Ufm to hold a ministerial meeting on environment in Athens

Programme to protect Lake Bizerte in Tunisia the first project

06 March, 11:34

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 06 - A Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change will take place on 13 May 2014, in Athens, Greece. As agreed by the 43 UfM member countries at their Senior Officials Meeting in October 2013, the main topics of this Ministerial Meeting will be: Horizon 2020 initiative to de-pollute the Mediterranean, climate change and sustainable consumption and production.

    According to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), a number of key activities have been advanced by the UfM Secretariat in the field of environment and climate change. As the first project under the H2020 Initiative, the Senior Officials of the UfM endorsed the "Integrated Programme to protect Lake Bizerte in Tunisia against pollution" and granted it the official UfM label. The project builds on a cooperative method to secure sound environmental management of the lake involving various stakeholders from public entities to private actors and NGOs. The Secretariat is also developing, among other lines of action, a specific project to provide access to financing and ensure resource efficiency of SMEs as a follow-up of Rio+20.

    Through a comprehensive regional approach in collaboration with a number of regional partners, the project aims actively to promote the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns in the Mediterranean region. (ANSAmed)
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