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20.05.2015 Under the auspices of the Ministry for Environment of the Hellenic Republic, the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) launched the celebration of its 40th anniversary in Athens, Greece on 19 May 2015. The launching came within the framework of the meeting of the MAP National Focal Points aiming to discuss the UNEP/MAP draft Mid-term Strategy for the period 2016-2021.
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Nairobi, 19 May 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Annual Report 2014, showcasing global environmental successes such as the recovery of the ozone layer, significant advances in renewables investments and the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
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Turkey leads as the first Mediterranean country to dispose of its Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) contaminated equipment in collaboration with UNEP/MAP. Athens – 27 April 2015: Turkey has started packing and shipping to France its transformers contaminated with PCBs, from electricity and industrial companies. The process of decontamination and disposal of the toxic substance in France is expected to last from 10 to 12 weeks, at the end of which, Turkey would have disposed of 634 tons of PCBs.
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Nairobi/Rome, 7 April 2015 - Italy has today been named host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June, in a joint announcement made by the Government of Italy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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17.03.2015 The Meeting of National Experts on the Revision of the Regional Strategy for Prevention of and Response to Marine Pollution from Ships was organized by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and was held at the Palace Hotel, Sliema, Malta, between the 11 and 12 March 2015.
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27.02.2015 An online training session on Climate Variability and Change (CV&C) is being prepared by PAP/RACin the framework of the project "Integration of Climate Variability and Change into National Strategies to implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean" - the ClimVar & ICZM project (complementary to the GEF/UNEP/World Bank Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem - the MedPartnership).
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Common objectives, cooperation, solidarity, equity and participatory governance for sustainable development in the Mediterranean Representatives of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, stakeholders and institutions active in environment and sustainable development discussed the first draft of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) during a two-day conference in Malta on 17 and 18 February 2015.
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More than 150 delegates from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union, all parties to the Barcelona Convention, are meeting in Athens from 9 to 12 February to decide on key environmental issues related to the marine and coastal areas of the region.
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The first draft of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) will be discussed during a two-day conference in Malta starting tomorrow. The Conference will be hosted by the Government of Malta and it is being organized in close collaboration with the Coordination Unit of the Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and Plan Bleu.
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03.02.2015 The National Action Plans (NAPs) update has advanced significantly in the second half of 2014 with completion of procedural and methodological frameworks to support and guide the process at regional and national levels. The process is expected to intensify in the first half of 2015 to lead to a delivery of updated NAPs by the last trimester of the year for submission to and endorsement by the next Conference of Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 19).
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03.02.2015 The Catalonia Ecodesign Award is looking for innovative products, products under development and product-fostering strategies created by designers, manufacturers or promoters that are designed to improve the environmental performance of products and services over the course of their life cycle.
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09.01.2015 The Mediterranean area is widely considered as a "climate hotspot". Its climate is especially responsive to global change and potential climate change impacts are particularly strong. It has become crucial that Mediterranean countries react to be most effectively prepared to address those impacts, setting the objectives and priority actions.
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17.12.2014 As part of a regional consultation process, Focal Points of UNEP/MAP Sustainable Consumption and Production Regional Activity Centre (SCP/RAC) held an extraordinary meeting in Barcelona (Spain) on 25-26 November 2014. The meeting aimed to exchange views on the first draft of the SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean, provide feedback on its structure and discuss its strategic and operational objectives.
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02.12.2014 The third MonGOOS meeting was held in Lecce, Italy from the 26th to the 28th November 2014. It was hosted by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change. The meeting was attended by MonGOOS representatives and its partners. The main objective of the Meeting was to update all attendees on, inter alia, the MonGOOS status, the 2014 activities, as well as data and modeling working group activities
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02.12.2014 The regional capacity building workshop for effective monitoring, compliance/ inspection implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation organized by MED POL was held in Athens, Greece from 25 to 27 November 2014.
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02.12.2014 This practical guide has been elaborated in order to provide a tool which will allow adopting a coherent and safe approach to monitor breeding of the Mediterranean Lesser Crested Tern, a population of extremely high conservation value and potentially vulnerable to many sources of threat, not least monitoring itself.
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21.11.2014 Three Italian regions, namely Emilia Romagna, Sardinia and Tuscany, presented their activities foreseen within the framework of the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP Italy) project, during the Inception conference held in Alghero, Sardinia on 12 November 2014.
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13.11.2014 The Coordination Group of the MedPartnership project held its 6th meeting in Barcelona on 4-5 November 2014. Coming to an end in December 2015, the project has implemented almost 80% of its foreseen activities. "We are very proud of our achievements, said Lorenzo Galbiati, the project manager. "This is a huge progress thanks to the efforts of all partners and national experts", he added.
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The Zayed International Prize for the Environment (Zayed Prize) is the world's most valuable environmental award, worth US$1 million. It was established in 1999 by H.H.
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There were 17 environment associations from all over Tunisia, celebrating Coast day in Gammarth, on 25 September, under the theme "A good climate for change". The celebration focused this year on Climate Change and Variability, and Integrated Coastal Zone Management and was organized within the framework of the Climate Change and Variability project under the MedPartnership.
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Fresh Strategies to tackle Pollution, Plastics and Climate Impacts to be Included in New Plan to Manage the World’s Seas Athens, 1 October 2014 – Leading scientists and policymakers meeting in Athens this week acknowledged that marine litter remained a “tremendous challenge” in almost all regions of the world, with significant socio-economic consequences and clear impacts on marine ecosystems.
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Under the theme "A good climate for change", high-level representatives of the Tunisian government, international organizations, Tunisian and international experts and civil society celebrated the Coast Day in the Mediterranean, in Gammarth, Tunisia on 25 September 2014.
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UNEP Report Globally Coordinated Action and Policy Interventions Required to Stem Loss of One of the Planet’s Most Threatened Ecosystems Athens, 29 September 2014 – Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3–5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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A Search for Solutions to Escalating Crises of Plastic Debris in Oceans and Catastrophic Destruction of Carbon Rich Mangroves – among others

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