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17th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD)

The 17th Meeting of the MCSD held in Athens from 4 to 6 July 2017 was very successful and confirmed the important role of MCSD in the MAP system as a forum for discussion and advancement of sustainable development issues in the Mediterranean region.
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International workshop Water and Climate

In the run-up to COP23 and World Water Forum, Seine-Normandy water agency and French Development Agency (AFD) organize from September 20th to 22nd, 2017 an international water and climate workshop on ‘Ecological engineering and climate risks’.
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Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award 2016-2017

The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award 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. Both small towns and metropolitan cities are eligible to apply. The call for application was initially launched for a period of 30 days until 15th of June. However, in order to offer to more Mediterranean coastal cities and towns the possibility to apply, the deadline is extended to the 30th of June.
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Blue economy shows enormous potential in Mediterranean

Plan Bleu vice-president Christian Avérous was in Marseille on 30th and 31st May, 2017, to chair the closing round table of the "Blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean" conference. The doctor of economics talks to econostrum.info about the enormous potential of the Mediterranean Sea and coasts and the desire to ensure the sustainable and inclusive development of their resources.
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Plan Bleu at the World Water Congress (Cancun, 29th May – 2nd June 2017)

Plan Bleu participated to the XVIth World Water Congress held in Cancun (Mexico) from 29th May to 02nd June 2017, gathering some 600 people from around the world. The results from Med-ESCWET project on “Economic assessment of ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean wetlands in terms of climate regulation” were presented by Dr. Céline Dubreuil during the « Water security in a Changing World: Climate Change » session.
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Save the date : L'agenda des Objectifs du Développement Durable - pauvreté et changements climatiques

Pour préfigurer la seconde école d’été qui sera centrée sur l’ODD 13, relatif à la lutte contre les changements climatiques, la journée du 7 juillet 2017 rassemblera des experts de haut niveau sur les liens entre changements climatiques, pauvreté et inégalités.
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Collaborative session on Conservation funding issues

On the occasion of the Latin America and Caribbean week, Plan Bleu is participating in an exchange, probing and ideas session on conservation funding issues organised by MEDPAN and FFEM in Marseille, on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2017.
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Two days workshop to refine the review mechanism of the Horizon 2020 initiative for a Cleaner Mediterranean and its associated H2020 indicators

Participants from different Mediterranean Neighbourhood countries, ENI SEIS II South Focal Points from statistics institutes and Ministry of environment, representatives from UN environment/Mediterranean Action Plan, Plan Bleu and CEDARE met in Copenhagen from 17-18 May 2017 for the First ENI SEIS II South Support Mechanism regional workshop on indicators.
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Register to the newsletter: Biodiversity Protection Community

The PANACeA community for biodiversity protection tackles different aspects of coastal and marine management, biodiversity monitoring, sustainable use of natural resources, management of protected areas, global change, governance and cooperation, and scientific and innovative methodologies. Sign up to the newsletter "Biodiversity Protection Community" to stay up-to-date on PANACeA activities and results.
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A new UN Environment - GEF Partnership in the Mediterranean to Enhance Environmental Security

Executing partners of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme): Enhancing Environmental Security held their first meeting on 17 to 19 May 2017, in Athens Greece. The meeting aimed to create synergies among different partners and to fully enter in the preparation phase of the project documents of the 7 Child Projects of the MedProgramme.
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Save the date: Kick-off meeting 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum, Monaco, 11 July 2017

The Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean with their partners will organize on 11 July 2017 in Monaco, with the collaboration of the Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the kick off meeting of the 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum. Initiated in 2011 in Marrakech, the Mediterranean Water Forum, efficient platform for dialogue and exchange between all stakeholders in the region, aims to strengthen the cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of water.
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Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER), Mission to France

The project team of the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) carried out a mission to Paris, France, on 27-28 March 2017, in cooperation with the French Ministry of the Environment.
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Register to the newsletter: Med Sustainable Tourism Community

The BleuTourMed Sustainable Tourism Community seeks to promote and improve sustainable tourism offer in the Mediterranean region as a driver for economic development and as a tool to preserve the Mediterranean environment and cultural identity. Sign up to the newsletter to stay up-to-date on BleuTourMed activities and results.
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Plan Bleu's participation at several meetings organized by the Union for the Mediterranean

Plan Bleu participated at several meetings organized by the Union for the Mediterranean on 13-16 March 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.
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Launch of the Blue Growth Community in the Mediterranean

Save the date and register ! The event organized within the InnoBlueGrowth Horizontal project, funded under the INTERREG Med Programme, will take place in Rome, on 6 and 7 April 2017. The aim of the InnoBlueGrowth project, is to ensure the communication and capitalization of projects results, addressing Blue Growth issues as Blue energy, Maritime surveillance, Yachting.
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