The concept of sustainable development means balancing of economic, social and environmental requirements in order to ensure “the needs of the existing generation are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Operationalization of the concept and its practical implementation are the result of theoretical as well as political endeavors aiming to ensure long term development of the human society and environmental protection.
The aims of the Strategy are as follows: to provide a strategic policy framework to secure a sustainable future for the Mediterranean region; to adapt international commitments to regional conditions, to guide national strategies and to stimulate regional cooperation in the achievement of sustainable development objectives; to link the need to protect the environment to socio-economic development.
SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean (consultation paper) details the main policy milestones for the SCP approach at the global and Mediterranean level. It set the framework of action for the Mediterranean context, detailing the major environmental issues, key SCP challenges for the region and suggesting key economic sectors within which SCP actions should be prioritized to ensure greats impacts.