Integrated coastal zone management: the MARE NOSTRUM project to present new policy tools during final conference

The MARE NOSTRUM project will hold its closing conference in Valencia, Spain, on November 24-26, 2015. On this occasion, policy tools developed by the project for improved coastline regulations and management will be presented to an international audience of decision makers, researchers and representatives of the civil society.

Based on findings gleaned during the project, Participants at the conference will analyze the implementation process of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean of the Barcelona Convention, explore potential for improvement, and revisit the protocol’s formulation thanks to inputs from the Greek, Israeli, Maltese, and Spanish partners of MARE NOSTRUM.

"We should try to answer the question of ICZM in the Mediterranean as a whole: that’s why during MARE NOSTRUM, we studied the legal institutional implementation gap and attempts to bridge it," said Prof. Rachelle Alterman, the coordinator of the project. "The conference will review and compare the experience of several Mediterranean countries, particularly Greece, Israel, Malta and Spain, as well as other countries which are not part of the partnership: Egypt, Italy, Jordan,Morocco and Tunisia."

Additionally, special sessions will be devoted to public empowerment tools and the role of civil society in coastal conservation, including use of GIS in public participation processes.

To register to the conference, please click here. For more information on MARE NOSTRUM, please visit the website:

Prof. Rachelle Alterman
Project coordinator
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
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