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Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security
by UN Environment / Mediterranean Action Plan - Barcelona Convention Secretariat - UN Environment and EBRD as lead GEF Implementing Agencies (United Nations entity)
The MedProgramme aims to accelerate the implementation of agreed upon priority actions to reduce the major transboundary environmental stresses affecting the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security, and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations.

The activities supported by the MedProgramme will be developed within a coordinated framework of effective transboundary cooperation, Mediterranean wide harmonized standards, indicators and monitoring procedures, information flow and exchanges of experience, and with the support of relevant regional bodies and an expanded partnership of agencies and donors.

The presumption underlying the MedProgramme design is that overall environmental security, the sustainability of the livelihoods of growing coastal populations and their resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change and variability will be improved by addressing hot spots of coastal/marine pollution and habitat degradation, implementing ICZM and nexus planning, introducing conjunctive surface and groundwater management, protecting coastal groundwater related ecosystems and coastal/marine biodiversity.

In this context the Global Environmental Objectives of the MedProgramme are:
restore the integrity of a globally significant transboundary large marine ecosystem and of its coastal areas through multi-country cooperative actions;
- prevent the exposure of humans and the environment to harmful chemicals and waste of global importance;
- maintain globally significant biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services that it provides to society;
- increase resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change in vulnerable developing countries.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
December 2025
At least 12,500,000 hectares of landscapes and seascapes are under improved management to maintain globally significant biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services provided to the society;
December 2025
Five freshwater basins are under water-food-ecosystems security and conjunctive management to promote the collective management of transboundary water systems and implementation of the full range of policy, legal, and institutional reforms and investments contributing to sustainable use and maintenance of ecosystem services;
December 2025
3,250 metric tons of POPs (PCB, obsolete pesticides) are disposed and 50 metric tons of Mercury are reduced
Other, please specify
46,190,000 USD (GEF grant)
Other, please specify
708,000,000 (grant/hard loan/in kind co-financing)
Basic information
Time-frame: 2019 June - 2026 December
UN Environment/MAP leading executing agency; EIB, EBRD, UNESCO IHP, GWP Med, WWF MedPO, and IUCN executing partners
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Julien Le Tellier , Programme Management Officer, Socio-Economic Affairs, UN Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan Coordinating Unit , julien.letellier@un.org, + 30 210 7273133
Athens, Greece
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