The workshop was attended by four EPPA Beneficiaries that are parties to the Convention (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Turkey) as well as the EU MS experts from Romania and Slovenia, the European Commission representatives and the United Nations Environment Programme officers.
The discussions were focused on the implementation of the Convention, which remains to be of a key importance in providing responses and solutions to preserve Mediterranean biodiversity as well as its three protocols: Dumping Protocol, Prevention and Emergency Protocol, Hazardous Waste Protocol.
The workshop has identified major challenges that shall be addressed, among others:
- Development of practical and cost effective management plans for networks of MPAs,
- Sustainable financing and lack of the institutional and staff capacity ,
- Harmonizing the monitoring methods,
- Encourage regional financing tool,
- Strengthen and support regional cooperation and data sharing among parties.
The speakers have also presented the most relevant projects in the field of marine litter, preserving coastal and marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean and other European Seas. It has been also stressed that there is need for promotion of the good practices on the EU- level for linking the green and blue infrastructure.