2014

For the year 2014,within the ClimVar & ICZM project, PAP/RAC has organised the Coast Day celebration for Croatia in Šibenik, jointly with the Šibenik-Knin County. Apart from being one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Croatia, Šibenik and its surroundings are particularly exposed to the consequences of climate variability and change, which is the topic of this year’s Mediterranean Coast Day. Also, within the MedPartnership initiative, PAP/RAC has been implementing a project in the Šibenik-Knin County aimed at preparing the Coastal Plan for the County, so it was only logical to organise there an awareness-raising event such as the Coast Day celebration. At that, PAP/RAC had full support of the County and Town authorities and organisations.

On Friday, September 19, the event was organised at the Šibenik waterfront. Already in the morning a fair of local eco-produce and traditional arts and crafts was opened. The official programme began at 10:30 a.m. with brief welcome addresses by Ms. Željka Škaričić, PAP/RAC Director, Mr. Željko Burić, Mayor of Šibenik and Mr. Goran Pauk, Prefect of the Šibenik-Knin County.

This official part was followed by sketches performed by children of all ages, from early kindergarten to high school. First to show the results of their work were the children from the “Jutro” kindergarten. They showed a puppet show entitled “Story of Friendship of a Little Red Coral from the Zlarin Island”. They were followed by another puppet show, “Troubles of a Sea Urchin”, performed by the children from the “Građa” kindergarten. The puppets were followed by real actors. The first sketch, “Squabbles between Sea and Wind”, was performed by the children from the “Osmjeh”, Šubićevac kindergarten, while the second one was performed by the children from the “Osmjeh” Meterize kindergarten and “Faust Vrančić” elementary school and was entitled “FISHPRIKA”.

Two high schools, one from Split and one from Šibenik, made a presentation about climate changes and variability. Students of the “Vladimir Nazor” high school from Split started with the climate change issues at the global level, and at the level of the Adriatic Sea, while students of the “Antun Vrančić” high school from Šibenik presented those issues and their effects at the level of the Šibenik-Knin County.

The last act of the programme was a sketch “Anuška Seeks Answers”, prepared jointly by “Mala filozofija”, Zadar, and the “Virko” theatre of Šibenik. While the programme was going on on the land, the near-by sailing club organised a regatta for their juniors.

The programme finished at noon when a number of workshops started for the children. There ranged from the presentation of a traditional sailing boat by a 77 year old mariner, over watercolour painting and a quiz, to making toys from waste. All the participants in the programme were given certificates prepared by the County and symbolic gifts. Our Centre used the opportunity to promote its work and the activities of the MedPartnership project, and distributed some promotional materials prepared for the occasion.

More photographs will soon be available in the “Gallery” section.

2013 Mediterranean Coast Day Celebration (Rimini, 25 September)

Posted June 21, 2014

The Mediterranean tradition of celebrating the Mediterranean Coast day on September 25 was continued this year as well. The host of the central regional celebration was the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, represented by Ms. Paola Gazzolo, Regional Minister for Territorial Safety, Soil and Coast Defence, Civil Protection. The event took place in the beautiful coastal city of Rimini, famous for ts endless sand beaches, which was most appropriate since the main topic of this year’s celebration was focused on the beaches.

The morning session, more formal, was organised at the premises of "Palacongressi" conference centre. The Regional Minister addressed the audience with an inspired welcoming speech, for which she was joined by Ms. Sara Visentin, Councillor at the Rimini Municipality in charge of the environment, energy, sustainable policies, youth policies, technological innovations, international cooperation and peace, Mr. Maurizio Melucci, Regional Minister for Tourism & Commerce of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Ms. Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, UNEP-MAP Co-ordinator and Executive Secretary, and Ms. Zeljka Skaricic, PAP/RAC Director.

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Opening session

A number of relevant presentations were made illustrating experience of various Mediterranean countries in ICZM implementation, with special emphasis on beaches (the presentations available at the download section of this site. The experts of the panel were :

  • Ms. Aleksandra Ivanovic from the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro;
  • Mr. Fox Dalmau, Deputy Director of Coasts and Territorial Action- Department of Territory and Sustainibility from the Government of Catalonia;
  • Mr. Hakkou Mounir from the Scientific Institut of Rabat, Morocco;
  • Ms. Marina Markovic, from PAP/RAC in Split, Croatia;
  • Ms. Samira Nateche, Director of the Office in charge of Biodiversity, Sites and Landscapes, Coastal Zones and Climate Change for the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment of Algeria;
  • Mr. Gideon Bresler, representing the Marine and Coastal Environment Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel;
  • Mr. Giuseppe Bortone, Director General for Environment, Soil and Coast Protection of Emilia-Romagna Region;

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Morning session

In the afternoon, a group of students from the “Vladimir Nazor” high school, Split, Croatia, presented the results of the work carried out the past summer. They spent the summer studying three beaches of Split and presented to the audience a brief history of the beaches, current situation and problems, and made suggestions for improvement. Their intervention met great appreciation from the audience for giving a structured presentation of their vision of the future of the beaches, and showing great concern about the social, economic and environmental values of the coast. This part of the event was concluded by the film "Marine habitat", made by the Institute for Physical Planning of the Istria Region, Croatia, which gave an insight into the wealth of biodiversity of Istria\'s and the Adriatic Sea\'s submarine ecosystems.

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Afternoon session

In the afternoon, the participants were invited to take part in less formal events organised on the beach of Rimini, were traditional fishing techniques were re-enacted. Fresh grilled fish and sea food was offered and served by the local fishermen.

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Celebration on Rimini\'s beach

NFP meeting

Back-to-back with the Cost Day celebration, PAP/RAC organised a technical meeting of PAP National Focal Points which was held on September 24, while the partners in the SHAPE project also had a workshop on September 26.

The technical meeting was attended by 40 participants, out of which twelve were PAP/RAC NFPs, (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Libya, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Spain). It was also attended by the UNEP/MAP Co-ordinator, the representatives of the SHAPE project and the PAP/RAC staff members. Please find the report to this meeting on the PAP/RAC\'s website.

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NFPs and SHAPE partners meeting

Montenegro celebrates Coast Day 2013

Posted October 25, 2013
On the occasion of the Coast Day, a press conference was organised on September 25 at the multimedia hall of the Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in Podgorica. The results achieved so far in the frame of the CAMP Montenegro were presented at the conference. Also, at the city squares of all six coastal municipalities the volunteers of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) distributed promotional materials. At the same time, a stand with the promotional material was open for citizens at the quay of the Small beach in the Municipality of Ulcinj which is well known for its exquisite beaches in the whole Mediterranean region. In order to encourage active participation of the young people, presentations dedicated to the importance of the protection of the coast, as well as the distribution of brochures and promotional materials to school children were organised in two elementary schools and one high school in Ulcinj. Also, a contest on the theme “Coast and the sea we deserve” was organised in two elementary schools, while an art workshop on the same theme was held for kindergarten children. In collaboration with NGOs “Green Step”, “Bojana” and “Creative City” from Ulcinj the cleanup of the central part of the Big beach was organised.

2013 Coast Day in Split

Posted October 27, 2013
Host of PAP/RAC, instigator of the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration, Split, has marked this important day this year as well. On September 21, the event was organised on the newest part of the city waterfront, in front of the Town Hall. Glorious sunshine attracted a lot of people to take a walk and enjoy the rich programme. Kindergarten children had a play about the need to protect the sea and the beaches and not to pollute the environment. Elementary school children showed their concern about the effects of the sea pollution on sea flora and fauna, especially endangered species. A group of high-school students presented the results of their study of three beaches of Split, with a brief historic overview, the current situation and problems, and their suggestions for improvement. There was a also a children’s choir who regaled the audience with their songs. The near-by sailing club organised a regatta for their juniors, and the winners were awarded during the event. Along with entertainment, the visitors could taste ecologically produced fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, honey, etc. Our Centre used the opportunity to promote its work and the activities of the SHAPE project, and distributed some promotional materials prepared for the occasion.

Slovenia celebrates Coast Day 2013

Posted September 20, 2013
The Pretorian palace of the city of Koper hosted the celebration of the Slovenian Coast Day on 18 September 2013. Mr. Mitja Bricelj, Co-ordinator for the implementation of the Barcelona Convention in Slovenia, stressed the need to better take various pressures on the coastal environment into account in particular their vulnerability. He introduced several projects that will be initiated and should increase effectiveness of the management of coastal and marine resources. Among the projects presented was also the SHAPE IPA Adriatic project with its first results related to the establishment of the coastal setback zone among other project's outputs. The Minister, Mr. Dejan Židan, confirmed the commitment of the government to support the planning of coastal resources in particular the water ones. He also stressed the importance of the ICZM Protocol which, according to his Ministry's policy, should become a key instrument for a better management of Slovenian coastal zone and its resources.

Emilia-Romagna hosts Mediterranean Coast Day 2013

Posted September 25, 2013
As has become a Mediterranean tradition, the central regional Coast Day 2013 celebration will be organised on September 25. This year it will be hosted by the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and the beautiful coastal city of Rimini. The central topic of this year’s celebration will be the beaches, so a number of relevant presentations have been envisaged, as well as less formal events related to the use and protection of beaches. The host of the central celebration is Ms. Paola Gazzolo, Regional Minister for Territorial Safety, Soil and Coast Defence, Civil Protection. Back-to-back with the Cost Day celebration, our Centre is organising a technical meeting of PAP National Focal Points which will be held on September 24, while the partners in the SHAPE project will have a workshop on September 26.

Split celebrates Coast Day 2013

Posted September 25, 2013
The host of the last year’s central regional Coast Day celebration will have its local celebration this year. On Saturday, September 21, at 11 a.m. we shall gather on the westernmost part of the newly reconstructed seaside promenade in front of the Town Hall. The programme envisages interventions by children from kindergarten, elementary school and a high school who will present their views of the state of the beaches and suggest measures to be taken to improve the situation. There will also be a little sailing regatta, musical programme, as well as a fair with ecologically produced fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, honey, etc. Our Centre will use the opportunity to promote its work and the activities of the SHAPE project. We hope that the weather will cooperate and that the inhabitants of Split will come in great numbers.

Plastic in the sea – pollution, prevention, education

Posted September 27, 2013
On the 21st of September 2013, the Museum of Natural History in Venice hosted the event “Plastic in the sea – pollution, prevention, education”. This event was organized by the Veneto Region, SHAPE partner, on the occasion of the Coast Day 2013 celebrations, in order to raise awareness on coastal issues. The focus was on plastic marine litter and its effects on the ecosystem. The program was intended for both adults and children visiting the museum (with educational workshops on this subject). Find out more: http://www.shape-ipaproject.eu/

Split students for 2013 Coast Day

Posted July 4, 2013
The 2013 Mediterranean Coast Day celebration will focus on raising awareness of the future of the coasts in the Mediterranean. Great importance is attributed to work with children and adolescents. PAP/RAC has approached the geography teacher from the grammar school “Vladimir Nazor” of Split to organise some activities with his advanced geography group. During the spring semester a number of activities were organised, from workshops and lectures, to practical research on the city beaches. In their geography classes and based on the lectures they attended at PAP/RAC office on coastal zone management and beach management, the students prepared a brief analysis of three beaches in the Split municipality (Žnjan, Kašjuni, Bačvice). On July 3 they visited PAP/RAC to present their work and first draft of the presentation they will make as part of the programme of the central Coast Day celebration in Rimini on September25. They presented the results of their study and the methodology used for the analysis through power point presentation, describing the beaches, identifying key issues and pointing out possible solutions. Each presentation was commented by the PAP/RAC’s experts. The students were given tips on how to better structure their presentations and suggestions on how to better illustrate the methodology they applied. The PAP/RAC team agreed that the work done by the students, well driven by their teacher, was very good, both the desk work and the field researches. They will now finalise their work, and to prove their motivation the students agreed to make another test presentation again in August, before the best students join the main Coast Day 2013 Celebration in Rimini, Italy, on September 25.

MEDITERRANAN COAST DAY 2012

Posted September 25, 2012

The 2012 Mediterranean Coast Day central regional celebration was organised in Split, Croatia by PAP/RAC, as a part of the EU IPA Adriatic SHAPE project, and in collaboration with UNDP’s “Coast” project. The main event was held on September 25 but the activities were extended over the whole week. The theme of the celebration was “The Voice of the Coast”.

The main event was organised in the beautiful villa “Dalmacija”, generously offered for the occasion by the Municipality of Split. The host of the event was H.E. Mr. Mihael Zmajlović, Croatian Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection. The event was attended by high-level representatives of Croatian authorities, as well as a number of distinguished foreign guests, National Focal Points for PAP, representatives of UNEP/MAP and UNDP, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of local authorities and institutions, NGOs and the civil society.

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The participants were first addressed by Ms. Anđelka Visković, Deputy Mayor of Split, who welcomed them on behalf of the Split authorities. Welcome addresses followed of Mr. Ante Sanader, Prefect, County of Split-Dalmatia, Ms. Louisa Vinton, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Croatia, Ms. Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, Executive Secretary and Coordinator of UN Environmental Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan–Barcelona Convention, and Mr. Mihael  Zmajlović, Croatian Minister for Environment and Nature Protection, who officially opened the celebration.

