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Mare Nostrum Calls on Governments to Act Quickly to Fight Coastal Erosion Around the Mediterranean Sea

July 31, 2013

Representatives of local municipalities participating in a workshop organized by the EU-funded Mare Nostrum asked governments to take firm action to finance and coordinate efforts to protect cliffs from erosion and collapse

VOLOS, Greece, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

The EU-funded Mare Nostrum Project [http://marenostrumproject.eu ], which aims to
explore new ways of protecting and managing the Mediterranean coastline, called on
governments to take immediate and coordinated action to fight cliff erosion.

Mare Nostrum partners [http://marenostrumproject.eu/dynamic.aspx?p=Partners ] met last
week in Volos, Greece for a landmark workshop. One of the most urgent issues to emerge
from the meeting was the need for an affirmative and well-coordinated effort to protect
cliffs from erosion and collapse.

Representatives of the local authorities of Alexandropoulos, Kavala, Haifa and Netanya
all expressed the urgent need for government intervention to tackle the problem. They
emphasized that their cities need major investment for environmental engineering works,
but that both national and regional governments are slow to respond.

According to participants, it takes years to draft and approve regulations and to
receive national support and financing. Meanwhile, magnificent environmental assets are
being eroded away, sometimes even endangering human life.

“Everyone talks about climate change and the importance of coastline preservation, but
in the meantime the beautiful cliffs of the Mediterranean are endangered by government
procrastination,” said Technion Prof. Rachelle Alterman, the initiator and coordinator of
Mare Nostrum. “Fighting cliff erosion requires significant investments. We call on all
governments in the region to recognize this shared problem and act quickly.”

“The risk of coastal erosion is shared by all Mediterranean countries,” Prof. Alterman
added. “This issue pertains to the coastline, which should be viewed as national and
international asset. Governments should act to meet their obligations as presented by the
Integrated Coastline Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol to the Barcelona convention.”

Participants of the Mare Nostrum workshop came from universities, municipalities and
NGOs in Greece, Spain, Malta, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

About Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum is an EU-funded project, which aims to explore new ways of protecting and
managing the Mediterranean coastline within the existing ICZM Mediterranean framework. The
project focuses on understanding the “implementation gap” between the Barcelona
Convention’s high expectations and realities on the ground, and on new legal and
institutional tools to improve local practices from the “bottom-up,” one notch at a time.

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

        Dan Gerstenfeld

SOURCE Mare Nostrum

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