ReGoKo - what next?

The ReGoKo project has been closed at the end of 2015, but we are pleased to remark that its impact is going beyond the closing date.

With the help of ReGoKo, an action plan toward the revision of Egypt’s environmental strategy has been developed. The work realized under this activity is now directly fueling the update of Egypt’s National Environmental Action Plan 2017-2022.

In Lebanon, ReGoKo funded a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the country’s new water sector strategy. With Lebanon being the first of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries with a formal legislation on the use of SEA, this ReGoKo funded SEA represented a way to pilot the application of this legislation in Lebanon and at the same time provided valuable lessons learned for the other beneficiary countries, all of them aiming at developing legislation in the field. This SEA thus contributes to current legislative work in the field of SEA in ReGoKo’s beneficiary countries.

Also in Lebanon, ReGoKo implemented environmental audits which now allow industrial enterprises to participate in and benefit from the ongoing Lebanon Environmental Pollution Abatement Project (LEPAP) and reduce their environmental impact.

In Morocco, ReGoKo has realized an analysis of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) system and its recommendations are now of great use to the revision process of EIA law 12-03.

In Palestine, priority pollution abatement measures have been identified, designed and costed for 20 enterprises of the stone and marble sector in West Bank. Many of these measures come with good return on investment and some bilateral development organizations have already shown interest in funding some of the pollution abatement measures.

In Tunisia and Morocco, ReGoKo has provided support for national and sub-national observatories of the environment and sustainable development and this activity’s results are now being used for creating sub-national observatories in Tunisia and for reviewing the modus operandi of national and sub-national observatories in Morocco.

After ReGoKo had organized, in June 2013, a regional meeting of law enforcement officials pertaining to MARPOL in order to launch a Mediterranean network of such officials and after ReGoKo established the network’s website, a subsequent network meeting has been organized in September 2015 by REMPEC, thus continuing the work initiated by ReGoKo.

ReGoKo has provided an important contribution to the Barcelona Convention’s Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) though the development of four national studies focusing on socio-economic assessment of maritime activities in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. These studies piloted the socio-economic assessments within EcAp, which has recently entered its second phase EcAp Med II.

On the regional level, all of ReGoKo’s activities also contribute to the implementation of the new Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, as indicated in ReGoKo’s completion report