Washington - A partnership between Morocco, France and the Principality of Monaco with the aim of ensuring better protection of the Mediterranean Sea against climate changes was announced Thursday in Washington as part of “Our Ocean” conference, held on September 15 to 16.
Washington – A partnership between Morocco, France and the Principality of Monaco with the aim of ensuring better protection of the Mediterranean Sea against climate changes was announced Thursday in Washington as part of “Our Ocean” conference, held on September 15 to 16.
This partnership aims to strengthen the protection of the Mediterranean through the implementation of specific programs, minister delegate for the environment Hakima El Haite told the press.
El Haite, who is also the special envoy for the COP22’s mobilization, made this statement at the end of a high-level meeting organized by the Presidency of COP21, and attended by the Ministers of the Environment of several Mediterranean countries, including Turkey, Libya, Malta, Palestine, Italy, Spain and Egypt and the European Union.
The minister also said that this partnership was conceived as a “platform for debate” that will help set goals for the Mediterranean Sea and to exchange good practices in terms of protection of the Mediterranean, adding that this sea remains “vulnerable” to climate changes.
In her turn, French Segolene Royal, President of COP21, said the partnership will strengthen the fight against pollution, noting that the goal is to set “rules of sustainable development “and to protect the Mediterranean Sea.
The third edition of “Our Ocean” conference opened, on Thursday in Washington, with the participation of several countries including Morocco.
This conference, initiated by US secretary of state John Kerry in 2014, brings together government officials, scientists, researchers and several NGOs. The event tackles key issues including marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.