Tools and methods

Some tools for the sustainable development in the Mediterranean

Plan Bleu develops, own or in partnership, uses and shares decision-making tools for the sustainable development at different territorial scales including:

- Priority indicators of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development
- Additional indicators to enhance some issues analyses (Water, Tourism, …)
- Indicators linked to specific initiatives, approaches or projects: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), PEGASO and Med-IAMER projects, i EcAp and H2020 initiatives, and those used in various systemic and forward-looking approaches.

  • Systematic and forward-looking approaches

A forward-looking approach based on the method of the scenarios used in the forward-looking reports on 1989 and 2005 to alert decision-makers on the threats in the Mediterranean and to allow them to orient their decisions to a better consideration of the environment.
The “Imagine” method, articulated around a participative approach allowing to select key indicators and to elaborate scenarios with all the concerned stakeholders. Used in coastal management programs , this method is also adapted to other issues and territories: climate change, woodlands …
An ecosystem approach: a strategy for the integrated management of lands, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use of the resources to ensure an equitable exploitation.

  • 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
- PEGASO Project  : a toolbox for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)
- Climate services :  Decision-making tools for climate change adaptation
- Coastal Risk Index
- Methodological guide for the socio-economic valuation of goods and services produced by forest ecosystems
- Methodological guide for the implementation of participative approaches for a better governance of forest ecosystems
- Decision-making tool on different options for water demand management
- Library resources