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An improved shared information system in the Mediterranean




MEDITERRANEAN. The system for shared knowledge linked to the Barcelona Convention is focused on improving the information system in order to measure the progress of sustainable development policies. The Plan Bleu for the Mediterranean hopes for progress in this area.



“The real innovation is that the processes for evaluating progress made by each country will be included in the revision of the strategy,” Jean-Pierre Giraud points out (Photo Plan Bleu DR)
“The real innovation is that the processes for evaluating progress made by each country will be included in the revision of the strategy,” Jean-Pierre Giraud points out (Photo Plan Bleu DR)
The 22 countries who signed the Barcelona Convention in 2005 can see how they are progressing in this direction using 34 indicators in the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development.
 
At the end of May 2013, the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development convened in Malta, where the information needs for the calculation of indicators were addressed.
 
“The information exists, but we can improve its collection and sharing in order to make it available to all more quickly. Progress can be made for the benefit of all,” Jean-Pierre Giraud explains. He is producing an overview of the studies on sustainable development indicators at the Plan Bleu for the Mediterranean.
 
These are in line with the objectives set out for nine priority issues, including the integrated management of water resources and demand, the demand for energy and the promotion of sustainable tourism. More involvement of actors for sustainable development in the areas of research and education, among others, is also covered.
 
It's now a question of adding new indicators to take into account the evolution of marine resources, green economy and climate change, for example. The development of these indicators could be approved during the next meeting of the signatory countries of the Barcelona Convention in this city in December 2013.
 
“The real innovation is that the processes for evaluating progress made by each country will be included in the revision of the strategy,” Jean-Pierre Giraud points out.
 
Nourishing the policies for improvement of the different countries concerned with reliable and up-to-date information is the key focus. “This is necessary so that each country can improve its practices and its situation,” sums up M. Giraud.

Adding new indicators

The system of information must be improved. This is the case for fishery resources (Photo MN)
The system of information must be improved. This is the case for fishery resources (Photo MN)
In certain areas, especially from a social and economic point of view, the system of information must be improved. This is the case for fishery resources, for which the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development relies on the data provided by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean of the FAO (Food & Agriculture Organisation).
 
Demand for information is increasing in the Mediterranean. “The environment ministries of the 22 signatory countries of the Barcelona Convention, in particular, receive numerous requests for information from international organisations. They need to respond to these in an organised way,” adds M. Giraud. “We need a shared information system in the Mediterranean built on the priorities of the Horizon 2020 Initiative, which is aimed at de-polluting the Mediterranean.”
 

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Michel Neumuller, MARSEILLE


Tuesday, July 9th 2013



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