The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) cooperates with various UN entities and other Inter-Governmental organizations active in the field of Mediterranean environmental protection. It also recognizes the expertise of Mediterranean Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), supports their initiatives and encourages their participation in MAP activities.
Such partnerships provide support for capacity building and technical assistance for the development of measures and the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and Protocols.
The MAP system cooperates with the EU institutions (in particular the European Commission and EEA), and with GEF. Furthermore, UNEP/MAP has signed individual Memoranda of Understanding with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), the Permanent Secretariat of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (BSC PS), and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
Among the International and Regional Organizations, with which UNEP/MAP has long- lasting cooperation, the following - playing already a role in the Mediterranean - are important players expected to contribute to the implementation of MTS 2016-2021: European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), FAO, UNCTAD, UNEP/DTIE, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, ECLAT, ESCWA, ILO, RAMOGE, CIESM, CEDARE, GWP Med, Birdlife, WWF Med, the Mediterranean Energy Observatory and international financial agents like the FFEM, EBRD, EIB, IFC and WB.
Since the inception of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), the Contracting Parties have recognized the value of public awareness and support from civil society in fulfilling their mission of protecting the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment and promoting sustainable development in the region. The Contracting Parties have developed fruitful working relations with civil society organizations by granting Observer and Partner status to Non-Governmental Organizations, thus encouraging their participation in MAP meetings, activities, and overall goals set up under the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols. MAP Partners are international and regional NGOs, as well as national and local NGOs from Mediterranean riparian States. Many of the activities in MAP’s Programme of Work have been carried out in cooperation with MAP Partners, several of which also hold membership in the MCSD on an equal footing with the Contracting Parties. MAP also provides assistance to Partners from developing Mediterranean countries with a view to further strengthening their capacities.
The 16th Meeting of the Contracting Parties, through Decision IG.19/6 "MAP/Civil society cooperation and partnership" adopted the Criteria and procedure for admission as MAP Partners of the international, national, and local civil society Organizations / NGOs as MAP Partners.