In the framework of the writing of the chapter on the marine and coastal issues of the new report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu organized a workshop “Which major marine and coastal issues in the Mediterranean region? Data and trends” on 12th-13th of December 2017, at Campus du développement (ex CEFEB) of AFD in Marseille, France. The objective was to establish a group of around thirty thematic experts from international, Mediterranean but also national and local institutions, in order to contribute to the drafting of this chapter.
Plan Bleu and the Mediterranean Action Plan/ Coordination Unit have received a mandate from the Contracting Parties to prepare a report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean and to present it to the Conference of Parties of the Barcelona Convention by end 2019.
This report will be a continuation of the reports A Sustainable Future for the Mediterranean (2005), the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean report (2009) and the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment (2012), which still are reference documents on the Mediterranean. This new report aims at describing main challenges and trends linked to the environment and sustainable development in the region, as well as responses and emerging solutions. It aims at becoming the new reference document.
Focussing on specific topics for which information is still rare or dispersed, Plan Bleu gathered a group of around 30 experts from different international, Mediterranean, national and local organizations during a workshop in Marseille on December 12th and 13th, 2017.
Each of these experts presented on a specific topic:
- the available information for the Mediterranean region,
- possible case studies,
- the gaps to be filled in the short and medium term, and
- potential information sources.
At the end of the workshop, there were available elements directly usable in the report. The contributions and information sources will be mentioned by name (co-author, institution, etc.) in the final report.