The recent ratification of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol by Morocco is a step forward towards a more sustainable use of the Mediterranean coast. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain, in its capacity of Depositary of the Treaty for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Mediterranean Seaside Region (Barcelona Convention), informs that on 21 September 2012, the Kingdom of Morocco deposited the Ratification Instrument of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean (ICZM).
The Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean, the first legally binding instrument of its type in the world, was adopted by the Conference held in Madrid, Spain on 21 January 2008. It entered into force on 24 March 2011. To date, it has been ratified by Albania, the EU, France, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain and Syria.
The Paris Declaration in February 2012 urges the Mediterranean countries to ratify the ICZM Protocol and implement the ICZM Action Plan as rapidly as possible. It also calls upon them to recognize the need to improve coherence between the different levels of coastal governance, supplemented by optimal national frameworks for ICZM and to liaise with other relevant regional and global plans and programmes, in particular through the maritime spatial planning, in order to strengthen and optimize the achievement of the overarching goals of the Barcelona Convention.