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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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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) - Mission to Tunisia

The project team of the « Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) » activity, led by Elen Lemaître-Curi, Director of Plan Bleu, carried out a mission to Tunisia, from 23 to 25 September 2019, organized in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development. The discussions allowed to deepen the analysis and synthesis of processes and structures related to sustainable development in Tunisia, while putting them into perspective for the revision of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) 2016-2020.
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Focal Points of UNEP/MAP examine measures aimed at boosting the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols

Focal Points of the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) met in Athens on 10-13 September 2019. Representatives of Mediterranean States and the European Union discussed new measures aimed at curbing pollution, protecting biodiversity and stimulating blue growth in the Mediterranean region.
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Our September Newsletter has just been published!

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SCP/RAC calls for proposals for a communication specialist/consultant in Egypt

SCP/RAC calls for proposals for a communication specialist/consultant to cover the development of two national challenges in business and social innovation that contributes to the prevention and reduction of single-use plastic bags in Egypt. Interested applicants are invited to submit their bid by 6th of September midnight (CET) following the instructions detailed in the terms of reference.
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Consultation to elaborate a study on the assessment of the Ecological Status and an MSP preliminary initial assessment in Vlora Marine Area in Albania

The Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (SPA/RAC) launches a consultation to elaborate study on the assessment of the Ecological Status and an MSP preliminary initial assessment in Vlora Marine Area in Albania. The deadline for receiving proposals is 16 September 2019.
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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (9-18 July 2019)

Six Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Israel, Tunisia and Turkey) have submitted their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) during this High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that was focused this year on the theme "empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality".
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