The MedProgramme: a new push to depollute the Mediterranean Sea and coast and underpin ecosystem integrity

The Mediterranean Action Plan of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP/MAP) announces the “Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security”—a 43 million USD endeavour funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the aim of reducing major environmental stresses, strengthening climate resilience and water security, and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations in the Mediterranean region.

The MedProgramme –an assortment of seven child projects—will deploy more than 100 coordinated actions at regional and national levels over the next 5 years (2020-2024). This is expected to lead, among other positive impacts, to the disposal of 3,250 tons of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and of fifty (50) tons of Mercury, as well as the prevention of the use of 1,309 tons of POPs per year, an increase in volumes of water treatments, and improvements in coastal and water management.

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RAMOGE 2020 Photo Contest « RAMOGE – Man and the Sea »

On Monday 8 June 2020, on the occasion of World Oceans Day, the RAMOGE* Agreement will launch its international photography competition entitled “RAMOGE – Man and the Sea”. The competition will run until 15 September 2020 and will be placed under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (IFPA). The 2020 edition will have an internationally renowned jury, composed of Greg Lecoeur (“Nature Photographer of the Year” – National Geographic, 2016), Sergio Pitamitz (“Environmental Photojournalist of the Year” – NPPA, 2016) and Pierluigi Rizzato (8 times winner of the FIAP Nature World Cup).

To take part, all you have to do is register and upload your photos on the RAMOGE website ( Each participant will be able to submit a maximum of 4 photos for each category, accompanied by a message.