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19th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, Athens, 9-12 February 2016

Representatives of 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union are expected to debate and adopt a number of decisions on biodiversity and ecosystems, land and sea-based pollution, sustainable consumption and production, and climate change adaptation. These decisions will define strategies and actions on sustainable development in the Mediterranean.

COP21 - United nations conference on climate change

In the framework of COP 21 that took place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015, Plan Bleu participated in two sessions on wetlands and forests, and organized two round tables on MedECC initiative (Network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change)...

Regional Workshop of the socio-economic assessment and participatory governance final results restitution of the pilot forest ecosystems

Plan Bleu, in cooperation with FAO, is organizing in Nice from 27 to 29 October 2015, the final results restitution workshop of the project « Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests in a context of global changes », funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).

Workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)

AFD and Plan Bleu organized a brainstorming and knowledge sharing workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) that was held in Antibes-Juan-les Pins on 24th September 2015. The workshop aimed to define the objectives of this partnership in the framework of those territories balanced development, by taking account of societal and environmental issues at the earliest stage of the coastal territories process management and the operationalisation of the proposed strategic recommendations.

XIV World Forestry Congress, 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa

Plan Bleu participated in the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFS) entitled “Forest and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”. The congress aimed at bringing together the global forestry community to review and analyze the key issues, through the main 6 thematic focus, in order to share ways of addressing them and facilitate their mainstreaming in global agendas on sustainable development as well as building new partnerships.

News

Mediterranean countries renew their commitment to address the challenges related to the protection of the Mediterranean Sea and coast

Athens, 9 February 2016 – More than 150 delegates from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union, all parties to the Barcelona Convention, are meeting in Athens from 9 to 12 February to decide on key environmental issues related to the marine and coastal areas of the region.
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The 19th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention is held in Athens, from 9 to 12 February 2016

The meeting, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP)-Barcelona Convention comes at a defining stage for global sustainable development and at a key moment for the future of the Mediterranean region: integrating agreed universal and transformative global goals and targets into the post-2015 development agenda, transitioning to a green and blue economy, implementing a new climate change agreement, and striving to revive and boost stagnant economies...
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Anne-France Didier, new director of Plan Bleu

Anne-France Didier is Plan Bleu's new director since January 1st, 2016. General engineer "des ponts, des eaux et des forêts", she completed a Master of management and technical expertise. Since April 2013, Anne-France Didier was director of Dreal Paca (direction régionale de l’environnement, de l'aménagement et du logement de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur).
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IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015

IEMed just published its Mediterranean Yearbook 2015; with more than sixty international contributors including Plan Bleu, this yearbook tackles the main political, economical, social and cultural issues of the Euro-Mediterranean agenda.
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Our events

Regional workshop: « How to monitor the MSSD 2016-2025 implementation? »

This workshop, gathering Mediterranean stakeholders and experts, aims to define a regional process for the monitoring of the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 in relation with the adaptation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the Mediterranean region.
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Kick-off workshop of the Med-ESCWET project on the Lonjsko Polje floodplain pilot site (Croatia)

Zagreb, Croatia, February 3rd, 2016: The Lonjsko Polje floodplain kick-off workshop had the overall objective to inform and raise awareness among all stakeholders involved in the management of Lonjsko Polje floodplain on the content and the course of the study carried out on this pilot area, in order to facilitate the implementation of activities on ground.
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Atelier de lancement "Mise en œuvre de l’approche écosystémique en Méditerranée : renforcement de l’interface entre science et politique" / Inception workshop "Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach in the Mediterranean: strengthening the science-policy

Sophia Antipolis, 15-16 December 2015: In the framework of the EU EcAp MED project, the inception workshop of the Science-Policy interface’s action fostered the exchange of information between scientists and policy makers and highlighted the key policy challenges requiring scientific inputs in relation to monitoring, environmental assessment and new measures.
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5th Steering Committee Meeting and final event of the MedPartnership and ClimVar & ICZM Projects

Athens, 3-4 November 2015: The objective of this meeting was to present and discuss the results obtained through the implementation of the two projects, and to define together strategies to ensure continuity to these activities in the Mediterranean region.
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Recent publications

Economic assessment of ecosystem services: A tool for sustainable development in the Mediterranean ?

Plan Bleu addressed this question as part of its assessments in order to come to more informed sustainable development policy decisions. These assessments cover various geographic levels (from local to regional) and different environments, such as marine, coastal and forest ecosystems.
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Expérience tunisienne pour faire face à la Variabilité et au Changement Climatique en Zones Côtières

Ce rapport a pour objectif de présenter une synthèse bibliographique des précédents rapports, études et stratégies nationaux élaborés au sujet du changement climatique et des zones côtières tunisiennes. Il présente les caractéristiques des zones côtières de la Tunisie, les pressions et les répercussions du phénomène du changement climatique auxquelles elles sont soumises et l’expérience dont bénéficie le pays en matière de gestion de ces zones en termes d’adaptation au changement climatique.
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Integration of climate variability and change into national ICZM strategies: Contribution to the updating of the integrated management plan for coastal zones of the Kerkennah archipelago

The Kerkennah archipelago, located in the Gulf of Gabes, was selected for its vulnerability to variations and climate change, its ecological richness has got a significant number of data including environmental one.
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Towards a multi-scale coastal risk index for the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean region is a climate change “hot-spot”. Investigating the role of climate and non-climate drivers on coastal zones is vital to understand the underlying risks and identify appropriate response measures. The multi-scale coastal risk index methodology proposed allows a scientifically sound detection of the coastal hot-spots.
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