Operational tools

 Several decision-making and management tools for sustainable development have been developed in the frame of projects coordinated by Plan Bleu: 

Adaptive Marine Policy Toolbox 

The Adaptive Marine Policy Toolbox - developed under the framework of PERSEUS European project and coordinated by Plan Bleu -  has been designed to support policy makers to develop policy and programme of measures aiming to achieve the Good Environmental Status of the marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

This toolbox provides several methods and resources in an interactive format accessible online in order to facilitate its use. The toolbox is structured into three parts:

  1. A five steps policy cycle guiding the user in the elaboration of marine policies, that include key activities, examples and support documents . This cycle emphasizes the importance of developing policies as adaptive as possible, that is robust to uncertainties.
  2. Resources such as thematic databases and models elaborated for the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
  3. Concrete examples illustrating each step of the process, in particular through the marine litter including a series of examples that are particulary relevant to the Mediterranean and Southern European Seas.

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MedICIP

This Mediterranean Integrated Climate Information platform is a muti-country platform sharing information (mostly GIS layers and study reports) related to variability and climate change in the mediterranean basin. MedICIP makes the connection between climatology and operational needs of decision makers and coastal zones managers.

The Mediterranean Integrated Climate Information platform (MedICIP) is available at: http://medicip.grid.unep.ch/ 

PEGASO project: a toolbox for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)

The research collaborative project PEGASO (People for Ecosystem Based Governance in Assessing Sustainable Development of Ocean and Coast) focused on the Ecosystem Approach and the IZCM in Mediterranean and Black Seas basins. It allowed to elaborate shared governance platform related to ICZM gathering scientists and decision makers. A toolbox for the IZCM has also been created in order to be directly applied to ten pilot cases ( collaborative application sites) reflecting major coastal issues in both basins.

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Climate services: Decision-making tools for climate change adaptation

Climate services provide data and tools directly usable by decision makers thus responding positively to the needs for climate information. They play an interface and coordination tool role between the requirements (users) and the information and resources available (research).

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Coastal Risk Index

Coastal Risk Index is a methodology for assessing the level of risk to which coastal areas are subject in terms of impacts of climate change, considering three variables: exposure, vulnerability and forcing and different parameters.

Download the Plan Bleu Note "Towards a multi-scale coastal risk index for the Mediterranean" published on August 2015.

Methodological guide for the socio-economic valuation of goods and services produced by forest ecosystems

In the framework of the project «Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests ecosystems in the context of global changes» “funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF), Plan Bleu produced  technical factsheets and tools synthesising  socio-economic valuation methods of forest goods and services. 

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Methodological guide for the implementation of participative approaches for a better governance of forest ecosystems

In the framework of the project «Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests ecosystems in the context of global changes» “funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF), Plan Bleu produced  technical factsheets and tools synthesising participative approaches methods for a better governance of woodlands.

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Decision-making tool on different options for water demand management

To complete a 2010 study on the economic evaluation of the management of water demand in the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu has carried out cost-benefit analyses at territorial level with around twenty water demand management measures  (WDM) on the watershed of Sfax in Tunisia. From this pilot study, a methodological guide has been developed at the attention to local authorities questioning the implementation of WDM measures on their territory.

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Library resources

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SIMEDD

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