Regional Activity Centres
Blue Plan Regional Activity Centre (BP/RAC), France
Adopts a systemic and prospective approach to Mediterranean environment and development issues using observation and evaluation tools and generating indicators. Experts produce scenarios for reconciling the environment and the realities of socio-economic development in a drive to help Mediterranean countries make decisions with the future in mind.
Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), Croatia
Concentrates on integrated coastal zone management to alleviate development problems in built-up coastal areas. The centre offers technical assistance and coordinates Coastal Area Management Programmes (CAMP) that typically involve the participation of many local bodies.
Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (SPA/RAC), Tunisia
Focuses on biodiversity and is involved in the protection of Mediterranean species, their habitats and ecosystems. It develops management plans, information tools for monitoring, and promotes awareness campaigns and the circulation of information among specialists and relevant international organisations including NGOs.
Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), Malta
Assists Mediterranean coastal states to build up their national prevention and response capabilities to be prepared for major marine pollution incidents, such as the Erika and the Prestige. The centre also facilitates cooperation between countries in combating accidental marine pollution from a range of hazardous substances including oil. REMPEC is managed under the joint auspices of MAP and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Provides communication services and technical support to the MAP Secretariat and the other MAP regional components (RACs). INFO/RAC also focuses on enhancing public awareness and establishing multi-sector working partnerships that enable sustainable development across the Mediterranean region.
Cleaner Production Regional Activity Centre (CP/RAC), Spain
Promotes the reduction of industrial waste from the Mediterranean industrial sector and disseminates tried-and-tested cleaner production techniques. The centre also organises training programmes, and promotes the exchange of experts, facilitating technology transfer within the region.
In addition to the RACs, the Secretariat of the Programme for the Protection of Coastal Historic Sites (100HS), based in France, offers training in optimal site management practices.