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The ICZM Protocol and its practical implementation highlights were presented by the directors, leaders and managers of the Mediterranean coastal programmes and projects. Ms. Željka Škaričić, PAP/RAC Director, introduced the ICZM Protocol and its significance and prospects.  Ms. Sanja Lješković Mitrović, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, presented the ICZM and spatial planning in Montenegro. Ms. Elisa Andreoli, Consultant, IPA Adriatic SHAPE Project spoke of the relations between ICZM and Marine spatial planning. Mr. Marko Prem, PAP/RAC Deputy Director, explained the coordination mechanisms for ICZM using the example of CAMP in Spain. Ms. Monique Petard, General Counsellor of the canton of Montpellier X, Vice-president, in charge of environment, sustainable development and Agenda 21 made a presentation “ ICZM at the local level: A project case study”. Mr. Gojko Berlengi, Project Manager, UNDP COAST project, presented a project dedicated to greening rural development on the Dalmatian coast. Finally, Ms. Marina Marković, PAP/RAC Programme Officer, presented a brief history of the Mediterranean Coast Day and gave an overview of past events.

In the second, more casual part, groups of children and adolescents presented the results of the activities preceding the main event. Namely, the main focus of those activities was on the young population with the intention to raise their awareness of the values and problems of the coast. A picture book was specially prepared for the occasion by a group of enthusiasts from the island of Korčula entitled “Boats and Islands”. The author of the picture book, Ms. Sani Sardelić prepared a text inspired by the discussions on the importance of boats for the islands and the islanders’ love for boats and their living environment held in a number of  workshops organised over a longer period of time for children aged 4-12. The book is illustrated with the drawings made by the children on those same occasions. The picture book is available in 3 languages: Croatian, English and French. Ms. Sardelić presented the picture book to the participants with the assistance of three little artists who took part in its creation.

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Presentation of the picture book

The event was concluded by a multimedia presentation by NGOs “Zdravi grad” and “Mala filozofija” together with the scouts’ organisation. These three organisations had organised a number of activities throughout the month of September ranging from art exhibition on the cliffs facing the town of Šibenik, over discussions among children on the significance of the coast and natural environment, to awareness raising campaign at the Split waterfront (Riva). The “Naratoria” band composed of the members of the NGO “Zdravi grad” had a brief concert with songs specifically addressing environmental issues, including a “Love song for the coast”.

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Scouts presenting their projects

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Mala filozofija


Back-to-back with the central celebration, a technical meeting was organised with the PAP National Focal Points, the day before, on September 24. The day after, on September 26, there was a joint meeting of the PEGASO, SHAPE and MAREMED projects to share results related to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol, and a workshop on the draft Outline for the National ICZM Strategies for the Adriatic countries.

On September 28, a gala concert was organised on the Riva (the Split waterfront promenade). The audience enjoyed performances by Oliver Dragojević, one of the most famous Croatian singers and UNDP’s ambassador for the coast, Valentina Fijačko, soprano, prima donna of the Split National Theatre, and three “klapa” (male vocal groups singing traditional Dalmatian songs): Klapa Cambi, Klapa Žrnovnica, Klapa Sv.Juraj HRM. Everybody in Split at time was invited to attend this concert and the attendance exceed all expectations. The Riva was full of people cheering and singing with the performers. Last but not least, the concert was attended by Mr. Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia.

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The President enjoying the concert (copyright Cropix)


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Coast Day celebration in Morocco

Posted September 24, 2012
Within the celebration of the 2012 Coast Day, on Friday, 12 October 2012, a Moroccan NGO “Forum for Town Planning, Environment and Development” (FUED) organised a workshop to present and discuss the results of a field study performed by the FUED on the socio-economic situation of the artisanal fishermen in the Mar chica lagoon, as well as their point of view on the biodiversity of the fishery resources, the existing conflicts and the on-going and future projects concerning the lagoon. The study was undertaken with the “Project of integrated management of artisanal fishing in the Mar chica lagoon” implemented by FUED in partnership with WWF.

Spain celebrates Coast Day 2011

Posted October 24, 2011

In Spain, the Coast Day celebration was closely linked with the CAMP Levante de Almería Project, and the main activities were implemented in the CAMP area. The celebration did not take place only on September 25 but throughout the months of September and October 2011. There were a series of parallel activities to raise awareness and encourage environmental participation, with thematic meetings and encounters to bring Integrated Coastal Zone Management closer to the municipalities which form part of the CAMP Levante de Almería Project.


Some activities were implemented with environmental volunteers. On September 16 a panel was organised on the “Trash Free Seas: 2011 International Coastal Cleanup” Project, involving volunteers from all over the world to raise awareness about the global problem of marine debris. Three days later, cleaning of beaches and sea beds was organised at various locations in the Cabo de Gata –Níjar Biosphere Reserve, as well as an awareness-raising campaign, environmental education and open-air theatre in San Miguel de Cabo de Gata, as part of the campaign to disseminate good practices for sea and beach users.


A series of discussions and lectures were organised between September 22 and October 15 at various locations on relevant topics: Socio-economic evolution and its impact on coastal ecosystems in the Levante de Almería area. Future challenges; New challenges for public participation. The specific case of Water Management; The challenges of global change for the conservation of biodiversity in the Mediterranean; Coastal dynamics, human intervention and the land-sea public domain; The coastal economy: sustainable or sustained?


On September 23-24, a meeting was organised on the diffusion of best practices in the fishing sector.


An activity that attracted considerable attention was photography contest. The topic was “The Coast of Levante de Almería: a Coast which is Healthy, Productive, Unique and Sustainable”. Entries could be submitted between August 26 and October 14. Four prizes were envisaged: 1st prize; best landscape photograph; best photograph representing ethnographic or cultural heritage, or a form of life; best photograph showing best practices in the Levante de Almería area.


A number of activities in the nature were organised, such as introduction to diving for persons with physical disabilities or learning difficulties, night-time walks at Cabo de Gata, and environmental education for secondary school students.


If you wish to watch a movie on CD celebration in Spain click here

Mediterranean Coast Day celebration 2011

Posted October 25, 2011
Following the proposal of the Algerian Ministry of Physical Planning and Environment (MATE), the 2011 regional Coast Day celebration was organised in Algiers, under the high patronage of H.E. Mr. Chérif Rahmani, the Minister of MATE. More than 500 participants, including a number of high-ranking guests, namely, representatives of other relevant ministries, ambassadors of Mediterranean countries and representatives of international institutions operating in Algeria, as well as representatives of local authorities and institutions, NGOs and the civil society attended the seminar which was held at the Palace of Nations, and personally chaired by the Minister. On the occasion of the seminar, the MAP Co-ordinator and PAP/RAC Director presented the activities carried out by their respective organisations with special reference to the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean and the Action Plan for its implementation. Like in previous joint actions, this issue did not fail to get the Minister’s support. After the seminar, a visit was organised to the Province of Tipasa where the participants took part in the rich promotional programme with children, divers, sailors and other sea and coast lovers. The Coast Day celebration enjoyed great media coverage.

Montenegro joins Coast Day celebrations

Posted September 23, 2011
Continuing its tradition to celebrate the Mediterranean Coast Day, the “Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management” will organise activities in every coastal municipality to mark this date. This year, they joined forces with the "Ecovivia" NGO and the Hydro-meteorological Institute of Podgorica. The activities will involve high-school students from 6 coastal municipalities and include field trips to selected beaches in each town, and demonstration of the sampling and data collection for the bathing water quality and beach profiles. All the students involved will have a chance to participate in the demonstration and will fill the survey sheets with beach profile data. They will also receive a poster about oceanographic processes in the sea as well as the Coast Day T-shirts. The goal of this activity is to inform and educate young generations on modern ways of bathing water analysis and its importance for the protection of the coastal zone. The work will be performed between Monday and Thursday, after which short information with pictures will be published on the web site of the Public Enterprise "Morsko Dobro". The local media are also invited and appropriate media coverage is expected in daily newspapers and on the local radio stations. Since the weather forecast is good, we are sure that this will be another successful event organised by the Public Enterprise.

Slovenia celebrates Coast Day 2011

Posted September 21, 2011
Slovenia has a very good reason to be proud of the Coast Day. Namely, that day is celebrated throughout the Mediterranean on September 25, the date on which Slovenia ratified the ICZM Protocol as the first Mediterranean country to do so. Every year they mark the day with various activities, and in 2010 they hosted the central regional celebration. For this year they also have ambitious plans, covering an entire week. For example, on September 17 cleaning will be organised of numerous beaches and stretches of coast, and on September 24 divers will clean the seabed of the Portoroz beach. Apart from the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, numerous organisations and NGOs take part in these activities. We wish our Slovenian friends successful outcome of their efforts with numerous participants and good weather.

ICZM Protocol enters into force!

Posted March 25, 2011
Six countries have ratified the ICZM Protocol so far: France, Slovenia, Albania, Spain, the EU and Syria. Consequently, on March 24, 2011 the Protocol entered into force, a bit over two years after it was opened for ratifications. Such a short period of time needed for this Protocol to enter into force expresses the full commitment of the Parties to implement the provisions set out in the frame of this Protocol. Being a unique legal instrument for sustainable coastal development, the ICZM Protocol provides an effective way to ensure that human actions are undertaken with a concern for balancing economic, social and environmental goals and priorities in a long-term perspective.

EU ratified the ICZM Protocol!

Posted September 17, 2010
On 13 September 2010, the Council adopted the decision to ratify the ICZM Protocol to the Barcelona Convention. European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik has welcomed the adoption of the Council decision, saying it was "good news for a region under extreme pressure". In his statement welcoming the Council decision, he said that the adoption of the Council's decision will mean that problems of coastal degradation in the Mediterranean can now be tackled more effectively. He stressed that the EU ratification decision "sends a strong signal of commitment from the EU to the protection and sustainable management of the Mediterranean coast." The Commissioner's statement and more information on the Protocol can be found on: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/iczm/barcelona.htm The EU conclusion of the Protocol brings the number of ratifications to 5. The Protocol enters into force after 6 ratifications.

Spain ratified the ICZM Protocol!

Posted July 2, 2010
According to the Spanish Embassy in Athens, Spain has ratified the ICZM Protocol, thus being the 4th party to the Protocol. The Division of Treaties of MFA Spain has been instructed to deposit the ratification instrument for ICZM treaty.

Albania ratified the ICZM Protocol!

Posted March 20, 2010
The MAP Focal Point of Albania informed MAP Co-ordinating Unit that the Albanian Parliament passed Law No. 10234 on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol on 18 February 2010. Pending notification from the depositary country of the ICZM Protocol, Albania confirms its ratification, thus bringing the total number of the ratifying countries in 3. Three additional ratifications are needed for the Protocol to enter into force.

Slovenia hosts 2010 regional Coast Day celebration

Posted July 21, 2010

Following the first Protocol ratification in the Mediterranean – by Slovenia on 25th September 2009 – there will be a number of awareness raising activities on the quality of our coasts organised during the week 18-25 September 2010, culminating with the celebration of Coast Day on 25 September, and open to all coastal states of the Mediterranean Basin.


For the 2010 event organised in Slovenia, activities will be centred on the issue of public participation, in particular participatory approach to the ICZM and institutional coordination. Local partners will be encouraged to organise related activities also in other countries of the Mediterranean Basin, within the framework of Coast Week and in coordination with UNEP/MAP.


The proposed focus for Coast Day 2010 is the issue of participatory planning of coastal areas. This issue includes individual responsibility and changing citizens’ attitude and behaviour, as well as the role of local authorities and stakeholders in responsible coastal planning and management.


Three main segments should constitute the heart of the celebrations on Coast Day in Slovenia: high level political panel, good practice workshop and awareness raising activities.


  • Political: High level panel of speakers including politicians and regional ambassadors illustrating how to contribute to the protection of Mediterranean coast. Discussions should focus on national experiences (Algeria, Italy, Slovenia, EU), and how to involve the private sector. After the political segment, a round-table discussion will focus on the exchange of know-how, presenting national experiences and practices.
  • “Good practices” workshop: the workshop should be the opportunity for local actors to exchange ideas on good practices for participatory planning and institutional coordination, including latest achievements and future activities relevant to the Protocol. The exchanges should focus on encouraging participatory planning process at local level, and at devising practices to mobilise other actors, including the private sector.
  • Public awareness: local partners in Slovenia would develop the public awareness activities related to the Coast Day event; hence the importance of the involvement of NGOs, foundations and local actors. NGOs and local actors would be encouraged to organise related activities also in other countries of the Mediterranean Basin, within the framework of Coast Week and in coordination with UNEP/MAP.

