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Morocco becomes the Eighth Party to the ICZM Protocol - Croatia Ratifies the Protocol Following its Successfully Hosting of the 2012 Mediterranean Coast Day Celebration

Monday, 22 October 2012
On 21 September 2012 Morocco deposited with the Government of Spain (the Depositary of the Barcelona Convention system*) its instrument of ratification of the ICZM Protocol and, as notified by the Depositary, it has become the eighth Party to the Protocol.** On 12 October 2012, the Parliament of Croatia adopted the Law on Ratification of ICZM Protocol by 115 votes in favour, none against and 6 abstentions. After this development, Croatia will soon become the ninth Party to the Protocol after the official notification by the Depositary of its ratification.

It is to be noted that a number of the provisions of the Protocol have already been integrated into the national legislation of Croatia through the provisions of different laws, such as the Law on Land-Use Planning and Construction, the Law on Environmental Protection, the Law on the Protection of Nature, the Law on Waters, the Law on Forests, the Law on Islands, the Law on Maritime Domain, etc. The Law on Ratification of the ICZM Protocol for Croatia contains a Declaration which determines the geographical area to which the Protocol applies.

Croatia’s ratification has been made a few days after the celebration of the Mediterranean Coast Day 2012, organised by PAP/RAC on 25 September in Split, Croatia, as a part of the EU IPA Adriatic SHAPE project, and in collaboration with UNDP’s “Coast” project. This was a unique event aimed at raising awareness of policy makers and the public about the value of the coast, as well as about applying an integrated approach to planning and management of the coastal zone and to further promote the ICZM Protocol. The theme of the celebration was “The Voice of the Coast”. The directors, leaders and managers of the Mediterranean coastal programmes and projects had the opportunity to present the ICZM Protocol and its practical implementation highlights.

More specifically, the event was attended by high-level representatives of Croatian authorities as well as by a number of distinguished foreign guests, such as Ministers of Environment of various Mediterranean countries, UNEP/MAP and UNDP representatives, and members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of local authorities and institutions, NGOs and the civil society. Back-to-back with the central celebration, a technical meeting was organised with the PAP/RAC National Focal Points, the day before, on 24 September. On 26 September, a joint meeting of the PEGASO, SHAPE and MAREMED (MARitime Regions co-operation for the MEDiterranean) projects took place to share results related to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol and a workshop for the SHAPE partners was held.

The meeting on 24 September provided technical inputs for the Coast Day itself and presented the progress on the implementation of the Action Plan for the ICZM Protocol***. In addition to PAP/RAC, National Focal Points from 9 countries and the EU representative, the meeting was attended by the MAP Co-ordinator, representatives of the PEGASO and SHAPE projects and the PAP/RAC staff.

On 26 September,  a joint meeting of the PERSEUS, PEGASO (funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research - FP7), SHAPE (co-funded by the EU’s IPA Adriatic Cross-border Co-operation Programme) and MAREMED  projects and the other initiatives under development (FaceCoast social network, component related to ICZM within MedPartnership project, project on Climate Variability and Change funded by the Global Environmental Facility) agreed on the options for future collaboration in the area, namely, to:

i. Identify points of contact and synergy on common issues, and develop linkages between projects that mobilize the same stakeholders;
ii. Organize joint meetings (or shared participatory workshops), invite other projects to participate in regional and general meetings;
iii. Share the results and outputs of the projects, as well as publications or databases via the interoperability of information systems;
iv. Expand access to 'human/social' and 'technical/virtual' platforms to support circulation of information.


* See Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean, 1976, Art. 31,and ICZM Protocol, 2008, Article 37. 
** The Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean has entered into force on 24 March 2011. The eight Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention that have ratified the ICZM Protocol are: France (2009), Slovenia (2009), Albania (2010), Spain (2010), EU (2010), Syria (2010), Montenegro (2011) and Morocco (2012).
*** The representatives of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols at their 17th Ordinary Meeting (Paris, 8-10 February 2012), approved the Action Plan (AP) for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean 2012-2019. This strategic document outlines priority initial activities and guides the Parties and the whole MAP structure in the period 2012-2019 in the implementation of the Protocol. The ICZM and the ecosystem approach are the two main priorities for the Parties in the current biennium. Full text:

Main Source: Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC)
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