UNEP-MAP Mid-Term Strategy (MTS)

The Mid-Term Strategy (MTS) was prepared to guide the path of MAP in protecting the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and contribute to sustainable development of the Mediterranean Region for the period 2016-2021.

In line with the Rio+20 Outcome Document, the priorities of the MTS are intended to be "action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, universally applicable to all countries in the region, while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities." They are developed to be "focused on priority areas for the achievement of sustainable development".

The priority themes reflect legal commitments and major needs at the regional and national levels, they contribute to the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) objectives and they are part of the global efforts for sustainable development. Their respective outputs are expected to be achieved through the three successive MAP biennial Programmes of Work of the 6-year period.

Vision of the MTS is "a healthy Mediterranean with marine and coastal ecosystems that are productive and biologically diverse, contributing to sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations".

The Ultimate Objectives are the achievement of Good Environmental Status (GES) of the Mediterranean and the contribution to sustainable development. The Strategic Themes listed below selected accordingly, and will be promoted under the Overarching Theme of Governance:

  • Land and Sea-Based Pollution
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Land and sea interaction and processes
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Climate change adaptation

The Centre’s work contributes in particular to the Land and Sea-Based Pollution and the Biodiversity and Ecosystems themes, and support directly or indirectly the implementation of activities under the other themes.