Coast Day 2016

Posted July 21, 2017

This year's Mediterranean Coast Day was celebrated with a slight delay, on Tuesday, September 27, to avoid the weekend when most of the participants couldn’t attend. It was co-organised by PAP/RAC and SCP/RAC in Barcelona, within the project “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean” financed by the “MAVA Fondation pour la Nature”, which offered substantial financial support to the event. Given the objective of the project, the topic of this year’s celebration, which is different each year, was the “Blue Economy” and its importance for reaching economic, social and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Region.

The event was organised at the imposing Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Dating back to early 1900s, this masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme was originally a hospital, built according to the energy-saving and patients’ comfort principles that would still be valid today. However, by 2010 it became too small and compromised for the burgeoning city so a new hospital was build while this site…

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Posted September 13, 2016

It is with great pleasure that we can report that Montenegro is planning to celebrate the Coast Day again this year, as has become tradition for them. Apart from work with school children, as was their practice in the previous years, this year they will expand their activities to involve adult population. Thus, on September 23, the organisers will visit all elementary schools in the capital city, Podgorica, and the coastal municipalities and distribute promotional materials, while one school has been selected as eco-case (different school each year) where a lecture will be organised on environmental protection with a special emphasis on the sea. Given the principal topic of this year’s celebration “A Blue Economy for a Healthy Mediterranean”, which is suited for a wider audience, it was decided to organise a round table for adult population. Representatives of relevant organisations and institutions have been contacted to secure lecturers that will hold presentations through which the importance of the blue economy for both economic development and environmental protection would be explained and made easier to adopt. 

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Posted September 5, 2016
Preparations for the 2016 regional celebration of the Mediterranean Coast Day are in full swing. Invitations have been sent, nominations are being received, the premises have been booked, and the myriad of logistical issues are being dealt with. We are looking forward to a wide and varied audience that will be able to acquaint themselves with the latest developments regarding the blue economy in the region, as well as enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the venue. The agenda of the event will be available soon at this site.

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Posted September 5, 2016
For the second year in a row, Slovenia has decided to celebrate the Mediterranean Coast Week. After the successful EUSALP Launch Conference and the constitutive session of the EUSALP General Assembly in January 2016 at Brdo, the Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week is the second in a series of events organised by Slovenia during its presidency of EUSALP. From 23 September to 1 October 2016, the Slovenian Coast will be the venue for numerous events on environmental connectivity and the meeting place of various stakeholders co-creating our common space in the region .

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Posted July 18, 2016

Another year has flown by and the time came to celebrate the Mediterranean Coast Day. This year, it was a little bit different than usually. The central regional celebration lasted two days instead of one, on September 24 and 25. Namely, the host this year was France, more precisely the “Conservatoire du littoral” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Anniversaries of several other organizations involved in coastal conservation also fall this year, namely fifty years of the National Trust programme "Neptune", forty years of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), thirty years of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), twenty years of the French GEF and the Tunisian Coastal Protection Agency, ten years of the PIM Initiative for Mediterranean Small Islands, and, finally, the launching of the Coastal Agency of Montenegro.

The Conservatoire, PAP/RAC and the city of Antibes, thus, decided to combine these anniversaries with the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration by organising a Meeting of Coastal Agencies from Europe and the Mediterranean on September 24 and 25 in Antibes Juan les Pins…

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Croatia celebrates Coast Day 2014 in Šibenik

Posted October 31, 2014

For the year 2014, PAP/RAC has organised the Coast Day celebration for Croatia in Šibenik, jointly with the Šibenik-Knin County. Apart from being one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Croatia, Šibenik and its surroundings are particularly exposed to the consequences of climate variability and change, which is the topic of this year’s Mediterranean Coast Day. Also, within the MedPartnership initiative, PAP/RAC has been implementing a project in the Šibenik-Knin County aimed at preparing the Coastal Plan for the County, so it was only logical to organise there an awareness-raising event such as the Coast Day celebration. At that, PAP/RAC had full support of the County and Town authorities and organisations.

On Friday, September 19, the event was organised at the Šibenik waterfront. Already in the morning a fair of local eco-produce and traditional arts and crafts was opened. The official programme began at 10:30 a.m. with brief welcome addresses by Ms. Željka Škaričić, PAP/RAC Director, Mr. Željko Burić, Mayor of Šibenik and Mr. Goran Pauk, Prefect of the Šibenik-Knin County.

This official part was followed by sketches performed by children of all ages, from early kindergarten to high school. First to show the results of their work were…

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Coast Day 2014 in Montenegro

Posted September 30, 2014

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain joined efforts to mark the Mediterranean Coast Day with the main objective of raising awareness of the value of the coast and education of school children on the importance of coastal zone protection. Educational workshops were organised at an elementary school in Podgorica and one in Budva, while “Coast Day” educational posters and other promotional materials were distributed at elementary and high schools in Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj, Cetinje and Podgorica. In the educational workshops the pupils were shown short films dealing with environmental protection, effects of climate change and values of the coast. Representatives of relevant institutions made presentations on the importance of the sea as both natural and socio-economic resource, on the need to protect the environment, on the effects of climate change and the responsibility of the society as a whole. The main objective was stimulating those young people to get actively involved in environmental protection initiatives.

Continuing the tradition of preparing educational posters for the Coast Day, this year the Public Enterprise for Management of the Maritime Domain, in cooperation with the Institute of…

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