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Enhancing the Mediterranean’s climate resilience through nature-based solutions

The Mediterranean has been identified by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as one of the world’s most vulnerable regions in terms of global warming. At the same time, the Mediterranean is a global biodiversity hotspot endowed with a great wealth of natural resources and ecosystems. The critical role of biodiversity, ecosystems and natural infrastructure in mitigating climate change and reducing its impacts is increasingly being recognized.

Final Conference of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

After 3 years of work, Plan Bleu and its partners of BleuTourMed horizontal project, organized the Final Conference of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community from 4 June until 7 June 2019 in Barcelona (Spain). This event was the occasion to present to numerous stakeholders of the Mediterranean, the main achievements of the community and the policy paper, sharing policy recommandations for a sustainable tourism.

Plan Bleu National Focal Points Meeting

Plan Bleu - Regional Activity Centre gathered its National Focal Points from 27 to 29 May 2019 in Marseille (France) to examine the implementation of the 2018-2019 Programme of work, and to discuss and approve the proposed 2020-2021 Programme of work.

International conference "Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Blue Growth"

This capitalization and community-building event, which was held on 16-17th of April 2019 in Marseilles (France) highlighted the main deliverables of Blue Growth projects in terms of knowledge transfer from research to industry and to policy-makers.

Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week: role of Mediterranean forests in the Paris Agreement

The 6th MFW brought together in Lebanon on 1-5 April 2019 a diverse range of participants to consider how Mediterranean forests can assist countries in the region to achieve their goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change. It also showcased the use of forest-based solutions to address broader regional challenges such as sustainable development, energy transition, demographic change and migration.

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Last call for application for Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award: deadline extended to 18 September 2019

UNEP/MAP is pleased to inform you that the deadline for the submission of applications for the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” has been extended until 18 September 2019. We encourage a broad participation from Mediterranean coastal cities and towns.
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What climate and social justice in the face of the disaster announced in the Mediterranean?

Plan Bleu participated in the Meetings of iReMMO (Institute of Research and Studies for Mediterranean Middle East) held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Paris on the theme "What climate and social justice facing the disaster announced in the Mediterranean?".
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Symposium "Environmental Protection in the Mediterranean Sea"

Elen Lemaitre-Curri, director of Plan Bleu, participated in the symposium "Environmental Protection in the Mediterranean Sea" that brought together in Toulon, France, on 4-5 July 2019, the highest representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Maritime Prefecture involved in the protection of the Mediterranean. She presented Menelas, the Mediterranean Network of Law Enforcement Officials relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
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Outsmart climate change: work with nature!

It is increasingly recognized that nature can be one of the viable solutions to the challenge of climate change, using and deploying the functioning of ecosystems. These Nature-based Solutions offer sustainable, cost-effective, versatile and flexible alternatives. For more information, find now our video and summary for policy makers.
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Summer school "Blue growth: emerging technologies, trends and opportunities"

The Interreg MED Blue Growth Community, involving Plan Bleu as a key partner, is organizing from 1st to 5th July 2019, in Kotor, Montenegro, a Summer School aiming at encouraging young people’s involvement in blue economy sectors by offering high-quality technical knowledge and fostering their entrepreneurial spirit.
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Our events

Final Conference of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community

The Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project will hold 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 will be 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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2018 General Assembly

The 2018 Plan Bleu General Assembly will be held in Paris in CIHEAM's premises, on July 11, 2019. On this occasion, Plan Bleu will present to the members of the association the report on the activities carried out in 2018, the 2018 accounts, as well as the programme of activities 2019.
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Final Conference of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

On the 5th – 7th June 2019, the MED Sustainable Tourism Community gathered in Barcelona on the occasion of the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention 2019 to debate the tourism sector’s contribution to a more sustainable and inclusive growth in the Mediterranean region. Panel discussions, round tables, workshops, side events and sites visits, showcased how territorial projects of the Interreg MED Sustainable Tourism Community can help in preserving the unique landscapes and precious resources of the Mediterranean by promoting a sustainable tourism.
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Plan Bleu National Focal Points Meeting

Plan Bleu - Regional Activity Centre gathered its National Focal Points from 27 to 29 May 2019 in Marseille (France) to examine the implementation of the 2018-2019 Programme of work, and to discuss and approve the proposed 2020-2021 Programme of work.
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Capitalisation workshop of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community

The MED Biodiversity Protection Community organized a capitalisation event on the 6-7 May 2019 in Rome (Italy). The 11 projects of the community gathered to work on the strategic topics concerning mediterranean biodiversity protection and protected areas.
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Recent publications

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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Policy Factsheet - Mediterranean Sustainable tourism

The great wealth of ecological and cultural heritage and the beauty of the marine and coastal destinations on the Mediterranean Sea attract an increasing flow of tourists from all over the world every year. How can we promote sustainable and responsible tourism in the face of mass tourism affecting the region? Trying to find answers to this challenge, Plan Bleu is proud to release in the framework of BleuTourMed project, four factsheets promoting policy recommendations for a Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean Region.
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Climagine, co-building the coast of the future

Mediterranean coastlines are places of strategic importance, which are home to a rich diversity of ecosystems. However, they also face numerous pressures. For over twenty years, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that these fragile zones could be severely impacted by climate change. Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is recognised as the best way to promote the sustainable development of these vulnerable spaces and it now fully incorporates this issue. However, the participatory nature of ICZM means that it faces a major challenge in order to give stakeholders the tools they need to coplan their territory while taking into account the impacts of climate change. A new method has been developed to meet this need, known as Climagine.
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Activity report 2018

2018 saw the celebration of Plan Bleu’s 40th anniversary during a symposium organised in Paris in June, in partnership with Association Serge Antoine. 2018 also saw the launch of the upcoming Report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (SoED 2019) and the start of a foresight exercise for 2050, named MED 2050.
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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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