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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 30, 2017.

Plan Bleu’s National Focal Points meeting

The Plan Bleu's National Focal Points meeting was held in Nice (France) on 25 and 26 April 2017. The principal objectives of the meeting were 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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International workshop Water and Climate

In the run-up to COP23 and World Water Forum, Seine-Normandy water agency and French Development Agency (AFD) organize from September 20th to 22nd, 2017 an international water and climate workshop on ‘Ecological engineering and climate risks’.
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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 application was initially launched for a period of 30 days until 15th of June. However, in order to offer to more Mediterranean coastal cities and towns the possibility to apply, the deadline is extended to the 30th of June.
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Blue economy shows enormous potential in Mediterranean

Plan Bleu vice-president Christian Avérous was in Marseille on 30th and 31st May, 2017, to chair the closing round table of the "Blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean" conference. The doctor of economics talks to econostrum.info about the enormous potential of the Mediterranean Sea and coasts and the desire to ensure the sustainable and inclusive development of their resources.
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Plan Bleu at the World Water Congress (Cancun, 29th May – 2nd June 2017)

Plan Bleu participated to the XVIth World Water Congress held in Cancun (Mexico) from 29th May to 02nd June 2017, gathering some 600 people from around the world. The results from Med-ESCWET project on “Economic assessment of ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean wetlands in terms of climate regulation” were presented by Dr. Céline Dubreuil during the « Water security in a Changing World: Climate Change » session.
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Save the date : L'agenda des Objectifs du Développement Durable - pauvreté et changements climatiques

Pour préfigurer la seconde école d’été qui sera centrée sur l’ODD 13, relatif à la lutte contre les changements climatiques, la journée du 7 juillet 2017 rassemblera des experts de haut niveau sur les liens entre changements climatiques, pauvreté et inégalités.
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Our events

Assemblée générale 2017

L'Assemblée générale 2017 du Plan Bleu se tiendra dans les locaux du CIHEAM à Paris, le 29 juin 2017. Elle sera l'occasion de présenter aux membres de l’association le rapport sur les activités conduites en 2016, les comptes 2016, ainsi que le programme d'activités 2017.
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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 organised jointly a conference that was 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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Recent publications

Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean: State of Play and Strategic Directions

Inherent societal characteristics and the exponential development of the tourism sector are generating a need for a dedicated set of actions to be included in Strategic Directions for Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean to be implemented by regional, national and local policymakers and stakeholders under the following shared vision: "Promote sustainable Mediterranean tourism in which visitors and hosts enjoy balanced, respectful and fruitful relationships and value the unique Mediterranean environmental, human and cultural heritage, while ensuring inclusive socio-economic development, taking into account the carrying capacity of healthy natural ecosystems, and developing complementarity between various economic activities at the tourist destination level."
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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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