Integrated Programme for Protection of the Lake Bizerte against Pollution’
The ‘Integrated Programme for Protection of the Lake Bizerte against Pollution’ was labelled at the UfM Senior Officials Meeting in Vilnius on the 3rd of October. It is the first investment project labelled under the Euro- Mediterranean Horizon 2020 Initiative. The project, which is promoted and commissioned by the Ministry of Equipment and Environment of Tunisia, has a total budget of over 90 million Euros over a 5-year period (starting in 2014). It aims at eliminating the main sources of urban and industrial waste and pollutant air emissions which are contaminating the lake with harmful impact on the population in order to guarantee a healthy environmental state, to secure a level of quality of life and sustainable urban and economic activities such as agriculture, industry, tourism, aquaculture or fisheries. More information is available on the website of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean at: http://ufmsecretariat.org/two-new-regional-projects-labeled-by-ufm-member-countries/
On the same occasion, member countries of the UfM agreed to organise a Ministerial meeting on Environment and Climate Change, planned for the first semester of 2014. The recommendations of the mid-term review of the H2020 Initiative are expected to be presented to the Environment and Climate Change Ministerial and provide the basis for the launch of the second phase of the Horizon 2020 Initiative (2014-2020).