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RAMOGE confirmed its strong commitment to keep Mediterranean sea healthy at the 56th Meeting.

Protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, raising awareness on due marine ecosystems management, fostering the fight against marine pollution. The Accord RAMOGE (RAMOGE Agreement) has been fully committed on the ocean cause since its establishment. And its engagement continues as for the present and future perspectives. On the 19th January 2024, the 56th meeting was held at the Monegasque Ministère d'Etat (State Ministry) under the chairmanship of France represented by H.E. Jean d’Haussonville, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Principality of Monaco,

On this occasion, the French, Italian and Monegasque delegations took stock of the progress of the activities of the 2023-2024 biennial work programme.

As for 2023, RAMOGE Agreement reached pivotal achievements, notably:

- Programmes to combat marine pollution, marked by the success of the OSCAR-MED aerial surveillance operation in Genoa and the anti-pollution exercise RAMOGEPOL (the operational plan aimed at strengthening interstate cooperation in the event of a major pollution event) in Hyères.

- Health surveillance of the marine environment with special regard to Ostreopsis ovata, a seaweed toxic to humans in case of proliferation.

- Numerous communication actions involving participation in local and international events and aimed at raising awareness of the activities of the Agreement and

key themes related to the preservation of the marine environment.

As for 2024, new initiatives are on the agenda, including new operations to combat marine pollution in Italy and France. Moreover, the launch of a new awareness program on the protection of deep habitats explored during the RAMOGE oceanographic campaigns. Last but not least, the third edition of the international photography competition on the theme «Man and the Sea» together with a set of events focused on the restoration of Posidonia meadows and on the non-indigenous marine species which are invading the Mediterranean Sea with negative consequences on local habitats.***


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By Maurice Abbati

Springer International Publishing

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