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The Mediterranean Cetacean Corridor becomes a Marine Protected Area

A 1.350 km long marine corridor, located off the Spanish Mediterranean coast, has been declared ‘Marine Protected Area’ by the Government of Spain in June 2018. The measure will benefit around 3,500 fin whales migrating through this strip of water, and more than 19,000 loggerhead turtles and 6,000 stripped dolphins

Side event on Ecosystem based Management in the Mediterranean - CBD COP 14

A side event will be co-organized by the Union for the Mediterranean and the MED Biodiversity Protection Community, at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt,17-29 November 2018). It will focus on Ecosystem-based approaches to managing transboundary and cumulative impacts in the Mediterranean Sea.

Launch of MED 2050 - a new foresight initiative on future visions of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean

MED 2050 is an ambitious prospective exercise designed as an original science-policy interface, intended to mobilize policy makers and stakeholders from the South and North across geographical and institutional boundaries. The work will be carried out in the next four years. People interested in this project are invited to register now to participate in future exchanges.

Conference "Environment and development in the Mediterranean yesderday, today and tomorrow" on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Plan Bleu

More than 130 participants have gathered in Paris, on 5th June 2018, on the occasion of Plan Bleu’s 40 years anniversary, during the international conference, organized jointly with the Association Serge Antoine. Experts, decision-makers, representatives of national, European and Mediterranean institutions, and members of the civil society discussed the Mediterranean issues and possible futures.

BleuTourMed MidTerm Conference: Re-connecting tourism: Promoting evidence based policies for sustainable development

The Midterm Conference, organized by BleuTourMed project in Rome (Italy) on 29-30 May 2018, is the first capitalization event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community. Its aim is to present the state-of-play of the implementation of the projects involved in the community and to discuss the preliminary recommendation of the Med Community coming from the projects’ first results.

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Call for applicants - Support for the production of policy factsheets on sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean

In the framework of Interreg MED Horizonal project BleuTourMed - Maritime and Coastal Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean, four call for applicants are launched to draft four policy factsheets that will contribute to the final policy paper of BleuTourMed.
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The Mediterranean Cetacean Corridor becomes a Marine Protected Area

A 1.350 km long marine corridor, located off the Spanish Mediterranean coast, has been declared ‘Marine Protected Area’ by the Government of Spain in June 2018. The measure will benefit around 3,500 fin whales migrating through this strip of water, and more than 19,000 loggerhead turtles and 6,000 stripped dolphins
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Offre de poste : Chargé(e) de mission « Economie bleue et Tourisme durable en Méditerranée »

Plan Bleu is recruiting a Project Manager "Blue Economy and Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean" for a period of 6 months starting on September 15, 2018. The candidate must have a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics, Masters or equivalent, and a minimum of 7 years of experience in one or more sectors of the blue economy, including sustainable tourism. .
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Offre de poste : Chargé(e) d’études « systèmes d’information statistique et géographique »

Dans le cadre de l’actualisation d’un tableau de bord sur le développement durable, le Plan Bleu souhaite renforcer ses compétences en recrutant un(e) « expert junior – chargé(e) d’étude » sur les activités concernant les systèmes d’information statistique et géographique et les indicateurs.
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Monitoring and assessment of the mediterranean environment: towards a regional system

The meeting, that was held in Rome from 10 to 12 July 2018, highlighted good progress towards the preparation and implementation of the Mediterranean Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP), whose main objective is to build and implement a regional monitoring system gathering reliable and up-to-date data and information on the marine and coastal Mediterranean environment.
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Our events

Side event on Ecosystem based Management in the Mediterranean - CBD COP 14

A side event will be co-organized by the Union for the Mediterranean and the MED Biodiversity Protection Community, at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CBD 14) which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.
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Second capitalisation event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The second capitalisation event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community will take place 20-21 November 2018 in Marseille (France). Organized by Plan Bleu, this workshop will gather all the projects of the community, as well as external experts and stakeholders, to keep working on strategic topics of the Mediterranean tourism sector.
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International technical workshop "Data, trends, impacts and benefits associated with the creation of an emission control area by vessels in the Mediterranean"

Co-organized by the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and Plan Bleu on September 6th and 7th, 2018, in Marseille, this workshop will present the methodology and to share the results of this study carried out by France menée par la France on the possibility of setting up an ECA zone ("Emissions Control Areas") in the Mediterranean.
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Conference "Environment and development in the Mediterranean yesderday, today and tomorrow" on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Plan Bleu

More than 130 participants have gathered in Paris, on 5th June 2018, on the occasion of Plan Bleu’s 40 years anniversary, during the international conference, organized jointly with the Association Serge Antoine. Experts, decision-makers, representatives of national, European and Mediterranean institutions, and members of the civil society discussed the Mediterranean issues and possible futures.
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BleuTourMed MidTerm Conference: Re-connecting tourism: Promoting evidence based policies for sustainable development

The Midterm Conference, organized by BleuTourMed project in Rome (Italy) on 29-30 May 2018, is the first capitalization event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community. The conference aimed to present the state-of-play of the implementation of the projects involved in the community and to discuss the preliminary recommendation of the Med Community coming from the projects’ first results.
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Recent publications

Regional workshop: Human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems and the economy

This document was drafted following a workshop co-organised by the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and Plan Bleu, held in Monaco in October 2017 where 45 experts from 17 countries and from various fields of expertise, social sciences and natural sciences, participated. It analyses the main threats, vulnerability and ecological and human impacts. On the consensus of a wide range of specialists in different disciplines then some responses and policy options as well as main knowledge gaps and needs are proposed as conclusions for Mediterranean decision makers.
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Rapport d'activités 2017

Ce rapport revient sur les principales activités menées par le Plan Bleu en 2017, telles que le renforcement de l’interface entre science et politique, la transition vers une économie verte et bleue, le mécanisme simplifié d’« examen par les pairs » (SIMPEER) des stratégies nationales de développement durable, l’animation de trois projets Interreg MED (PANACeA, BleuTourMed et InnoblueGrowth), les partenariats public-privé dans les aires protégées, la gestion des forêts méditerranéennes, etc.
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Towards a blue economy for a sustainable Mediterranean: Indicators and recommendations

At the world level, the economy based on maritime sectors is considered a new frontier for economic development and its Gross Value Added (GVA) could double or even triple between 2010 and 2030. This trend could be similar in the Mediterranean region due to the importance of the economic sectors as tourism and maritime transport.
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Vers un nouvel exercice de prospective sur l’environnement et le développement en Méditerranée : Rapport de benchmark des études existantes

Ce rapport a été préparé dans le cadre de l'élaboration de la feuille de route du nouvel exercice de prospective MED 2050. Il a pour but d’établir un état de l’art des exercices de prospective déjà disponibles en Méditerranée.
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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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