article_thumb_148_TJG01YD2QA7A3On Tuesday, 2 March 2010, MIO-ECSDE participated in a joint event co-hosted by UNEP/MAP and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, where the MAP launched a comprehensive report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (to read the full report click here).

The report aims to contribute to the elaboration of a common reporting template for the Mediterranean. It is structured around the work conducted by the Mediterranean Action Plan components, led by Plan Bleu and it presents a view of the main Mediterranean issues on environment and sustainable development. In addition, the report addresses in a comprehensive manner the status of Mediterranean biodiversity and natural resources, the pressures from economic activity, excessive consumption and production and the emerging climate change impacts with its related contamination and biodiversity depletion effects.

In the launching event introductions and interventions were made by Ms. Tina Birbili, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greece; Prof. Andreas Andreadakis, Secretary General of the Central Water Agency of Greece and Ms. Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, UNEP/MAP Officer in Charge. A series of presentations made by Mr. Saverio Civili, MEDPOL Coordinator; Mr. Ivica Trumbic, UNEP/MAP GEF Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean LME GEF Project Manager followed focusing on issues such as water resources management, climate change adaptation, pollution, biodiversity, integrated coastal zone management and the launching event closed with a round table and panel discussions among the panel members Ms. Maria Peppa, Head of Department of International Relations and EU Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change; Prof. Michael Scoullos, Chairman of MIO-ECSDE and Prof. Alex Lascaratos, University of Athens.

To read more about the launching event or download the relevant presentations click here (