Awareness raising activities for the general public could include:

  • activities for the children, like street theatre and environmental games;
  • photo and painting contests, organised through cooperation with Ministries of Education or local authorities;
  • public concerts; TV/cinema spot to be shown in cinemas/TVs in the countries of the Convention during Coast Week (investigate the possibility to have it promoted through the MTV network);
  • set up of groups and event promotion through social networks (Facebook; Twitter);
  • organisers of ongoing sports and other outdoor activities at national/local level could be asked to add the Coast Day logo and colours to their events, helping to make Coast Day activities more visible.

The events will focus on the idea of exchanging good practices, with Slovenia hosting public awareness activities and a workshop to exchange “good practices” and ideas to implement coastal management at local level. Such theme will ensure wide interest and participation among local authorities in the member states of the Barcelona Convention.


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As of 2010, Coast Day on 25th September

Posted July 15, 2010

Honouring the decision of the Slovenian Parliament which adopted the Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean on 25th September 2009, thus making Slovenia the first Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention to ratify this innovative international legal instrument, the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) proposed a new date for the Coast Day celebration – 25th September. This act was an impetus to other countries from the region to ratify the Protocol, so Slovenian ratification was followed by France, Albania and Spain. There are good indications that there are other countries in the pipe line to do so very soon.

In that regard, 2010 Mediterranean Coast Day event will be organised in Portoroz, Slovenia, in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

2009 Coast Day in Sardinia

Posted October 10, 2009

As every year, on October 24, an interesting "Coast Day" celebration will be organised in Sardinia. The main event will take place in Cagliari and last throughout Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 of October. Besides the high-level representatives of the Regional and Local Authorities, including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and port authorities, university and research centre representatives, numerous NGOs and other associations dealing with coastal issues will participate to this celebration.

On this occasion, several ICZM initiatives will be presented and discussed, namely: the future CAMP Sardinia; comparing local level ICZM experience in Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Sardinia; ICZM Strategies for MPAs, etc. The official programme will be complemented with a cultural programme and coastal sports competition including the sailing regatta and a Round Race Sardinia. Also, a special programme is being prepared for children.

More information on Coast Day in Sardinia

A TV broadcast on urbanisation of the Mediterranean coast

Posted September 14, 2009

From 9 to 11 September, a team of the French TV channel "France 3" visited Split and its surroundings in the framework of the preparation of a TV report on urbanisation policies and preservation of the coastal part of Mediterranean European countries. Mr. Jerko Rosin, President of the National Spatial Planning Council, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, has been interviewed about the policy concerned followed by Croatia, whereas Mr. Tihomir Marinkovic, Mayor, Municipality of Bol, the island of Brac, spoke about urbanisation issues of this Municipality and measures which could be taken at the local level to ensure a concerned coastal area development. The representatives of PAP/RAC used the opportunity to speak about the ICZM Protocol and the contribution this Protocol is going to make in the field of the coastal management in the Mediterranean.

A TV broadcast entitled "Avenue de l'Europe" will be on "France 3" on 10 October 2009 at 18:30 hours. After that, it will be possible to see it at the Internet during the week.

Slovenia ratified the ICZM Protocol!

Posted September 25, 2009

On 25 September 2009, the Slovenian Parliament adopted the Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean. Slovenia is the first Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention that has ratified this important international legal instrument. Congratulations!

We believe this act is going to be an impetus to other countries from the region to ratify the Protocol, as well. In fact, we have some good indications that there are some other countries in the pipe line to do so very soon. The ICZM Protocol will enter into force once six Contracting Parties have ratified it. We will keep you informed.

That's it!

Posted September 30, 2009
One more good news about Protocol ratification! France joined Slovenia as the second country that ratified the ICZM Protocol! Namely, on 28 September, the French National Assembly adopted a bill allowing France to ratify the ICZM Protocol. We hope that the other Contracting Parties will join the team soon.

A new «Ambassador for the Coast» !

Posted October 6, 2009

Mr. Jérôme Bignon, member of the French Parliament and politician active in the field of coastal management, accepted PAP/RAC invitation to be the "Ambassador for the Coast". Mr. Bignon is a Vice-President of the Commission on Sustainable Development and Planning of the National Assembly, as well as a president of the Coastal Conservatory. In addition, he is also active in his role of the president of the club of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

By accepting this nomination, Mr. Bignon will help MAP and PAP/RAC in their endeavours to achieve sustainable development of the coast through encouraging co-operation, dialogue, tolerance and trust among all Mediterranean countries.

Turkey hosts 2009 central celebration of the Coast Day

Posted October 12, 2009

MAP and PAP/RAC jointly with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Municipality of Datca-Mugla, Mugla University and Underwater Research Society, Turkey, are organising the third annual celebration of the Coast Day in the Mediterranean. The central event will take place in Datca-Mugla (Culture Centre of the Municipality), Turkey, on 24 October 2009.

The event will include organisation of a technical panel for the experts and a series of awareness-raising activities for the general public. The panel, entitled "ICZM Protocol: for a better future of our coasts" aims to promote the ratification and implementation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol, as well as to present the achievements of Mediterranean countries in managing their coasts.

The ICZM Protocol panel includes different oral and poster presentations regarding the ICZM Protocol structure, objectives and implementation options; and the latest achievements and future activities relevant to Protocol ratification and implementation.

The second part of the celebration, which will be organised for the general public, will include a colloquy and other awareness-raising activities carried out for the Coast Day in Turkey, namely: coast and underwater cleaning; photo contest and painting contest; presentation of the "green and blue card system" of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (the card is used to control wastes of the ships and yachts electronically in Turkey); a public concert and alike.

In addition, it is expected that the representatives of Mediterranean countries present their organisations' documents, photos, posters and their Coast Day promotional materials. Since several academy members and representatives of governmental organisations from Turkey will attend the event, this might be a good opportunity to meet and search for a further co-operation.

It is envisaged that the event will be attended by the representatives of the Contracting Parties, as well as by a number of experts, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, academy members, famous writers and TV programmers from Turkey.

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Coast Day Celebration in Turkey

Posted November 13, 2008

The Coast Day celebration in Turkey was coordinated by the MoEF EIA and Planning General Directorate, which aslo has responsibilities on ICZM, physical planning, EIA and SEA procedures.

Aim of the general directorate is to use Coast Day activities as a merging, coordinating utility for all related national and local coastal institutions, municipalities, NGO’s and habitants. Ultimate aim is not only increasing awareness with celebrations, but also creating an added value, which is presented by increased communication, coordination of all related groups, a national ICZM strategy prepared with their contributions and national, establishment of local baseline data base for every coast, sea related activities.

With only two months of preparation and very limited amount of financial resource, Coast Day 08 was better celebrated than 2007. Next years aim is to celebrate the day in several places and occasions in summer time and present all these activities with a meeting in 24 October. We hope that all sea and coast related activities, seminars, conferences etc. will be held under the umbrella of Coast Day in fallowing years in Turkey.

All activities, documents and sample photos are also present at MoEF’s web site www.cevreorman.gov.tr

Short film contest “Visions of the Coast”, Sardinia

Posted November 7, 2008

“Visions of the Coast” contest is an opportunity for photographers, directors and movie producers to take part in this unique event aiming to raise awareness on the value of the coast and the need to preserve it.

It is part a part of rich programme “Open Coasts” dedicated to the celebration of the Coast Day in Italy and in the Mediterranean.

Projections and exhibitions will draw attention to the fantasy of the participating artists. Best photographs will be used you for a calendar and will be exposed in many localities of the Sardinia region. With this initiative the Conservatoria, whose aim is to promote sustainable practices in coastal management, wants to entrust to the artists the task to put in prominence the beauty and the meaning one of these remarkable places.

For more information visit: www.sardegnaambiente.it/coste/

2 week radio transmissions of the Coast Day Campaign by Radio Brac, Croatia

Posted November 5, 2008

Owing to the huge interest of radio broadcasters world wide, radio transmissions of the Coast Day Campaign have been prolonged over the period of two weeks.

More than 700 digital connections and 2400 telegraphic connections were made with radio amateurs worldwide.

Specially designed QSL card will be sent to all those that have responded to the signal 9A0COAST.

Next year it is planned to design awards in support of the Coast Day.

Jordan organizes clean up event to celebrate the Coast Day

Posted October 29, 2008

Land and Human to Advocate Progress ( LHAP ) organized the cleanup campaign in Jordan on Saturday, 25 October 2008. LHAP collaborated with Wadi ElHour Youth Center, 30 KM west of Amman in the direction to the Dead Sea.

The friends, staff and supporters of LHAP and young people of Youth Center first had a football game on the occasion, preceded by a speech by Mr. Zyad Alwaneh and the Head of the Youth Center to inform them about the concept of this event.

The cleanup campaign took place at the Dead Beach- Maeen Spa Water Spot outlet to the Dead Sea. This spot witnesses heavy local tourist who come to swim in this water for Health treatment reasons.

Croatia: UNDP in Croatia organises sailing race to celebrate the Coast Day

Posted October 28, 2008

UNDP in Croatia joins the international initiative in celebrating the Coast Day, dedicated to healthy coastal regions and preservation of the coast across the Mediterranean. The initiative was launched in 2007 and this year, for the first time it will be celebrated in Croatia, in organization of the UNDP's COAST Project in cooperation with the NGO Split - Healthy City, under the high patronage of Ministry of environmental protection, physical planning and construction. The main event, sailing race entitled "Coast for all" will take place in Split, on Tuesday, October 28.

Sailing race is organized in order to send the message of the importance of the coast as social, economic and natural resource that should be actively and responsibly taken care of. Participants of the sailing race will be children from Split, persons with special needs, students and elderly persons. In line with principles of environmental and social sustainability, this implies active participation of all the citizens when it comes to decision making on sustainable future of our coast. Sailing team of the 49er class, that represented Croatia in this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupać, as well as their coach Ivan Bulaja, will be appointed as Croatian Ambassadors for the Coast for the year 2008/2009. They were chosen as representatives of a sport that stands for environmental awareness, but also due to their altruistic fair play gesture and solidarity demonstrated during the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Responsible planning and managing of the costal area, that implies active participation of all the citizens is the only way that guarantees economic development in line with natural resources preservation and improvement. Celebration of the Coast Day, that aims to increase public awareness when it comes to importance of the coast as well as the threats that it is exposed to, further intercession of all the stakeholders is encouraged, in order to achieve sustainability of the coast for future generations.

Sardinian “Open Coast” Programme

Posted October 27, 2008

The Sardinian “Open Coast” Programme is a major campaign to raise awareness concerning the need to protect, promote and manage the sustainable development of one of the island’s major resources, its coastal areas. The campaign will aim to reach out and involve the wider public.

From October 25 to November 2, 2008, different venues along the Sardinian coastline will become a theatre for a large, diversified, coordinated and integrated programme of activities: scientific symposia, training and educational programmes, field visits, excursions, sporting activities (regattas, fishing tours, wind surfing, kite surfing, scuba diving), a film festival and concerts (www.sardegnacoste.eu).

In addition, a sailing expedition involving disabled children called "vela solidale" has also been organised within the framework of the Coast Day".

Great success of the Coast day celebration in Cyprus

Posted October 27, 2008

Coast Day 2008 was a great success in Cyprus! More than 12 Mass media have been involved in the promotion of the event (newspapers, radios and TVs), the TV advert has been shown on TV two times a day since 14 October (TV Magic) and four times during 24th (Omega TV).

Radio interviews, articles in newspapers, beach cleanings, two mini workshops in schools with the participation of 300 children have been organised within the framework of the Coast Day by the AKTI Project and Research Centre (www.akti.org.cy).

All this was accompanied with media coverage from local and national TVs and radios, and has been reflected in the internet press and newsletters.

Media coverage of the Coast Day seminar in Oujda

Posted October 27, 2008

The Organisation " Solidarity and Co-operation of the East (ESCO)" celebrated with its partners the International Coast Day on 24 and 25 October 2008.

This event was highly covered by the media: it was broadcasted on the Moroccan 2M TV channel during the prime news on October 25 (http://www.2m.tv/video/).

In addition, the representatives of ESCO presented the program of the seminar within the framework of the Coast Day during a radio interview on RTM regional station on October 23, 2008.

Cape Radio, stationed in Tangier, advertised the seminar on several occasions, and finally, radio operator Assouat, was also interested in the event, and representatives of ESCO were interviewed by this radio channel.

The press on the Internet also gave importance to this event: oujdanews and oujdaportal launched a press release announcing the International Coast Day and the seminar in Oujda.

Happy Coast Day 2008!

Posted October 24, 2008

The PAR/RAC Centre wishes a happy Coast Day to all organisations and institutions us celebrating the preservation of our coast and ensuring its sustainable future.

Despite growing concerns related to sustainable coastal management, this week we have the opportunity to prove that joined action and commitment to safeguard our coasts are greater than ever!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined this unique movement to help to preserve the coasts of the Mediterranean, and we wish you all happy Coast Day!

Call for Action to Celebrate the Coast Day in the Mediterranean

Posted October 24, 2008

The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) have established the Mediterranean Coast Day, to be celebrated annually.

