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Happy New Year 2020 !

The entire Plan Bleu team wishes you a happy new year 2020 and will see you soon on its new website!

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.

Climate and Environment in the Mediterranean region, our common challenge

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the UfM Secretariat is organizing on 10 October 2019 in Barcelona, an event on “Climate and Environment in the Mediterranean region, our common challenge” to present the main conclusions of the first-ever comprehensive scientific report on the impact of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region developed by MedECC.

Transition towards blue and green economies in the Mediterranean

The InnoBlueGrowth project which leads the Blue Growth Community celebrates its final event on 19-20th September 2019 in Brussels, in a joint event with the Green Growth Community. The objective is to raise awareness on how the integration of both blue and green economies can support a more sustainable development of the Mediterranean, to share policy recommendations, knowledge and good practices as well as to develop networks.

News

Euromed-IHEDN meetings: New Plan Bleu, ten years later...

On 14 and 15 January 2020, Elen Lemaitre-Curri, director of Plan Bleu, was the guest of the first Euromed-IHEDN 2020 meetings which were held in Marseille and Paris on the theme "New Plan Bleu, ten years later ...". Elen Lemaitre-Curri presented to the participants the main pressures and vulnerabilities of the Mediterranean region, while proposing possible solutions.
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MedECC Steering Comitee meeting and Coordinating Lead Authors meeting

The main objective of these meetings that were held from 11 to 13 December 2019 in Marseille (France), was to progress towards the finalization of 1st Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) and to work on the key messages and the draft Summary for Policy-Makers.
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Happy New Year 2020 !

The entire Plan Bleu team wishes you a happy new year 2020 and will see you soon on its new website!
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Peer Review meeting for the SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise

The Peer Review meeting for the SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise was therefore held in Marseille, on 19 and 20 November 2019. This meeting is the culmination of the streamlined peer review process of National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSSDs), as part of the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, MSSD 2016-2025.
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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER): Mission to Egypt

The project team for the "Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER)" Activity visited Cairo, Egypt, for the third and final country mission of the SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise. The meetings provided an overview of the implementation status of the Strategy for Sustainable Development: Egypt's Vision 2030.
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Our events

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, will take place on 2-4 March 2020 in Salou (Tarragona - Spain). This meeting will be 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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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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Final Conference of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community

The Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project held its Final Conference "Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: pulse for transformative changes in the Mediterranean Sea" the 14-16 October 2019 in Malaga (Spain). This three-day encounter 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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The Mediterranean Sea and climate change: common challenges and shared solutions

LabexMed organized in collaboration with Plan Bleu, SPA/RAC, MedPAN and MedECC, an international workshop on Climate Change in the Mediterranean that was held in Marseille, France, the 25th and 26th of September 2019. The workshop aimed to propose research orientations and joint lines of action for the future between scientists, managers and decision-makers.
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Recent publications

State of Mediterranean Forests 2018

22 March 2019: The executive summary of the « State of Mediterranean Forests 2018 » co-published by FAO and Plan Bleu is now available ! You can download it on our website.
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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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Eau et risques climatiques en Méditerranée : discerner, atténuer, s'adapter

A l’échelle mondiale, la grande majorité des Etats participent désormais activement aux négociations internationales sur le climat avec l’objectif d’en atténuer les effets et de s’y adapter. La question de l’eau, abordée dans ce quatrième cahier du Water Think Tank, est centrale dans ces deux démarches, en particulier pour les pays du pourtour méditerranéen particulièrement affectés par les conséquences du réchauffement climatique du fait de la raréfaction des ressources en eau douce l’été sur la rive sud et de crues intenses aux autres saisons sur la rive nord.
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