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COP 23, the
23rd Conference of Parties to Barcelona Convention for the Mediterranean, ended
its meetings in Portoroz, on the Slovenian Adriatic coast, by endorsing a bold
Ministerial Declaration. Among other things, it states that parties commit to
ensuring that by 2030 at least 30% of coastal and marine areas are effectively
conserved and managed.
Arab Forum for
Environment and Development (AFED) participated in its capacity as Vice
President of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD).
agreed to advance decarbonization, including in blue economy sectors, and halt
the degradation of marine and coastal biodiversity.
COP 23 also
agreed on Regional Harmonized Procedures for the Uniform Implementation of the
Ballast Water Management Convention in the Mediterranean Sea and on a
Conceptual Framework for Implementing Marine Spatial Planning in the
A decision to
include certain species of ray fish in protection list was opposed by 3 Arab
southern Mediterranean countries that expressed concern about the
socio-economic consequences of such listings, mainly on the livelihood of