MedWetCoast Meeting on Site Diagnosis
Meeting report - Tunis, 21 & 22 february 2000
par Web Team
Summary of Meeting
The meeting has been organised to agree among all national components of the MedWetCoast project on the concrete activities that should be done to initiate and conduct the site diagnosis in all countries. The meeting started by positioning the activities related to the sites diagnosis within the management planning process. The meeting then reviewed the TORs for site diagnosis included in the project documents in line with national needs. As such, the site diagnosis activities would reflect national and local objectives and priorities and respect the specificity of each site as well as adopt a standardized methodology to respect the project regionality.
Participants agreed to develop the TORs for site diagnosis in a standardised manner that takes into consideration the specificity of each site and its priorities. National components will share their TORs with the regional facilitator by end April at the latest.
It was agreed among all participants that the site diagnosis is a preliminary study that should be well integrated within the management planning process. The duration of the diagnosis study should be envisaged not to exceed 9 months or 1 year, other complementary studies should be envisaged at a later term. The recruitment of international expertise within the site diagnosis team should aim at strengthening the national and local capacities.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to addressed other issues related to the progress and planning of various activities of the project, including the next regional meeting.
Warming up / Meeting’s objectives
The meeting started by a welcome note by Mr Abderahmen Ganoun, APAL Director General, confirming APAL’s engagement to the protection of the coastal zone . Mr Marcel Alers, GEF Coordinator in the UNDP RBAS stressed the need for partnership and for reaching real activities. Mr Jean Jalbert, Director of Conservation at Tour du Valat, related the meeting to the MedWetCoast objectives and aims while Mr Pierre Bougeant, Chargé de Mission at the Conservatoire du Littoral, stressed the need to strengthen the institutional set up for coastal zones management.
A round table introduction of participants was then conducted, Mrs Lamia Mansour, MedWetCoast Regional Facilitator, presented the meeting’s objectives and programme. She clarified that the aim of the meeting is first to position the activities related to the sites diagnosis within the management planning process and second to fine tune the TORs for site diagnosis included in the project documents in line with national needs. As such, the site diagnosis activities would reflect national and local objectives and priorities and respect the specificity of each site.
The program of the meeting was then discussed and consolidated in light of comments related mainly to the order of the presentations and their timing.