In 1976, the Mediterranean-rim countries and the European Community adopted the Barcelona Convention to protect marine environment and its coastal areas. The necessity to address collectively development and environment in order to build a sustainable future for the Mediterranean is already fully integrated by signatory countries.
Plan Bleu is one the Regional Activity Centres of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), put in place by France since 1977. Its program of work is approved every two years by the Contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention.
Plan Bleu produces studies and scenarios for the future in order to raise awareness of Mediterranean stakeholders and decision-makers regarding environment and sustainable development issues in the region.
In 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) took bold action to reduce SOX emissions from ships, with the entry into force of a new global regulation limiting the sulphur content in fuel oil used on board ships to 0.50%, the so-called IMO sulphur limit. This decision has had tangible global benefits, starting with cleaner air and an annual reduction of approximately 8.5 million tonnes of SOX released into the atmosphere. Today, the 21 countries around
Plan Bleu is launching the first edition of its new online webinars : “LES RENDEZ VOUS DU PLAN BLEU”. The theme of this webinar will focus on reducing pollution in the Mediterranean and will take place online on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Experts will illustrate this topic through the designation of the Mediterranean Sea, as a whole, as an Emission Control Area for Sulphfur Oxides (Med SOx ECA). This new proposalinstitution was