International conference « What solutions for the Mediterranean? »

The international conference « What solutions for the Mediterranean? » was held on the 23rd February 2017 in the Ministry of Environment in Paris; it gathered 200 representatives of the 21 Mediterranean-rim countries.

This conference follows the « Solutions for the Mediterranean » initiative to recapture marine ecosystems that was launched in 2016 by Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, the Energy and the Sea, in charge of international relations on climate.

During the Conference, Madam the Minister announced:

  • The creation of a « low-emission zone » in the Mediterranean, to reduce shipping pollution;
  • The publication on 24th February 2017 in the Official Journal of the national strategy for the sea and coastline, which plans to extend to the Atlantic Sea the existing Mediterranean moratorium on hydrocarbon exploration.
  • The creation, by France, along with the Principality of Monaco, of a support funds to the Mediterranean Protected Marine Areas, whose two first funded projects concern the Al Hoceima National Park (in Morocco) and the Kuriat Islands’Protected Coastal and Marine Area (in Tunisia).

The Mediterranean Action Plan, the Plan Bleu, the Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC), the Priority Action Programme Regional Activity Center (PAP/RAC) and the REMPEC intervened in the following round-tables:

  • Round-table n°2 on « Mobilization to develop protected marine areas » : speech from Khalil Attia, SPA/RAC Director
  • Round-table n°3 on « Marine transport mobilization » : speeches from Thierry lavoux, President of Plan Bleu, and Franck Lauwers, REMPEC Programme Officerfrom 
  • Round-table n°4 on « Mobilization against land-based pollution »: speech from Tatjana Hema, assistant to the coordinator and in charge of MedPol programme.
  • Round-table n°5 on « Mobilization on sustainable islands »: speech from Sylvain Petit, PAP/RAC Project officer

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