Sustainable development

As the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre acting as an observatory of the environment and development in the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu ensured the technical work supporting the Review process of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), in close collaboration with UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit acting as Secretariat of the Barcelona and the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD), with the help of the other RACs. Adopted in 2005 by the Parties, MSSD 2005-2015 had already received the scientific and technical support from Plan Bleu.

Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development  (MSSD 2016-2025)

At their 18th ordinary meeting (COP18) held in Istanbul (Turkey) in December 2013, the riparian countries requested UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention to launch the MSSD Review process. This process was implemented during biennium 2014-2015 and, at the end, Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention approved MSSD 2016-2025 at COP19 (Athens, Greece, 9-12 February 2016).

MSSD 2016-2025 is the result of over two years of intensive collaborative work within the MAP system and beyond, as described in this webpage. MSSD 2016-2025 was developed through a highly inclusive process, in which all member States and regional key stakeholders had the opportunity to participate. Involvement, support, and substantial contributions from many regional and national organizations and stakeholders were crucial to develop this important document: Download the MSSD 2016-2025

Although facilitated by the MAP system, it is the participation of all stakeholders that will play a decisive role in the delivery of the Strategy, from national and local governments to civil society, academia, private sector, and the support of regional institutions. That is why we rely on you to maintain your valuable commitment for the implementation of the Strategy!

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Processes and steps

Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) of National Strategies for Sustainable Development

Indicators for the monitoring the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025


Regional – Governance and Knowledge generation Project (ReGoKo)

Plan Bleu has implemented the Regional – Governance and Knowledge generation Project (ReGoKo), financed by a $ 3 million grant over three years (2012-2015) and which has been closed at the end of October 2015.

Plan Bleu was the implementing agency of the Project and therefore responsible for managing the Project funds and all related financial transactions. The World Bank was the executing agency of the Project and responsible for project supervision.

The Project’s objective was to foster the integration of environmental issues into sectoral and development policies of Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories and Tunisia (Beneficiaries).

The Project concentrated its efforts on:

  1. the production of innovative knowledge on environmental issues, with specific reference to water related issues (freshwater, coastal, and marine resources), and
  2. the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. during which knowledge will be used to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders at local, national, and regional level.

More information

Website of the Regional – Governance and Knowledge generation Project

Final report ReGoKo's project

MSSD Factsheets


Official documents

Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (2016 -2025): FR -  EN

Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (2005 -2015): FR -  EN

MSSD follow up: main indicators: FR - EN

COP Athens Declaration: FR - EN

COP Istanbul Declaration: FR - EN

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Useful resources

Marine and coastal biodiversity and resources 
Green economy / Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)

Other publications

Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean: State of Play and Strategic Directions 

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and Guidelines for Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries

Adoption of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025, Investing in environmental sustainability to achieve social and economic development. CIHEAM WatchLetter No 37, Sept. 2016

The Green Economy Principles within the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development. In Blue Economy: Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change, UNEP 2015