Towards a blue economy for a sustainable Mediterranean: Indicators and recommendations


At the world level, the economy based on maritime sectors is considered a new frontier for economic development and its Gross Value Added (GVA) could double or even triple between 2010 and 2030. This trend could be similar in the Mediterranean region due to the importance of the economic sectors as tourism and maritime transport.

Socio-economic tools for supporting the achievement of Good Environmental Status of Mediterranean marine waters


Plan Bleu is happy to share its report "Socio-economic tools for supporting the achievement of Good Environmental Status of Mediterranean marine waters". This report has been elaborated by Plan Bleu as part of the project “Action Plans for Integrated Regional Monitoring Programmes, Coordinated Programmes of Measures and Addressing Data and Knowledge Gaps in Mediterranean Sea (ActionMed)”, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece).

Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean: State of Play and Strategic Directions


Inherent societal characteristics and the exponential development of the tourism sector are generating a need for a dedicated set of actions to be included in Strategic Directions for Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean to be implemented by regional, national and local policymakers and stakeholders under the following shared vision: "Promote sustainable Mediterranean tourism in which visitors and hosts enjoy balanced, respectful and fruitful relationships and value the unique Mediterranean environmental, human and cultural heritage, while ensuring inclusive socio-economic development, taking into account the carrying capacity of healthy natural ecosystems, and developing complementarity between various economic activities at the tourist destination level."

Economic assessment of ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean wetlands in terms of climate regulation


The study highlights the utility and diversity of wetland functions, in particular the regulating services they provide.

Activity Report 2016


2016 was marked by key events such as the COP 22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh and the Barcelona Convention COP19, which adopted the new Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD 2016-2025) supported by Blan Bleu, in a situation that continues to be deeply affected by migration issues and wealth inequality between Mediterranean countries.

Mediterranean wetlands: an economic valuation of their services to climate change adaptation and regulation


Half of all Mediterranean wetlands disappeared over the 20th century. They have declined to now only 18 million hectares. However, wetlands are home to some of the richest yet most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Wetlands provide many ecosystem services that promote human wellbeing.