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15th International Underwater Film Festival - Belgrade

December 2011.

 

 


Environment and Sustainable Development Network


Aiming at disseminating the contents of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development as much as possible, INFO/RAC-UNEP/MAP has participated with a special window of the Mediterranean Environmental Award in other Euro-Mediterranean film and photographic festivals, sensitive to environmental issues.

Furthermore, INFO/RAC has cooperated with such festivals to create the “Environment and Sustainable Development Network”, which, in time, can encourage and collect thoughts, contributions and proposals of solutions.

The purpose of the NETWORK is the adoption of a joint information and communication strategy aimed at fostering, through film and radio-television initiatives, the meeting of different cultures and, at the same time, promoting wider participation and awareness among civil society on the “best practices” to be adopted for environmental protection and sustainable development.
www.medaward.org


The Barcelona Convention – signed on February 16, 1976 and come into force on February 12, 1978 – represents a sort of “Constitution” for the safeguard of the Mediterranean Sea. The key actors of this international agreement are the 21 countries coasting the Mediterranean Sea, which were joined by the European Union. Aware of the importance of the safeguard of the naturalistic and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean, these Governments have decided to tackle the environmental emergencies, entrusting the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – whose action is implemented through its Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) – with the task of managing the coordination of the cooperation activities among the Contracting Parties of the Convention, in order to win the challenge of sustainable development.


UNEP/MAP has therefore the honour as well as the burden of representing the common reference point for the Mediterranean environmental policies as well as for the pooling of information and data originating from the adhering countries for a constant monitoring of the whole eco-region. The aim is to attempt to collect as much information as possible concerning the state of health of the Mare Nostrum


During the last Meeting of the Contracting Parties in Slovenia (November 2005), the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) has been approved. Its aim is to adapt international commitments to regional conditions, to guide the national strategies of sustainable development and to promote dynamic partnerships among countries with different levels of development. Such a strategy represents, for the 21 countries which have strongly endorsed it, a unique opportunity to move substantially towards sustainable development, to reinforce peace, stability and prosperity in the whole region, and, in so doing, reducing the gap between developed and developing countries.
The fundamental principle stated in the Mediterranean Strategy is that sustainable development is the product of a balanced combination of economic development, social equality, environmental protection and good governance. Seven fields of action have been identified as priorities: they relate to a better management of water resources and a rational use of energy - also exploiting alternative sources -; mobility, urban development, tourism, sustainable agriculture and, last but not least, safeguard of coastal zones and of biodiversity.


This is the context in which the action of INFO/RAC, the MAP environmental Information and communication centre of the United Nations Environment Programme, is implemented. With the conception of a wide-ranging and articulated awareness-raising mechanism in the civil society on the processes of environment protection and sustainable development, through cooperation and partnership programmes, as well as through the use and sharing of information and communication technologies and education and public participation, INFO/RAC will make the policies and actions of the Barcelona Convention and of UNEP/MAP visible and shared.


Among the many initiatives, on the occasion of the 30 years of UNEP/MAP, INFO/RAC-MAP has organized the Mediterranean Environmental Award, a film and photographic festival dedicated to Environment and to the Mediterranean. This was an audiovisual and photographic voyage, which had the merit of representing a significant cutaway view of the environmental issues which need to be tackled, but also the huge asset represented by the culture of the Mediterranean peoples and by the richness of the Mediterranean sites.


Aiming at disseminating the contents of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development as much as possible, INFO/RAC-UNEP/MAP has participated with a special window of the Mediterranean Environmental Award in other Euro-Mediterranean film and photographic festivals, sensitive to environmental issues. Furthermore, INFO/RAC has cooperated with such festivals to create the “Environment and Sustainable Development Network”, which, in time, can encourage and collect thoughts, contributions and proposals of solutions from a wide portion of the civil society.
In order to increase the number of occasions to exchange ideas, a Forum has been created in our site (www.medstrategy.org), within our on-line magazine, “EcoMed-ia Magazine”: it is a virtual area where to meet and talk, to learn and “think sustainable”.


I would like to address heartfelt and sincere thanks to the organizers of the host Festival, who have generously provided for spaces and time and who have enthusiastically adhered to the promotion of this initiative of spreading awareness and of encouraging commitment for the whole Euro-Mediterranean area.

Dr. Sergio Illuminato, Director General INFO/RAC-MAP, United Nations Environment Programme


 

International Underwater Film Festival, Belgrade