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Last call for application for Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award: deadline extended to 18 September 2019

UNEP/MAP is pleased to inform you that the deadline for the submission of applications for the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” has been extended until 18 September 2019. We encourage a broad participation from Mediterranean coastal cities and towns.
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What climate and social justice in the face of the disaster announced in the Mediterranean?

Plan Bleu participated in the Meetings of iReMMO (Institute of Research and Studies for Mediterranean Middle East) held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Paris on the theme "What climate and social justice facing the disaster announced in the Mediterranean?".
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Symposium "Environmental Protection in the Mediterranean Sea"

Elen Lemaitre-Curri, director of Plan Bleu, participated in the symposium "Environmental Protection in the Mediterranean Sea" that brought together in Toulon, France, on 4-5 July 2019, the highest representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Maritime Prefecture involved in the protection of the Mediterranean. She presented Menelas, the Mediterranean Network of Law Enforcement Officials relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
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Outsmart climate change: work with nature!

It is increasingly recognized that nature can be one of the viable solutions to the challenge of climate change, using and deploying the functioning of ecosystems. These Nature-based Solutions offer sustainable, cost-effective, versatile and flexible alternatives. For more information, find now our video and summary for policy makers.
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Summer school "Blue growth: emerging technologies, trends and opportunities"

The Interreg MED Blue Growth Community, involving Plan Bleu as a key partner, is organizing from 1st to 5th July 2019, in Kotor, Montenegro, a Summer School aiming at encouraging young people’s involvement in blue economy sectors by offering high-quality technical knowledge and fostering their entrepreneurial spirit.
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Side event "Blue economy" - 18th Meeting of the MCSD

At the 18th Meeting of the MCSD, held in Budva (Montenegro) on 11 June 2019, Plan Bleu presented, in the framework of a dedicated side-event, the Report "Blue Economy in the Mediterranean: Case Studies, Lessons and Perspectives". It was a unique opportunity to provide MCSD Members and regional partners with an overview of the Report, present and discuss the lessons learnt and recommendations drawn by the case studies in the different maritime sectors and discuss the transition towards a sustainable and inclusive blue economy in the Mediterranean.
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World Oceans Day 2019 “Gender and the Ocean”: the opportunity to explore the gender dimension of our relationship with the Mediterranean

“Gender and the Ocean”, the theme of this year’s edition of World Oceans Day, is an opportunity for UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan to explore the gender dimension of our relationship with the Mediterranean. Gender equality and the empowerment of women is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the 2016-2025 Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development.
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Instanbul Environment Friendly City Award: applications can be sent until Friday 12 July 2019!

Local authorities from Mediterranean coastal cities are invited to submit their candidacies for the second edition of the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award”, that 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. The deadline of the call for applications has been extended until Friday 12 July 2019.
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Urgent ! Call for expression of interest for the selection of 5 high-profile experts within the framework of the Blue Growth Summer School

The Blue Growth Community (coordinated by the InnoBlueGrowth project - CONISMA, ASCAME, CPMR, NTUA, Plan Bleu, UoM) launches a call for expression of interest for the selection of 5 high-profile experts to fulfil the role of mentors for training activities, within the framework of the Blue Growth Summer School. Applications for admission must be submitted within June l0th 2019 no later than 12h00 CET.
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Watch the video on the event "Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Blue Growth"

The video on the event "Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Blue Growth" co-organized on 16-17 April 2019 in Marseille (France), by Plan Bleu with partners from the InnoBlueGrowth project, is out!
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Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean: Knowledge & Tools

The MED Biodiversity Protection Community just published the report "Tackling Marine Litter in the Mediterranean: Knowledge & Tools" that aims to synthesise and showcase the contribution of the Biodiversity Protection Community projects and other Interreg MED projects on the development and/or refinement of marine litter assessment and management tools, giving special emphasis to the tools that can be applied in Mediterranean MPAs.
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La Méditerranée se réchauffe... plus que la moyenne du globe

A l'occasion de la 6ème Semaine Forestière Méditerranéenne qui s'est tenue au Liban du 1er au 5 avril dernier, le Journal libanais L'Orient-Le Jour fait le point sur des études menées sur les impacts du changement climatique en Méditerranée, à travers notamment des interviews de Joël Guiot, directeur de recherche du CNRS et coordonnateur du réseau MedECC, et Nelly Bourlion, chef de programme sur les écosystèmes forestiers et la biodiversité au Plan Bleu.
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3rd meeting of the SoED Steering Committee

The finalization of the Report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (SoED 2019) is now underway. The 3rd meeting of the SoED Steering Committee organized in Marseille on 29 March 2019, brought together representatives of the UN Environment MAP Coordination Unit, Regional Activity Centres, contracting parties and partners (European Environment Agency, CIHEAM-IAMM, MedECC) to develop the chapter "synthesis and conclusions" of the report.
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Méditerranée : Faire face à une eau de plus en plus rare est l’un des plus grands défis

La journée mondiale de l’eau est célébrée ce 22 mars et elle a cette année pour thème "Ne laisser personne de côté". L’événement est l’occasion pour le FEMISE et ses partenaires, dont le Plan Bleu, de faire le point sur la situation en Méditerranée, où le problème de l’eau est devenu un enjeu crucial. Ainsi, la Méditerranée ne représente que 7 % de la population mondiale et pourtant elle abrite plus de 60 % de la population dite pauvre en eau.
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1st MedECC Assessment Report Lead Author meeting

Plan Bleu participated in the plenary round table « Link between scientists and decision-makers », during the 1st MedECC Assessment Report Lead Author meeting, that was held in Milan (Italy) from 4 to 7 March 2019.
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