| Report MWC102002
Report of the Second Regional Advisory Committee of MedWetCoast Project
Tour du Valat - France, 27-29 June, 2002
Tuesday 17 December 2002, by Web Team
In accordance with the MedWetCoast project document and manual of procedures, the objectives of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) meetings are to constitute a forum of discussions at the highest level whereby contributing to the maintenance of the project’s global strategic vision and to promote exchange between participants to allow for the transfer of good practices and lessons learned through the experiences of each Mediterranean country.
We recall that the responsibilities of the Regional Advisory Committee are the following:
Although it was planned that the Second RAC (RAC2) of the MedWetCoast project would be held in Albania, the RAC2 venue was changed in and held at Tour du Valat in France, in order to allow the RAC members to interact with the participants of the study tour that was organized in parallel to the RAC meeting for national and local politicians involved in MedWetCoast Project. The programme and participants of both the RAC2 meeting and of the study tour are attached in Annexes 1 and 2 of the report.
The study tour was organized as a first effort to promote policy reform for coastal and wetland conservation through the project and will be followed by several activities along the same line, including the coming up regional seminar on national wetlands policies.
The RAC members could accordingly from one side present the main developments of the national project developments to their national counterparts whom had participated to the study tour, thus sensitizing the concerned national politicians of the various opportunities as well as of the challenges that face the projects at the national level.
On the other side, the politicians participating to the study tour could also express their views to the project partners regarding the relevance of activities such as the study tour. It was clear that all the participants have appreciated the exposure to the French policies in coastal and wetlands management, the contacts with French politicians was also considered as a value added to this trip.
The RAC2 members included all national and regional project partners as well as the funding and executing agencies.
The meeting working document was sent to all RAC2 members prior to their arrival and included the national and regional Annual Progress Reports for 2001 and the work plans for 2002. Along with the working document, a draft strategy paper prepared by an independent consultant for the Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) on the "Sustainability within the MedWetCoast Project" was also forwarded to RAC2 participants. ...
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