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Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention)
Skjaerseth J.B. (1996) "The 20th anniversary of the Mediterranean Action Plan: reason to celebrate?", Green Globe Yearbook, 47-54.
(Introduction: In the early 1970s the Mediterranean states requested the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a programme aimed at identifying the extent of Mediterranean pollution, its sources, and relevant measures. In 1975 the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) was approved by sixteen Mediterranean states plus the European Community (EC).1 One year later the Barcelona Framework Convention was signed. In addition to this legal component, MAP includes scientific assessment and integrated management. A great many activities have been carried out under these three MAP components over the past two decades. On the basis of an evaluation of achievements under the legal component, this article concludes that it would be better to set priorities and improve co-ordination among the various activities so as to trigger more substantial action in the future, rather than merely to celebrate the achievements of the past.)