ConsumpediaMed is a project financed by the CP/RAC and carried out in collaboration with the CRIC.
The Centre of Regional Activity for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC) belongs to the Plan of Action for the Mediterranean (PAM) of the United Nations Program for the Environment (PNUMA). It was established in 1996 by the decision of all the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Agreement for the protection of the Mediterranean from pollution.
In the beginning, the objective of the CP/RAC was fixed in the promotion and diffusion of clean production in the industrial, agricultural and tourist sectors throughout the Mediterranean countries. However, in the year 2007, the CP/RAC adopted the integrated approach promoted by the PNUMA of sustainable production and consumption, reflected as well in the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), which adopted sustainable production and consumption as one of the main aims in order to achieve sustainable development in the region. Since then, the mission of the CP/RAC has been to promote the mechanisms that drive to sustainable production and consumption patterns in the Mediterranean countries.
The CP/RAC is located in the city of Barcelona (Spain) and is financed by the General Environment and Rural and Marine Environment of Spain once approved its biannual work plan by the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Agreement and the Monitoring Bilateral Commission, consisting of the representatives of the Spanish and Catalan governments.
One of the lines of work to which the CP/RAC aspires is the promotion of sustainable lifestyles adapted to the cultural, natural, economic and social patrimony of the Mediterranean societies, as well as to contribute to the creation of information and education in matter of sustainable consumption.
The Centre of Research and Information in Consumption (CRIC) is an independent, non-profit association devoted to the reflexion and the proposal in the field of conscious or responsible consumption.
The CRIC comes from the ascertainment that the consumer society is not showing a satisfactory socioeconomic model because of the increasing ecologic imbalances and the social inequalities that it implies and the fact that it does not fulfil our lives as persons: we live our lives in a rush, with more diseases, more loneliness... Through an analysis of all these disfunctions, more specific action proposals are made in the personal and collective spheres that will help us walk toward a new consumer culture.
The main communication vehicle of the CRIC is the trimester magazine Opcions. It also organizes talks and is experimenting new channels to disseminate its ideas, such as the audiovisual channel or theatre.
The main sources of income of the CRIC are the subscriptions and advertising of the magazine, the talks and the research jobs or communication upon order. The subventions represent a small part of the income.