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Focal Points of UNEP/MAP examine measures aimed at boosting the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols

Focal Points of the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) met in Athens on 10-13 September 2019. Representatives of Mediterranean States and the European Union discussed new measures aimed at curbing pollution, protecting biodiversity and stimulating blue growth in the Mediterranean region.

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 will be 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.

Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: pulse for transformative changes in the Mediterranean Sea

The Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project will hold its Final Conference 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.

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.

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Focal Points of UNEP/MAP examine measures aimed at boosting the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols

Focal Points of the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) met in Athens on 10-13 September 2019. Representatives of Mediterranean States and the European Union discussed new measures aimed at curbing pollution, protecting biodiversity and stimulating blue growth in the Mediterranean region.
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Our September Newsletter has just been published!

Find the latest Plan Bleu news in the September Newsletter available online. And subscribe if it's not already done!
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SCP/RAC calls for proposals for a communication specialist/consultant in Egypt

SCP/RAC calls for proposals for a communication specialist/consultant to cover the development of two national challenges in business and social innovation that contributes to the prevention and reduction of single-use plastic bags in Egypt. Interested applicants are invited to submit their bid by 6th of September midnight (CET) following the instructions detailed in the terms of reference.
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Consultation to elaborate a study on the assessment of the Ecological Status and an MSP preliminary initial assessment in Vlora Marine Area in Albania

The Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (SPA/RAC) launches a consultation to elaborate study on the assessment of the Ecological Status and an MSP preliminary initial assessment in Vlora Marine Area in Albania. The deadline for receiving proposals is 16 September 2019.
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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (9-18 July 2019)

Six Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Israel, Tunisia and Turkey) have submitted their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) during this High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that was focused this year on the theme "empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality".
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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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Blue and green growth joint event « Transition towards blue and green economies in the Mediterranean »

On the 19th-20th of September in Brussels, the InnoBlueGrowth project which leads the Blue Growth Community will celebrate its final event in a joint event with the Green Growth Community, aiming at discussing the key elements necessary for a “Transition towards blue and green economies in 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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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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