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The Mediterranean Coast Day celebrations [Experience Note]

The Mediterranean Coast Day was launched in 2007 and has become a tradition in the Mediterranean. It is celebrated on 25 September, after the date when Slovenia ratified the ICZM Protocol as the first Mediterranean country to do so, i.e. on 25 September 2009. This initiative was aimed at increasing environmental awareness among policy makers, academia, media, NGOs and the locals. Promoting and implementing activities that at the same time treasure fragile ecological, social and cultural contexts, should lead to a sustainable coastal development. Even though the Coast Day was celebrated in the Mediterranean and the EU, the idea was promoted internationally, throughout the network of institutions and organisations involved in ICZM. Local and national events were organized in all countries annually. Throughout the years, PAP/RAC invited distinguished persons, eminently qualified to urge policy makers of all the countries to collaborate on raising awareness of the value of the coast and become Ambassadors of the Coast. Today, the Coast Day continues to be celebrated annually in the Mediterranean. Each year, the central Mediterranean celebration is organised in a different country, while other countries organise their own events. Thus, in 2007 and 2008, the central celebration was organised in Sardinia, Italy. In 2009, the host to the central celebration was Turkey, in 2010 Slovenia, in 2011 Algeria, in 2012 Croatia, in 2013 Italy and in 2014 Tunisia.

2600: Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem--Regional Component: Implementation of agreed actions for the protection of the environmental resources of the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas

23 Apr 2019

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The Mediterranean Coast Day celebrations [Experience Note].pdf