• 05 NOV 15
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    Mare Nostrum will present new findings and ICZM policy tools at its final conference in Valencia

    The EU-funded Mare Nostrum Project is gearing up to hold its closing conference in Valencia, Spain, on November 24-26, 2015, to present findings and policy tools for improved coastline regulations and management to an international audience of decision makers, researchers and civil society.

    Cross-national implementation of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) policies among countries in the Mediterranean Basin will be a key focus of the meeting, which will be hosted by Mare Nostrum Project partner the Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation of the Valencian Region (FEPORTS). The meeting will also present the new “kit of tools” for coastline regulation and management developed by the Mare Nostrum team.

    Participants at the conference will analyze the implementation process of the Barcelona Convention’s ICZM Protocol based on findings gleaned during the project, explore potential for improvement of ICZM implementation in the Mediterranean, and revisit the protocol’s formulation based on inputs from PAP/RAC, the EU and the Mare Nostrum team itself.

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    Mare Nostrum Project coordinator Prof. Rachelle Alterman will discuss the rationale of the project as a whole, answering the question of why we should study the legal institutional implementation gap. In separate sessions, she will present a comparative analysis of the legal institutional implementation gap and attempts to bridge it, and discuss the relevant findings from the Mare Nostrum Project.

    Presentations will review and compare the experience of several Mediterranean countries, particularly partner countries Greece, Israel, Malta and Spain, as well as non-partner countries Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

    Additionally, special sessions will be devoted to public empowerment tools and the role of civil society in coastal conservation. In these sessions, Anna Spiteri of Mare Nostrum Maltese partner IRMCo will discuss the use of GIS in public participation, Mare Nostrum’s Dr. Ziva Kolodney will discuss other Mare Nostrum public participation experiences, and Rotem Bechor of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel will present the project’s NGO platform, the Mare Nostrum Network.

    Before the nighttime closing event in the city, two parallel sessions will examine the Spanish coastal legislation and the relationship between ICZM and planning of port cities.

    The deadline for free registration for the conference is November 18, 2015, while spaces are still available.

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