COP22 - 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

11/07/2016 to 11/18/2016

The 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) was held in Marrakech (Morocco), November 7 to 18, 2016.

COP22 took over the reins from COP21 during which important progress was made. It focused on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.

Plan Bleu was present at the COP22 and moderated in particular the following side-events:



  • 11 November, 11:00-12:30 (Green zone): “The UNEP/MAP Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework: a strategic approach to increase the resilience of the Mediterranean” : This event aimed at presenting the instruments developed by the MAP-Barcelona Convention, the analyses and results obtained through the work in the Mediterranean region in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Gaetano Leone, UNEP/MAP Coordinator presented the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework, adopted by the 19th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention. Ms Anne France Didier, Director of Plan Bleu, presented the “Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025” (MSSD) and the work of the MAP Components highlighting that the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas are part of the "nature-based solution" to adapt to Climate Change. More information...
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  • 11 November, 15:00-16:30 (Ziz Room, Green zone): “Strengthening Climate Risk Monitoring: A Method for Assessing Coastal Risk at Different Scales for the Mediterranean
    The Mediterranean region is a climate change "hot spot" and it is essential to evaluate the role of climatic and non-climatic factors on coastal areas to understand the underlying risks and identify appropriate response measures. The session organized by Plan Bleu and MedSea Foundation had as main objective to present the development of a Coastal Risk Index and the results of its implementation throughout the Mediterranean basin and for local studies (including the coastal zone of Tetouan in Morocco and the Var in France). This session demonstrated in what extent the Coastal Risk Index is a robust tool that supports decision-making in adaptation to climate change in the Mediterranean coastal zone and its potentiality to be applied to other regions in the world.

  • 15 Novembre, 19:00-20:30 (Green zone) : “Towards a Sustainable Mediterranean Economy
  • Organised by ENERGIES 2050 and its partners Plan Bleu and FEMISE/ Institut de la Méditerranée, this event was the opportunity to announce the publication of the “Climate change challenges in the Mediterranean: turning constraints into opportunities for action”. Furthermore, the speech of Anne-France DIDIER, Director of Plan Bleu, helped in showing how UNEP/MAP could support this MedCopClimat initiative in its development, notably through the academic, NGO, businesses, civil society and collectivities networks with which Plan Bleu and the other Regional Activities Centers work to develop strategic frameworks, such as pilot operations and flagship initiatives facilitating tangible progresses in the field. The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework, the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol, the Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity Protocol and the Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production were thus presented.

Moreover Plan Bleu spoke during other side-events:

  • 11 November, 15:00-16:30 (Green zone): “Mediterranean Climate Agenda of the COP”
  • 11 November, 16:45-18:15 (UN Pavilion Observer room): “Climate Change and energy transition in the Mediterranean Region: opportunities through NDCs cooperation”
  • 12 November, 9:00-10:30 (Green zone): “Award ceremony of Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Trophies”
  • 15 November, 10:00-10:45 (Green zone): “Which actions of the territories for coastline conservation in the Mediterranean region?”. Organised by IPEMED, this event is an opportunity to highlights some initiatives carried out at local and regional level on stake-holders consultation and sustainable development of the Mediterranean coastline. The speech of Anne-France Didier, Director of Plan Bleu, concerns the “opening up of Mediterranean cooperation on coastline conservation: presentation of ICZM Protocol and of the activities carried out by UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan and its Regional Activities Centers”.

More information about COP22

Agenda of regional Mediterranean events



Read the latest Plan Bleu's reports and publications on climate change


Application d’une méthode pour l’évaluation des risques côtiers du département du var dans le cadre du programme d’aménagement côtier du var (PAC-VAR)

Contributing to successful adaptation to climate change in Mediterranean coastal areas


Expérience tunisienne pour faire face à la Variabilité et au Changement Climatique en Zones Côtières

Strengthening the Knowledge Base on Regional Climate Variability and Change: application of a Multi-Scale Coastal Risk Index at Regional and Local Scale in the Mediterranean

Integration of climate variability and change into national ICZM strategies: Contribution to the updating of the integrated management plan for coastal zones of the Kerkennah archipelago

A systemic and prospective sustainability analysis within the Šibenik-Knin County (Croatia)

Mediterranean Integrated Climate Information Platform (MedICIP): Installation and maintenance guide

Expérience tunisienne pour faire face à la Variabilité et au Changement Climatique en Zones Côtières. Rapport national

Towards a multi-scale coastal risk index for the Mediterranean

Identify a set of climate variability and change indicators

Climate risk management in the Mediterranean. Climate services: a decision support tool for adaptation

Services écologiques rendus par les zones humides en matière d’adaptation au changement climatique

Identify existing CV&C monitoring program and available data in each participating country, as well as options for data sharing in view of developing a multicountry Information sharing portal


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