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Side Event #2814


Date Wednesday
2018.11.21 @ 18:15
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Room M3 - IGOs Room
Building 1
Capacity: 60 people
Conference COP 14 / CP-COP-MOP 9 / NP-COP-MOP 3
Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Efforts made under the Barcelona Convention towards the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity in the Mediterranean coast of Egypt
UN environment/MAP-SPA/RAC |
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Protected Areas
Invasive Alien Species
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


The Mediterranean Basin is one of the most highly valued seas in the world. The region comprises a vast set of coastal and marine ecosystems that deliver valuable benefits to all its coastal inhabitants. The basin supports some of the richest fauna and flora in the world and the habitat-level diversity is extraordinary. It is recognized as one of the world’s 25 top biodiversity hotspots, defined as areas with rich biodiversity, a large number of endemic species (species unique to the region), and critical levels of habitat loss

The main regulatory instrument aimed at the protection of the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment is the “Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean” (Barcelona Convention). It is the first regional sea agreement concluded and administered by UNEP.

The improvement of the quality of the marine environment remains the priority objective of the Barcelona Convention with the commitment to achieve the Good Environmental Status and integrate the ecosystem approach in the management of human activities. The situation in the region remains challenging in terms of biodiversity conservation and achieving the global goals for the effective extension and management of marine protected areas

In light of this, the Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (UN Environment MAP-SPA/RAC) is committed to assist the Mediterranean countries, particularly the Southern ones, in the implementation of the Barcelona convention and its Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity (SPA/BD Protocol).

SPA/RAC has a long-standing cooperation particularly with Egypt, in developing activities aiming to conserve the marine and coastal biodiversity in its Mediterranean part. Those activities concern the implementation of the:

Hence, the side event will showcase activities undertaken so far concerning specifically:

  • The elaboration of the national action plan for the conservation of marine mammals in the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea
  • The elaboration of the national action plan for the conservation of marine turtles,
  • The elaboration of the national action plan on non-indigenous species,
  • The management of marine protected areas.
  • The implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) for biodiversity component, particularly its Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP);

A special focus will be placed on the process undertaken in Egypt for the development of the integrated monitoring and assessment programme with regards to biodiversity and Non-Indigenous Species (NIS), through a consultative and participatory approach involving potential stakeholders as well as experts and scientists from the different national institutions.

The session will conclude with a consultative discussion to seek recommendations on how we could support national decision making and implement national action plans and the integrated monitoring programme. 




Arrivals and catering

13:15 – 13:25

Opening statements

Gaetano Leone (Barcelona Convention-UNEP/MAP Secretariat Coordinator), Khalil ATTIA (UNEP/MAP-SPA/RAC Director) and Mostafa Fouda (Advisor for biodiversity of the Ministry of Environment of Egypt)

13:25 – 13:35

Presentations [One/two presentations: 20 minutes common slides]

●     Egypt

●     SPA/RAC

13:35 – 13:55

Group consultation/Questions and Answers

Moderated by Mostafa Fouda (Advisor for biodiversity of the Ministry of Environment of Egypt

13:55 – 14:35

Closing statements


14:35 – 14:45



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