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Plan Bleu’s National Focal Points meeting

The Plan Bleu's National Focal Points meeting will be held in Nice (France) on 25 and 26 April 2017. The principal objectives of the meeting will be to examine the implementation of Plan Bleu’s Programme of work and to discuss and approve the proposed Plan Bleu’s Programme of work for the biennium 2018-2019.

Workshop on Science Policy Interface (SPI) strengthening for the implementation of the UNEP/MAP IMAP in relation to Marine Litter, Biodiversity & fisheries, Hydrography, with a focus on the Risk Based Approach (RBA) for monitoring

Plan Bleu organized the fourth workshop on the science-policy interface (SPI) strengthening, held in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Madrid, Spain on 2 March 2017 with a focus on the usefulness of the risk-based approach to marine monitoring.

International conference « What solutions for the Mediterranean? »

Organized on the 23rd February 2017 in the Ministry of Environment in Paris, this conference gathered 200 representatives of the 21 Mediterranean-rim countries. It follows the « Solutions for the Mediterranean » initiative to recapture marine ecosystems that was launched in 2016 by Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, the Energy and the Sea, in charge of international relations on climate.

5th Mediterranean Forest week – Agadir (Morocco) 20-24 March 2017

The Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW) is one of the major exchanges forums on Mediterranean forests, gathering stakeholders from different backgrounds. This 5th edition will be hosted by Morocco, in Agadir, from 20 to 24 March 2017, and will focus on the following issue: in which way will Mediterranean forest and landscape restoration efforts be contributing to reaching overall objectives on these issues?

What prospects for the Mediterranean?

On December 5th, 2016, 23 Mediterranean foresight experts gathered in the premises of CIHEAM in Paris for a workshop aiming at exploring possible approaches and modalities for a new foresight exercise on environment and development in the Mediterranean.

News

Launch of the Blue Growth Community in the Mediterranean

Save the date and register ! The event organized within the InnoBlueGrowth Horizontal project, funded under the INTERREG Med Programme, will take place in Rome, on 6 and 7 April 2017. The aim of the InnoBlueGrowth project, is to ensure the communication and capitalization of projects results, addressing Blue Growth issues as Blue energy, Maritime surveillance, Yachting.
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International conference « What solutions for the Mediterranean? »

The international conference « What solutions for the Mediterranean? » was held on the 23rd February 2017 in the Ministry of Environment in Paris. Gathering 200 representatives of the 21 Mediterranean-rim countries, this conference follows the « Solutions for the Mediterranean » initiative to recapture marine ecosystems that was launched in 2016 by Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, the Energy and the Sea, in charge of international relations on climate.
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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER), Mission to Morocco

The project team of the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) carried out a mission to Rabat, Morocco, on 7-8 February 2017, organized in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment in Morocco.
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UN Environment/MAP launches its new website

The UN environment / Mediterranean Action Plan – Secretariat to the Barcelona Convention (UN Environment / MAP) is delighted to officially announce the launch of its new website.
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18th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the MCSD held its 18th meeting on 18 and 19 January 2017 in Athens, Greece. The participants discussed the progress in activities related to the implementation and monitoring of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025, which was adopted at the 19th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, as a strategic guiding document for all stakeholders and partners to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the regional, sub-regional and national levels.
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Our events

Peer Review Meeting

The main objective of this Meeting, that will be organized in Nice, France, on 27 April 2017, is to discuss the draft national reports and formulate key recommendations towards the final report of the SIMPEER pilot test.
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Invitation to the joint "Workshop on Science Policy Interface (SPI) strengthening” and “Ecosystem Approach Coordination Group Meeting” on IMAP scales of monitoring and assessment, including the next QSR

The meeting, that will be held in Nice on 27th and 28th April 2017, is expected to share best practices, to present efforts of Contracting Parties for IMAP implementation at national scales, to encourage discussion and meeting recommendations regarding elaboration of efficient spatial and temporal scales for monitoring and assessment.
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Plan Bleu’s National Focal Points meeting

The National Focal Points meeting of the Regional Activity Center Plan Bleu will be held in Nice (France) on 25 and 26 April 2017. The principal objectives of the meeting will be to approve the proposed Plan Bleu’s Programme of work for the biennium 2018-2019.
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5th Mediterranean Forest week – Agadir (Morocco) 20-24 March 2017

The 5th MFW will promote restoration at Mediterranean level, to federate around forests various undergoing initiatives related to the Rio conventions, and to achieve those through an agenda of ambitious actions and collectively mobilizing all the technical and financial partners of the Mediterranean countries.
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BleuTourMed's Kick-off Meeting

Built on a transnational partnership with strong knowledge and experience on integrated coastal management and sustainable tourism policies, BleuTourMed aims at supporting maritime and coastal sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean region. A Kick off Meeting was held in Villa Méditerrannée in Marseille on 16th and 17th of March 2017.
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Recent publications

Mediterranean wetlands: an economic valuation of their services to climate change adaptation and regulation

Half of all Mediterranean wetlands disappeared over the 20th century. They have declined to now only 18 million hectares. However, wetlands are home to some of the richest yet most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Wetlands provide many ecosystem services that promote human wellbeing.
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Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and Guidelines for Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries

The purpose of this report is to identity and conduct a comparative analysis of the main environmental commitments of Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries (SEMCs).
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Etat des lieux du cadre juridique des PPP pour la gestion des aires protégées dans le Sud et l’Est de la Méditerranée : Les Partenariats Publics Privés pour la gestion des aires protégées

Ce rapport a pour objectif d’établir un premier inventaire des dispositifs législatifs et réglementaires nationaux relatifs aux Partenariats Publics Privés (PPP) et susceptibles d’être applicables aux Aires Protégées (AP), de recenser des pratiques réussies de recours aux PPP pour la gestion d’une AP, et de produire une première analyse sur leur potentiel de développement dans les pays du Sud et de l’Est de la Méditerranée.
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Plan Bleu's flyer

A new Plan Bleu's flyer is now available.
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Guide pratique pour la mise en œuvre d’une gestion participative et durable des espaces boisés à travers des contrats gagnant-gagnant dans la forêt de la Maâmora

Ce guide est proposé dans le contexte spécifique de la Forêt de la Maâmora dans l’objectif d’être directement utilisable et opérationnel. Il vise à mettre à la disposition des gestionnaires forestiers un outil pratique pour la mise en œuvre d’actions concrètes de gestion forestière en lien étroit avec les usagers et autres parties prenantes sur le terrain.
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