IWRM and Coastal Zone Management framework established

Posted: 2010-12-30

The integrated methodological framework (IMF) for integrated water resources management and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean was finalised in 2010, the outcome of specialist technical work and extensive consultation.

The IMF takes into account groundwater, aquifers, biodiversity, coastal waters and climate change, and will provide the framework for a new generation of management plans for coastal areas. The first work under the IMF will be a pilot project in the Buna-Bojana area which is shared by Albania and Montenegro. GWP Mediterranean, the Priority Action Programme of the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (PAP/RAC MAP/UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) helped develop the framework under the Global Environmental Facility Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystems (GEF MedPartnership) and the Mediterranean Component of the European Union Water Initiative (MED-EUWI).

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