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Euromed-IHEDN meetings: New Plan Bleu, ten years later...

On 14 and 15 January 2020, Elen Lemaitre-Curri, director of Plan Bleu, was the guest of the first Euromed-IHEDN 2020 meetings which were held in Marseille and Paris on the theme "New Plan Bleu, ten years later ...". Elen Lemaitre-Curri presented to the participants the main pressures and vulnerabilities of the Mediterranean region, while proposing possible solutions.
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MedECC Steering Comitee meeting and Coordinating Lead Authors meeting

The main objective of these meetings that were held from 11 to 13 December 2019 in Marseille (France), was to progress towards the finalization of 1st Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) and to work on the key messages and the draft Summary for Policy-Makers.
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Happy New Year 2020 !

The entire Plan Bleu team wishes you a happy new year 2020 and will see you soon on its new website!
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Peer Review meeting for the SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise

The Peer Review meeting for the SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise was therefore held in Marseille, on 19 and 20 November 2019. This meeting is the culmination of the streamlined peer review process of National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSSDs), as part of the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, MSSD 2016-2025.
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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER): Mission to Egypt

The project team for the "Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER)" Activity visited Cairo, Egypt, for the third and final country mission of the SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise. The meetings provided an overview of the implementation status of the Strategy for Sustainable Development: Egypt's Vision 2030.
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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER): mission to Albania

The project team for the "Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER)" Activity went to Tirana, Albania, from 21 to 23 October 2019, in order to hold meetings with sustainable development stakeholders in Albania. These meetings served to identify the stakeholders' main achievements in the field of sustainable development and their implications for the production and implementation of the National Strategy for Development and Integration.
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Side-event COP 21: Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp)

As an executive partner of the EcApMEDII project (2014-2019), Plan Bleu attended on 4th December 2019 in Napoli, a side-event on the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) within the frame of the CoP 21 Barcelona Convention. The side event highlighted the crucial need to support implementing and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) through Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme and Science Policy-Interface strengthening.
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Call for tender to elaborate a marine field survey in Patok-Rodoni Bay in Albania within the framework of the GEF Adriatic Project

The SPA/RAC launches a call for tender to elaborate a marine field survey in Patok-Rodoni Bay in Albania related to Biodiversity (Habitat and species), NIS, Eutrophication, Hydrography, Contaminants and Marine litter. The deadline for receiving proposals is 17 December 2019.
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« BlueBoatsMed » Workshop

In the framework of « BlueBoatsMed », a BlueMed Start-up action led by Plan Bleu, a workshop gathered in Marseille, on 25 November 2019, partners working on the transition to sustainable cruising and recreational boating in the Mediterranean.
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The Mediterranean city of Ashdod (Israel) wins the second edition of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

Athens, 13 November 2019 – The Jury – which is composed of the Members of the Bureau of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and of the President of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development – has decided to award the second edition of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award to the city of Ashdod (Israel). Ashdod City was particularly recognized for Integrated Sustainability Measures included energy efficiency, public transport, optimized water management, including the reduction of leakage, and effective waste management combined with the minimization of landfilled waste.
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Launch seminar of Environment MediaLab project

Plan Bleu participated Thursday, October 24, 2019 in the launching seminar of the Environment MediaLab project, that aims to encourage the integration of environmental issues in the work produced by journalists, relying on the expertise of local actors from the three shores of the Mediterranean basin.
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Stakeholders Consultation Meeting for COP 21 preparation

As part of the preparation of COP 21 of the Barcelona Convention to be held in Naples from 2 to 5 December 2019, Plan Bleu participated in a stakeholder consultation meeting in Athens on 24 and 25 October 2019, including representatives of civil society organizations.
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Consultancy calls on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) identification

Two consultancy calls have been launched by SPA/RAC and REMPEC to enhance knowledge and capacity among the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention regarding the identification and designation of PSSAs within EBSAs, FRAs and/or SPAMIs, to support area-based management, including through an Adriatic workshop and a Mediterranean seminar celebration on December 2019.
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Barcelona Convention COP 21 (2-5 December 2019) - Media accreditation procedure

The 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols will take place on 2-5 December 2019 in Naples, Italy. Media participation in COP21 is subject to accreditation by the UNEP/MAP—Barcelona Convention Secretariat. Financial support may be provided for up to 10 professional journalists from Mediterranean countries. Applicants for financial support are required to submit their accreditation requests no later than 25 October 2019.
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Event “Climate and Environment in the Mediterranean region, our common challenge”

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the UfM Secretariat organised on 10 October 2019 in Barcelona, an event on “Climate and Environment in the Mediterranean region, our common challenge” to present the main conclusions of the first-ever comprehensive scientific report on the impact of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region developed by MedECC.
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