The Ecosystem Approach is a strategy adopted by MAP for the integrated management of human activities in the Mediterranean context. It is currently in the definition of targets stage.
This study tries to formulate the role the SCP approach can play in this framework, through linking the current pattern of consumption and production in the Mediterranean to usually noted impact on the Ecosystem, and demonstrating how switching to sustainable consumption and production practices can relieve the pressures on the Ecosystem and the subsequent impacts.
To support this argumentation, the study gives an example of application in the case of Fisheries.
This report is the latest in a series prepared since 2001 by the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production, with the aim of providing periodical updates on the progress made by member countries of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) on measures to reduce the environmental impact associated with industrial and economic activity, placing special emphasis on those initiatives that encourage more sustainable consumption and production criteria.