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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 112; doi:10.3390/su9010112

Managing European Cross Border Cooperation Projects on Sustainability: A Focus on MESP Project

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Genoa, 16145 Genoa, Italy
Office exploitation of Port of Tripoli, 1301 Tripoli, Lebanon
Faculty of Engineering, Al-Manar University of Tripoli, 676 Tripoli, Lebanon
Port Authority of La Spezia, 19126 La Spezia, Italy
Marine Science Station, The University of Jordan, 77110 Irbid, Jordan
Marine Science Station, The Yarmouk University, 21163 Irbid, Jordan
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Francesco Asdrubali and Marc A. Rosen
Received: 28 September 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 January 2017 / Published: 13 January 2017
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International cooperation is a must to achieve the goal of sustainable development, since only through cross border actions’ complex issues like environmental degradation can be faced. Supranational initiatives and shared objectives are the only path for getting a durable and effective green strategy, which transcends boundaries or governments and fosters a common effort for sustainability through networking. The European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union (EU) and partner countries’ regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. To this extent, MESP (Managing the Environmental Sustainability of Ports for a durable development) can be considered as a typical cross border cooperation project, willing to create a sustainable environmental management of port in northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean basin. This has been achieved through the development of specific guidelines towards environmental sustainability and the collection of common tools, methodologies, good practices and innovations focused on pollution reduction that can be replicated in Mediterranean ports and further. This was possible through the creation of a strong cooperation network and long-lasting collaborations among partners and stakeholders such as harbour cities, port authorities, universities, research centres and scientific skills. View Full-Text
Keywords: decentralized cooperation; ENPI CBCMED Program EU Projects; management; EU policy for sustainability decentralized cooperation; ENPI CBCMED Program EU Projects; management; EU policy for sustainability

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Schenone, C.; Marrè Brunenghi, M.; Pittaluga, I.; Hajar, A.; Kamali, W.; Montaresi, F.; Rasheed, M.; Wahab, A.A.; El Moghrabi, Y.; Manasrah, R.; Merhaby, D.; Montani, L. Managing European Cross Border Cooperation Projects on Sustainability: A Focus on MESP Project. Sustainability 2017, 9, 112.

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