Origins: The Mare Nostrum Project

The Mare Nostrum Network was created within the framework of the Mare Nostrum Project. The project’s objective is to explore new ways of protecting and managing the Mediterranean coastline within the existing international Barcelona Convention and its Protocol on Integrated Coastline Zone Management (ICZM). The project uniquely focuses on understanding the “implementation gap” between the ideals of the Barcelona Convention and realities on the ground. The outcomes of the project include recommendations for legal and institutional tools, which may be adopted to improve local practices from the local level, taking a “bottom-up” approach.

Mare Nostrum is one of the 95 projects funded by 2007–2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The project runs from January 2013 to December 2015, and has a total budget of €4,319,592, 90 percent of which is financed by the programme.

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