SHAREMED is intended to support regional, sub-regional and local authorities, and the research community to jointly assess and address hazards related to the increasing presence of pollutants and coexisting environmental threats in the Mediterranean Sea

The InterregMED Strategic Project SHAREMED organised a two-days workshop which managed to bring together leading experts and representatives of major international projects and initiatives relevant to the Mediterranean Sea in the framework of ocean observing systems intended to address major marine environmental threats.

The objective of the workshop was to:

  1. Share knowledge and expertise to design a transnational observation system of systems to address environmental threats and pollution in the Mediterranean
  2. Establish new and further consolidate existing collaborations to address common challenges. This is fundamental to synergise efforts and engage in the capitalisation of existing initiatives, arrangements and ongoing activities for joint planning, co-design of fit for purpose observations and their integration into common assessments with effective governance frameworks.

This effort is part of the cross-cutting project activities of SHAREMED and the mainstream project goals on capitalisation. This process builds on practices, recommendations & guidelines, conducive to long term strategies, contributing to transnational governance, implementation of EU directives (Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Common Fishery Policy, Marine Spatial Planning Directive) and supporting other EU initiatives (BLUEMED, EUSAIR, WESTMED), international programs (UNEP-MAP/MARPOL), and networking initiatives.

The knowledge conveyed by the participating project coordinators will contribute to identify the state of the art, gaps, best practise and long-term strategies, supporting the overarching goals of SHAREMED, and will contribute to the identification of strategies and roadmaps.

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