Trieste - A "strategic" initiative for better environmental protection of the Northern Adriatic Sea has just started and was presented in Trieste today. Its name is NAMIRS (North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response System), an international project co-funded by the European Commission under the European Civil Protection Mechanism and coordinated by the Central European Initiative (CEI).
"NAMIRS aligns perfectly with the political mission of the organization and the priorities identified by its 17 member states in the field of environmental protection. Moreover, this issue is essential to ensure sustainable growth in line with the development goals of the UN 2030 Agenda," said CEI Secretary-General Roberto Antonione.
According to the partners, transnational and cross-border cooperation effectively addresses challenges such as protecting the marine environment, which is a resource to be saved through joint and sustainable management by the three neighboring countries, Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia.
In the Northern Adriatic area, reads the statement issued by CEI, "the marine pollution due to accidental causes, particularly the spillage of hydrocarbons into the sea, represents a dangerous threat and can have devastating environmental, social and economic consequences. The National Emergency Plans proved inadequate to manage a cross-border threat: it is, therefore, essential to consolidate the preparation and coordination to prompt a joint response, to improve the ability to prevent and protect against the effects of such disasters". As the CEI announced during the meeting, a focus "on safeguarding and mitigating existing and potential damage of the Mediterranean Sea will be promoted within the next Barcolana Sea Summit."