The Interreg Med project PANACeA is supported by a partnership of Mediterranean institutions:
EUROPEAN TOPIC CENTRE - UNIVERSITY OF MALAGA
The ETC-UMA is an international research centre within the University of Malaga supporting since 2011 the development of knowledge to feed evidence-based policy. The ETC-UMA team has a wide expertise in a range of environmental and socio-economic domains. Its major areas of expertise include land management, urban sustainability, ecosystem services, coastal and marine studies, environmental conservation, territorial development, resource efficiency, and soil mapping. The Centre leads on and contributes to a number of international and European projects. ETC-UMA is leading PANACeA project under the European INTERREG-MED programme.
As partner in the European Topic Centre for Urban, Land and Soil Systems and the European Information and Observation Network (EIONET), ETC-UMA has acquired high competences in thematic environmental assessments and data sharing of terrestrial and marine European biodiversity supporting closely current Pan-European environmental policies. Within Med-IAMER and SWOS projects (among others), ETC-UMA has developed extensive knowledge on the status and trends of Mediterranean ecosystems, gained a broad exposure to regional stakeholders and published peer-reviewed articles on the role of PAs in protecting biodiversity. Its technical expertise regarding spatial data management is crucial for setting-up PANACeA’s spatial data portal.
MedCities is a network that gathers cities from all shores of the Mediterranean basin. It was created in Barcelona in November 1991 as a vehicle for empowering municipalities in respect of urban development issues. Its purpose is urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the Mediterranean region.
MedCities has extensive experience in project implementation, communication, capitalisation and transferability of experiences and has been active on urban sustainable development, including coastal zone management and environmental protection.
Some of the MedCities membres have competences in managing protected areas, including coastal areas, rivers and periurban natural parks, and undertake planning, environmental protection and governance activities of such areas. Involving local policy makers in the Biodiversity Protection Community is a contribution of the network in order to reinforce the networking and transferability activities of PANACeA project.
INTERMEDITERREANEAN COMMISSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF PERIPHERAL MARITIME REGIONS (IMC – CPMR)
The CPMR operates as a think-tank and a lobby for regions. Sub-divided into six Geographical Commissions, this unique structure enables the establishment of a strong and interlinked network. The CPMR and its Intermediterranean Commission (IMC), counting about 40 regional or sub-national authority members, from 9 different EU members states and other countries (Albania, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia).
It offers networking activities at political and technical level through the organisation of thematic working-group meetings, high-level political events, projects and advocacy campaigns. For example, Sustainable and Cultural Maritime & Coastal Tourism, together with the Integrated Maritime Policy, are among the IMC-CPMR core work priorities. It also focuses on the development of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and territorial cooperation, concentrating its efforts on Transport and Integrated Maritime Policy, Economic and Social Cohesion, Water and Energy. Today, it is calling for a macro-regional strategy for the Mediterranean and fostering the emergence of Mediterranean citizenship – also on migration policies – mobilising partners from the southern rims of the basin too.
PLAN BLEU FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Plan Bleu is one the Regional Activity Centres of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), put in place by France since 1977. Its program of work is approved every two years by the Contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention. Plan Bleu produces studies and scenarios for the future in order to raise awareness of Mediterranean stakeholders and decision-makers regarding environment and sustainable development issues in the region.
Plan Bleu will provide its expertise in Stakeholder involvement and Community building. The UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre has high-level experience in designing the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development and relevant experiences in EU policy oriented projects supporting decision-making processes (Science -Decision interface) and implementation of regional policies (EU MSFD, UNEP/MAP Ecosystem Approach and ICZM Protocol).
Plan Bleu has a long-term experience in the Mediterranean, including a very good knowledge of natural and human-made issues and challenges, together with a wide network of decision-makers, experts, and scientists in all countries. It ensures communication and dissemination of studies and their synthesis in various forms, including event organization.
UNIMED-MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITIES UNION
Association of 84 Universities from the Euro-Mediterranean basin. It aims at developing scientific and educational cooperation in the Mediterranean region, in order to contribute to the process of integration between the two MED shores.
The network structure allows for the promotion of inter-university research and education in a multi-disciplinary and multi-lateral perspective. Collaborates with its network universities in projects and activities in different fields, namely through its sub-networks. Besides, Unimed acts as an important stakeholder for the cooperation, and it has become a reference point in the MED region, as evidenced through the multiple collaborations and MoU signed with key institutions and international organisations.
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE, COUNTRY OFFICE MONTENEGRO
REC works as an international organization with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems through the promotion of cooperation among country’s main stakeholders (government, businesses, non-governmental organizations and other environmental stakeholders), and through support of public participation in environmental decision making and free exchange of information. Activities are implemented through, training programmes, pilot projects, environmental assessments, analytical studies, development of educational packages and facilitation of grants. REC assists countries in their political and economic transition and transformation and provides a bridge for transferring regional and global experience.
- Adriatic Ionian Euroregion (AIE), Croatia
- Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums, Spain
- Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Med), Spain
- The European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET), Belgium
- General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Italy
- Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon
- IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Switzerland
- Mediterranean Protected Areas Network, France
- MPA Island of Ustica, Italy
- NGO OZON, Montenegro
- UNE MAP Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), Croatia
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, France
- Region of Crete, Greece
- UNE MAP Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), Tunisia
- Tour du Valat Foundation, France
- WWF Mediterranean, Italy