The event aims to promote the value of the coast and calls for an active engagement in its management. Its main objectives are to promote the ratification and implementation of the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol and to serve as a catalyst to raise the awareness of policy makers and the general public of the value of the Mediterranean coast, calling for their serious commitment to save it.

This year the Coast Day will be celebrated in the week of 24 - 31 October. We therefore invite all government and non-governmental organisations, as well as individuals to join the celebration of the Coast Day.

Croatian media promote the International Coast Day

Posted October 23, 2008

Croatian radio channel "Radio Brac" started one week campaign to promote the Coast Day. In the first two days more than 1200 connections have been made with radio amateurs world wide.

For many of them this was the forst time they have heard of the Coast Day initiative.

The activities will be most intense on Friday, 24 October, which is the official International Coast Day.

Montenegro joins the celebration of the Coast Day 2008

Posted October 21, 2008

The Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management and the Institute for Biology will launch a press-conference on the significance of the Coast Day on Friday, 24 October.

Educational materials and posters will be distributed in 20 schools from 24-30 October, and experts from the Institute of Biology will lecture on the significance of coastal management and marine life protection.

In addition, the Ministry of Tourism will organise a press conference during which the Coast Day initiative will be promoted.

Coast Day seminar in Saïdia, Morocco

Posted October 21, 2008

Within the framework of the Coast Day celebration, one day seminar entitles: : “All together to safeguard the coasts of the Mediterranean” will be organised in Saïdia, Tunisia by the NGO Space of Solidarity and Co-operation of the East, with the support of partner organisations and the Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar will be devoted to the celebration of the beauty of the coasts: the coast as a hearth of half of the world population; as a destination for the majority of the tourists; as a source of inspiration, of creation and finally the coast as an important issue for famous “coastal lifestyle”.

Lastly, the Coast Day will be devoted to project the vision of the coasts of future as we want them to be.

Coast day celebration in Croatia

Posted October 20, 2008

UNDP project COAST joins the Coast Day initiative, under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and in collaboration with the Priority Actions Programme/ Regional Activity Centre (PAPA/RAC) part of the Mediterranean Action Plan.

The core activity will be organised in Split, and will be marked by the organisation of a sailing competition Coast for all on 28 October 2008. On that occasion, the sailing team that participated in the Olympic games in Beijing, Mr. Pavle Kostov, Mr. Petar Cupać, and their coach Mr. Ivan Bulaja will be appointed ambassadors of the Coast 2008/2009.

Children, older people, and persons with special needs will also participate in the event by sharing their Visions of the coast. Finally, it will be the occasion to raise awareness on the values of the coast and to promote the implementation of the ICZM as the most efficient tool for its management.

Coast Day celebration in Greece

Posted October 18, 2008

The Coast Day celebration in Greece will be promoted by the Fisheries Research Institute and by the Hellenic Network on Coastal Research. The activities will include: - publication of an article about the Coast Day at the newsletter of ENCORA/HENCORE and in the local media; - Broadcasting of the TV spot at the website of HENCORE (www.hencore.gr) and in local TV stations (East Macedonia & Thrace Region); - dissemination of an informational article about the COASTDAY initiative at local newspapers of Thessaloniki, Greece.

In addition, the Fisheries Research Institute will organize joint activities with the local Environmental Education Office of the Kavala Prefecture including the clean-up event in Kavala beaches with local schools and the dissemination of the Coast Day promotional materials.

Coast Day Event in Nador, Morocco

Posted October 18, 2008

Mar Chica is the largest lagoon of the southern Mediterranean coast, which has been classified Ramsar site due to its important ecological and biological diversity.

This site which offers a unique landscape and generates more than 700 employment opportunities is currently exposed to serious threats because of uncontrolled solid waste discharges from the nearby cities (Nador, Segangan, Bni ansar, Selouane, Arekmane…).

Taking into account of all these elements and within the framework of the Coast Day 2008, FUED will organize a roundtable on the future of Mar Chica in Nador on October 21, 2008. Experts and representatives of NGOs will be invited to give their views on this subject.

Rectification of the dates for the celebration of the International Coast day in Morocco

Posted October 14, 2008

Following the joint decision of the Foundation for the Protection of the Environment Mohammed VI, and the Regional Activity Centre – Priority Actions Programme (PAP/RAC) of the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan, the central celebration of the International Coast Day originally planned to be held in Tetouan, Morocco on 24 October 2008, will be re-scheduled for early 2009, due to the inability of some high level invitees and the Ambassadors of the Coast to attend the event.

The Coast Day event will be celebrated in in Morocco and several other countries of the Mediterranean region at the national level, and will focus on sustainable beach management, with the aim to promote the value of beaches as of the most important coastal ecosystems, that plays a key role in economic coastal tourism. In Algeria, for instance, Coast Day activities will include media launch, broadcasting in local radio channels, beach cleaning activities, photo contest, and fishing excursions. In Cyprus the mass media will support the event which will focus on sustainable beach management and will include a range of capacity-building and promotional activities. In Sardinia, Italy, a film festival entitled “Visions of Coasts” will further raise awareness on the need for a serious commitment to save the Mediterranean coast. The Coast day will also be celebrated in Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey and will include organization of seminars on the theme of sustainable beach management, photo exhibitions, concerts, sailing contests, excursions, TV transmissions and interviews with policy-makers.

Coast Day celebration in Turkey

Posted October 10, 2008

A Coast Day panel will be organized in Foca on the 24th of October. Coastal municipalities, representatives of related institutions, NGO’s and residents of Foca will be invited to the panel. The focus of the panel will be to give point to the economic, ecologic and cultural importance of coastal areas and simple measures for public to protect them.

Another panel will be organized in Kusadasi in the first week of November. The name of the panel will be “Footsteps of Civilizations”. In addition, coast day materials will also be presented during the international conference in Gokova on coastal areas between 14-18 October.

Finally, a digital photo contest on coastal areas will be organized by the Underwater Research Society, and the painting contest among schoolchildren will also be organized on this occasion, and will be shown both during the panel and the reception of the Coast Day event.

The Coast Day Celebration in Tunisia

Posted October 7, 2008

The Coast Day ceremony in Tunisia will take place at the youth centre of Marsa and will be organized by the Agency for the Protection of the Littoral (APAL) and the WWF.

The objectives of this incentive are to sensitize general public on the need to safeguard the coast and to contribute to “concretize” regular protection of our coastal inheritance by taking the Coast Day as a good initiative complementary to other initiatives related to sustainable coastal development.

The program will include documentary film projections, presentations on the theme of the valorization of beaches and the integrated management of the Coastal Zone in Tunisia, educational and environmental animations, and beach cleaning activities.

The Mass Media of Cyprus support Coast Day 2008!

Posted October 1, 2008

AKTI Project and Research Centre (www.akti.org.cy) concluded a new cooperation with three more Mass Media for promoting Coast Day 2008 all over October: the weekly newspaper ADESMEVTOS (www.adesmevtos.net) will publish relevant articles prepared by AKTI every week. Radio Cosmos (www.radiocosmos.com.cy) will include in its everyday program radio-jingles, with short messages referring to beach and coastal zone management and the necessity for protecting our coasts for our future and reference to 24 October 2008: Coast Day.

Radio Cosmos will host an interview of a representative of AKTI the 23rd October. Magic TV of Pafos (magictv07@gmail.com.cy) will broadcast the Coast Day TV film, once every day during the week 20 – 24 October. The TV will present a talk show on Beach Management – Coast Day, the 24th October, hosting Ms Xenia Loizidou, Coastal Engineer. Radio ASTRA already presented a radio program on ICZM protocol on 24th September. More Mass Media are expected to support Coast Day 2008 in Cyprus and join the effort to make our coasts more sustainable.

The central event of 24th October will be a workshop with the title “Our coasts: what we can do for them”. It will take place at the International School of Pafos (http://www.isop-ed.org/index.html) under the coordination of AKTI and with the participation and coverage of Mass Media.

Celebration of the Coast Day 2008 in Sardinia

Posted September 25, 2008

The “Open Coast” programme in Sardinia will include sailing races, excursions, fishing tours, as well as the activities of wind surf, kite surf and scuba diving, with the aim to promote the diversity of sustainable coastal tourism.

In addition, educational programme on the theme of sustainable coastal development will be introduced in schools, and an expert meeting on the theme of sustainable beach management will also be held on this occasion.

Finally, short film contest with the theme “visions of the coast” will accompany the event.

Last but not least, the Coast Day event will also be an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Sardinian gastronomy.

Celebration of the Coast Day in Algeria

Posted September 25, 2008

The Coast Day event in Algeria will be celebrated in the national park of El Kala and will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the support of local NGOs.

The programme will include media launch, press release in local newspapers, poster exhibition, braodcasting in local radio channels and a press conference when the new Ambassador of the Coast will be appointed.

Specific activities will include the action of beach cleaning, photo contest, beach volley contest, and fishing excursion.

Call for Action : sustainable beach management - let's do it together!

Posted September 22, 2008

The PAP/ RAC Centre would like to invite all partner organisations and institutions involved in coastal management to join us in the action for the improvement of beach management in the Mediterranean.

Beaches are one of the most important coastal ecosystems. New Protocol on ICZM in the Mediterranean has recognised its importance and calls for protection of these valuable habitats.

However, beach attractiveness depends largely on the presence of litter, which has been identified as the most important deterrent to beach usage. Therefore, effective beach management implemented by responsible local authorities is the key for obtaining the high value of this natural resource.

In this framework, PAP/RAC is calling for a joint action to get an insight of the state of the cleanness of beaches in the Mediterranean.

Practical tools such as check-list, guidelines and fact sheet will be available for downloading on Coast Day website this week.

Representatives of organisations who have obtained best results will be invited and sponsored to participate to the central celebration of the Coast Day event in Morocco, hosted by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

Celebration of the Coast Day in Cyprus

Posted September 19, 2008

AKTI Project and Research Centre in Cyprus (www.akti.org.cy ) has finalised the program of activities for Coast Day 2008. The program will last for one month starting from 22 September 2008 to 24 October 2008. The activities are focused on promoting the engagement and active involvement of Mass Media in the effort to save our coasts and to promote the principles of sustainability. The one-month program includes several TV and radio programs dedicated to beach management, articles in newspapers and in e-newsletters, links in several websites and other dissemination activities.

The central event will take place the 24th of October. It will be a one-day workshop at a secondary school, under the title “Our Coasts: what we can do for them” under the coordination of AKTI with the participation of representatives of TV, radio, newspapers and the students of the school.

The launching events:

Monday 22 September 2008: radio interview of the Director of AKTI X.I. Loizidou at radio Cosmos during the morning program, to discuss on beach management and stakeholder involvement

Wednesday 24 September 2008: radio interview of the Director and the Secretary of AKTI at radio ASTRA on ICZM protocol.

Article in the September e-newsletter of the Network for a Sustainable Future

Celebration of the Coast Day 2008 in Morocco

Posted September 11, 2008

"Foundation Mohamed VI for the Environmental Protection" and PAP/RAC finalised the program of the celebration ceremony that will be held on Coast Day on Fnideq beach, near the town of Tétouan, under the auspices of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Foundation and Ambassador of the Coast.

The aim of the celebration is to call for a more effective engagement of decision-makers and of all coastal stakeholders to save the coast. Celebration will also be the occasion to promote the implementation of a new Mediterranean Protocol on ICZM, signed in Madrid, in January 2008. To honour the engagement of the HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa and the Foundation, host of 2008 central Coast Day celebration, the topic of this year is beach management.

The event will consist of a technical workshop on the theme of sustainable beach management, followed by the official celebration ceremony.

Join the Coast Day 2008 and become a part of the coastal movement for the Mediterranean.

Together we can make the difference!

Contact: secretariat@coastday.org

New! Call for tender “Information and Communication campaign support in the ENPI countries and territories”

Posted July 18, 2008
Dear Coast Day Partners,

We are pleased to inform you that a call for tender “Information and Communication campaign support in the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI) countries and territories” has been recently launched.

The tasks of the contractor are to assist the European Commission to prepare and implement information and communication campaigns in the ENPI countries and territories during the next 3 years.

This includes the provision of strategic, analytical and operation support to their communication activities, monitoring and analysis of EU media coverage in the region and the production and distribution of communication and information material, as well as launching of information campaigns.

The deadline for applications is August 15 2008.

For more information visit: EuroMed Info website

New: Launching of Coast Day 2008!

Posted June 20, 2008
PAP/RAC and the Coast Day Partner "Foundation Mohamed VI for the Environmental Protection" are pleased to inform you that a central celebration of the Coast Day 2008 will be organized in Morocco, under the auspices of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, in her capacity as the appointed Ambassador for the Coast.

A long list of renown personalities and representatives of important foundations, institutions and organisations to be invited to this celebration is currently under preparation. Due to its success in 2007, we expect the media coverage to be even higher this year.

We therefore invite PAP/RAC partners and all organisations interested in joining Coast Day to contact us via e-mail at daria.povh@ppa.htnet.hr and at kmlikota@gmail.com. The Activity Plan that is under preparation will be presented to the powerful and well-known international media companies.

