The Mediterranean Coast Day is an initiative to promote Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) as the optimal policy framework to achieve sustainable development of these areas, and the PAP/RAC, the Coastal Management Centre of UNEP/MAP, is the promoter of this action in the Mediterranean Region.
The Mediterranean Coast Day takes place every year on the 25 September but this year the PAP/RAC organized the webinar « Time to draw a line in the sand: A 120 minutes reflection for healthier Mediterranean coasts » on 27 September with the aim of dealing with two crucial and connected issues: coastal urbanisation and tourism in the prism of the post Covid era and the climate change.
Greece was the host country for the event and gathered speakers such as the Professor Konstantinos Aravossis, Mrs Tatjana Hema, UNEP/MAP Coordinator, MRs Daria Povh, Škugor, senior officer at PAP/RAC and Mrs Matea Dorčić, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia.
Gloria Lazaro, Programme Officer at Plan Bleu, presented the potential of the sustainable blue economy and the regeneration of tourism in the Mediterranean in the (post-) covid era with a focus on trends and examples of good practices to be considered from the Sustainable Tourism Interreg MED project.
At the end of the event, Lefteris Arapakis received the honorary title of Ambassador for the Mediterranean Coast during the online event organised by the PAP/RAC as part of the celebration of the 2021 edition of Mediterranean Coast Day. The agenda of the event is available here.