Mixed Picture of the Mediterranean: Progress made on pollution levels while pressure is still high on threatened species
Athens, 2nd March 2010 - At a joint event co-hosted by UNEP/MAP and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the MAP presented the comprehensive report on the State of the Environment and Development (SOED), covering the Mediterranean region.
The report is a new effort to present decision-makers and the public at large with consolidated information and data on the State of the Environment in the Mediterranean.
Coordinated by the Plan Bleu and based on the cooperative efforts of all the MAP centres and institutions, the UNEP/MAP report addresses in a comprehensive manner the status of Mediterranean biodiversity and natural resources, the pressures from economic activity, excessive consumption and production and the emerging climate change impacts with its related contamination and biodiversity depletion effects.
“The picture resulting from our study is a mixed one. While clear progress has been shown in the fight and control of pollution from land-based sources, on the International Year of Biodiversity, there is little to show in terms of concrete results in biodiversity conservation”, said Maria Luisa Silva, UNEP/MAP Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Coordinator.
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