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Regional workshop on ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean wetlands

Organized in Sophia Antipolis, France, on September 19, 2016, this workshop aimed to highlight the ecological importance of Mediterranean wetlands, the critical role they play in maintaining many natural cycles and supporting biodiversity, through the presentations of various case studies. Final results of the Med-ESCWET project were presented.

Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Trophies

ADEME, and its partners- MEDENER, Union for the Mediterranean, CGLU Med, Plan Bleu and the experts group Med-Ecc, launch a competition designed to develop and bring public concretes solutions for adaptation to climate change impacts. This competition is addressed to public actors and to NGO, associated to local public actors.

The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 is available online

The vision of the Strategy answers to the need for a proper development direction: A prosperous and peaceful Mediterranean region in which people enjoy a high quality of life and where sustainable development takes place within the carrying capacity of healthy ecosystems. After the adoption, the challenge is now the MSSD implementation: the participation of all stakeholders will play a decisive role in the delivery of the Strategy.

Workshop "Tourism and sustainable development: How can tourism contribute to sustainable and inclusive development in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries?"

The French Development Agency (AFD) and Plan Bleu hosted in Marseille on 23rd and 24th May 2016 a workshop on the contribution of tourism to a sustainable and inclusive development, gathering partners of the two institutions, as well as decisions-makers, tourism operators, researchers and experts from several Mediterranean countries.

Ministers from the Mediterranean commit to measures to further reduce pressures on their marine and coastal environment

Athens, 11 February 2016 - During a high level event of the Barcelona Convention CoP 19 meeting, hosted by the Greek Government in Athens, Mediterranean ministers and parties contracted to the Convention renewed their commitment to enhance measures to reduce pressures on their marine and coastal environment.

News

40th RAMOGE Anniversary

Plan Bleu attended, as such, the 40th anniversary of RAMOGE, the 20th of September, organized at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, under the chairmanship of His Serene Highness Albert II of Monaco. Signed by France, Monaco and Italy, RAMOGE leds actions for the preservation of the marine environment and for integrated coastal zone management.
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Mediterranean Coast Day 2016

Co-sponsored by the MAVA Foundation within a project that three UNEP/MAP Components (PAP/RAC, Plan Bleu and SCP/RAC) implement together, the event will take place on 27 September 2016, at the Sant Pau Knowledge Centre. This year’s regional celebration will focus on the “Blue Economy”.
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The Italian Ministry of Environment and UNEP/MAP sign a 4.5 million Euro Cooperation Agreement for the Protection of the Sea

Development and enhancing of an effective Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMIs) management, Enhancement of Marine Litter Management, Creation of a Mediterranean Network of CAMP Projects (Coastal Area Management Program) and Promotion of governance tools for “Blue Growth”, are the main points of the agreement signed on 15 September 2016.
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Survey on Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Within the frame of the CAMP Italy project implementation, a survey on Integrated Coastal Zone Management has been launched to investigate the knowledge of key stakeholders and general public in the Mediterranean on the topic, and to support a sound policy on coastal management in Italy.
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The Task Force “Beyond Plastic Med” is launching his call for micro-initiatives to challenge the issue of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean

On the occasion of World Ocean Day, the Task Force “Beyond Plastic Med” (BEMED) launched its call for micro-initiatives to support and encourage environmental conservation projects and thus launch the process of restoring and protecting the Mediterranean Sea.
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Our events

Workshop on Science Policy Interface (SPI) strengthening for the implementation of the UNEP/MAP Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme, for Pollution

Marseille, 20-21 October 2016 : Co-organised by Plan Bleu and UNEP/MAP MEDPOL, this workshop aims to address the scientific needs to support the implementation of IMAP (Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast) on Pollution at regional and national levels.
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1st Technical Meeting on Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) of National Strategies for Sustainable Development

Taking opportunity of the organization of the technical workshop on “How to monitor the MSSD 2016-2025 implementation and the Regional Action Plan on SCP in the Mediterranean?” (Barcelona, 17th October 2016), the UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention Coordinating Unit and Plan Bleu decided to organize, back to back, the SIMPEER first technical meeting on the 18th October 2016 in Barcelona.
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MedECC scoping workshop "Towards an improved scientific assessment of climate change and its impacts in the Mediterranean Basin"

Plan Bleu and Labex OT-Med co-organize the MedECC scoping workshop "Towards an improved scientific assessment of climate change and its impacts in the Mediterranean Basin", that will take place in Aix-en-Provence, France, on October 10-12, 2016. The goal will be to produce a detailed outline of the first MedECC report on climate and environmental change issues of importance for policymakers in the Mediterranean region.
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Regional workshop on ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean wetlands

Sophia Antipolis (France), 19 September 2016: This workshop aimed to highlight the ecological importance of Mediterranean wetlands, the critical role they play in maintaining many natural cycles and supporting biodiversity, through the presentations of various case studies. Final results of the Med-ESCWET project were presented.
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General Assembly 2016

Plan Bleu's General Assembly 2016 held in the premises of CIHEAM, in Paris, on 2nd June 2016. The activity report 2015 and the financial reports 2015 were presented to the Association’s members. The General Assembly also elected a new Bureau.
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Recent publications

Les accords multilatéraux sur l’environnement (AME) et les référentiels d’action au Sud et à l’Est de la Méditerranée

L’objet de ce Cahier du Plan Bleu est d’inventorier et d’analyser de manière transversale les principaux engagements environnementaux auxquels ont souscrit les pays du Sud et de l’Est de la Méditerranée (PSEM).
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EcAP Science-Policy Interface (SPI) Brief

Achieving the Good Environmental Status of the Mediterranean marine and coastal ecosystems – this is the goal of the Ecosystem Approach, a strategy initiated by the Barcelona Convention UNEP/MAP. The success of this approach will largely depend on how well scientists and decision makers interact in monitoring and assessing the status of ecosystems to elaborate evidence-based and adequate policies. Reason enough to focus on how to improve this science-policy interface.
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Contributing to successful adaptation to climate change in Mediterranean coastal areas

This Policy Brief is based on the results of the regional workshop "Adaptation to climate change in mediteranean costal zones: is current decision making process adapted to mainstream adaptation options?", organized by Plan Bleu and ACTeon in May 2016, in order to highlight the main constraints and factors for succes in order to adress those challenges.
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Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025: Investing in environmental sustainability to achieve social and economic development

MSSD 2016-2025 is based on the principle that socio-economic development needs to be harmonized with the environment and protection of natural resources. The vision of the Strategy answers to the need for a proper development direction: A prosperous and peaceful Mediterranean region in which people enjoy a high quality of life and where sustainable development takes place within the carrying capacity of healthy ecosystems.
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