International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Mediterranean Coastal Zones Climate Resilience Water Security and Habitat Protection

Project Objective

The project addresses Mediterranean coastal zones where the most pressing climate-related and sustainability concerns are concentrated, and where most marine degradation originates. It is aimed at achieving positive impacts in the following domains: 

  • Sustainability of the coastal zone resources in beneficiary countries through the expanded compliance with the ICZM Protocol, the adoption of national ICZM strategies, coastal plans and instruments, and improved gender equality; 

  • Resilience to climatic variability and change and water security of coastal populations through improved sustainability of services provided by coastal aquifers and by groundwater-related coastal habitats; and 

  • Effectiveness, long-term sustainability, and replication potential of project results by sharing experiences and lessons learned in and among countries, and full integration of gender considerations.  

The project's purpose is to assist countries, in particular coastal zone managers and populations, in adapting to evolving climatic conditions threatening the sustainability of the freshwater supply and introducing land use policies and development practices respectful of the diverse Mediterranean coastal zones characteristics: intrinsic vulnerabilities, natural and cultural functions, freshwater-seawater interactions; and geological processes. By promoting gender equality principles in coastal zone management practices and policies, and mainstreaming gender considerations in all of its activities, the project will improve the effectiveness and sustainability of integrated coastal zone management in the Mediterranean region. 

UNEP/MAP is the Executing Agency of this Child Project, and its participating countries are Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco and Tunisia. The Executing Partners are UNESCO/IHP, GWP-Med, Plan Bleu and PAP/RAC. 

This Child Project is composed of two Components: 

• Component 1: Coastal Zone Management 

• Component 2: Management of Coastal Aquifers and Related Ecosystems 


Mediterranean Sea (LME)

Northern Africa , Eastern Europe , Southern Europe

General information
GEF ID 9687
Project type Full-Size Project
Status active (Project Approved)
Start Date 01 Jan 2020
End Date 31 Dec 2022
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 7 000 000
Total Cost of the project: USD 150 270 231
Albania , Algeria , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Egypt , Lebanon , Libyan Arab Jamahiriya , Montenegro , Morocco , Tunisia , Regional

UN Environment (UNEP)

Project contacts
Caroline Okana Programme Assistant
Olfat Hamdan Programme Management Officer