Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP)
1975-02 Barcelona Spain
Feb 1975, Barcelona (Spain), on adoption by Mediterranean countries and the European Community of the Mediterranean Action Plan -- Plan d'action pour la Méditerranée (PAM), or (full title) Action Plan for the Protection of the Mediterranean. Subsequently referred to as Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Sustainable Development of the Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean (MAP Phase II). T-XT7638 - Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention), signed 16 Feb 1976, Barcelona, entered into force in 1978, provided the legal framework. MAP Phase II was adopted on signature of the amendment to the Barcelona Convention, T-XT9542 - Amendments to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution, 10 Jun 1995, Barcelona, at Conference of Plenipotentiaries. The same conference adopted: T-XT9541 - Amendments to the Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft, amending T-XT7699 - Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft; 'Barcelona Resolution'; 'Priority Field of Action' for the period until the year 2005. Related protocols: T-XT7698 - Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency, T-XT0228 - Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, signed Jan 2002; T-XT9680 - Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities, replacing T-XT8088 - Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution from Land-based Sources (LBS protocol); T-XT9540 - Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (Barcelona protocol), updating T-XT8290 - Protocol Concerning Mediterranean Specially Protected Areas; T-XT9410 - Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution Resulting from Exploration and Exploitation of the Continental Shelf and the Seabed and its Subsoil; T-XT9639 - Protocol on the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Hazardous Wastes Protocol); Protocol on integrated coastal zone management in the Mediterranean (ICZM Protocol). Also referred to as United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan for the Barcelona Convention.
Headquarters in Athens (Greece) are also referred to as MEDU / Mediterranean Unit, coming within the framework of E-XE4161 - UN Environment. Coordination was originally the responsibility of Regional Seas Programme Activity Centre - which became U-XE6102 - UNEP Water Branch - and a coordination unit was set up 1980, Geneva (Switzerland). In 1982, responsibility for the Plan was transferred to 'Coordinating Unit (MAP/RCU)', Athens, an organizational unit of F-XF4234 - Regional Seas Programme set up at the invitation of the Greek government. Current full title: Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Sustainable Development of the Mediterranean (MAP).
'Aims of the Plan' - Strive to protect the environment and to foster sustainable development of the Mediterranean Basin; ensure sustainable management of marine and land natural resources and integrate the environment in social and economic development and land-use policies; protect the marine environment and coastal zones through prevention of pollution and by reducing and, as far as possible, eliminating input of pollutants, whether chronic or accidental; protect nature and protect and enhance sites and landscapes of ecological or cultural value; strengthen solidarity among Mediterranean coastal states in managing their common heritage and resources for the benefit of present and future generations and contribute to improvement of the quality of life.
'Aims of the Coordinating Unit' - Take all steps necessary to promote and facilitate the full and proper implementation of MAP legal instruments and strategies of the Contracting Parties; establish and strengthen relations with other regional seas programmes, secretariats of international conventions relevant to the region, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and international financial institutions related to environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean.
'Aims of Implementation' - Strengthen institutional capacity and policy coordination at national, regional, provincial and local levels as appropriate, with regard to environmental protection and to integrated coastal zone management and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in partnership with other international organizations to tackle activities on the ground to eliminate pollution hotspots and protect biodiversity.
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- Meeting of the Contracting Parties, with its own Bureau - 'Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention';
- National Focal Points (NFP);
- E-XE2827 - Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development (MCSD);
- UNEP and other UN Specialized Agencies;
- Regional Activity Centres (6):
- - K-XK1605 - Plan Bleu and its G-XG3836 - Mediterranean Environment and Development Observatory (MEDO),
- - K-XK1791 - Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC),
- - K-XK1608 - Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA),
- - E-XE5479 - Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC),
- - K-XK1779 - Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (RAC/CP),
- - E-XG5439 - Regional Activity Centre for Information and Communication of the Barcelona Convention (INFO/RAC);
- - K-XK1792 - 100 Historic Sites of the Mediterranean Coastal Heritage.
- - K-XK1790 - MED POL - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.
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