MED POL - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea

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1975, as Programme for Pollution Assessment and Control in the Mediterranean Sea, within the framework of the UNEP coordinated Mediterranean Action Plan, currently Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). Changed name to: Mediterranean Marine Pollution Assessment and Control Programme (MED POL). Previously also referred to as Programme for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Phase II launched 1981; Phase III (1996-2005) launched 1-4 July 1996, Montpellier (France); Phase IV in 2006 on the occasion of Meetings of Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention). Relevant protocols: Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution from Land-based Sources (LBS protocol); Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft; Amendments to the Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft; Protocol on the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.


Assist Mediterranean countries, Parties to the Barcelona Convention, to properly assess and control marine pollution through the implementation of national and regional programmes and activities; guide and assist Parties in the process of implementing the provisions of the Barcelona Convention and the related Protocols through the formulation of appropriate strategies; identify needs and provide assistance to Parties through the organization and implementation of capacity building programmes related to the scientific, technical, legal, institutional and financial aspects of pollution assessment and control; guide and assist Parties in the implementation of national pollution reduction initiatives and catalyze external funds and contributions from stakeholders, private sectors, financial institutions and donor countries and organizations; collect, store, analyze and disseminate data and information on the status and trend of marine pollution in the Mediterranean.

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Promotes and coordinates the formulation and implementation of national monitoring programmes in Mediterranean countries for marine pollution status and trends; promotes biomonitoring to study the stress exerted on organisms by pollution and thus improve knowledge about marine environmental health; promotes, coordinates and follows-up land-based marine pollution reduction programme and assists Parties in implementing related national action plans; organizes and implements assistance and capacity building programmes for Mediterranean less developed countries in the field of marine pollution assessment and control and actively liaises with financial bodies, stakeholders and donors to catalyze provision of funds and direct assistance to countries for the implementation of national programmes; encourages cooperation between laboratories in more and less-developed countries in research targeted at specific subject areas; encourages a gradual approach to inspection, such as eco-auditing.


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  • Oceanography
    • Seas
  • Commerce
    • Assessment
  • Societal Problems
    • Pollution
  • Cybernetics
    • Control

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 14: Life Below Water



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19. Oct 2008
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