The Mediterranean Sea is the largest of the semi – enclosed European seas, surrounded by 21 countries that share a coastline of 46,000 km. The region is home to around 480 million people and the environmental challenges it faces are significant. Back in 2006, the ‘Horizon 2020 Initiative’ was launched inviting all committed stakeholders to join efforts in substantially reducing pollution in the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that are said to account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution.
Investment Projects facilitated by the process
More than 4000 people trained from 14 Mediterranean countries
6 common indicators and more coming...
Published in 2014 the Horizon 2020 video outlines the efforts and results of the Initiative in different parts of the Mediterranean. Video playtime is 48 minutes and 11 seconds and is available in HD format for high quality viewing. The video can also be found on youtube at https://youtu.be/YTaNbpRerpE
The First Meeting of the Working Group on Environment and Climate Change will take place on 14-15 March 2017 at the premises of the Secretariat of the UfM in Barcelona, Spain.
The 7th meeting of the Horizon 2020 Review and Monitoring (RM) Group was held back to back with the 1st ENI SEIS South Support Mechanism Steering Committee meeting on 13-14 December in Athens, Greece, bringing together representatives from Mediterranean countries,
The sixty high level delegates of the Ministerial Conference on the Action Plan on Education for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean unanimously adopted the Nicosia Declaration and the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development, that was endorsed in Athens, by the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change of the Union for the Mediterranean in May 2014.