20th update – July 2018

27 agosto 2018 by in category News with 0 and 0
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The Autonomous Region of Sardinia has singed the Bologna Charter, by its Regional Minister Donatella Spano, within the event of the MAREGOT project  “Protection and Management of the coasts”  held on the 17th May in Cagliari.

Minister Spano recalled the Bologna Charter as important initiative that reinforces the role of the Mediterranean regions on European maritime and coastal policies, stimulating collaboration with local authorities, universities and other stakeholders. “With its over 2 thousand kilometers of coastline Sardinia boasts a natural heritage of enormous value that we are also protecting from the risk of erosion, even if it is among the regions in better health on this front“, underlined the Ms. Spano regional Minister for Environment Protection.

She recalled also that the Sardinia Region is involved in these issues also within the National Board on Coastal Erosion coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Environment and Sea Protection and by ISPRA.

Among the various initiatives promoted by the Charter – concluded Donatella Spano – the quantitative detection of the erosion phenomenon and the risk of marine ingression along the Mediterranean coasts is significant, also in relation to the Floods Directive. It is a necessary analysis to implement a concrete policy of adaptation to the natural and anthropic risks along coastal areas, thus favouring the redevelopment of coastal territories for a sustainable growth“. (See the press release in IT language: http://www.regione.sardegna.it/j/v/2568?s=365754&v=2&c=149&t=1

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The Region of Attica, with its Regional Councillor for Environment, Nasos ANAGNOSTOPOULOUS, signed the Bologna Charter within the political seminar organized during the IMC General Assembly last 29 June in Patras.

During the signatory ceremony it was the occasion to underline the importance of the Bologna Charter initiative as a strong incentive for actions towards the cooperation with other administrations and international organizations for the protection and sustainable development of Mediterranean coastal areas and its relevance with regard to the EU and Euro-Mediterranean agendas. Moreover, Attica Region stated its support in the reviewing process of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) of the Charter and the importance to boost environment protection and climate action, valorising also the cultural heritage in coastal areas.

In this sense, in its past and currents projects, developed also through the impulse of its regional policies, strategy and programmes, the region of Attica is already working hard to promote the protection and sustainable development of coastal areas. Some concrete examples are the actions for wetland restoration and adaptation to climate change in Attica region, or the integrated actions for the conservation and management of NATURA 2000 sites, species, habitats and Ecosystems. The region is also developing a Plan for adaptation to Climate Change that entails many possible synergies with the Bologna Charter and specific actions linked to Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

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Renewing process of the Joint Action Plan

The process for renewing the Bologna Charter Joint Action Plan (JAP) is ongoing.

The overall draft of the updated version of the JAP was completed in June and the document was included in the working documents of the CIM General Assembly in Patras, for discussion and contribution.

The phase of discussion and contribution on the document will last till the end of the year, developing within meetings of projects and working group activities during the next months, and will have another important step in the IMC Plenary in Madeira (18/10/2018) in the framework of the next General Assembly of the CPMR. The renewed JAP is expected to be released before the end of year 2018.

New project proposals in line with the Bologna Charter recommended for funding

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“Co-Evolve4BG” recommended for funding in ENI CBC MED Programme

The Co-Evolve4BG project (Co-evolution of coastal human activities & Med natural systems for sustainable tourism & Blue Growth in the Mediterranean), submitted under the first call (standard projects) for proposals of the ENI CBC MED Programme was recommended to the second step of the evaluation process (see  related article).

Co-Evolve4BG was presented in the frame of ENI CBC MED’s priority on environment-ICZM and as a part of the wider UfM labelled “Med Coast for Blue Growth” project (MedCoast4BG) and in connection to CO-EVOLVE, of which Co-Evolve4BG is an extension to the southern and eastern part of the Mediterranean. It represents a contribution to the implementation of principles and action lines of the Bologna Charter Initiative and its Joint Action Plan.

The project focuses on the conditions for -and promotes- the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism, as already addressed by CO-EVOLVE but extending its action towards the South &East Mediterranean coastal areas.

It is led by the National Institutes of Science and Technologies of the Sea of Tunisia (INSTM) and has 9 other partners (including Region of Lazio, the Region of Eastern and Macedonia Thrace, the University of Murcia, the Region of Crete, the Valencia Port Foundation, the ANPE, the Lebanese Ministry of Works and Public Transportation, as well as the Al-Midan and Amwaj NGOs in Lebanon) and several associates (among which the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, the Region Emilia Romagna and the CNR ISMAR).

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“CHANGE WE CARE” recommended for funding in Interreg Italy-Croatia CBC Programme

The “Change We Care” project (Climate Change on coastal and transitional changing environments: WEaving a Cross-Adriatic Response) submitted in the first call for Standard projects of the Interreg Italy-Croatia CBC programme was among the projects approved under conditions by the Managing Authority, acknowledging the decision taken from the Monitoring Committee, by the Decree n. 85 of 24th July 2018 (see the results list).

The project was presented in the Priority Axis 2 – SAFETY AND RESILIENCE, aims at foster concerted and coordinated climate adaptation actions, by exploring climate risks faced by coastal and transition areas.

The main goal of the project is to deliver integrated, ecosystem-based and shared planning options for the different problems related to climate change in specific areas. It aims also to the increasing of adaptation capacity, resilience, of the areas and the local communities as well as the whole programme cooperation area. It represents also contribution to the implementation of principles and action lines of the Bologna Charter Initiative and its Joint Action Plan and to the aims of the Italian National Board on Coastal Erosion.

It is led by the Institute of Marine Science of the National Council for Research (ISMAR-CNR, Italy) and has 10 other partners, including Region of Emilia-Romagna, Delta Po Park Management Body, ISPRA, Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Region of Veneto, University of Zagreb, the Public Institution for Management of Natural Protected Areas of Croatia, the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries of Croatia, RERA Split-Dalmatia Development Agency, the Vran Park Management Body.

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