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21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

During the COP 21 of Barcelona Convention that took place on 2-5 December 2019 in Naples, Italy, the Contracting Parties adopted the Naples Declaration, reiterating their commitment to the health of the Mediterranean and their strong political support to the UNEP/MAP mandate.

Final Conference of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community

Organized on 14-16 October 2019 in Malaga (Spain), the event "Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: pulse for transformative changes in the Mediterranean Sea" was a unique occasion to share and celebrate the three years of work ensuring mechanisms and tools that support a more effective management of biodiversity supporting proper ecosystem functions across the Mediterranean.

Media accreditation procedure - Barcelona Convention COP 21

The 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean will take place on 2-5 December 2019 in Naples, Italy. Media participation in COP21 is subject to accreditation by the UNEP/MAP. Financial support may be provided for up to 10 professional journalists from Mediterranean countries. Applicants for financial support are required to submit their accreditation requests no later than 25 October 2019.

Climate and Environment in the Mediterranean region, our common challenge

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the UfM Secretariat is organizing on 10 October 2019 in Barcelona, an event on “Climate and Environment in the Mediterranean region, our common challenge” to present the main conclusions of the first-ever comprehensive scientific report on the impact of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region developed by MedECC.

Transition towards blue and green economies in the Mediterranean

The InnoBlueGrowth project which leads the Blue Growth Community celebrates its final event on 19-20th September 2019 in Brussels, in a joint event with the Green Growth Community. The objective is to raise awareness on how the integration of both blue and green economies can support a more sustainable development of the Mediterranean, to share policy recommendations, knowledge and good practices as well as to develop networks.

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Side-event COP 21: Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp)

As an executive partner of the EcApMEDII project (2014-2019), Plan Bleu attended on 4th December 2019 in Napoli, a side-event on the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) within the frame of the CoP 21 Barcelona Convention. The side event highlighted the crucial need to support implementing and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) through Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme and Science Policy-Interface strengthening.
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Call for tender to elaborate a marine field survey in Patok-Rodoni Bay in Albania within the framework of the GEF Adriatic Project

The SPA/RAC launches a call for tender to elaborate a marine field survey in Patok-Rodoni Bay in Albania related to Biodiversity (Habitat and species), NIS, Eutrophication, Hydrography, Contaminants and Marine litter. The deadline for receiving proposals is 17 December 2019.
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« BlueBoatsMed » Workshop

In the framework of « BlueBoatsMed », a BlueMed Start-up action led by Plan Bleu, a workshop gathered in Marseille, on 25 November 2019, partners working on the transition to sustainable cruising and recreational boating in the Mediterranean.
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The Mediterranean city of Ashdod (Israel) wins the second edition of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

Athens, 13 November 2019 – The Jury – which is composed of the Members of the Bureau of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and of the President of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development – has decided to award the second edition of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award to the city of Ashdod (Israel). Ashdod City was particularly recognized for Integrated Sustainability Measures included energy efficiency, public transport, optimized water management, including the reduction of leakage, and effective waste management combined with the minimization of landfilled waste.
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Launch seminar of Environment MediaLab project

Plan Bleu participated Thursday, October 24, 2019 in the launching seminar of the Environment MediaLab project, that aims to encourage the integration of environmental issues in the work produced by journalists, relying on the expertise of local actors from the three shores of the Mediterranean basin.
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Our events

Side-event "Sustainable Coastal and Maritime Tourism to Tackle Environmental and Development Challenges in the Mediterranean Region"

In the framework of the COP 21 of Barcelona Convention (Naples, Italy, 2-5 December 2019), Plan Bleu co-organizes with Eco-union, IUCN-Med, Global Footprint Network and the French Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, a side-event that will spotlight recent outcomes, tools, and lessons learned around the topic of Mediterranean maritime and coastal sustainable tourism.
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Barcelona Convention - COP 21

The 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols held from December 2nd to 5th 2019 in Naples, Italy. Ministers representing the 22 Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, the Executive Director of UNEP, Ms. Inger Andersen, representatives of stakeholders and distinguished guests attended the Ministerial Segment on 4 December 2019. Several important draft decisions related to the protection of the marine environment and the coastal region of the Mediterranean were discussed.
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Final Conference of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community

The Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project held its Final Conference "Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: pulse for transformative changes in the Mediterranean Sea" the 14-16 October 2019 in Malaga (Spain). This three-day encounter was a unique occasion to share and celebrate the three years of work ensuring mechanisms and tools that support a more effective management of biodiversity supporting proper ecosystem functions across the Mediterranean.
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The Mediterranean Sea and climate change: common challenges and shared solutions

LabexMed organized in collaboration with Plan Bleu, SPA/RAC, MedPAN and MedECC, an international workshop on Climate Change in the Mediterranean that was held in Marseille, France, the 25th and 26th of September 2019. The workshop aimed to propose research orientations and joint lines of action for the future between scientists, managers and decision-makers.
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Blue and green growth joint event « Transition towards blue and green economies in the Mediterranean »

On the 19th-20th of September in Brussels, the InnoBlueGrowth project which leads the Blue Growth Community, whose Plan Bleu is partner, celebrated its final event in a joint event with the Green Growth Community, aiming at discussing the key elements necessary for a “Transition towards blue and green economies in the Mediterranean”.
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Recent publications

Eau et risques climatiques en Méditerranée : discerner, atténuer, s'adapter

A l’échelle mondiale, la grande majorité des Etats participent désormais activement aux négociations internationales sur le climat avec l’objectif d’en atténuer les effets et de s’y adapter. La question de l’eau, abordée dans ce quatrième cahier du Water Think Tank, est centrale dans ces deux démarches, en particulier pour les pays du pourtour méditerranéen particulièrement affectés par les conséquences du réchauffement climatique du fait de la raréfaction des ressources en eau douce l’été sur la rive sud et de crues intenses aux autres saisons sur la rive nord.
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Outsmart climate change: work with nature! Enhancing the Mediterranean’s climate resilience through Nature-based Solutions

While climate change is becoming more and more of a concrete reality, impacting people and places throughout the Mediterranean region, a broad range of Nature-based Solutions are available to enhance society’s resilience in this new, dynamic and highly challenging context. This publication is published in the framework of the Workshop « Implementation of Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change » hosted by the City of Marseille from the 22nd to the 24th of January 2019, and organized by Plan Bleu, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, IUCN French Committee, Conservatoire du Littoral, Tour du Valat, MedWet and Wetlands International. It was funded by the campaign OffYourmap, as well as by AFD and UN Environment/MAP.
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Blue Economy in the Mediterranean. Policy paper

This policy paper sets forward a list of objectives and actions for promoting Blue Economy in the Mediterranean, based on the technical and policy results of the Blue Growth Community projects. Specific policy recommendations for the three focal sectors are developed, namely yachting, marine renewable energy and maritime surveillance.
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Wetlands in a warming world: Why the Mediterranean needs nature-based solutions

This brief pack explains what wetlands are and why they matter, particularly when it comes to climate change. Preserving and restoring these vital ecosystems is essential for our future survival in a fast-changing world – and groundbreaking work to do so is already underway.
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Strengthen, structure and sustain a Science Policy Interface (SPI) for IMAP implementation in the Mediterranean

Contracting Parties have committed to implementing EcAp with the ultimate objective of achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) of the Mediterranean Sea and coast. GES has been defined through eleven Ecological Objectives (EO) often grouped in three clusters and twenty-eight corresponding operational objectives. There is an increasing necessity for a clearer identification of policy-related knowledge needs, at the regional, national and local scales.
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