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.

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?


Summary of discussions and outcomes from the Stakeholder Conference "Towards an Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean"

Report 5 containing an overview of the discussions during the Stakeholder Conference "Towards an Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean", held in February 2017 in Barcelona, is now available for public viewing.
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Thematic workshop of MedECC initiative on ecosystems and ecosystem services

In collaboration with Labex-OT Med and Aix-Marseille University, Plan Bleu co-organized from 17 to 19 July 2017 in Marseille, France, the 3rd thematic workshop of the MedECC initiative for the year 2017 on "ecosystems and ecosystem services". 30 participants, scientists and researchers from universities or national research institutes from Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Montenegro, attended this worksop.
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Kick-off meeting 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum, Monaco, 11 July 2017

The Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean with their partners organized on 11 July 2017 in Monaco, with the collaboration of the Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the kick off meeting of the 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum. Initiated in 2011 in Marrakech, the Mediterranean Water Forum, efficient platform for dialogue and exchange between all stakeholders in the region, aims to strengthen the cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of water.
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17th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD)

The 17th Meeting of the MCSD held in Athens from 4 to 6 July 2017 was very successful and confirmed the important role of MCSD in the MAP system as a forum for discussion and advancement of sustainable development issues in the Mediterranean region.
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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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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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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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BleuTourMed 2nd Community Building Event "Making tourism more sustainable: Sharing methodologies for a joint action"

This event organised by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community in Athens from 4 to 5 of October 2017, will gather the members of the 14 projects of the Community together with BleuTourMed project partners. The objective is to harmonise activities in terms of developing common approaches and strategies and testing approaches through pilot demonstration actions.
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Assemblée générale 2017

L'Assemblée générale 2017 du Plan Bleu s'est tenue dans les locaux du CIHEAM à Paris, le 29 juin 2017. Elle a permis 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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Recent publications

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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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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