Enforce laws to protect Mediterranean

The environmental state of the Mediterranean Sea region will not improve until there is the political will to enforce current and future environment legislation, according to a new report issued by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Priority issues in the Mediterranean Environment, a joint report by the EEA and the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), was launched at a meeting of the contracting parties of the Barcelona Convention which is taking place in Portoroz, Slovenia.

The report, which scans existing and emerging pollution issues, draws a picture at regional level but also provides a profile for each Mediterranean country.

As well as pollution from land-based activities and shipping, the report covers emerging threats to the region