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Instanbul Environment Friendly City Award: Deadline for applications postponed to July 12th 2019!

Local authorities from Mediterranean coastal cities are invited to submit their candidacies until 12 July 2019 for the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award 2019. This 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.

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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World Oceans Day 2019 “Gender and the Ocean”: the opportunity to explore the gender dimension of our relationship with the Mediterranean

“Gender and the Ocean”, the theme of this year’s edition of World Oceans Day, is an opportunity for UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan to explore the gender dimension of our relationship with the Mediterranean. Gender equality and the empowerment of women is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the 2016-2025 Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development.
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Instanbul Environment Friendly City Award: applications can be sent until Friday 12 July 2019!

Local authorities from Mediterranean coastal cities are invited to submit their candidacies for the second edition of the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award”, that 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. The deadline of the call for applications has been extended until Friday 12 July 2019.
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Urgent ! Call for expression of interest for the selection of 5 high-profile experts within the framework of the Blue Growth Summer School

The Blue Growth Community (coordinated by the InnoBlueGrowth project - CONISMA, ASCAME, CPMR, NTUA, Plan Bleu, UoM) launches a call for expression of interest for the selection of 5 high-profile experts to fulfil the role of mentors for training activities, within the framework of the Blue Growth Summer School. Applications for admission must be submitted within June l0th 2019 no later than 12h00 CET.
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Watch the video on the event "Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Blue Growth"

The video on the event "Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Blue Growth" co-organized on 16-17 April 2019 in Marseille (France), by Plan Bleu with partners from the InnoBlueGrowth project, is out!
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Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean: Knowledge & Tools

The MED Biodiversity Protection Community just published the report "Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean: Knowledge & Tools" that aims to synthesise and showcase the contribution of the Biodiversity Protection Community projects and other Interreg MED projects on the development and/or refinement of marine litter assessment and management tools, giving special emphasis to the tools that can be applied in Mediterranean MPAs.
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Our events

Final Conference of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community

On the occasion of the Final Conference of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community (Malaga, Spain, 14-16 October 2019), an official ceremony will be held for the signature of the Declaration “Ecosystem based approach for biodiversity protection and management” launched at the EU parliament in December 2018 in Brussels.
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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

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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Science-Policy Interface (SPI) to support monitoring implementation plans as well as sub-regional and regional policy developments regarding EcAp clusters on pollution, contaminants & eutrophication, marine biodiversity & fisheries, coast & hydrography

This new report provides Mediterranean stakeholders with key recommendations and conclusions that emerge from three workshops to support the  roadmap for the implementation of Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) and of Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast (IMAP) decision by strengthening SPI.
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Science-policy interfaces for environmental governance in the Mediterranean

Science-policy interfaces (SPIs) are tools that can be used to improve environmental conservation and management in the Mediterranean region. However, in order to do so, a shared understanding of the concept needs to be established, and current gaps need to be identified. This document is based on the work of several institutions, including Plan Bleu, and sets out to provide stakeholders in Mediterranean environmental governance with a brief analysis of the SPI concept within the regional context.
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