In the framework of the EU funded SMAP III project, PAP/RAC, in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy), organised a Mediterranean Workshop on ICZM Policy. The workshop was held in Alghero, Sardinia, on 19-21 May 2008. It was attended by 84 participants, including the high-level policy-makers from different Ministries of the SMAP eligible countries, NGO representatives and the representatives of the SMAP III ICZM projects, including the high-level representatives of the EU, UNEP, MAP and METAP.
The PAP/RAC appointed Ambassadors for the Coast opened the workshop addressing the participants with the inspiring speeches describing their personal efforts, as well as endeavours of their countries and relevant organisations to achieve the sustainable coastal development. Mr. Mostafa K. Tolba, former UNEP Executive Director, described his 30 years of struggle within UNEP for saving the Regional Seas. He reminded the participants of the results of the ecological footprint studies and invited them all to consolidate efforts towards improving the ICZM policy in the Mediterranean. Mr. Cicito Morittu, Councillor of the Environmental Protection of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, presented, in the name of Mr. Renato Soru, President of the Sardinian Region, the Sardinian recent initiatives and their objectives. Mr. Lhoucine Tijani, Delegate of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, and President of the Foundation Mohamed VI for the Environmental Protection, presented endeavours of the Foundation led by the Princess to improve the coast in Morocco. During the first day of the workshop, presentations provided an insight into the latest coastal success stories and exposed their factors of success. More news in Italian.