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Two days workshop to refine the review mechanism of the Horizon 2020 initiative for a Cleaner Mediterranean and its associated H2020 indicators, Copenhagen, 17-18 May 2017

Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia

Organised in the framework of the ENI SEIS II South Support Mechanism, participants from different Mediterranean Neighbourhood countries, ENI SEIS II South Focal Points from statistics institutes and Ministry of environment, representatives from UN environment/Mediterranean Action Plan, Plan Bleu and CEDARE met in Copenhagen from 17-18 May 2017 for the 1st ENI SEIS II South Support Mechanism regional workshop on indicators.

The workshop aimed to refine the Horizon 2020 review mechanism to take into account other assessment processes such as Mediterranean Quality Status Report (QSR 2017), State of Environment and Development Report (SoED 2019), Mediterranean Strategy on Sustainable Development (MSSD) and further develop the current H2020 set of indicators to reflect the renewed scope of the H2020 priorities applicable to all Mediterranean countries, in coherence with other existing indicators sets e.g. MEDPOL/NAPs indicators, Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) common indicators, SDGs, etc.

Organised over breakout sessions addressing the H2020 priority thematic areas (water, waste and industrial emission) as well as other areas of relevance, participants reviewed existing set of indicators (H2020, NAPs; IMAP, MSSD, SDGs, League of Arab states indicators, etc) and discussed adjustment, update and addition to the current H2020 set to be used for the 2019 H2020 review process. Participants reflected on what could be a coherent information flow (Monitoring – Data – Indicators) to be adjusted to countries situations to support regular review process (H2020 and beyond) and setting-up of integrated information systems. Quality, availability and accessibility of the data remain a main concern.

Info RAC presented the new developments as regard the regional information system to be used for reporting data and information and support the production of the H2020 indicators. An online survey on metadata will take place in June to gather information on the state of national datasets and data management infrastructure.

The meeting agreed on the following next steps: Refine the outcomes of the workshop to come by September with a proposal of an extended H2020 indicator set; held a webinar on 19 September 2017 to finalise the list of indicators and corresponding specification and agree on the outline of the 2019 H2020 indicator-based assessment, by October to initiate and test indicator production; to held early 2018 a regional workshop to review and analyse the indicator produced. 

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