On Tuesday, January 19, the 53rd meeting of the RAMOGE Agreement Commission was held both in person and virtually via video at Monaco’s Ministry of State. The commission is made up of delegates from France, Italy and Monaco, and seeks to preserve the Mediterranean ocean through a number of innovative projects.

In 2019 and 2020 the Commission was very busy making a real impact. Among a long list of noble efforts, RAMOGE launched studies and conservation operations and fought to ban paraffin discharges in the Mediterranean.

Setting their sights on 2021 and 2022, members of the Commission outlined new plans, alongside the renewal of current campaigns. The Commission aims to launch a ‘RAMOGE’ label to promote ecologically sustainable yachting, and seeks to develop synergies with other sub-regional agreements to fight against marine pollution, examples of which are the LION Plan and the Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia Agreement.

In addition, the Commission looks to produce educational kits designed to make high school students aware of the preservation of deep environments, using data and resources collected during RAMOGE exploration campaigns.

At the end of the meeting, the Commission’s President, Mr Giuseppe Italiano, handed over the Presidency for the new biennium to Monegasque delegate Ms. Isabelle Rosabrunetto.

To discover more about the Commission, click on this link to the RAMOGE website.