The INSTM, as ECOSAFIMED partner, participated in a meeting on Research and Environment between Italy and Tunisia called ''projects tell their stories” on 25 November in Tunis, gathering the main actors of the Programme during the period 2007-2013. This event was organized by the EU-funded ''Italy-Tunisia Cross Border Cooperation Programme''
At the premises of Al Khawarezmi hall in Cité des Sciences in Tunis, Mr Adel Gaamour, the Tunisian coordinator of ECOSAFIMED introduced the project and its objectives to an audience of 80 people while showing them the 3 minutes promotional video.
The participants had the opportunity to take stock of the innovative approaches and methodologies used in ECOSAFIMED project which were implemented in order to improve artisanal fisheries communities and public authorities capacities by addressing key socio-economic and environmental challenges related to artisanal fisheries sustainability and marine ecosystem conservation.
Other projects, financed by the Italie-Tunisie Cooperation Programme and European Neighbourhood Policy instrument (ENPI CBC Med), also participated to this meeting by presenting their projects. Namely Lactomed, AIDA, BIOVECQ, DEDUENERT, DIVIN, EQUIMEDEV, HILFTRAD, MEDCOT, RESTUS, SECURAQUA, TATRAC, VEDER, SPOT among others exchanged their results, benefitting from each other's experiences in the field of ''Research and Environment''.
ECOSAFIMED AND THE ENPI CBC MED PROGRAMME
With a budget of €1.9 million, the ECOSAFIMED project promotes responsible fishing practices and communication between researchers and the artisanal fishing sector, with the aim of helping to conserve marine ecosystems. The ultimate objective of the project is to produce a series of recommendations for managing the artisanal fisheries studied in the Mediterranean, to ensure their compatibility with good conservation practices for marine habitats.
The project also seeks to identify valuable areas to be proposed as Protected Marine Areas under the auspices of European Directives and/or the Barcelona Convention. ECOSAFIMED is one of the 39 projects to have received funding from the 1,095 projects presented at the second call for the 2007-2013 ENPI CBC MED Programme.
The ENPI Mediterranean Sea Programme is a cross-border co-operation initiative that forms part of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The programme’s aim is to promote co-operation between regions on both shores of the Mediterranean, in order to tackle common challenges and assess endogenous potentials.
A total of 14 countries, representing 76 regions and close to 110 million inhabitants, have benefited from the programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, the Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria and Tunisia.
The programme has a budget of €200 million, funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, and the contribution to each project amounts to a maximum of 90 per cent of the total cost.
The projects funded deal with a range of issues relating to promoting socioeconomic and territorial development: supporting innovation and research; sustainable development and energy efficiency throughout the Mediterranean Sea Basin; improving conditions and the various forms of movement of persons, goods and capital; and promoting dialogue between cultures and forms of governance.
Information on the ECOSAFIMED project and the ENPI CBC MED Programme is available on the ENPI CBC MED and the EuropeAid Office of Development and Cooperation websites.
This publication was produced with financial support from the European Union, in the framework of the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the Biodiversity Foundation and do not under any circumstance reflect the position of the European Union or the Programme’s management structures.