Mediterranean Action Plan

Sans titre - 4The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP, maintained by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP) is a regional cooperative effort involving 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the European Union. Through the MAP, these Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols are determined to meet the challenges of protecting the marine and coastal environment while boosting regional and national plans to achieve sustainable development.

I have collaborated with MAP Coordinating Unit of Athens, and with its Regional Activity Centre on Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) of Tunis, for more than two decades, concerning a number of different activities. These include:

  • meeting of cetacean experts in Copanello, Italy, in August 1991, to draft the “Action plan for the conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea”, later adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Cairo, October 1991);
  • participation as a RAC/SPA expert in several meetings, including the final negotiation and signature meeting on the Annexes to the Barcelona Convention Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean, (Monaco, 1996); the Mediterranean Initiative on Taxonomy, convened by the RAC/SPA (Tunis, 2003); meetings of the National Focal Points for SPAs (Marseille, 2003; Seville, 2005);
  • participation as Italian delegate to the meeting of experts on the implementation of action plans for protected species, organised by the RAC/SPA (Arta, Greece, 1998);
  • hosting and chairing of an expert meeting on the finalisation of Standard Data-Entry Forms for the collection of scientific information on Mediterranean habitats, on behalf of RAC/SPA (Rome, 2000);
  • contracted as consultant for the drafting of a number of documents, including: “Action plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Maltese waters” (2002); “The list of specially protected areas of Mediterranean importance: implementation and perspectives for development” (2003); “Programme of work on Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in the Mediterranean region” (2008); “Overview of scientific findings and criteria relevant to identifying SPAMIs in the Mediterranean open seas, including the deep sea” (2010); “National Action Plan for the conservation of marine mammals in the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea – 2012-2016” (2011); “Guidelines for the establishment and management of marine protected areas for cetaceans” (2011); “Regional Strategy for the conservation of monk seals in the Mediterranean, 2013-2019” (2013); “Towards the identification and reference list of pelagic habitat types in the Mediterranean Sea” (2013);
  • invited expert at a meeting on the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach in the Mediterranean, organised by UNEP MAP (Roma, Feb. 2013).