top of page


A2 - Strengthening operational assistance & response capacity 

This region is particularly prone to natural disasters, and cross-border cooperation at an operational level (especially when a disaster strikes) has to be actively supported. Marine pollution matters are also addressed in a parallel regional dialogue via the Barcelona Convention and its operational centre, “Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea” (REMPEC). Contracting Parties (including the EU) are preparing a Mediterranean Strategy and an Action Plan for the Prevention, Preparedness, and Response to Marine Pollution from Ships (2022-2031). DG ECHO supports the implementation of the recent decision of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention to use “CECIS Marine Pollution” as a regional emergency communication platform for the requests and offers of assistance to developing an integrated approach towards at-sea and shoreline pollution management and inter-sectoral coordination in training and contingency planning. The following activities are expected to be implemented as of 11/2023: 

  • A 2.1 - Consolidating knowledge based on disaster risks and disaster prevention policies and awareness raised on disaster risk prevention.

  • A 2.2 - Establishing a sustainable and cost-effective training network & roster of experts, effectively linking all relevant stakeholders.

  • A 2.3 - Enhancing the exchange of best practices and strengthening local capacities in awareness campaigns.

  • A 2.4 - Enhancing & promoting volunteerism, training of volunteers, implementation of pilot initiatives in Southern Neighbourhood.

bottom of page