Valencia, Spain, November 3, 2015 — The EU-funded Mare Nostrum Project will hold its closing event in Valencia, Spain on November 24 to 26, 2015, during which it will present findings and policy tools for improved coastline regulation and management.
The focus of the conference will be cross-national action to bridge the current legal and institutional gaps in the implementation of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) policies among countries in the Mediterranean Basin. The meeting will also present the new “kit of tools” for coastline regulation and management developed by the Mare Nostrum team.
The event, which is being organized by Mare Nostrum Project partner the Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation of the Valencian Region (FEPORTS), will bring together an international audience of decision makers, researchers and civil society organizations and NGOs.
“Our closing conference will analyze the implementation process of the Barcelona Convention’s ICZM Protocol on the basis of Mare Nostrum’s findings gleaned during the project,” said Mare Nostrum project initiator and coordinator Prof. Rachelle Alterman of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
“The event will provide a great opportunity to explore potential for improvement of ICZM legislation and implementation in the Mediterranean, and revisit the Barcelona Protocol’s formulation,” she added.
Prof. Alterman will discuss the relevant findings of the project and present a comparative analysis of the legal institutional implementation gaps and attempts to bridge it.
Presentations will review and compare the experience of several Mediterranean countries, including Greece, Israel, Malta, Spain, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.
Special sessions will be devoted to public empowerment tools and the role of civil society in coastal conservation.
The deadline for free registration for the conference is November 18, 2015, while spaces are still available.