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The MEDSEATIES Project






MEDSEATIES aims at contributing to the empowerment of Mediterranean local authorities and private stakeholders in the multi-level decision-making processes related to the management of coastal cities.




 

These stakeholders compose the specific groups targeted by the project, involving about 800 people coming from:

  • Local decision-makers dealing with urban planning and environment protection: regions, provinces, municipalities and their associations, local State agencies (approximately 50 people by participating territory meaning a total amount of 300 people for the whole project);
  • Economic and social associative bodies coherent with regional/local issues related like maritime business and local environmental NGOs: local service companies, specialized associations and special interest groups, intermediary bodies, sectoral management bodies (approximately 50 people by territory meaning a total amount of 300 persons for the whole project);
  • National decision-makers dealing with coastal area management, both on the sea and coast sectors: ministries, national State agencies (approximately 40 people by participating country meaning a total amount of 200 persons for the whole project).

All the partner territories are metropolitan areas characterized by a lack in coordination and integration of coastal zone management. The application of the ICZM Mediterranean Protocol is in infancy in France, Italy and Greece, and has not been adopted by Jordan and Lebanon so far.

Target groups suffer from several constraints and damages impeding them to solve these issues, among them: for public decision-makers, a very complex legal and regulatory sectoral framework and a low priority of ICZM in most States; for private actors, an autonomy limited by the proliferation of regulations aiming at protecting coastal areas; for NGOs and local authorities, a lack of financial and human resources notably. That is why all these stakeholders need a governance framework in order to act and react within a fairly short space of time.
 

Partnership for Integration

The participatory approach promoted by MEDSEATIES will thus allow more integration between the different sectors and stakeholders (decision-makers, private sector and civil society) by promoting coordination in each participating territory within Local Working Groups (LWG), which will initiate the first spaces of dialogue between intersectoral stakeholders. The signature of Memoranda of Agreement by the local authorities partner of the project will commit them to adopt tailored governance process.

Furthermore, the lack of capacity, knowledge, concepts and tools from NGOs as well as local authorities, which makes it difficult to make their voices heard, will be tackled by sharing of experiences and know-how transfer within the LWGs. 6 urban authorities (MEDSEATIES partners) and 800 decision-makers from North and South are expected to gain reinforced capacities. They will also benefit from experience sharing which will occur in the transnational Mediterranean network emerging from connections between LWGs.

Thus, the participatory and integrated approach of MEDSEATIES will permit them to preserve and promote sustainable development without penalizing local economy and quality of life.

 

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