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Kick-off meeting of the new phase of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

Organised on 2-4 March 2020 in Salou (Tarragona - Spain), this meeting was devoted to discuss on the foreseen activities for the upcoming years, to share results among the projects of the Community and, together and to start identifying results to be transferred and mainstreamed to policies.

The Mediterranean: scientific expertise for decision-makers - Climate and environmental research to support sustainable development goals

Plan Bleu, MedECC and Mistrals organize in Marseille on 2-4 September 2020 an international conference for all decision-makers of the Mediterranean countries. This conference will be an opportunity to review existing scientific knowledge and the issues that the Mediterranean environment has to face in the decades to come.

Plan Bleu changes address

The Plan Bleu team has moved! The new Plan Bleu offices are now located at 16th floor of Tour la Marseillaise - 2 bis, Boulevard Euroméditerranée - Quai d'Arenc, à Marseille.

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.

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Meetings “PANORAMED and Gathering with Strategic Projects” and “Interreg MED coordination mechanism”

Plan Bleu as member of the “Biodiversity Protection Community”, “Sustainable Tourism Community” and “Blue Growth Community” projects participated in the “PANORAMED working session and Gathering with Strategic Projects” and in the “Interreg MED coordination mechanism meeting” which were held in Madrid on February 19- 20th, 2020.
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Plan Bleu changes address!

Plan Bleu' team has moved! The new Plan Bleu premises are now located at 16th floor of Tour la Marseillaise - 2 bis, Boulevard Euroméditerranée - Quai d'Arenc, in Marseille.
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Kick off meeting of the thematic project "MPA networks"

In the framework of the Biodiversity Protection Community project, Plan Bleu participated in the kick off meeting of the thematic project "MPA networks" whose objective is to contribute to the effective management of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPA) by proposing sustainable solutions to the challenges that require a supra-MPA approach: effective management, small scale fisheries management, conservation of mobile species and sustainable financing.
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Euromaritime, the Euromediterranean Blue Growth Exhibition

Plan Bleu was present at Euromaritime, the Euro-Mediterranean Blue Growth Exhibition organized in Marseille from February 4 to 6, 2020, at Parc Chanot. A crossroads for meetings and exchanges between professionals from different maritime sectors and the entire Euro-Mediterranean basin, this exhibition aims to present the challenges of the maritime world of today and tomorrow, facing the challenges and expectations of the planet ocean.
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Regional Workshop “The Mediterranean We Need for the Future We Want“

Plan Bleu took part to the Regional Workshop “'The Mediterranean We Need for the Future We Want“, that was convened 21-23 January 2020, in Venice (Italy) hosted by the Italian Oceanographic Commission and co-organized with the IOC-UNESCO, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and the Mediterranean Science Commission. This Mediterranean workshop took place in the framework of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.
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The Mediterranean: scientific expertise for decision-makers. Climate and environmental research to support sustainable development goals

Plan Bleu, MedECC and Mistrals organize in Marseille on 2-4 September 2020 an international conference for all decision-makers of the Mediterranean countries. Inspired by the achievements of science-policy interfaces such as the IPCC, from which it takes up several objectives, this conference will be an opportunity to review existing scientific knowledge and the issues that the Mediterranean environment has to face in the decades to come.
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Kick-off meeting of the new phase of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The kick-off meeting of the new phase of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community, whose Plan Bleu is partner, took place on 2-4 March 2020 in Salou (Tarragona - Spain). This meeting was devoted to discuss on the foreseen activities for the upcoming years, to share results among the projects of the Community and, together and to start identifying results to be transferred and mainstreamed to policies.
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First Annual Assembly of the Blue Growth Community

The Blue Growth Community organises in Montpellier, France, on 4-5 February 2020, its First Annual Assembly event. Further to its three years of implementation, the project comes back with new members and aims to set fresh recommendations.
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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-organized with Eco-union, IUCN-Med, Global Footprint Network and the French Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, a side-event that spotlighted 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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Water & climate risks in the Mediterranean: determining, adapting, mitigating

At the global level, the majority of nations are now participating in international climate negotiations with the aim of mitigating the impact of climate change and adapting to the consequences. The issue of water, which is addressed in this fourth Water Think Tank booklet, is critical to both of these efforts, especially for countries around the Mediterranean. These countries will be particularly heavily hit by the consequences of global warming, since it will make fresh water resources on the southern shores increasingly scarce during summer and cause severe flooding on the northern shores during other seasons.
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Blue economy in the Mediterranean: Case studies, lessons and perspectives

The objective of this report is to assess and highlight the current weight and various opportunities provided by the blue economy in the Mediterranean in support of sustainable development and to showcase a range of concrete examples and good practices of how blue economy works in the region.
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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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Policy Recommendations by the Med Sustainable Tourism Community

The MED Sustainable Tourism Community has identified the four most urgent action areas that will allow us to move towards sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the Mediterranean: 1) Monitor sustainability 2) Reduce the environmental, cultural and social impacts of Mediterranean tourism 3) Ensure sustainable and responsible economic growth and prosperity in the Mediterranean through tourism 4) Establish governance mechanisms that lead the wide variety of stakeholders towards more sustainable, more responsible tourism.
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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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