Author: IUCN Mediterranean
After 21 months of hard work and exciting results, the POSBEMED project has arrived to its end! Thanks to the dedication and collaboration among all project partners, project goals were achieved and make an important step towards a more sustainable approach to the management of Posidonia beach-dune systems. The efforts have resulted in a comprehensive Strategy and Action Plan for the Mediterranean region.
The document, entitled “Governance and management of Posidonia beach-dune systems”, summarises the main findings of the project, together with the guidelines for good-practice governance in protected areas and coastal tourist hubs. It includes sections on current knowledge about Posidonia beach-dune systems, legislative and policy frameworks and management practices, as well as a transnational joint management strategy and action plan for the Mediterranean region. The action plan outlines a set of desirable approaches and the process to build local frameworks for taking management decisions and activities at different sites (in Marine Protected Areas and surrounding tourist areas).
The long-term vision of the strategy is “to manage the Mediterranean coastline by developing planning strategies that recognise the value of the Posidonia beach-dune environment and integrate them into the overall coastal strategy, while also addressing concerns and educating stakeholders”. An overarching set of principles and specific goals and actions are presented in the document in order to achieve this vision, with the aim to gear regional and national policies, funding bodies and research institutions towards creating suitable conditions for implementing sustainable beach and coastal management practices across Mediterranean areas.
The document is targeting all relevant stakeholders for decision-making processes in Posidonia coastal environments, but is particularly focused on local governments, who are in the best position to lead the sustainability and ensure the resilience of these areas. The presented recommendations will be useful in helping them, as well as other regional practitioners, to understand their role in building environmentally sound sustainable practices and working with a range of stakeholders in order to progress with the actions from the strategy.
The document is available in four languages at the following links: