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MEPIELAN E-Bulletin is a digital academic and practitioner newsletter of the MEPIELAN Centre, launched in 2010.  It features insight articles, reflective opinions, specially selected documents and cases, book reviews as well as news on thematic topics of direct interest of MEPIELAN Centre and on the activities and role of MEPIELAN Centre. Its content bridges theory and practice perspectives of relational international law, international environmental law and participatory governance , and international negotiating process, thus serving the primary goal of Centre: to develop an integrated, inter-disciplinary, relational, context-related and sustainably effective governance approach creating, protecting and advancing international common interest for the present and future generations. Providing a knowledge- and information-sharing platform and a scholarly forum, the Bulletin promotes innovative ideas and enlightened critical views, contributing to a broader scholarly debate on important issues of international common interest. The audience of the Bulletin includes academics, practitioners, researchers, university students, international lawyers, officials and personnel of international organizations and institutional arrangements, heads and personnel of national authorities at all levels (national, regional and local), and members of the civil society at large.

List of 2010 News

Environmental Governance Regimes

MEDITERRANEAN SEA – Two Protocols to the Barcelona Convention System Enter Into Force: The “New and Innovative” ICZM Protocol and the “Dormant” Offshore Protocol

On 22 November 2010, Syria deposited its instruments of ratification of two Protocols to the Barcelona Convention system, the ICZM Protocol, 2008 and the Offshore Protocol, 1994, thus bringing the total number of ratifications of both Protocols to six.

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International Environmental Negotiation Process

Outcomes of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity – ABS Protocol Negotiations Successfully Completed

The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity held from 18 to 29 October in Nagoya, Japan, ended successfully, having adopted a biodiversity plan for the following 10 years and other crucial texts for biodiversity conservation.

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Climate Change

Establishment of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Network by 2012

The Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), was held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010. During a 60 minute side event, hosted on the 28th of October 2010, the issue of achieving a better governance of the Mediterranean’s marine and coastal protected areas was discussed.

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Environmental Governance Regimes

NORTH SEA – The Results of the OSPAR Ministerial Meeting 2010

The Third Ministerial Meeting of the OSPAR Commission in Norway ended on 24 September, making ground-breaking decisions for the protection of high seas biodiversity. The OSPAR Ministers established a vast network of unique and ecologically sensitive areas in the wider Atlantic, bringing the network of OSPAR's marine protected areas to cover an area of 433,000 km².

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