The fifth meeting of the Working Group of legal and technical experts designated by the Contracting Parties was held in Loutraki, Greece, on 10 and 11 December 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to review, and to finalize, the draft text of a protocol on ICZM for consideration and approval by the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties and subsequent adoption by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries to be held in Madrid 20-21 January 2008. The meeting reviewed articles still pending on the basis of proposals prepared by the Secretariat pursuant to the mandate entrusted to it by the October 2007 MAP Focal Points meeting, and prepared a draft decision on the draft Protocol for consideration by the Contracting Parties.
With the good will of all a consensus text was finalized. This concluded a six-year endavours of MAP and in particular of PAP/RAC, i.e. an enormous task that will mark the following decades in the field of coastal zone management in the Mediterranean and on the globe. Report.