Introduction 1. The meeting of the Bureau of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution and its Protocols was held in Nicosia (Cyprus), on 3-5 May 2001, at the “Holiday Inn” hotel. Participants 2. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Francis Zammit Dimech, Malta’s Minister for the Environment and President of the Bureau of the Contracting Parties. It was attended by: Mr. Jahia Awaidah, State Ministry for Environmental Affairs (Syrian Arab Republic), Mr. Gabriel P. Gabrielides, Director of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (Cyprus), Mr. Pierre Roussel, Secretary General of the General Inspectorate for the Environment, Ministry for Land Planning and the Environment (France), in their capacity as Vice-Presidents of the Bureau, and Mr. Ehtuish F. Ehtuish, Secretary of the People’s Committee, General Environmental Authority (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), in his capacity as Rapporteur. H.E. Mr. F. Zammit Dimech was accompanied by Mr. Paul Mifsud and Mr. Andre Vassalo Grant, officials from the Maltese Ministry of the Environment. Mr. Yahia Awaidah was accompanied by Mrs. Reem Abad Rabbah and Mr. Moustafa Kosay, officials from the State Ministry for Environmental Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic. 3. Mr. Lucien Chabason, Coordinator, and Mr. Humberto Da Cruz, Programme Officer, were representing the Coordinating Unit of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), and acted as Secretariat to the meeting. 4. A complete list of participants is contained in Annex I to this report.