A new cooperation project to improve the environmental sustainability of Mediterranean coasts

The project ENSERES (ENhancing Socio-Ecological RESilience in Mediterranean coastal areas) funded by the European Union under the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation program ENI CBC Med, has kicked off in Malaga bringing together international organizations engaged in research, environmental protection, and public authorities from five countries to start the work plan for the next 24 months, until September 2023. After more than ten …

The role of healthy wetlands in fighting climate change

The new report developed by the ETC-UMA (University of Malaga), as partner of the European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC/ULS) has shed light on the role of healthy wetland habitats in the carbon cycle and the ways European instruments report and consider them. Entitled “Carbon pools and sequestration potential of wetlands in the European Union”, this …

Happy World Nature Conservation Day!

On World Nature Conservation Day, the ETC-UMA team wants to wish you a happy summer surrounded by nature and friends. Wherever you are, be part of the healthy ecosystem you want around you and have a positive impact. Here are some tips to combat marine litter (provided by the MBPC project):      

ETC-UMA leads the path towards better governance of the Adriatic- Ionian marine ecosystem

The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) project co-funded by the Interreg Med programme and led by ETC-UMA has just finalised an online workshop on ” Managing Transboundary priority areas: Towards a governance mechanism on the conservation of the South-Adriatic marine ecosystem” in collaboration with the Marine Institute in Croatia. For two days, Albania, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia representatives together with key …

ETC-UMA receives the European’s Commission certificate of participation for showcasing its commitment to Zero pollution during the EU Green Week

ETC-UMA is pleased and honoured to have been awarded the European’s Commission certificate of participation at the EU Green Week 2021 for the organization and leadership in the organization of the online workshop on “Mediterranean pollution, biodiversity and health”. This year’s edition of  the EU Green Week, Europe’s most important environmental event, was dedicated to the topic of zero pollution. …

Presenting MedBioLitter at the Technical Committee on Marine Litter-CONAMA

On the occasion of the 15th National Congress on the Environment (Conama), 19 national and European projects tackling marine litter were invited to present their work at the webinar held on Wednesday 28 April 2021 to an audience of around 70 participants. The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community project and its open database and spatial geoportal, MedBioLitter, on current scientific knowledge …

Defining a strategy against coastal degradation in Andalusia

Building on the expertise gathered over the past 10 years by the research team at ETC-UMA on environmental protection and cooperation, a meeting of Andalusian and other Spanish regional institutions involved in conservation and protection was held in March 2021 to exchange experiences and join forces towards better protection and management of the scarce natural coastal areas in Malaga, where …

A transboundary governance model for the conservation of natural resources presented by ETC-UMA

Málaga, 26 March 2021 – More than 50 experts and young professionals engaged in Mediterranean environmental science, policies and civil society involvement have participated in the online training course on “Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystem-based marine resources management and planning” over three days, 22 -24-26 March 2021, to exchange expertise and lessons learnt. The ETC-UMA Director Dania Abdul Malak, coordinator of …

A Mediterranean snapshot on what we have and how to protect it

The report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (SoED) published in November 2020 warns that the Mediterranean basin is facing escalating environmental and developmental challenges: warming 20% faster than other regions, with 78% of fishing stocks subject to overfishing and some 730 estimated tones of plastic waste pollution per day, the call for urgent transformative actions is …

The EU Commission acknowledges the need to redress wetlands

Reuniting international experts and EU policy representatives, the webinar led by the ETC-UMA and the UN Environment Regional Activity Centre Plan Bleu organized on 22 October in the frame of the EU Green Week has raised the flag on the need for the adoption of a new, more realistic definition for wetlands that affects sectoral policies at all levels. The …