The SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean and the Roadmap are shaping up
Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) National Focal Points - at the Extraordinary Consultation meeting on the 25th and 26th of November in Barcelona.
We are happy to announce that the elaboration of the Sustainable Consumption and Production (hereinafter SCP) Action Plan for the Mediterranean is on the right track. This Action Plan, aims at establishing a range of actions and objectives common to the Mediterranean countries to shift to SCP. The Action Plan will also include a Roadmap.
After a preparatory phase, the lasts months were devoted to the consultation process through the organisation of 2 regional meetings and an on-line consultation platform. It is of paramount importance ¨to ensure that the experience and input of key Mediterranean SCP stakeholders, particularly the Business sector, Economic leaders and other relevant bodies active on SCP in the Mediterranean Region, are reflected in the final document¨, as requested by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention at the 18th ordinary meeting (COP18) in Istanbul ( December 2013).
As part of the Roadmap, the first regional meeting, which was held in Marseille on the 1st and 2nd of October, gathered 40 international organisations from the Mediterranean. The main objective of the meeting was to compile the delegates´ inputs on SCP challenges, priorities and objectives for four production and consumption priority areas: food and agriculture, goods manufacturing, tourism and housing and construction. Furthermore, experts on green economy in charge of reviewing the current Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (so-called MSSD Review) attended the meeting too in order to ensure coherence and built synergies between both processes, the SCP Action Plan and the MSSD Review.
¨We aimed at having a two days highly interactive workshop so delegates could actively participate and contribute with their expertise¨ explained Magali Outters, the SWITCH-Med policy-maker´s Team Leader She added that ¨a broad participatory process, with active involvement of all key SCP stakeholders and partners, is central to the development of an SCP Action Plan adapted to the reality of the Mediterranean region“. Participants had the choice to participate in two of the four working groups that were created specifically for the consumption and priority areas. A moderator and a reporter lead the process in each group. The outcomes of the discussions were wrapped up and presented at the plenary session at the next day. Challenges were identified, potential actions were defined and key stakeholders to be involved for each sector were agreed. The stakeholders identified key transversal issues that run through all of the SCP areas: Transportation & Mobility; Land use; Water efficiency; Resource efficiency; Energy efficiency; and Pollution (generated by waste water, chemicals, solid waste, etc.). The results of the meeting are available here.
Following the Marseille meeting, an on-line consultation was set up at the ¨Policy-maker¨ corner of the SWITCH-Med platform during the month of October, in which stakeholders were invited to raise their voice and contribute to shape the SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean. It was an open process that allowed everyone with expertise or interest on the issue to provide feedback and complement virtually the outcomes of the meeting in Marseille. The sectors that have received more attention were the Food and Agriculture and the Ecotourism. ¨ At SWITCH-Med we underlined the importance of the process being an important effort leading towards the SCP Action Plan by 2016¨.
On the basis on the results of this consultation phase with regional and international organisations, a first draft of the SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean was developed and shared for the very first time with government representatives - Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) National Focal Points - at the Extraordinary Consultation meeting on the 25th and 26th of November in Barcelona, at the Catalan Waste Agency premises. In total, government representatives of 22 Mediterranean countries (Albania, Algeria, Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine) and the European Commission could provide their feedback on the first draft of the SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean. During this meeting, the overall structure of the Action Plan was agreed by the delegates who also supported the identification of the four SCP priority areas. However it was agreed to rename the Food and Agriculture sector as Fisheries and Agriculture. They also requested in the definition of the four SCP priority areas to further specify the economic activities and to detail the relevance of the four priority sectors for the Mediterranean economy. The environmental impacts link to each sector contributing to the degradation of the coastal and marine areas should also be included. Amongst other comments, the delegates also suggested to specify deeper the definition of the stakeholders to be involved in the implementation of the actions as well as their roles.
After the consultation phase, the next step is to circulate a new draft of the Action Plan and the template for the Roadmap amongst the SCP National Action Plan Focal Points for comments and the amendments with the objective to have a final version to be validated at the Ordinary Meeting by early June.