Developing a new toolkit of alternative legal-institutional instruments to improve the implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) principles in Mediterranean countries will be the focus of a meeting of Mare Nostrum Project partners hosted by the municipality of Kavala, Greece on March 10-13, 2015.
“Instead of looking for generalized ‘best practice,’ which may not be transferable to specific local contexts, Mare Nostrum’s toolkit will propose a set of alternative instruments,” said Mare Nostrum project initiator and coordinator Prof. Rachelle Alterman of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
“By analyzing specific case studies on the local-municipal levels, Mare Nostrum will be able to propose a set of legal-regulatory and institutional tools which can help local or national governments to improve the implementation of ICZM goals,” she added, describing the methodology by which the toolkit will be developed.
In a recent survey of 43 NGOs involved in coastal conservation in eleven Mediterranean countries, carried out in the context of the newly launched Mare Nostrum Network, some 90% of respondents believed that sharing knowledge on best practices, experience, and tools related to coastal management and conservation among network members would be useful or very useful in their work, and a similar number (88%) specified that a Mediterranean-oriented ICZM toolkit would be.
“The various government or citizen-group users may find it relevant to their own contexts to help address their specific problems in implementation of specific aspects of ICZM,” Prof. Alterman commented.
The EU-funded Mare Nostrum Project has identified major gaps in the implementation of the ICZM protocol to the Barcelona Convention, which was formally adopted by most of the Mediterranean Basin countries.
Developing the toolkit is an important step in reaching the primary goal of the Mare Nostrum Project, which is to contribute to bridging the gaps between the ideals of ICZM policy and actual implementation on the ground, by developing new tools to facilitate implementation of ICZM policy and improving cooperation and dialogue across national borders in the Mediterranean region.Leave a reply →