Pursuant to the decision of the 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, held in Portoroz, Slovenia (November 8 – 11, 2005), the First Meeting of the Working Group of Experts designated by the Contracting Parties was held in Split, Croatia (April, 27- 29, 2006). The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the objectives and the structure, and to review the text of the draft Protocol proposed by the Secretariat. The meeting was attended by experts designated by 17 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention. Presented were also some of the Regional Activity Centers of MAP, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations were also present represented by observers: the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE), MAREVIVO and the Turkish Marine Research Foundation. You can find more details about the meeting in the Report.