The French Ministry of Ecology, sustainable development and energy organised a Colloque on the Liteau programme that took place at the Aquarium Nausicaa in Boulogne-sur-mer on 21 - 22 November 2013. The Liteau programme is the French research programme with the objective to support policies, management and protection of marine and coastal areas. Read more at: http://www1.liteau.net/
One of the projects financed by that scheme was the ProtoGIZC, which was co-financed by PAP/RAC. The project has produced the Introduction to an Explanatory report on the ICZM Protocol, as well as an in-depth Analysis of the Croatian legal framework in relation to this Protocol. The project was implemented by IDDRI, Sciences PO, France. In a joint presentation of the ProtoGIZC results, PAP/RAC underlined the importance of the project for the MAP, and in particular how and where the project results have been used. The MedPartnership, Pegaso and Shape projects were mentioned, as well as the preparation of the Reporting format for the ICZM Protocol, negotiations of the new EU Directive on MSP and ICZM, the promotion of the Protocol in the Black Sea region and Western Indian Ocean, as well as the promotion of ICZM as a sustainable approach to coastal management through the virtual training course in ICZM in the Mediterranean – MedOpen. The future CAMP Var in France could be a possibility to extend the project. Support was given to the future research projects on various topics, such as on carrying capacity, ecosystem approach and EO8 in particular, interlinkages between the marine and terrestrial part of the coastal zone, institutional arrangements for ICZM and similar.
It is expected that a good collaboration would continue in the future and that PAP/RAC would be given the opportunity to link research with the end users in the Mediterranean.