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Spain Ratifies the ICZM Protocol

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

On the 5th of July 2010 Spain ratified the ICZM Protocol, 2008, raising the status of ratifications to four countries. Following France, Slovenia and Albania, Spain becomes the fourth Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention system which officially becomes a contracting party to the ICZM Protocol. Two more ratifications are needed for the Protocol to enter into force, according to Article 39 of the Protocol, and it seems that the EU will be the next Contracting Party to proceed to the ratification of the Protocol.

Note: The ICZM Protocol is a unique legal instrument that targets the implementation of Article 4, Paragraph 3 of the Barcelona Convention. Significantly, it invites signatory Parties to promote the sustainable development of their coastal zones, by ensuring that the environment and landscapes are taken into account in harmony with economic, social and cultural development for the benefit of current and future generations. It adds provisions on the environmental impact analysis, the protection and sustainable use of coastal areas, particular coastal ecosystems, coastal landscapes and islands, economic activities and cultural heritage. 

Source: UNEP/MAP for the Barcelona Convention
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