- Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development review process launched
- The MedPartnership project commits to replicate good practices and work in synergy
- The Conference of Parties to the Barcelona Convention: launched the revision of Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development
- UfM launches study to protect the Mediterranean Sea from pollution
- SWIM-SM Workshop on Sustainable Use of Non-Conventional Water Resources, 16 September 2011, in Athens - Greece
- MEDPOL Focal Points meeting
- 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols
- Reducing pollution sources in the south-east of Tunisia
- Water Information Systems to support IWRM indicators in the Mediterranean
- IWC6: 6th Biennial International Waters Conference - "Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results"
The United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP).
Adopted in 1976 in Barcelona, MAP was the first UNEP's regional Sea Convention. This Barcelona convention and its 6 Protocols constitute legally binding instruments.
The MAP was originally a framework for common actions (preparation of regional and national policies, capacity building and technical assistance) needed by the Mediterranean Countries to combat the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea itself (see MAP Phase I).
In 1995, the Barcelona conventions was extensively ammended to give a sustainable development focus and to deal with costal area as well (see MAP Phase II). Indeed activities carried out between 1976 and 1995 confirmed that socio-economic trends, combined with inadequate development planning and management are the root of most environmental problems. Estimates showed that up to 80 per cent of marine pollution was originated by land-based activities.