Join the Coast Day 2008 programme now and become a part of the coastal movement for the Mediterranean. Together we can make the difference!

Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy

Posted April 23, 2008
In the framework of the EU funded SMAP III project "Promoting Awareness and Enabling a Policy Framework for Environment and Development Integration in the Mediterranean with Focus on Integrated Coastal Zone Management", PAP/RAC, together with its partners (the BP/RAC and METAP of the World Bank), is organising in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy) a Mediterranean Workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Policy to be held in Alghero, Sardinia, on 19-21 May 2008. The main objectives of the Workshop are the following: - to provide insight in the latest coastal success stories and to reveal their factors of success; - to agree on the necessary preconditions and to propose a set of most promising actions and tools for strengthening of the ICZM policy; - to agree on the needed actions to assist countries in adoption of the ICZM Protocol; and - to adopt the Sardinia Declaration in support of ICZM in the Mediterranean. The workshop is organised under the auspices of the PAP/RAC appointed Ambassadors for the Coast: * Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, * Mr. Renato Soru, President of the Sardinia Region, * Mr. Chérif Rahmani, Minister of Environment of Algeria, and * Mr. Mostafa K. Tolba, Former Executive Director of UNEP. Regional ICZM efforts have recently culminated when the Protocol on ICZM was signed by fourteen Mediterranean countries in Madrid, on 21 January 2008. All the parties are convinced that this Protocol is a crucial milestone in the history of the Mediterranean, and that it will allow the countries to better manage their coastal zones. Visit a Mediterranean workshop on ICZM Policy web site.

The Autonomous Region of Sardinia and PAP/RAC contributing to the EU Maritime Day

Posted May 28, 2008
On the third day of the Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy, on 21 May 2008, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero organised a public event with the aim to raise awareness of the EU Maritime Day, the value of the coast and the necessity of ICZM for the sustainable coastal development. A number of 512 people in total participated at the event, including the students from six universities, representatives of three marine protected areas, as well as representatives of eight NGOs, three local authorities and two research centres. About 70 posters were exposed by different ICZM organisations from all over the Mediterranean. Different promotional materials were presented, including the films, a TV spot, transmissions and photos. Also, the models of different projects to rejuvenate the coastal villages were presented by the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero. Finally, in the afternoon, four workshops were held on the following topics: architecture and spatial planning of coastal zones; sustainable development of coastal zones; conservation and environmental management of coastal zones; and participatory processes and spatial governance. For more info visit the site of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

"Sardinia Charter" adopted

Posted May 26, 2008
On 20 May 2008, the second day of the Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy, a special session was organised dedicated to the Sardinian experience in ICZM. In the afternoon of the same day, the "Sardinia Charter" was discussed, jointly with Mr. Renato Soru, President of the Sardinian Region. The "Sardinia Charter" aiming to promote the local level ICZM network, was supported by the representatives of the NGO networks, like WWF, Medcities and EUCC. A press conference with participation of the representatives of the national TVs and newspapers, which was held in the evening, was dedicated to the first celebration of the EU Maritime Day and the adoption of the "Sardinia Charter". For more info visit the site of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

Renewed elan for ICZM

Posted May 25, 2008
In the framework of the EU funded SMAP III project, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy), organised a Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy. The workshop was held in Alghero, Sardinia, on 19-21 May 2008. It was attended by 84 participants, including the high-level policy-makers from different Ministries of the SMAP eligible countries, NGO representatives and the representatives of the SMAP III ICZM projects, including the high-level representatives of the EU, UNEP, MAP and METAP. The PAP/RAC appointed Ambassadors for the Coast opened the workshop addressing the participants with the inspiring speeches describing their personal efforts, as well as endeavours of their countries and relevant organisations to achieve the sustainable coastal development. Mr. Mostafa K. Tolba, former UNEP Executive Director, described his 30 years of struggle within UNEP for saving the Regional Seas. He reminded the participants of the results of the ecological footprint studies and invited them all to consolidate efforts towards improving the ICZM policy in the Mediterranean. Mr. Cicito Morittu, Councillor of the Environmental Protection of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, presented, in the name of Mr. Renato Soru, President of the Sardinian Region, the Sardinian recent initiatives and their objectives. Mr. Lhoucine Tijani, Delegate of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, and President of the Foundation Mohamed VI for the Environmental Protection, presented endeavours of the Foundation led by the Princess to improve the coast in Morocco. During the first day of the workshop, presentations provided an insight into the latest coastal success stories and exposed their factors of success. For more info visit the site of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

ICZM Protocol signed in Madrid!!!

Posted January 25, 2008
At the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the ICZM Protocol that took place on 20-21 January 2008 in Madrid, the ICZM Protocol was signed. Under the presidency of the Minister of Environment of Spain, H.E. Ms. Cristina Narbona Ruiz, fourteen Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention signed the Protocol. These are the following: Algeria, Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria and Tunisia. All other Parties announced to do so in the very near future.

This is the 7th Protocol in the framework of the Barcelona Convention, and the decision to approve the draft text and recommendation to the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries to sign it was taken at the 15th Ordinary Meting of the Contracting Parties during their meeting in Almeria, on 15-18 January 2008. All the parties are convinced that this Protocol is a crucial milestone in the history of MAP. It will allow the countries to better manage their coastal zones, as well as to deal with the emerging coastal environmental challenges, such as the climate change.

The ICZM Protocol is a unique legal instrument in the entire international community and the Mediterranean countries are proud of this fact. They are willing to share these experiences with other coastal countries of the world. The signing of the Protocol came after six years of dedicated work of all the Parties. The work was intensified in the last biennium following the decision of the 14 th Contracting Parties meeting in Portoroz, in November 2005, to establish the governments' designated Working Group of Experts. Now, all the Parties are urged to ratify the Protocol so that it enters into force as soon as possible.

Coast Day at "MedCoast 07"

Posted November 26, 2007
The representatives of PAP/RAC who attended the "MedCoast 07" Conference in Alexandria on 13-17 November, presented the SMAP regional project focused on ICZM and, especially, the events related to the "Coast Day" initiative. Suggestive pictures taken from the ICZM folder as a background for the presentation "coloured" all the conference, and the positive message on what ICZM is able to do for the future of our coasts was well received by all the participants. Many of them approached PAP/RAC representatives to support this new approach and to congratulate PAP/RAC for the quality of the material produced including the short video spot presented in English and Arabic. The last day of the conference, a 1-hour documentary made by the Italian chain Rai 3 on the occasion of the "Coast Week" organised in Sardinia attracted the attention of an important number of participants. Once again, it was confirmed that there was a huge need to mobilise all the available means to promote the coastal issues, and at all levels - from general public, to coastal practitioners and decision makers.

Coast Day TV advert at MedFilm Festival in Rome

Posted November 8, 2007
Coast Day TV advert will be shown tomorrow on the occasion of the MedFilm festival in Rome.

Tomorrow's programme will be as follows:
DOCUMENTARIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT

19.30 ALL ON BOARD
Marble Empire, Folco Quilici, 2004, 58', ITALY
Meeting with Mr. Alessandro Giannì
About Greenpeace campaigns in the Mediterranean
Filming the impossible: Workshop of Mr. Emanuele Coppola

21.30 YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD IN 5 MINUTES
Projection of short films. Meeting with the representatives of the Città dell'Altra Economia and of the Centro Documentazione Conflitti Ambientali of Roma. Projection of the SMAP III and MAP Coast Day 2007 spot; about the Helvetas and the Palocco for Kyoto.

21.45 New images
In collaboration with the Cinemambiente, Environmental Film Festival 2007 Torino
Non c'è vento da perdere, F. Cabras, 2007, 6', ITA;
O, Pieter-Jan De Pue, 2006, 22', BELGIUM;
Mediterranean Is Over, Ethem Özgvüen, 2006, 8', TURKEY;
El Cerco, Ricardo Íscar, Nacho Martín, 2005, 12', SPAIN;
Sustainable tourism - last corners of paradise, WWF Mediterranean Project documentary

Official appointment of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa the "Ambassador for the Coast"

Posted November 7, 2007
On October 30, a "Clean Beach 2007" award ceremony took place at the local beach in Tanger. Trophies were awarded by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Foundation Mohammed VI for the Protection of Environment. In the presence of members of the Moroccan government, representatives of international institutions and national associations dealing with the protection of environment, trophies have been awarded to seven Moroccan beaches, as well as to their public and private sponsors, who distinguished themselves in beach management respectful of environment and environmental education.

On this occasion, PAP/RAC Director officially appointed HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa the "Ambassador for the Coast". The title was conferred to HRH in recognition of Her engagement in favour of the protection of environment and Her support, which will give a major impetus to common efforts of MAP-UNEP and reparian countries in ensuring sustainable development of Mediterranean coastal areas.

After the official ceremony, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa received PAP/RAC representatives and the UNDP resident representative in Morocco in a private audience in order to figure out with them actions to be taken in the years to come aiming to raise awareness of coastal issues. Next year, a central celebration of the "Coast Day" for the entire Mediterranean, organised under the patronage of HRH, could be the first concrete action in that sense.

Coast Day in Palestine

Posted October 31, 2007
The General Union of Non Governmental Environmental Organisations GUN-GEO has organised Coast Day in Palestine. The central workshop, which was held in Deir Al Balah (Middle Area of the Gaza Strip), was attended by 40 participants, including representatives of different sectors dealing with coastal zone in the Gaza Strip, representatives of the Municipalities, Ministry of Tourism, Local Governorate, Ministry of Agriculture, fishermen, as well as representatives of NGOs from the Gaza Strip. Mr. Ibrahim Al Mosader, Palestinian legislative member of the Environment and reporter of the Natural Resources & Environment Committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council, opened the workshop. Mr. Al Mosader thanked PAP/RAC and the GUN-GEO for having organised this important event in these very difficult times in the Gaza Strip. Media (local newspapers, TV, and radio) followed the event. A cleaning campaign in the coastal zone of the Gaza Strip, with more than 130 volunteers, was organised as well.

First ever TV emission on coastal management!

Posted October 31, 2007
On October 27, a TV emission, broadcasted on the Italian national TV Rai Tre, has been dedicated to the Coast Day. "Ambiente Italia" is a TV show broadcasted already 15 years every Saturday afternoon, and it is totally dedicated to environmental issues. Last Saturday, the emission was dedicated to the Coast Day and to the coastal management. The emission was made at Marina Piccola in Cagliari, during the sailing regatta to celebrate Coast Day. For 1 hour and a half, different coastal issues were presented and discussed in a fascinating and interesting way. Numerous guests, well selected, presented different aspects of the coasts and the coastal management in Italy, but also in Egypt and other parts of the Mediterranean. Mr. Ivica Trumbic, Director of PAP/RAC, presented the Coast Day initiative, as well as the new ICZM Protocol, while Ms. Tiny McKinney from SMAP III TA presented the EU initiatives in the southern Mediterranean countries. PAP/RAC and the entire Coast Day team would like to express their congratulations and acknowledgement to Mr. Beppe Rovera, as well as to the entire "Ambiente Italia" team who realised this great emission and in this way made Rai Tre an important Coast Day partner. Visit Ambiente Italia web site and watch the emission by choosing 27 ottobre 2007!

Coast Day in Sardinia, Italy

Posted October 29, 2007
The Coast Day events have been organised by the Regional Authority of Sardinia in collaboration with the International Marine Centre, and held at Manifattura Tabacchi in Cagliari, on October 26 and 27, 2007. “In the last time a lot has been said about coasts, discussing only about cubic meters of concrete. The moment has arrived to talk about the environmental, cultural, and social importance of coasts as fundamental element of our every day life”. This is part of the speech the President of Sardinia Region, and "Ambassador for the Coast", Mr. Renato Soru, has given during the Coast Day celebration in Sardinia. The two days in Cagliari have started with an important round table with the directors of the Sardinian Marine Protected Areas, which represent 20% of the total of Italian Marine Protected Areas. The Directors of Miramare and Cinqueterra Marine Protected Areas were present as well. From the discussion, a Manifesto of the Marine Protected Areas has been prepared. Many people have, at the end of the day, participated in the concert with Anouar Brahem, a Tunisian musician.

During the second day, in the morning, architects, scientists, and writers have discussed about coastal development, coastal protection, and coastal management, and the challenge of proposing a different model of development, a sustainable one. In the afternoon, the theme of the round table has been how the international co-operation can help in the implementation of such a shift, and how this is already happening in the Mediterranean area. Mr. Moustafa Fouda, Head of the Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEA) stressed the importance of co-operating with a country such as Italy. Mr. Giorgio Andrian from the UNESCO-ROSTE office in Venice talked about how the international organisations should help the single state in implementing protocols, and directives, which have already been signed. Ms. Tiny McKinney of SMAP TA has shown what the European Union is already doing with the SMAP projects around the Mediterranean. Mr. Ivica Trumbic, Director of PAP/RAC, presented to the general public the Protocol on ICZM. Mr. Cherif Rahmani, the Algerian Minister of Land-use Planning, Environment and Tourism, and the "Ambassador for the Coast", said that “Sardinia is an example for the Mediterranean, Sardinian tourism is perfectly integrated in the community, in the territory and in the economy, but at the same time, respecting the environment. At a political level Sardinia and Algeria are ready to co-operate for the future of the Mediterranean”. The press has followed all the events, a TV show has been entirely dedicated to the Coast Day, local and national journals have published a number of articles. Many people have participated and demonstrated a great interest in the initiative. Environmental education activities have been done with children, and a musical show has concluded the celebration of this first Sardinian Coast Day.

