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Environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean, Ten years of cooperation: 1995-2005

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


The European Union has declared 2005 the Year of the Mediterranean in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. During these 10 years, the EU has strengthened ties with our partners around the Mediterranean in all fields ranging from the political to the technical. This year is an important opportunity to look back and take note of the many initiatives that have been undertaken in the field of the environment.
It is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and also to look towards the future to determine how we could best develop and strengthen our environmental cooperation. The countries around the Mediterranean Basin have always been united by the sea, in a common destiny shaped by the unique environmental characteristics of the sea and its environs. In the mid-1970s, the peoples of these countries sought to safeguard this precious environment through the agreement of the Barcelona Convention and the establishment of the Mediterranean action plan (MAP) . Since that time, the Barcelona Convention has evolved into a key instrument for promoting sustainable development in the Mediterranean region. The recently agreed Mediterranean strategy for sustainable development continues this work. This year we are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mediterranean action plan, and salute its achievements.
Concurrently with a growing awareness in the region about the importance of the environment, many other environmental initiatives have been launched in the Mediterranean countries. Through both bilateral and regional assistance programmes under MEDA, the EU financial assistance programme in the Mediterranean, the EU has directly financed a wide range of environmental projects, and has subsidized EIB loans for important environmental infrastructure.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Environment, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 24 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KH-67-05-743-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9571-5
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