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 2017 Mediterranean Quality Status Report is now publicly available here and at the UN Environment/MAP web page here.
The 9th meeting of the Steering Group of the Horizon2020 Initiative for a Cleaner Mediterranean took place on 29 January 2018 at the Dead Sea, Jordan, back-to-back with the 1st Meeting of the UfM Environment Task Force (30 January 2018) and the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the EU-funded SWIM-H2020 Support Mechanism.
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