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Mediterranean Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach, in coherence with the European Union (EU) Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Total duration:

36 months, from June 2015- May 2018.

Beneficiary Countries:

Southern Mediterranean Contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention; Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.


The Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way. The Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention have been engaged, at their 18th Ordinary Meeting, into the implementation of the ecosystem approach to the management of human activities in the Mediterranean, with the ultimate objective to achieve a Good Environmental Status (GES) of the Mediterranean Sea. They also outline a Roadmap for its implementation. (Read more)

Moreover, the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy framework Directive (MSFD, 2008) by the EU Member States in the region presents crucial opportunities and needs for the application of the EcAp throughout the Mediterranean region ensuring that the MSFD and EcAp mutually strengthen and build on each other, with the common ultimate aim to achieve GES of the Mediterranean sea.

"A healthy Mediterranean with marine and coastal
ecosystems that are productive and biologically
, (Ecosystem Approach RoadMap)

The ecosystem approach process has been supported by two projects : EcAp-MED I (2012-2015) and EcAp-MED II (2015-2018). In fact, next to strongly contributing to the achievement of the first steps of the EcAp roadmap, especially in relation to the development of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme for the Mediterranean, the EcAp-MED I project has also created a great ownership between the Contracting Parties for EcAp. The EcAp-MED II project seeks to support the Southern Mediterranean Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention to implement the EcAp. (Read more)


The overall objective of this project is to support the UNEP/MAP Barcelona Convention and its Southern Mediterranean Contracting Parties to implement the ecosystem approach in synergy and coherence with the implementation of the European Union (EU) Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The project seeks to support these countries to implement the EcAp Roadmap, through assisting them in establishing new monitoring programmes in line with EcAp. This will enable, for the first time, a quantitative monitoring of the status of the Mediterranean Sea and coast on a regional basis, covering biodiversity and non-indigenous species, coast and hydrography, and pollution and marine litter monitoring in an interlinked manner.

In addition, the project will:

  1. address some specific challenges of the EcAp Roadmap implementation in the Mediterranean;
  2. strengthen science-policy interface;
  3. address sub-regional implementation needs;
  4. respond to data and information challenges in the region.

In order to address the challenges related to the next steps of EcAp Roadmap implementation in an integrated manner, the project outlines four key activities:

  1. Progress in the implementation of the EcAp new monitoring requirements in selected countries in the Mediterranean;
  2. Establishment of sub-regional cooperation in EcAp implementation in the Mediterranean region;
  3. Stronger Ecosystem Approach related science-policy interface in the Mediterranean;
  4. EcAp related data-management, including quality assurance is established/strengthened in the Mediterranean.

Project developed in partnership with:

medpol medpol medpol medpol medpol UNEP/MAP

and the financial support of: