Mediterranean Forum For Applied Ecosystem-Based Management

About the project

The actual mainstreaming of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is still limited mainly because the practical application of EBM is a challenging task for ICZM actors. The MED4EBM project will tackle this issue by assisting ICZM actors in four coastal areas of Jordan, Italy, Lebanon and Tunisia to jointly develop and apply a common methodology to make ecosystem-based ICZM much easier to design and implement by applying innovative techniques and methods. A software tool will help institutional actors to better handle the complex multi-stakeholders analytical processes that characterize EBM applications and assess the relationships between ecosystem components, functions and services, as well as the associated human activities. Moreover, the project will provide government officials and managers with the necessary tools, skills and competences to develop and implement ecosystem approaches to the management of activities in the marine and coastal environments.

Key information

Mediterranean Forum For Applied Ecosystem-Based Management
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.4 Integrated coastal zone management
Jordan, Italy, Tunisia, Lebanon

Financial data

3.3 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

Since none of the project pilot areas has incorporated the principles of the EBM nor avails spatial ICZM software tools, the project will therefore generate positive changes through the establishment of the Ecosystem-based ICZM Decisions Support Systems and the Ecosystem-Based Governance Protocol, helping concerned stakeholders to reduce and handle conflicts on the different uses of coastal and marine resources, boosting the sustainable-productivity potential of these resources.

Who will benefit?

  • Actors and stakeholders concerned with the management of the pilot coastal and marine areas (public authorities and institutions, scientific institutions, associations)
  • Local populations

Expected achievements

  • 4 integrated sets of Ecosystem-Based ICZM measures developed 
  • 4 Ecosystem-Based ICZM governance protocols and Decision Support Systems established 
  • 4 training packages delivered to managers and officers of relevant institutions
  • 4 mentorship programmes for government officials and managers of institutions involved in the use of the ICZM tools developed 
  • 1 permanent Mediterranean forum on EBM and ICZM tools and methods

Project news

MED4EBM: Clean Up The World 2020 campaign in Jordan

The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan implemented a three-day campaign to clean Aqaba beaches and seaside.


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MED4EBM: Lebanon, Italy, Tunisia, and Jordan accomplished a thematic scoping training exercise

The aim of the training was to enhance the capacities of partners to apply an effective ecosystem-based approach in the integrated managemen…


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MED4EBM: Launching project social media accounts

As we aim to keep you up to date with all the the great things happening within MED4EBM project and our four partners, we’re excited to announce that we are also launching three new social media profiles on Fac…


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MED4EBM: Lebanon, Italy, Tunisia, and Jordan completed a training on “The Use of Innovative Tools to Tackle the Incorporation of Ecosystem Based Management

MED4EBM: Lebanon, Italy, Tunisia, and Jordan completed a training on “The Use of Innovative Tools to Tack…


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MED4EBM project: Tyre Coast Nature Reserve, Lebanon is looking for an External Auditor

The deadline for the submission of quotations is Monday, 21st September 2020.