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Accelerating climate changes in the Mediterranean Basin cause increasing risks to people and nature

Recent climate change has stronger impacts on the Mediterranean Basin than before, causing additional concerns in an environment also affected by other problems such as land use change, pollution and declining biodiversity. This is shown in a recent study from MedECC network's experts, which has just been published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Fish Forum 2018 - Side-event "Promoting co-management as innovative tool for the sustainable use of coastal and marine natural resources"

In the framework of the Fish Forum 2018 (Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and Black Sea), the Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the Interreg Med PANACeA is organizing a side-event called "Promoting co-management as innovative tool for the sustainable use of coastal and marine natural resources", on 10 December 2018.
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first edition of the Sea Forum - Bizerte 2018: Euro-Mediterranean meetings of the sustainable blue economy

The Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organized the first edition of the Sea Forum - Bizerte 2018, 20 and 21 October 2018 in Bizerte, Tunisia. This annual meeting is part of the "Blue Season" which brought together nearly 150 events promoting the Tunisian coast from June 15 to October 30, 2018. It aims to gather key players in the maritime sector and the blue economy in the Euro-Mediterranean area, but also to warn about the environmental challenges facing the Mediterranean Sea.
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Regional meeting on Marine Litter Best Practices

Plan Bleu took part in the Regional meeting on Marine Litter Best Practices organized in Izmir, Turkey, on 9-10 October 2018 by UN Environment MAP components: MED POL, REMPEC and SCP/RAC. The meeting reviewed activities implemented by the Contracting Parties and especially acknowledged the progress achieved in the implementation of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management.
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Transferring ecosystem-based management tools: increasing regional capacities

The Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project, co-financed by the Interreg MED programme, organized in collaboration with Région Sud a knowledge sharing workshop on “Transferring ecosystem-based management tools: increasing regional capacities” that was held in Marseille, on 23 October 2018 from 14.30 to 17.30.
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Mediterranean Coast day: economic growth and the protection of the environment can and need to be conciliated

For this Mediterranean Coast Day, numerous experts gathered on 25 September in Split the Croatian city hosting PAP/RAC, “the Mediterranean Coastal Management Centre”, to discuss past successes and shortcomings of Mediterranean coastal management, as well as new environmental challenges that require a more ambitious and urgent action.
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Seminar on best practices in the yachting sector

In the framework of InnoBlueGrowth project, “Horizontal Communication & Capitalization project for Innovation in Blue Growth at Mediterranean level”, Plan Bleu participated in the seminar of the iBLUE project on best practices in the yachting sector. This seminar gathered in Lisbon, Portugal, on 18 September 2018, public entities, SMEs and professional associations to share and discuss their experiences in the yachting sector, considering the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability.
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Call for tenders to evaluate the implementation of the Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent Network of Well-Managed Marine Protected Areas

SPA/RAC launches a call for tenders to evaluate the implementation of the Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent Network of Well-Managed Marine Protected Areas to achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean. The deadline for receiving proposals is 2nd October 2018.
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Marine litter projects together in Barcelona

An Interreg Med Workshop on Marine Litter organized by PANACeA gathered on 12 July 2018 in Barcelona, representatives from MedSeaLitter, PlasticBustersMPAs, Act4Litter, BlueIslands, PHAROS4MPAS and AMAre projects together with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, to join forces and reinforce common actions against marine litter.
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The Med Biodiversity Protection Summer newsletter is out!

Find all the information of the MED Biodiversity Protection Community in the summer issue of its Newsletter.
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Call for applicants - Support for the production of policy factsheets on sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean

In the framework of Interreg MED Horizonal project BleuTourMed - Maritime and Coastal Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean, four call for applicants are launched to draft four policy factsheets that will contribute to the final policy paper of BleuTourMed.
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The Mediterranean Cetacean Corridor becomes a Marine Protected Area

A 1.350 km long marine corridor, located off the Spanish Mediterranean coast, has been declared ‘Marine Protected Area’ by the Government of Spain in June 2018. The measure will benefit around 3,500 fin whales migrating through this strip of water, and more than 19,000 loggerhead turtles and 6,000 stripped dolphins
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Monitoring and assessment of the mediterranean environment: towards a regional system

The meeting, that was held in Rome from 10 to 12 July 2018, highlighted good progress towards the preparation and implementation of the Mediterranean Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP), whose main objective is to build and implement a regional monitoring system gathering reliable and up-to-date data and information on the marine and coastal Mediterranean environment.
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2nd Summer School of sustainable development objectives

The 2nd Summer School of sustainable development objectives, organized by Aix-Marseille University and IRD ((French National Research Institute for Development), brought together more than 200 participants from July 2 to 7, 2018 in Marseille, France. This 2nd edition focused on SDG 13 on combating climate change
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Webinar Interreg Med "Greening your event"

Interreg Med projects organized the Webinar “Greening your event” on 10th July 2018 in order to foster the knowledge exchange and sustainable practices towards more environmentally friendly events.
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