The 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (the Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols (COP 21) convened for its second day on Tuesday, 3 December 2019, in Naples, Italy.
Delegates faced a full agenda as decisions needed to be finalized before the Ministerial Session, which takes place on Wednesday. The morning session saw discussions continue on thematic decisions, including:
Common Regional Framework for Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Identification and Conservation of Sites of Particular Ecological Interest in the Mediterranean, including Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance
Strategies and Action Plans under the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean
Main Elements of the Six Regional Plans to Reduce/Prevent Marine Pollution from Land-Based Sources; Updating the Annexes to the LBS and Dumping Protocols of the Barcelona Convention
Updated Guidelines Regulating the Placement of Artificial Reefs at Sea
Development of a Set of Regional Measures to Support the Development of Green and Circular Businesses and to Strengthen the Demand for more Sustainable Products
The afternoon discussions addressed the draft decisions on the budget, compliance and governance. It also saw delegates begin their discussion on the contentious issue of a Road Map for the Possible Designation of the Mediterranean Sea Area as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur Oxides (SECA) Pursuant to MARPOL Annex VI, within the Framework of the Barcelona Convention.
Delegates worked into the evening to conclude their work in a largely cordial atmosphere, and despite many diverging views on how to proceed and concerns regarding “wordsmithing” the decision, they were able to heed the calls for an outcome on this important topic at the COP and approve the draft decision on a road map towards a possible SECA in the Mediterranean.
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