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Call for application - "Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award"

The 19th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention decided to establish the "Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award”, that aims to reward the efforts of local authorities to improve the environment and the quality of life and promote sustainable development in Mediterranean coastal towns and cities. Both small towns and metropolitan cities are eligible. The call for applications is open until June 16, 2017.

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?

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Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award 2016-2017

The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award aims to recognize and reward the efforts of local authorities to improve the environment and the quality of life and promote sustainable development in Mediterranean coastal towns and cities. Both small towns and metropolitan cities are eligible to apply. The call for applications is open until June 16, 2017.
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Save the date: Kick-off meeting 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum, Monaco, 11 July 2017

The Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean with their partners will organize on 11 July 2017 in Monaco, with the collaboration of the Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the kick off meeting of the 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum. Initiated in 2011 in Marrakech, the Mediterranean Water Forum, efficient platform for dialogue and exchange between all stakeholders in the region, aims to strengthen the cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of water.
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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER), Mission to France

The project team of the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) carried out a mission to Paris, France, on 27-28 March 2017, in cooperation with the French Ministry of the Environment.
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Register to the newsletter: Med Sustainable Tourism Community

The BleuTourMed Sustainable Tourism Community seeks to promote and improve sustainable tourism offer in the Mediterranean region as a driver for economic development and as a tool to preserve the Mediterranean environment and cultural identity. Sign up to the newsletter to stay up-to-date on BleuTourMed activities and results.
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Plan Bleu's participation at several meetings organized by the Union for the Mediterranean

Plan Bleu participated at several meetings organized by the Union for the Mediterranean on 13-16 March 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.
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Our events

Project Conference "A blue economy for a sustainable development of the Mediterranean region"

In the framework of the project “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean - Measuring, Monitoring and Promoting an environmentally sustainable economy in the Mediterranean region” founded by the Foundation MAVA, Plan Bleu, PAP/RAC and SCP/RAC organise jointly a conference that will be held in Marseille, France, on 30 & 31 May 2017.
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Peer Review Meeting

The main objective of this meeting organized in Nice, France, on 27 April 2017, was to discuss the draft national reports and formulate key recommendations towards the final report of the SIMPEER pilot test.
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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 was held in Nice on 27th and 28th April 2017, allowed 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 Plan Bleu Regional Activity Center was held in Nice (France) on 25 and 26 April 2017. The principal objectives of the meeting were to discuss and 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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Recent publications

Evaluation économique des services rendus par les zones humides méditerranéennes en termes de régulation du climat

Cette étude permet de prendre conscience de l’utilité et de la diversité des fonctions des zones humides, et particulièrement des services de régulation qu’elles rendent.
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Activity Report 2016

2016 was marked by key events such as the COP 22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh and the Barcelona Convention COP19, which adopted the new Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD 2016-2025) supported by Blan Bleu, in a situation that continues to be deeply affected by migration issues and wealth inequality between Mediterranean countries.
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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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