Echoes of the Coast Day: Congratulations by Mohsen Lihidheb - eco artist

Posted October 29, 2007
Mr. Mohsen Lihidheb congratulated Coast Day organisers and all those who participated in cleaning the beaches and the sea.

Philosopher. Writer. Thinker. Poet. Environmentalist. Inspiring. Informative. All of these terms can be used to describe the artist Mohsen Lihidheb. For he is a magnificent artist, though he does not use paints and brushes, oils and pastels, nor clay and stone. Mohsen brings new meaning to the saying "One man's garbage is another man's treasure." Except in his case, the garbage and litter that can be found on the beaches of the Mediterranean in Tunisia are what Mohsen uses to create his artwork.

Since 15 years, he cleaned weekly 150 km of shores and recycled some of the trash into artistic configurations to enhance eco awareness. School boys supported the action and began their own initiative.

Mohsen currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for the largest collection of different objects (26820), has been mentioned in many newspaper articles, and has many visitors to his Sea Memories Museum every week.

Coast Day in Sardinia

Posted October 26, 2007
The activities for Coast Day in Sardinia are taking place around the island. From today, and till tomorrow night, the centre of the activities is Cagliari. Today representatives of the marine protected areas have debated in a round table, to raise the attention of the general public on the important issues related to coastal zone management. As a concrete result a 'Manifesto of Italian Marine Protected Areas' has been produced. It will be sent to the most important decision-makers on a regional, national, and international level.

Coast Day campaign in Kavala, Greece

Posted October 26, 2007
On Wednesday, October 24, National Agricultural Research Foundation - Fisheries Research Institute carried out activities for the launch of the 1st Mediterranean Coast Day, in co-operation with the local Environmental Education Office of the Kavala Prefecture and the Municipality of Elefteres. During the day, more than 150 pupils from seven schools, one from Nea Peramos, Municipality of Elefteres, and six from Kavala, Municipality of Kavala, took part in a clean-up event, in the beach of Nea Irakleitsa, a beach which was awarded the Blue Flag this year. The pupils were then transferred to the Fisheries Research Institute, where the TV advert was shown to them and a discussion on the problems and the future of the coasts was done. Moreover, a movie on the fishing activities in the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (produced by N.AG.RE.F. – F.R.I.) was also shown. Finally, the pupils were guided to the Aquaculture Department of the Institute.

Apart from the clean-up event there were three press releases (the first sent one week before, the second two days before and the third the same day) to the local media in order to promote the Coast Day and the event. Two interviews were given to equal number of radio stations (ERA, Radio Evdomi), while the Coast Day video was broadcasted by two TV stations: DELTA TV in Evros prefecture and TV PROINI in Kavala. Interviews and articles on the Coast Day were hosted in many local newspapers. Finally, a one-hour TV programme on the Coast Day and the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) with the participation of an FRI researcher, Dr. M. Koutrakis, was hosted by the local TV PROINI in the afternoon of October 24.

Coast Day campaign in Nador, Morocco

Posted October 26, 2007
After the Sunday's campaign on the streets of Nador, a workshop was organised in the premises of Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Nador. More than 60 persons attended the workshop, including representatives of the local authorities, Foreign service, Chamber of Agriculture, Chamber of Arts and Crafts, Chamber of Fishing at the North, National Fisheries Institute, representatives of the Province, and of the University Mohamed I, different associations, NGOs, and national and international press. Both events were followed by the interest of the citizens and of the policy makers, and issue of sustainable development was assessed as priority in this coastal zone. The events were filmed so that the contribution for the Coast Day movie from Morocco is secured. Final event is expected for Tuesday, October 30, when the official ceremony of appointing Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa the "Ambassador for the Coast" will take place.

Coast Day in Larnaca, Cyprus

Posted October 26, 2007
The Coast Day event was organised by the Environment Service acting as the National Focal Point for PAP/RAC, and held at the Makarios C’ elementary school, on October 24, 2007, at 9:30 a.m. It was very constructive and very informative to the students aged 9-11.

The event started with a welcoming speech by the Director of the school who mentioned the importance of that day. Then, the Mayor of Larnaca took the floor to welcome the event and specified the necessity of managing the coast in order to avoid negative effects like erosion. The NGO Cymepa stressed the importance of the Blue Flag programme (52 beaches were awarded BF in 2006) and the Eco-School Programme (280 schools joined the programme) that are being implemented under the auspices of this organisation. Ms. Joanna Constantinidou, presented, on behalf of the Environment Service, the reasons to celebrate the coast, the activities concentrated on the coast, the characteristics of the coast in Cyprus and the vision of the coast developed within the Coast Day initiative. The video prepared by PAP/RAC was also shown. The event was concluded with a presentation of Mr. Glafkos Constantinides, MAP-PAP/RAC CAMP Project Task Manager, who pointed out the objectives, activities, the study area and outcomes of the CAMP. Some of 140 students participating in the event commented some points of the presentations and made suggestions on how to reduce pollution on the coast. During that day, 3,000 copies of the flyer prepared by the Environment Service in the framework of the CAMP Cyprus were disseminated to the elementary and high schools that are under the Eco-School Programme. An announcement of the event appeared in the newspapers, and the event at the school was covered by two TV channels, a local and a national one.

Yesterday, the first-ever Coast Day has been widely celebrated across the Mediterranean!

Posted October 25, 2007
Several workshops took place in Algeria, providing the general public with information on marine pollution, the importance of Posidonia oceanica, climate change, cultural importance of the sea and alike. Also, an exhibition on coastal issues was officially opened for the public. Croatia joined the initiative by widely distributing press releases and information published in a number of newspapers and transmitted by radio. In Cyprus, Coast Day partners and supporters organised site visits on the beaches all around Cyprus, and they distributed leaflets on ICZM. A special programme was realised by the Environment Service in the CAMP Cyprus area - in Larnaca. In Egypt, a clean-up event and a marathon were organised for children and youth, as well as a workshop on coastal problems, and an open-air concert for the general public. Clean-up events in Kavala and screening event in Plaka (Greece) were organised, followed by wide media coverage.

The Italian Marine Protected Areas organised open days in support of the Coast Day. The central celebration in Italy, will, however, take place in Sardinia, on Saturday, October 27, when numerous activities, such as sailing regatta, a jazz concert and workshops will be organised. On the SMAP RMSU web-site, a virtual treasure hunt for ICZM community took place. Coastal and underwater clean-ups are taking place in Israel, with the participation of schoolchildren, members of youth groups, NGOs, divers and volunteers from the general public. Events in Israel are organized in conjunction with "Clean Up the World Day", which was celebrated in Israel on October 22 and within the framework of the Clean Coast Project of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Nature and Parks Authority. In Jordan 60 participants attended a national seminar organised under the patronage of HE the Minister of Water and Irrigation. Even though big events for the Coast Day celebration in Lebanon will take place on Saturday, October 27, seven Lebanese TVs already broadcasted the Coast Day TV spot. In Morocco, interesting activities were organised, such as presentations of the Coast Day, debates and workshops followed by an exiting kayak excursion organised in Nador Lagoon. However, the biggest event will be organised on Tuesday, October 30, when the official ceremony of appointing Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa the "Ambassador for the Coast" will take place.

The Ministry of Tourism and Environment in Montenegro joined the initiative by publishing a press release and organizing a press conference. They also opened a painting competition "The coast I want in the future", which will last to November 12. In the Gaza Strip, important guests attended a workshop on the importance of ICZM, including the representatives of tourism sector, the local government and others. This workshop was an introduction into a big clean-up campaign being organized today, October 25. A great number of events were taking place on the Syrian coast (Lattakia) where Environment Expo was organized and officially attended by high-level guests from the governorate of Lattakia and presidents of the University. Also, Mr. Malek Zein, Honorary Consul of Hungary, was officially appointed the national "Ambassador for the Coast". Opening of the Expo was followed by an open-air concert of musicians from the coastal area. Coast Day activities in Syria are continuing in the following days as well, when scientific lectures, a visit to the Coastal Expo, clean-up events and a great variety of media events are taking place. Turkey joined the Coast Day by organizing A Coast Day Panel in Foca. Even though many other activities were planned, they had to be postponed due to recent events on the Turkish border.

Enthusiasm for the Coast Day in Sardinia is growing!

Posted October 24, 2007
The enthusiasm for the Coast Day in Sardinia is growing in the region, and across the country. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in the events, more than 300 schools have required information and will take an active part in environmental education activities. More than 30 press agencies, news online, online newspapers, and magazines have written about Coast Day. The activities in the marine protected areas have already started, and will go on by Sunday. All the most important social actors involved in coastal management will participate in the events: scientists, decision-makers, policy-makers, environmental associations, journalists, architects, and representatives of international associations. Very soon, more news on Sardinian Coast Day on this web site.

Coast Day TV spot on Green.tv

Posted October 24, 2007
Green.tv is a broadband TV channel for environmental films bringing together films from a range of environmental organisations and independent filmmakers. Green.tv is celebrating Coast Day by placing the Coast Day TV spot in prime time. Visit Green.tv

Coast Day in Andalusia

Posted October 24, 2007
Andalusian Regional Ministry of Environment joined the celebration of the Coast Day by releasing a press note on their web site.
Visit Junta de Andalucia

Official celebration of the appointment of the Princess Lalla Hasnaa

Posted October 24, 2007
On October 30, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the "Foundation Mohammed VI for the Protection of the Environment" of the Kingdom of Morocco, will be officially appointed the "Ambassador for the Coast". The ceremony of appointment will be held on the occasion of the "Yearly Award for the Cleanest Beach" organised by the "Foundation Mohammed VI for the Protection of the Environment". The top-level representatives, including the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Crafts, and the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment will attend the ceremony. The private sector will be represented by the President of the General Confederation of the Enterprises of Morocco. Mr. Ivica Trumbic, PAP/RAC Director will officially appoint Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa the "Ambassador for the Coast". The UNDP and EC representative will also attend the ceremony.

HAPPY COAST DAY!

Posted October 24, 2007
Happy Coast Day ... to all of us celebrating the beauty of life on the coast and wishing the same for the generations to come. Threats are numerous, but the willingness for a change is what matters. So, let's build it and move towards sustainable coastal development - towards the coast that is resilient, productive, diverse, distinctive, attractive and healthy!

Ready the Italian version of Coast Day TV advert!

Posted October 23, 2007
The Regional Authority of Sardinia secured broadcasting of the Italian version of the Coast Day advert in two local TVs, Videolina and Sardegna1. The Italian version will be also broadcasted by ECO TV.

Coast Day TV advert on 3 TV channels in Syria

Posted October 23, 2007
Since October 22nd, the General Organization of Radio and TV in Syria is broadcasting the Coast Day TV advert on its three channels: Syrian Satellite channel; Syrian channel 1; and Syrian channel 2.

One more TV to broadcast Coast Day advert in Greece

Posted October 23, 2007
A local TV channel - TV Thessaloniki decided to join the Coast Day campaign by broadcasting the Coast Day TV spot. At present, 6 TVs in Greece are broadcasting the Coast Day TV advert.

Great success of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment!

Posted October 23, 2007
Lebanese Ministry of Environment secured broadcasting of the Coast Day advert in 7 Lebanese TVs, namely: Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC); National Broadcasting Network (NBN); Future Television (FTV); Tele Liban (TL); Tele Lumiere; Al Manar; and New Television (NTV). In this way, the Lebanese TVs joined TVs of other Mediterranean countries in broadcasting the Coast Day advert.

Screening event in Athens for the Coast Day

Posted October 22, 2007
In Athens a screening event is to take place on October 24 at Elliniki Etairia, Tripodon 28, Plaka. The screening, which is co-hosted by UNEP-MAP, MedWet Secretariat, the French Institute in Athens and Elliniki Etairia, begins at 7pm and lasts approximately three hours. It is free to the public and all are welcome! Here is the detailed programme of the documentaries to be screened
(Note that all the films are in French with Greek subtitles)

1.Power and water from antiquity to the Mid-Ages (50mns)
The distribution of water has been used as a power tool since ancient times. The film explores how cities and empires were built-on the basis of their proximity to water and wars were fought over its control.

2.From the Gulf to Kurdistan the tears of Mesopotamia (60mns)
Following the course of the rivers Tigris and Eufrates the film is a journey into the history of the lands that the rivers pass through.

3.The Mediterranean, a sea of Men (26mns)
Climate change, the superexploitation of energy resources, the fast urbanization and industrialization of the Mediterranean are unbalancing the area’s ecosystem. The documentary looks into alternatives of what can be done to change this alarming reality.

