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EU Awards EUR4.3 million to Mare Nostrum Project to Explore Ways to Preserve the Mediterranean Coastline

February 28, 2013

The new collaborative international project, headed by Technion Professor Rachelle Alterman, aims to bridge the legal-institutional gap in Mediterranean coastline management

HAIFA, Israel, February 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

The European Union (EU) has awarded the international Mare Nostrum
[http://marenostrumproject.eu ] consortium EUR4.3 million to explore new ways of preserving
the Mediterranean Sea and its coastline.

The three-year project is aimed at bridging the legal-institutional gap in the
implementation of existing policies on integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the
Mediterranean region.

Mare Nostrum, which is led by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
[http://architecture.technion.ac.il/en ], will be funded as part of the European
Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument – Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean
(ENPI-CBCMED [http://www.enpicbcmed.eu ]) program.

“The Mediterranean Sea has for millennia served the people living on its shores as a
precious common resource,” said Prof. Rachelle Alterman [http://alterman.technion.ac.il ],
the founder and coordinator of Mare Nostrum. “Yet despite decades of efforts to protect
it, a complex mosaic of legal and institutional regimes has prevented their full

“The project’s primary goal is to contribute to bridging the gap between the ideals of
coastal zone management and its actual effects on the ground at the local, national and
cross-border levels,” she said.

Prof. Alterman, an internationally acclaimed expert on land-use planning and law,
added that Mare Nostrum will pursue a strategy of identifying local impediments to
implementation and leveraging insights gathered from local successes into improved
policy-making across the region.

Through knowledge exchange, the project will also lead to improved dialogue and
cooperation across national borders and the development and dissemination of new tools for
realistic implementation of ICZM among Mediterranean Basin countries and beyond.

Mare Nostrum is comprised of 11 partner organizations from Malta, Greece, Israel,
Jordan and Spain, including leading research institutes, city governments, environmental
NGOs and port operators. In addition, experts from Germany, Turkey and Italy will advise
the team.

Mare Nostrum will hold its opening conference at the Technion in Haifa, Israel on 3-6
March 2013.

About Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum is an EU-funded project which aims to explore new ways of preserving the
Mediterranean Sea and its coastline within the existing ICZM Mediterranean framework. The
project aims to improve the socioeconomic and environmental sustainability of the
Mediterranean coastline while increasing its resilience to natural and man-made hazards.

For further information please visit http://www.marenostrumproject.eu.

        Simon van Dam

SOURCE Mare Nostrum

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