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State of Mediterranean Forests 2018

The Mediterranean forest area has increased by two percent between 2010 and 2015, resulting in a rise of 1.8 million hectares – about the size of Slovenia, says the new FAO-Plan Bleu report - The State of Mediterranean Forests 2018. But forests in the Mediterranean have also been considerably affected by degradation and are increasingly in jeopardy from climate change, population rise, wildfires and water scarcity, the report warns.

Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards 2018-2019

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), with the support of its Mediterranean partners: the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM), Plan Bleu and the Agency for sustainable Mediterranean cities and territories (AViTeM), is launching the 2nd edition of the “Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards”.

The regional dimension of a sustainable and inclusive Blue Economy: the model of the Mediterranean

In the framework of the first global conference on Sustainable Blue Economy (Nairobi, Kenya, 26-28 November 2018), UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative, Plan Bleu and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organize a joint side-event entitled "The model of the Mediterranean: the regional dimension of a Sustainable and Inclusive Blue Economy".

Implementation of Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change: Focus on the Mediterranean region

The city of Marseille will host this event on 22-24 January 2019. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers of the Mediterranean region and European Union will gather to discuss on the benefits and challenges related to Nature Based Solutions implementation.

Second capitalisation event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The second capitalisation event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community took place 20-21 November 2018 in Marseille (France). Organized by Plan Bleu, this workshop gathered all the projects of the community, as well as external experts and stakeholders, to keep working on strategic topics of the Mediterranean tourism sector.

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Call for applicants: Expert(s) for analyses of coastal and marine economic activities in the Mediterranean

Plan Bleu is looking for expert(s) to undertake analyses of coastal and marine economic activities and linked pressures on the coastal and marine environment in the Mediterranean Applications must be submitted no later than January 14th, 2019.
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Call for applicants: Expert on pollution in the Mediterranean

Plan Bleu is looking for an expert to undertake a synthesis of past evolution, current state and future trends of pollution in the Mediterranean. Applications must be submitted no later than January 14th, 2019.
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Side event - COP24: A science-policy interface on risks of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean and its partners (UN Environment Mediterranean Action Plan through Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre and MedECC, the network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change) organize during the COP 24 (Katowice, Poland) the side event "A science-policy interface on risks of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region" ; it will give the opportunity for scientists and stakeholders to discuss the main vulnerabilities of the Mediterranean region and its resilience to change.
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SCP/RAC is looking for an expert on plastics and Marine Litter in the Mediterranean

The selected expert will contribute to the 2019 Mediterranean State of the Environment and Development report (SoED 2019). The main objective of this consultancy is to write a four-pages synthesis about the current situation, the evolution of the situation throughout the last 10 years and future trends of marine litter in the Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the main sources and drivers as well as on the responses to prevent it.
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Sustainable Blue Economy Conference: a focus on the Mediterranean

Over 4,000 participants from around the world meet from November 26 to 28, 2018 at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. At this occasion, UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and Plan Bleu/Regional Activity Centre (UN Environment/MAP) joined efforts with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative to organize a joint side-event entitled “The Regional Dimension of a Sustainable and Inclusive Blue Economy: the Model of the Mediterranean”
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International Workshop « Implementation of Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change: Focus on the Mediterranean region »

Organized by Plan Bleu, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, UICN French Committee, Conservatoire du Littoral, Tour du Valat, MedWET and Wetlands International, the workshop will be held in Marseille, France, on 22-24 January 2019 and will gather researchers, practitioners and policy makers of the Mediterranean region and European Union to discuss on the benefits and challenges related to Nature Based Solutions implementation.
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Mid-term workshop and public hearing of the biodiversity protection community

The Mid-term workshop and public hearing of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project took place in Brussels, 4th and 5th December 2018. The aim was to transfer the lessons learnt by the Community of Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection projects and protected areas to a wider audience, in particular EU, Mediterranean and national policy makers, public authorities, environmental organizations and territorial cooperation institutions.
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The regional dimension of a sustainable and inclusive Blue Economy: the model of the Mediterranean

In the framework of the first global conference on Sustainable Blue Economy (Nairobi, Kenya, 26-28 November 2018), UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative, Plan Bleu and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organize a joint side-event entitled "The regional dimension of a Sustainable and Inclusive Blue Economy: the model of the Mediterranean: ".
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Side event on Ecosystem based Management in the Mediterranean - CBD COP 14

A side event was co-organized by the Union for the Mediterranean and the MED Biodiversity Protection Community, at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CBD 14) which was held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.
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Mid-term Conference of InnoBlueGrowth Project on blue economy

Organized by the partners of the InnoBlueGrowth project (including Plan Bleu), the mid-term conference "Blue Economy: The Blue Way of Life" which took place on November 22nd and 23rd 2018 in Barcelona, brought together about fifty experts and actors of Blue Growth in the Mediterranean, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the blue economy, innovation and sustainability models of governance and regional cooperation.
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State of Mediterranean Forests 2018

26 November 2018, Rome – The Mediterranean forest area has increased by two percent between 2010 and 2015, resulting in a rise of 1.8 million hectares – about the size of Slovenia, says a new FAO-Plan Bleu report « State of Mediterranean Forests 2018 ». But forests in the Mediterranean have also been considerably affected by degradation and are increasingly in jeopardy from climate change, population rise, wildfires and water scarcity, the report warns.
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Climagine, co-construisons le littoral de demain

Les littoraux méditerranéens sont des lieux d’importance stratégique qui abritent des écosystèmes riches et variés, tout en étant soumis à de nombreuses pressions. Depuis plus de vingt ans, le GIEC met en garde sur le fait que ces zones fragiles risquent d’être fortement impactées par le changement climatique. La GIZC, reconnue comme l’approche la plus appropriée pour favoriser un développement durable de ces espaces vulnérables, intègre aujourd’hui pleinement cette problématique. Toutefois, la GIZC, par nature participative, est confrontée à un défi de taille : donner aux acteurs les moyens de coplanifier leur territoire en intégrant dans les réflexions les impacts du changement climatique. Pour répondre à ce besoin, une nouvelle méthodologie a été élaborée : Climagine.
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Regional workshop: Human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems and the economy

This document was drafted following a workshop co-organised by the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and Plan Bleu, held in Monaco in October 2017 where 45 experts from 17 countries and from various fields of expertise, social sciences and natural sciences, participated. It analyses the main threats, vulnerability and ecological and human impacts. On the consensus of a wide range of specialists in different disciplines then some responses and policy options as well as main knowledge gaps and needs are proposed as conclusions for Mediterranean decision makers.
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Rapport d'activités 2017

Ce rapport revient sur les principales activités menées par le Plan Bleu en 2017, telles que le renforcement de l’interface entre science et politique, la transition vers une économie verte et bleue, le mécanisme simplifié d’« examen par les pairs » (SIMPEER) des stratégies nationales de développement durable, l’animation de trois projets Interreg MED (PANACeA, BleuTourMed et InnoblueGrowth), les partenariats public-privé dans les aires protégées, la gestion des forêts méditerranéennes, etc.
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Towards a blue economy for a sustainable Mediterranean: Indicators and recommendations

At the world level, the economy based on maritime sectors is considered a new frontier for economic development and its Gross Value Added (GVA) could double or even triple between 2010 and 2030. This trend could be similar in the Mediterranean region due to the importance of the economic sectors as tourism and maritime transport.
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