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Workshop "Which major marine and coastal issues in the Mediterranean region? Data and trends"

In the framework of the writing of the chapter on the marine and coastal issues of the new report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu is organizing a workshop "Which major marine and coastal issues in the Mediterranean region? Data and trends" on 12th-13th of December 2017, at Campus du développement (ex CEFEB) of AFD in Marseille, France.

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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Regional Stakeholder Conference on the Blue Economy

The Regional Stakeholder Conference on the Blue Economy organized by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in Naples, Italy, on 29th and 30th of November 2017, brought together over 400 key stakeholders in order to consolidate a Mediterranean blue economy community working on sustainable development solutions for the region, as well as to create partnerships and initiatives to harness the potential for blue growth.
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Mediterranean of the future - Act 1: A common commitment for the climate change agreements

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region hosted on Tuesday November 21st, 2017, at the Villa Méditerrannée in Marseille, the first edition of an international event on the "Mediterranean of the future" topic. This first edition entitled "Act 1: A common commitment for the climate change agreements" gathered more than 400 people: ministers and local authorities' managers, experts and scientists, civil society representatives and non-governmental organizations.
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Community Building workshop of the MED biodiversity protection Community

On 25th October 2017, Plan Bleu and the five institutions members of PANACEA project organized a workshop opened to the members of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community in Barcelona (Spain). The objective was allowing the thematic projects to identify their political targets and the possible actions in order to reach them.
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Knowledge sharing event: "Bridging the Science-Practice-Policy Gaps in Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection"

Plan Bleu, member of the PANACEA Project, participated to the organization of the knowledge sharing event "Bridging the Science-Practice-Policy Gaps in Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection" held in Barcelona (Spain) on 23 & 24 October 2017. The objective of this event was to gather experts on and the members of the 9 thematic projects of the MED Community on Biodiversity protection, and to discuss on past and ongoing initiatives in the Mediterranean, on difficulties encountered when looking for data, as well as possible strategies to fill the science-practice-policy gaps.
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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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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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Workshop "Which major marine and coastal issues in the Mediterranean region? Data and trends"

In the framework of the writing of the chapter on the marine and coastal issues of the new report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu organized a workshop "Which major marine and coastal issues in the Mediterranean region? Data and trends" on 12th-13th of December 2017, at Campus du développement (ex CEFEB) of AFD in Marseille, France. The objective was to establish a group of around thirty thematic experts from international, Mediterranean but also national and local institutions, in order to contribute to the drafting of this chapter.
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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 co-organized in the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, on 18-19 October 2017, a regional workshop that aimed 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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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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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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