The Mediterranean Sea is the largest of the semi – enclosed European seas, surrounded by 21 countries that share a coastline of 46,000 km. The region is home to around 480 million people and the environmental challenges it faces are significant. Back in 2006, the ‘Horizon 2020 Initiative’ was launched inviting all committed stakeholders to join efforts in substantially reducing pollution in the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that are said to account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution.
Investment Projects facilitated by the process
More than 4000 people trained from 14 Mediterranean countries
6 common indicators and more coming...
Published in 2014 the Horizon 2020 video outlines the efforts and results of the Initiative in different parts of the Mediterranean. Video playtime is 48 minutes and 11 seconds and is available in HD format for high quality viewing. The video can also be found on youtube at https://youtu.be/YTaNbpRerpE
The UfM Environment Task Force that met in Jordan in January 2018 launched the preparations for the formulation of the UfM’s post-2020 environment agenda. The agreed conclusions were further discussed at the 2nd UfM Working Group on Environment and Climate Change that took place in Barcelona on 12-13 November 2018.
MeHSIP II has contributed in reducing the most significant sources of pollution in the Mediterranean by providing direct technical advice and support to promoters for the preparation of investment projects in the water and environmental sectors of the Southern Neighbourhood.
Bringing science and policy in tune and bridging the gap between the scientific community and society at large is very important for efficiency and effectiveness. The H2020 Initiative is committed to develop mechanisms to improve the science–policy/practice interface.
UfM Task Force on Environment: Towards the UfM post-2020 Environment agendaDead Sea, Jordan
2nd Steering Committee of the ENI SEIS II South Support Mechanism project / 8th meeting of the H2020 Review and Monitoring (RM) Group