Regional Project Document
MedWetCoast Project concerns Conservation of Wetland and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region

September 1999

par Web Team

The project addresses biodiversity conservation in coastal and wetland sites of global importance, situated in 5 countries/Authority of the Mediterranean region. Priority actions include the development of innovative legal frameworks; development of intersectoral management structures able to address complex land management issues; capacity building, and, the promotion of a regional network able to exchange experience, providing economies of scale and the transfer of innovative components of the project within the region. The project will develop the structures and networks required by:
-  promoting interministerial coordination and policies at local and national level to address root causes of biodiversity loss;
-  implementing sustainable development activities in 15 key pilot sites containing globally threatened biodiversity;
-  sensitising, training, and associating stakeholders and building links within the region.

This project document is part of a regional proposal involving Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, Morocco and Tunisia. These were the only eligible beneficiaries in the region which satisfied GEF eligibility criteria at the outset of the project development process. In order to simplify project management, each beneficiary will sign an independent project document referring to activities specific to the country/authority and defining the participation of that country/authority in the regional actions. A separate project document defines the nature of the regional actions common to all countries and which are implemented regionally by UNOPS.

This project management structure essentially decentralises administrative decision-making to local level, simplifies project management and empowers a regional team to provide effective horizontal technical assistance, networking and transfer for the duration of the project.

Each beneficiary country/Authority will therefore sign a project document in two parts - the regional document and the national document. These documents should therefore be read in conjunction with one another for a full overview of national and regional activities.

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