The presence of marine litter in the Mediterranean and other European Seas is becoming an issue of high concern that requires action. Adequate measures are needed to address the pressure of litter in the marine environment both at sea and on land, whereby public awareness and education towards more sustainable lifestyles, as well as coordination at regional level play an important role.
Acknowledging the role and potential impact of Green Banking in the effective de-pollution efforts in the region, the Horizon H2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (CB/MEP) held a two-day national workshop in Tunis (24-25 April 2012) dedicated to this issue after a specific request from Tunisia and as a direct follow-up of last year’s regional workshop of H2020 CB/MEP on Green Banking in the Mediterranean (Barcelona, November 2011).
Professionals from ten Mediterranean countries gathered in one of the most attractive locations in Montenegro, Budva, to participate in a regional training course on “GIS theory and applications on Urban Waste Water Management” on 21-23 May, 2012, organized by the EU funded H2020 CB/MEP.
Given the scarcity of water resources in the Southern Mediterranean Region, one of the highest in the world, a new paradigm is required that will consider non‐conventional water resources – mainly recycling of agricultural runoff, re‐use and storage of treated wastewater, and desalination using renewable energy - as an asset to be managed as part of the country’s integrated water resources management framework.
On 20-21 March 2012, a Horizon 2020 workshop entitled “Education for Sustainable Development focusing on the H2020 thematic areas’’ was organized in Algiers within the framework of the H2020 CB/MEP program in collaboration with the Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES). This workshop was convened with the objective of raising awareness and building the capacity of Algerian educators in promoting environmental and sustainable development issues, particularly on themes relating to H2020.
The Steering Committee of the Horizon 2020 Initiative to de-pollute the Mediterranean by 2020 met in Barcelona on 19 April 2012 for its 5th meeting since 2008, bringing together the majority of the participating country representatives and the key regional environmental actors such as the European Commission, the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat, the Mediterranean Action Plan of UNEP and its Regional Activity Centers, the European Investment Bank, regional associations of local authorities, NGOs, and others.
In an effort towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns, the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme (CB/MEP) held a two-day seminar to promoting the implementation of Clean Technology (CT) in the food processing industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The seminar was organized in Sarajevo on 24 and 25 April 2012 by the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production of the Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP CP/RAC).
The Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme in cooperation with Seas At Risk and Waste Free Oceans, within the framework of the European Maritime Day, will hold an event under the title “Reducing marine litter for the sake of the environment... and blue growth?” The event will focus on the economic implications of marine litter and will shed ample light on the ways marine litter affects key sectors that rely on the marine environment.