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COP 23: Towards a healthier and safer future for the Mediterranean

Slovenia will host the 23rd Meeting of the Member Parties to the Barcelona Convention, COP 23 – Conference for the Mediterranean, in Portorož between 5 and 8 December 2023, marking the second time in history that Slovenia has held the two-year Presidency of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. The meeting will be held under the slogan »Green transition in the Mediterranean: from decisions to actions«.

The Barcelona Convention is the world's first convention on the protection of the regional sea and the only regional multilateral legal framework for the protection of the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment.

Slovenian Presidency

The slogan of the Presidency highlights the transition towards the implementation of the decisions taken to achieve sustainable development in the Mediterranean and the Green Transition in practice. 

As a Member Party, Slovenia is working to promote an ecosystem approach to development planning by strengthening the importance of blue and green corridors in spatial planning and management for maintaining coastal and marine biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Blue corridors are the aqueous environment where frequent migrations of aquatic organisms are observed. Together with land-related green corridors (preserved natural areas), they provide important provisioning services such as food and water, allow the transport of substances, the migration of aquatic organisms and some human activities in the use of ecosystem services.

The focus will be on empowering young people as key actors in the efforts for the sustainable development of the Mediterranean.

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Slovenia supports the vision of a Blue Mediterranean: a clean and healthy sea, free of plastic waste, with a guarantee of healthy fish stocks, and an innovative environment capable of contributing to a sustainable blue economy.

Further information, the agenda and the objectives of COP 23 are available at

Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning

Author: Danila Golob

Date: 28. November 2023

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