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Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award: Public voting open until 21 November 2017!

You are invited to express your vote until 21 November 2017 for the 2017 edition of Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award.
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Community Building workshop of the MED biodiversity protection Community

On 25th October 2017, Plan Bleu and the five institutions members of PANACEA project organized a workshop opened to the members of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community in Barcelona (Spain). The objective was allowing the thematic projects to identify their political targets and the possible actions in order to reach them.
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Knowledge sharing event: "Bridging the Science-Practice-Policy Gaps in Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection"

Plan Bleu, member of the PANACEA Project, participated to the organization of the knowledge sharing event "Bridging the Science-Practice-Policy Gaps in Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection" held in Barcelona (Spain) on 23 & 24 October 2017. The objective of this event was to gather experts on and the members of the 9 thematic projects of the MED Community on Biodiversity protection, and to discuss on past and ongoing initiatives in the Mediterranean, on difficulties encountered when looking for data, as well as possible strategies to fill the science-practice-policy gaps.
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2nd MED Community building on Sustainable tourism

In the framework of the BleuTourMed project (Horizontal project from the Interreg MED 2014-2020 Programme, co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development), Plan Bleu participated in the organization of the 2nd MED Community building on Sustainable tourism on 4th & 5th October 2017 in Athens (Greece). This workshop was the occasion for the community to to share their methodologies, to identify their priorities for a transition toward responsible and sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean region and to commit themselves around a joint declaration.
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Plan Bleu is pleased to announce the launch of its new Newletter. The first issue, that has just released, reviews the main events of the first semester and presents the agenda of our forthcomings meetings. Sign up now to receive our Newsletter!
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International workshop Water and Climate

Plan Bleu took part in the International workshop Water and Climate on ‘Ecological engineering and climate risks’ organized in Paris, from 20th to 22nd of September 2017, by Seine-Normandy water agency with the French Development Agency (AFD). This event aimed to mobilize public and private actors and to help them to have a better understanding of these alternative and complementary conventional solutions.
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Launch of PANORAMED, the new political forum for the Mediterranean

From 27th to 28th of September 2017, Plan Bleu took part in the kick-off meeting of the new political forum for the Mediterranean, named “PANORAMED”, organized by Spain in Sevilla. PANORAMED aims to define and implement shared policies and strategic projects in the Euro-Mediterranean area, particularly focusing on relevant themes for the area such as maritime surveillance and coastal and maritime tourism.
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Mediterranean Coast Day 2017

The Mediterranean Coast Day 2017 was held in Tivat, Montenegro, on 25th September. It was celebrated under the patronage of HE Filip Vujanović (in person) President of Montenegro, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and UN Environment / Mediterranean Action Plan. The main theme of this year was "Protecting Our Sea".
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MAP’s Focal Points meeting

From 12th to 15th September 2017, Elen Lemaitre-Curri and Jean-Pierre Giraud took part in the UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan’s Focal Points meeting held in Athens. Plan Bleu’s new Director was warmly welcomed by Gaetano Leone, MAP Coordinator, as well as by the experts of the Coordination Unit and by the other Regional Activity Centers’ Directors.
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Elen Lemaitre-Curri, new Plan Bleu's director

"Ingénieur en chef des ponts, des eaux et des forêts", with a background in agricultural & rural development economics and environmental policies, Elen Lemaitre-Curri has been the new Plan Bleu's director since the 1st of September, 2017. "The excellence of her career promises a bright future for our organization!", rejoices Thierry Lavoux, Plan Bleu's Chairman.
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Meeting of the Ecosystem Approach Coordination Group

Organized in Athens on September 11th 2017, the meeting enables to take stock of the activities and main achievements in the framework of the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach roadmap since its adoption, to review a number of important documents related to key aspects of the Ecosystem Approach roadmap implementation, and to discuss on the way forward to ensure full implementation of the Ecosystem Approach roadmap.
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Summary of discussions and outcomes from the Stakeholder Conference "Towards an Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean"

Report 5 containing an overview of the discussions during the Stakeholder Conference "Towards an Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean", held in February 2017 in Barcelona, is now available for public viewing.
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Thematic workshop of MedECC initiative on ecosystems and ecosystem services

In collaboration with Labex-OT Med and Aix-Marseille University, Plan Bleu co-organized from 17 to 19 July 2017 in Marseille, France, the 3rd thematic workshop of the MedECC initiative for the year 2017 on "ecosystems and ecosystem services". 30 participants, scientists and researchers from universities or national research institutes from Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Montenegro, attended this worksop.
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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 organized 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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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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