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40 years of Plan Bleu: Environment and development in the Mediterranean yesderday, today and tomorrow

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Plan Bleu, Thierry Lavoux, Plan Bleu’s Chairman and Jacques Theys, Chairman of the Association Serge Antoine, are pleased to announce the event "40 years of Plan Bleu: Environment and development in the Mediterranean yesderday, today and tomorrow", that will be held at the Académie d’Agriculture, Paris, on 8th December 2017.

Regional Workshop on human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems and the economy

Plan Bleu and Scientific Centre of Monaco are co-organizing in the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, on 18-19 October 2017, a regional workshop that aims to determine the drivers of ecological stressors which are specific to the Mediterranean Sea and their economic impacts.

Conference on the yachting sector in the Mediterranean

Plan Bleu co-organized with partners from the InnoBlueGrowth project an international conference entitled “New trends for the yachting sector in the Mediterranean area”, which took place on 11-12th of October 2017 in Marseilles, France. Participants, among them decision makers and entrepreneurs from the region and abroad, were able to meet experts on the yachting sector and exchange best practices, while getting more knowledge on the importance of the Interreg Blue Growth Community.

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. For this 1st edition, the Award will be conferred at the next Conference of Parties in Tirana, Albania, on 17-20 December 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.

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2nd MED Community building on Sustainable tourism

In the framework of the BleuTourMed project (Horizontal project from the Interreg MED 2014-2020 Programme, co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development), Plan Bleu participated in the organization of the 2nd MED Community building on Sustainable tourism on 4th & 5th October 2017 in Athens (Greece). This workshop was the occasion for the community to to share their methodologies, to identify their priorities for a transition toward responsible and sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean region and to commit themselves around a joint declaration.
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Subscribe to the new Plan Bleu's newsletter !

Plan Bleu is pleased to announce the launch of its new Newletter. The first issue, that has just released, reviews the main events of the first semester and presents the agenda of our forthcomings meetings. Sign up now to receive our Newsletter!
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International workshop Water and Climate

Plan Bleu took part in the International workshop Water and Climate on ‘Ecological engineering and climate risks’ organized in Paris, from 20th to 22nd of September 2017, by Seine-Normandy water agency with the French Development Agency (AFD). This event aimed to mobilize public and private actors and to help them to have a better understanding of these alternative and complementary conventional solutions.
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Launch of PANORAMED, the new political forum for the Mediterranean

From 27th to 28th of September 2017, Plan Bleu took part in the kick-off meeting of the new political forum for the Mediterranean, named “PANORAMED”, organized by Spain in Sevilla. PANORAMED aims to define and implement shared policies and strategic projects in the Euro-Mediterranean area, particularly focusing on relevant themes for the area such as maritime surveillance and coastal and maritime tourism.
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Mediterranean Coast Day 2017

The Mediterranean Coast Day 2017 was held in Tivat, Montenegro, on 25th September. It was celebrated under the patronage of HE Filip Vujanović (in person) President of Montenegro, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and UN Environment / Mediterranean Action Plan. The main theme of this year was "Protecting Our Sea".
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Our events

Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award 2016-2017

Launched in May 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. For this fisrt edition, the Award will be conferred at the next Conference of Parties (COP20) in Tirana, Albania, on 17-20 December 2017.
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40 years of Plan Bleu: Environment and development in the Mediterranean yesderday, today and tomorrow

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Plan Bleu, Thierry Lavoux, Plan Bleu’s Chairman and Jacques Theys, Chairman of the Association Serge Antoine, are pleased to announce the event "40 years of Plan Bleu: Environment and development in the Mediterranean yesderday, today and tomorrow", that will be held at the Académie d’Agriculture, Paris, on 8th December 2017. It will be co-organized with Association Serge Antoine and Comité d'histoire of CGEDD, and in partnership with CGAAER and IPEMED, and with the attendance of Nicolas Hulot, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and of Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan.
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PANACeA's knowledge sharing event: "Bridging the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Biodiversity Protection"

On October 23rd and 24th 2017, an open event will gather in Barcelona the members of PANACeA and the 9 modular projects of the MED Community on Biodiversity Protection, as well as relevant stakeholders of the Mediterranean Region involved in biodiversity protection.
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Regional Workshop on human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems and the economy

Plan Bleu and Scientific Centre of Monaco are co-organizing in the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, on 18-19 October 2017, a regional workshop that aims to determine the drivers of ecological stressors which are specific to the Mediterranean Sea and their economic impacts.
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Conference on the yachting sector in the Mediterranean, Marseille, 11-12th October 2017

Plan Bleu co-organized with partners from the InnoBlueGrowth project an international conference entitled “New trends for the yachting sector in the Mediterranean area”, which took place on 11-12th of October in Marseilles, France. Participants, among them decision makers and entrepreneurs from the region and abroad, were able to meet experts on the yachting sector and exchange best practices, while getting more knowledge on the importance of the Interreg Blue Growth Community launched last year by the InnoBlueGrowth project.
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Recent publications

Socio-economic tools for supporting the achievement of Good Environmental Status of Mediterranean marine waters

Plan Bleu is happy to share its report "Socio-economic tools for supporting the achievement of Good Environmental Status of Mediterranean marine waters". This report has been elaborated by Plan Bleu as part of the project “Action Plans for Integrated Regional Monitoring Programmes, Coordinated Programmes of Measures and Addressing Data and Knowledge Gaps in Mediterranean Sea (ActionMed)”, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece).
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Economic assessment of ecosystem services: A tool for sustainable development in the Mediterranean ?

Plan Bleu addressed this question as part of its assessments in order to come to more informed sustainable development policy decisions. These assessments cover various geographic levels (from local to regional) and different environments, such as marine, coastal and forest ecosystems.
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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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Etat des lieux du cadre juridique des PPP pour la gestion des aires protégées dans le Sud et l’Est de la Méditerranée : Les Partenariats Publics Privés pour la gestion des aires protégées

Ce rapport a pour objectif d’établir un premier inventaire des dispositifs législatifs et réglementaires nationaux relatifs aux Partenariats Publics Privés (PPP) et susceptibles d’être applicables aux Aires Protégées (AP), de recenser des pratiques réussies de recours aux PPP pour la gestion d’une AP, et de produire une première analyse sur leur potentiel de développement dans les pays du Sud et de l’Est de la Méditerranée.
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Economic assessment of ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean wetlands in terms of climate regulation

The study highlights the utility and diversity of wetland functions, in particular the regulating services they provide.
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