4.Rhodes and the islands without water (12mns)
Water shortage is a common problem in many of the Greek islands. The film shows every day life in addressing the issue and makes the point that things will o­nly get worse unless measures are taken.

5.The water diviner of the sea (26mns)
Fishermen in the ports around Provence in France have a precious secret: the existence of a freshwater spring whose water reaches the sea. The documentary focuses o­n how at a time of serious water shortages worldwide the knowledge of how to best utilize such resources becomes imperative.
For more details please contact Elinda Labropoulou at the Information Office of the MedWet Secretariat at 210-8089270, elida@medwet.org

A day of awareness campaign in Nador!

Posted October 22, 2007
On October 21 people from Coast Day partner FUED have organised a day of awareness campaign with citizens from Nador. Leaflets on coastal issues have been distributed, and all the people have demonstrated great interests and commitment for building all together a sustainable development for our coasts!

Fastest preparation of the Coast Day event in Montenegro!

Posted October 24, 2007
Coast Day in Montenegro will be celebrated in the frame of the activities of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, which has prepared the press release and is planning to organise a press conference. Also, the Coast Day activities are conducted by the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management through the press release and the Painting competition - "The coast I want in the future" for 7 to 10 years old children. The competition will be organised in co-operation with the elementary schools from 6 Montenegrin coastal municipalities. This activity starts today - on the Coast Day, and will be concluded on November 12. The best paintings will be published by the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management.

A press conference on Coast Day event in Sardinia on October 19!

Posted October 22, 2007
On October the 19th a press conferece has been organised in Cagliari to present Coast Day celebration in Sardinia. Journalists from local TVs, and local newspapers have participated and have demonstrated great interests for the event.

An interview on Coast Day tomorrow on a national Greek TV!

Posted October 22, 2007
Tomorrow, from 9.45 am a 15 minutes live interview about the COAST DAY celebrations from representatives of HENCORE will be broadcasted on ERT3, a public national TV channel in Greece. The interview will be accompanied by broadcasting the TV spot.

Coast Day 2007 press release

Posted October 23, 2007
Press release in English, French and Arabic for the "Coast Day" is available at the Coast Day web site. You may find it under the download section, at the top-right section of the home page. If needed, press release may be adapted to the countries' needs. Become a Coast Day supporter and disseminate this press release to celebrate the first-ever "Coast Day" in the Mediterranean!

Cyprus Environmental Service celebrates Coast Day in Larnaca

Posted October 21, 2007
The national team of the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP) for Cyprus prepares a celebration of the Coast Day in the pilot area of the project. The activities will focus on the education sector in Larnaca. During the Coast Day, a flyer prepared by the Environmental Service will be circulated to eleven elementary schools that are under the Eco-School Programme. Also, welcoming speeches from the Mayor of Larnaca and NGO Cymepa, which is the Manager of the Eco-School Programme, as well as a presentation from the Environmental Officer of the Environmental Service, will be given during that day at the Makarios C’ elementary school at 9:30 a.m.

Liguria Region and the BEACHMED-e project support Coast Day

Posted October 19, 2007
Liguria Region is particularly involved in the activities of coastal planning and management. Therefore, Liguria decided to support the Coast Day event. On October 12th, Mr. Carlo Ruggeri, the Councillor in charge for the territorial planning, presented to the press Coast Day and the International Conference on BEACHMED –e, which will be held on October 26th. BEACHMED-e is a project funded by the EU, aiming to develop and improve the knowledge about the protection of the coast against erosion and to control the coast vulnerability.

An entire week of celebration for Coast Day in Sardinia!

Posted October 18, 2007
The Regional Authority of the Sardinia Region, in collaboration with the International Marine Centre of Oristano, has planned a unique event to celebrate Coast Day! A team composed of more than 20 people organising the event will give an opportunity to the people of Sardinia to celebrate their coasts.

The event will last for a week, from 21st to 27th October. Four Marine Protected Areas (Penisola del Sinis – Isola di Mal di Ventre, Capo Caccia – Isola Piana, Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo, and Capo Carbonara) and two National Parks (Arcipelago della Maddalena, and Parco Asinara) will be the main actors in the first days of the event. Excursions and courses of wind surf, kite surf and scuba diving will be organised. Environmental education activities will be done together with schools and local people. On 26th and 27th October, the central celebration will be organised in Cagliari, at the Manifattura Tabacchi - an old industrial site renovated by the Regional Authority to be transformed into a cultural centre. During these two days, the site will be a place where opinions will be exchanged and issues discussed related to the coast. An exhibition with a video projection and posters will present the activities implemented in the Marine Protected Areas, as well as the activities of research institutes working jointly on Coastal Zone Management. A debate on the challenges of Marine Protected Areas will close the first day. On the second day, three round tables with researchers, writers, journalists and representatives of international organisations will be organised with a focus on the Mediterranean, its protection and the future vision. The National TV - Rai Tre will make a special broadcast - a live TV show, lasting from 2 to 4 PM.

The entire event will be a zero impact one. All the materials used will be in a Mater-Bi®, a bioplastic completely biodegradable in different environments, for example, in composting and in the soil, and the CO2 emissions will be offset. For more information on the event, please, visit the International Marine Centre of Oristano.

Coast Day TV advert at the MedFilm Festival

Posted October 17, 2007
The Coast Day TV advert will be presented at the MedFilm Festival that will be held in Rome, from 8th to 18th November. This is the 13th edition of the festival founded in 1995 and based on the principles of the Barcelona Declaration. The third chapter of the Barcelona Declaration identifies intercultural dialogue as one of the main tools to encourage peace and development amongst nations in the Euro-Mediterranean area, but above all, it recognises the key role that audio-visual media plays in promoting knowledge and understanding among nations and, above all, among young people. This year, more than 1.000 films have been submitted.

Marine Protected Area - Open door for the Coast Day

Posted October 16, 2007
Marine Protected Area peninsula Sinis-Isola of Mal di Ventre, has chosen the see, waves, wind and its coasts for raising awareness of the value of the coast. This will be done through the nautic and sportive activities that are using the elements and the strengths of the nature. Some of the activities are: the day of Windsurf, Kitesurf, Surf, Mountain bike, Buggy, Land yachting, wind and waves, beautiful quartz sand beaches of Is Arutas and Porto Suedda, and white cliffs of Su Tingiosu. A meeting of all passionate professionals and amateurs will be organised in order to have fun and exchange the gifts of the sea: wind and waves.

Brock initiative, led by Mr. Richard Brock, offered to make a Coast Day movie!

Posted October 18, 2007
Mr. Richard Brock worked in the BBC Natural History Unit for 35 years producing, among others, the highly successful Life on Earth and Living Planet series. Today, he is trying to address the real current state of the environment with his own independent production company Living Planet Productions. Mr. Brock, currently working on the project of 4 Mediterranean islands became involved into coastal issues and these led him to PAP/RAC and to Coast Day. Because of his offer, PAP/RAC invites all Coast Day partners to secure filming of the Coast Day. Even plain digital camera with mini DVDs, preferably with the PAL system may be sufficient. What can better promote Coast Day for its future growth than the good movie about it!

Eco TV offered partnership to Coast Day!

Posted October 16, 2007
Eco TV, Italian satellite TV, available on the Sky channel 906, "Hot bird 6" satellite, 11013 frequency, and in on-line streaming on the http://www.ecotv.it offered to broadcast the Coast Day TV advert. Eco TV can be watched in all European countries, as well as in the countries of the southern Mediterranean rim. Eco TV has been founded with the aim to promote topics such as ecology, civil rights, solidarity and social justice.

Coast Day in France

Posted October 15, 2007
Tour du Valat /, French research centre for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands, joins Coast Day on the topic of ICZM as a tool for biodiversity conservation. The events, which are going to be organized in Camargue, will focus on conservation of Eels and the role of Mediterranean lagoons for their conservation, as well as on the general ICZM issues in France and in the Mediterranean. The Coast Day celebration will be organised with support of the Technical transfer unit for Mediterranean lagoons and with participation of several NGOs.

BBC NEWS: Gore and IPCC win Nobel prize

Posted October 12, 2007
Climate change campaigner Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr Gore, 59, was vice-president under Bill Clinton and has since devoted his efforts to environmental campaigning.
The UN's IPCC, comprising 3,000 leading climate scientists, is the world's top authority on global warming.
The Nobel committee said it wanted to help the world focus on the threat it faced from climate change. Announcing the winners, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ole Danbolt Mjoes, said they had been chosen "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
Story from BBC NEWS

A Coast Day Panel in Izmir, Turkey

Posted October 5, 2007
On October 5th, a Coast Day Panel will be held in the premises of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (IMST) of Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. This University is the only one to have Coastal Zone Management education programme in Turkey. The national Focal Point - The Ministry of Environment and Forestry jointly with IMST supported organisation of the Panel. The aim is to call for the development of a national strategy to give an impetus to the ICZM approach and to determine the ways of a better co-ordination between institutions. The expected output of the Coast Day Panel is a "COAST DAY STATEMENT", which will be announced through the media. By providing support to implementation of this activity, the IMST has become a Coast Day partner.

Excellent news from Greece

Posted October 11, 2007
Greek Coast Day partners did an excellent job in securing 4 TV companies to broadcast the Coast Day TV advert! One national - SKAI TV, and 3 local TVs - Delta TV in Alexandroupoli, Center TV and Proini TV in Kavala, will broadcast the Greek version of the Coast Day TV advert. Several activities are planned in Kavala and in Athens for the Coast Day. Visit us soon to find out more news from Greece.

Ready the programme for Coast Day in Algeria

Posted October 8, 2007
The Coast Day partner , the Association "Les amis du Mont Chénoua" have prepared the programme for Coast Day celebration in Algeria. A series of five conferences will be organized on different themes, from marine pollution to coastal zone protection. At the cultural and sport centre of Tipasa there will be an exhibition with educational material developed by local NGOs and schools.

A powerful TV advert has been produced to promote sustainable coastal development

Posted October 4, 2007
Through the eyes of a child, the advert takes us on a journey to a coastal future in which we have failed to tackle the worst problems of pollution, development and climate change. But the message is one of hope as we are brought back to a vision of the sustainable coast we want and can achieve. The 60-second advert will be ready for broadcast in English, French, Arabic and Italian, but it will be possible to obtain it in more languages. The filming has been done on the highest quality HD camera while the format is DIgi Beta. The advert ends by announcing "Coast Day" - a key event of the awareness raising campaign on the value and state of the coasts, which is going to be held on October 24th. A preview of the advert can be viewed at:

http://www.largeblue.com/extranet/ICZM/english_v2.mp4 http://www.largeblue.com/extranet/ICZM/french_v2.mp4 http://www.largeblue.com/extranet/ICZM/arabic_v5.mp4

The advert is ready for broadcast. For more information, please, contact Ms. D. Povh, PAP/RAC, on +385 21 340478, or at daria.povh@ppa.htnet.hr
WE ARE INVITING YOU TO BECOME A COAST DAY PARTNER BY HELPING US TO SHOW THIS ADVERT ON SOME TV STATION!

Ready the programme of Coast Day in Egypt

Posted September 30, 2007
The Coast Day partner Friends of Environment Association have preparred to programme for Coast Day. The first activity will be a scientific workshop on coastal zone issues and recommendation, this will be followed by a concert with artists from Alexandria.

The SMAP III project - AMIS joins Coast Day celelebration

Posted September 30, 2007
The partners of SMAP III project AMIS (Algerian coast Management through Integration and Sustainability) have decided to join in Coast Day celebration. The foreseen activities are distribution of leaflets, and the placing of posters in Alger and along Algerian beaches.

Her Royal Highness the Princes Lalla Hasnaa - Ambassador for the Coast

Posted September 21, 2007
Her Royal Highness the Princes Lalla Hasnaa, President of the "Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l’Environnement" of the Kingdom of Morocco, has kindly accepted to be the "Ambassador for the Coast" within a PAP/RAC initiative to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable coastal zone management. By accepting this nomination, HRH Princes Lalla Hasnaa will join the endeavours to provide future generations with the natural, social, cultural and economic welfare they deserve.

More supporters for Coast Day in Greece

Posted September 21, 2007
The enthusiasm for Coast Day is growing in Greece. Three more supporting organisation have decided to join the Coast Day celebrations: the Fisheries Research Institute, the Hellenic Network on Coastal Research, and MedWet

Ready the programme for Coast Day in Syria

Posted September 21, 2007
The Syrian NGO Syrian Coastal Society for Environment Protection has prepared the programme for Coast Day. The activities include an environmental forum, a beach cleaning event, TV interviews, a workshop with researchers, NGOs and decision-makers, and an environmental education programme with university and high school students.

