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Protected areas are not enough: towards an ecoregional approach to biodiversity protection

Representatives of European and Mediterranean institutions, public authorities, scientific and research organizations, protected area managers and conservationists gathered on 4 and 5 December 2018 in Brussels to discuss and support a holistic Mediterranean approach as crucial for sustaining the wellbeing of people and nature. Urgent action ensuring ecosystem connectivity, regulating socio-economic activities and using science-based management in key ecologically significant areas suffering from uncontrolled human activities inside and outside protected areas was prominent in the discussion.
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Side event - COP24: A science-policy interface on risks of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean and its partners (UN Environment Mediterranean Action Plan through Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre and MedECC, the network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change) organized during the COP 24 (Katowice, Poland) the side event "A science-policy interface on risks of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region" ; it gave the opportunity for scientists and stakeholders to discuss the main vulnerabilities of the Mediterranean region and its resilience to change.
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SCP/RAC is looking for an expert on plastics and Marine Litter in the Mediterranean

The selected expert will contribute to the 2019 Mediterranean State of the Environment and Development report (SoED 2019). The main objective of this consultancy is to write a four-pages synthesis about the current situation, the evolution of the situation throughout the last 10 years and future trends of marine litter in the Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the main sources and drivers as well as on the responses to prevent it.
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Sustainable Blue Economy Conference: a focus on the Mediterranean

Over 4,000 participants from around the world meet from November 26 to 28, 2018 at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. At this occasion, UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and Plan Bleu/Regional Activity Centre (UN Environment/MAP) joined efforts with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative to organize a joint side-event entitled “The Regional Dimension of a Sustainable and Inclusive Blue Economy: the Model of the Mediterranean”
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Ten seabirds added to the Mediterranean list of endangered or threatened species

The updated list of endangered or threatened species found in the Mediterranean entered into force in September 2018. It now includes 10 additional bird species classified as endangered or threatened. The list is now totaling 25 seabirds.
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Mediterranean of the Future - Act II - Priority to Youth and Innovation

Organized by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region around the theme "How to work together to create a favorable environment for youth and innovation in the Mediterranean?", the event brought together more than 700 participants (representatives of Mediterranean governments, regional and local authorities, experts from local and international organizations, young entrepreneurs, representatives of universities), with a common goal: to draw the Mediterranean of tomorrow.
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The November Newsletter has just been published!

Find the latest news and information from Plan Bleu in the new issue of its Newsletter and subscribe if you have not already done so!
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22nd edition of Ecomondo, the leading Euro-Mediterranean area green and circular economy expo

In the framework of the 22nd edition of Ecomondo, the leading Euro-Mediterranean area green and circular economy expo, that was held in Rimini, Italy, on 6-9 November 2018, six Interreg MED thematic communities (Green Growth, Blue Growth, Renewable Energy, Urban transports, Sustainable Tourism and Biodiversity Protection) organized a session on "Empowering territories for a sustainable Mediterranean".
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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 organized 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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