Turkish Ambassador for the Coast : Hakan Öge

Posted September 21, 2007
Hakan Öge is assigned as the Ambassador for the Coast in Turkey. He is a dentist but his passion for nature has convinced him to become a nature photographer. He finished a three-years of world expedition by a sailing-boat in July 2007. He is nowadays being prepared to an expedition to the poles

Ready the programme for Coast Day in Cyprus

Posted September 19, 2007
The Cyprot NGO AKTI has prepared the programme for Coast Day. The activities will last from 5th to 24th October. The activities will include workshop on ICZM in Pervolia, involving schools and local people, and communication activities in the Peristerona village. Several articles will be published on local newspaper and magazines, and radio programmes will be also organised.

Ready the programme for Coast Day in Sardinia

Posted September 19, 2007
La Région de Sardaigne in collaboration with the International Marine Centre has preparred the programme for Coast Day. The activities will last from 21st to 27th of October. The system of Sardinian Marine Protected Areas will have opne days for students, and for the public. On the 27th there will be a workshop with international scientists and practitioners involved in the promotion of ICZM. A concert with artists from Sardinia and from the Mediterranean will close Coast Day celebration.

The Lebanese University of Balamand joins Coast Day celebration

Posted August 28, 2007
The University of Balamand will join in the celebration of Coast Day. The University of Balamand is the leading partner of SMAP III IMAC (Integrated Management of East Mediterranean Country), carried on with the International Marine Centre of Oristano (Italy), DIPE (Greece), and Adelphi research (Germany). Very soon more detailed information on this web site

Coast Day in Kariat Arekmane

Posted August 27, 2007
In the context of the celebration of the Coast Day, FUED in collaboration with the association for culture and development ‘Segangan’ and the ‘Ihanjaren n zghanghane team’, have organised a day of awareness on coastal issues and a beach cleaning event for a hundred of children in vacation on Kariat Arekmane beach. On the first day a hundred of children from 10 to 16 years old, have participated in the event with drawings, animation, and contests. In the afternoon the children themselves have talked to the tourists on beach of Kariat Arekmane about the threats the coasts are exposed to. To see the pictures visit FUED website

A great event in Boudinar

Posted August 13, 2007
The workshop on coastal zone protection, and the awareness campaign in Boudinar, as foreseen, has been a great event. Local decision-makers, social actors, and the local population have participated in the event with great enthusiasm. To see the pictures, visit FUED web site

A workshop on coastal zone protection in Boudinar on August 11

Posted August 10, 2007
Within the activities of Coast Day, the Moroccan partner FUED will organise a workshop on coastal zone protection in Boudinar. During the same day there will also be dissemination of information on Coast Day with tourists, locals, and fishermen, and a beach cleaning event. The programme can be found on FUED web site

Everything is ready for the TV spot !

Posted August 3, 2007
The main actor and the beach for the TV spot have been selected. The filming will start on the second week of August in a Tunisian beach. Very soon more detailed information on this web site.

Coast Day will be also celebrated in Greece!

Posted August 3, 2007
The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) decided to join us in the celebration of the Coast Day. HCMR is the leading partner of MEDPONDS, a LIFE project aiming at the protection and preservation of Mediterranean temporary ponds in Crete, by providing management solutions that can efficiently overcome the dominant habitat's threats in a long-term basis. For further information visit the website of HCMR http://www.hcmr.gr and the website of the project http://www.life-kriti.gr

New at the site!

Posted July 27, 2007
New at the site - visit the "Activities" web page and find out what are our NGO partners and Ministries around Mediterranean planning for the Coast Day.

Sardinia Region joins to celebrate the Coast Day

Posted July 23, 2007
The Regional Authority of Sardinia Region decided to join to the celebration of the Coast Day around its coastline. Planned activities include dissemination of information, environmental education activities, workshops on ICZM, and exhibition, involving the coastal municipalities and the marine protected areas. Very soon more detailed information on this web site.

Mr. Soru - The saviour of Sardinia

Posted July 12, 2007
The British newspaper "The Independent" published a long article on Sardinia Region policy committed to protect the coastline. ‘As more and more of the Mediterranean is essentially destroyed by resort tourism, the message is bound to spread. Mr Soru's new role as "Ambassador for the Coasts" in the UN's Environment Programme gives him the chance to spread the word’. To read the entire article visit "The Independent" web site: http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2742788.ece

Mr. Chérif Rahmani - Ambassador for the Coast

Posted July 10, 2007
Mr. Chérif Rahmani, the Algerian Minister of Land-use Planning, Environment and Tourism, accepted to be the "Ambassador for the Coast" in a MAP initiative to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable coastal zone management. By accepting this nomination, Minister Rahmani will help PAP/RAC to promote this aim given his efforts in the field of integrated coastal zone management, such as promulgation of the Algerian coastal law, creation of the national coastal commission, launching of the coastal cadastre, formulation of regional programmes for coastal valorisation and protection, delimitation, etc. Sharing his rich experience with other countries in the Mediterranean region, he will only encourage them to follow the Algerian example in the domain of ICZM.

Live Earth

Posted July 9, 2007
Live Earth was a 24-hour, 7-continent series of concerts which took place on 7/7/07 that brought together more than 100 music artists. The event was put together by the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group and other international organisations to encourage individuals, corporations and governments to take action to prevent climate change. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance and Partner of Live Earth. Live Earth took place at Giants Stadium in New York; Wembley Stadium in London; Aussie Stadium in Sydney; Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg; Makuhari Messe in Tokyo; the Steps of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai; and HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg. More information about the campaign is available at liveearth.org. You can also have your say about climate change on the BBC News website. Source: bbc.co.uk

Coast Day at Nador

Posted July 6, 2007
On July 4th, within the Coast Day campaign, FUED, the Moroccan Coast Day partner, organised an excursion to the lagoon of Marchica. The excursion was organised in collaboration with the Nautica Méditéraneo nautic sports club (jet ski, kayak, sailing,...).
For more information, visit FUED web site.

Coast Day is spreading to Cyprus!

Posted July 6, 2007
Cypriot NGO AKTI joined the celebration of the Coast Day and became a Coast Day partner! AKTI is a partner to the Network for a sustainable future . Common thematic activity of this network is Sustainable Coastal Development. AKTI is planning several awareness raising activities in Cyprus that will be implemented within the Coast Day framework.

Coast day in Seganagan

Posted July 5, 2007
The Moroccan Coast Day partner FUED (Forum d’Urbanisme d’Environnement et de Développement) has celebrated in Senagan at the school S.A. Abdelssalam the fourth edition of the environmental days from May 28 to June 5 2007. ‘Our coast, our future’ has been the theme of this celebration.
During the environment days, the pupils of the school have participated in the production of artistic works on environment and the protection of the coast, environmental education activities on environmental protection and ICZM, as well as night with music, poetry, and theatre. For more information visit the websites
FUED
Nador

Poster, flyer, sticker & bookmark are available now!

Posted June 13, 2007
Coast day marketing products - a poster, flyer, sticker and a bookmark in English, French and Arabic are ready and available to download. At the page "What to do" you will find the pdf form of the products available. At the top right section of the home page there is an icon to download these items in the tif format - suitable for printing. If you would like to have the samples, please, feel free to contact us. If you are an NGO involved in coastal management or in environmental protection, and if you have a wish to join us in Coast Day celebration, please, let us know and we will add your institution to the list of partners. As a partner, you will have an opportunity to add your logo to some of these products. In case your organisation is from the business or governmental sector, and if you want to join us, please, contact us to determine the details of your involvement.

TV spot preparation started!

Posted June 14, 2007
PAP/RAC received the final approval from Brussels, Athens and Nairobi to start TV spot preparation. TV spot will promote the value of the coast and need for its management. Although it was not planned at the beginning, the development of the project directed PAP/RAC to marketing waters. TV advert production was assessed as one of potentially most effective awareness raising actions in the region. Until now, PAP received 11 proposals from three selected media agencies (Lowe Digitel - Zagreb, MOSTRA - Brussels and Largeblue - London). In a tough competition one of the Largeblue proposals was singled out. If you are curious about to find out how the shootings are proceeding, visit our web pages....

Lowe Digitel
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Growing enthusiasm for the Coast Day

Posted February 5, 2007
In order to effectively raise awareness of the importance of the coast, as well as of the ICZM as the optimal policy framework for achieving sustainable development of coastal areas, an Awareness Raising Campaign (ARC), including the Coast Day event, will be organised in ten Mediterranean countries within the SMAP III project. In each of the project countries, an NGO has been selected with the main objective to implement the ARC and to organise the Coast Day event. NGOs initiated activities in all of the countries of the project.

An interesting example is the Palestinian Authority selected NGO: "The General Union of the Non-Governmental Organisations (GUN-GEO)", based in Gaza, which is a network of 13 NGOs in Palestine. Due to their great enthusiasm for raising awareness of the coastal zone management, information on SMAP III project, PAP/RAC and GUN-GEO partnership, as well as information on ICZM have been broadly published in some of the most important national and local media. Information has been launched on the most distributed electronic news web site in Palestine called Palmedia, as well as through WAFA (Palestine News Agency) and in the local Newspaper Al Hayat Al Jadedah. In addition to SMAP III countries, the interest for the Coast Day has been received from other countries as well. Therefore, it is hoped that the Coast Day initiative will grow on beyond this project.

The Ambassadors for the Coast

Posted March 20, 2007
In order to effectively raise awareness of the importance of the coast, as well as of the ICZM as the optimal policy framework for achieving sustainable development of coastal areas, an Awareness Raising Campaign (ARC), including the Coast Day event, will be organised in ten Mediterranean countries within the SMAP III project. In each of the project countries, an NGO has been selected with the main objective to implement the ARC and to organise the Coast Day event. NGOs initiated activities in all of the countries of the projecIn the framework of the Coast Day, i.e. the Awareness Raising Campaign within the MAP/METAP SMAP III project, PAP has decided to appoint distinguished persons to be the Ambassadors for the Coast. Three persons, who we believe are uniquely and eminently qualified to invite policy makers of all the countries to collaborate on raising awareness of the value of the coast, have been invited to be the Ambassadors for the Coast. Their role would include participating at the central celebration of the Coast Day in September 2007, and supporting our efforts in raising awareness of the value of the coast and its sustainable development through interviews, messages and alike, which will be presented at the PAP web site. The names will be revealed soon.

Prof. Matvejevic - The Ambassador for the Coast

Posted April 3, 2007
Prof. Predrag Matvejevic, the author of the famous "Mediterranean Breviary", was the first to accept PAP/RAC's invitation to be the Ambassador for the Coast in a major initiative of MAP to secure the sustainable development of the Mediterranean coast. In his role of the Ambassador for the Coast, prof. Matvejevic will help PAP/RAC to promote this goal. In the "Mediterranean Breviary", a book of lyric essays translated into 20 languages, prof. Matvejevic reveals to the reader the magical Mediterranean - the Mediterranean we want to preserve. The excerpts from the "Mediterranean Breviary" will be available at PAP/RAC web site on Coast Day soon...

Mr. Soru - The Ambassador for the Coast

Posted April 4, 2007
Mr. Renato Soru, President of Sardinia region, joined PAP/RAC in the Awareness Raising Campaign organised in the framework of the Coast Day. Through the appointment of Mr. Soru the Ambassador for the Coast, PAP/RAC wants to support Sardinia's recent initiatives in the field of coastal zone planning and management, in particular the "Piano Paesaggistico Regionale", the "Conservatoria delle Coste" and the "Piano Regionale di Sviluppo Turistico Sostenibile". Sardinia Region decided to participate in the Coast Day campaign through raising awareness of coastal protection and management of the local stakeholders and in particular of the primary and secondary schools pupils. Read more on Sardinia experience on PAP/RAC web site on Coast Day soon...

SMAP III Workshop in Morocco

Posted May 17, 2007
PAP/RAC presented the progress done by the Centre within the SMAP III MAP/METAP project at the 2nd regional ICZM workshop held in Cairo, Egypt, on 10-12 February. Besides focusing on administrative and contractual issues, the objectives of the workshop were to up date on the progress and difficulties faced by all ICZM projects, consolidate regional networking and cross-fertilisation process as well as capacity building. In addition to planned activities, PAP/RAC presented its new initiative within the Awareness Raising Campaign - Coast Day. Eight action plan projects, as well as SMAP III TA and the SMAP RMSU were invited to join this initiative and to synchronise awareness raising activities in order to maximise synergy in promoting the importance of the coastal areas. It was also stressed that sending simple key messages simultaneously from all involved countries could strongly enhance visibility of this important EC investment into ICZM.

Appointing Mr. R. Soru Ambassador for the Coast

Posted May 24, 2007
Representatives of PAP/RAC of UNEP/MAP will be visiting Cagliari, Sardinia, to appoint Mr. Soru, President of Sardinia Region, Ambassador for the Coast. With the recent initiatives in the domain of coastal management, Sardinia Region provided a good example to follow also in other parts of the Mediterranean. In addition, Sardinia Region is the first European region that decided to join the celebration of the Coast Day. PAP/RAC hopes that this initiative, launched in the framework of the SMAP III project funded by EU, will also spread into other coastal countries and live on in the years to come. Rising awareness of the value of the coast, as the key objective of the Coast Day, is a critical step for the creation and enhancement of the political will, which is expected to yield necessary changes towards sustainable coastal development.