In 1976, the Mediterranean-rim countries and the European Community adopted the Barcelona Convention to protect marine environment and its coastal areas. The necessity to address collectively development and environment in order to build a sustainable future for the Mediterranean is already fully integrated by signatory countries.
Plan Bleu is one the Regional Activity Centres of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), put in place by France since 1977. Its program of work is approved every two years by the Contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention.
Plan Bleu produces studies and scenarios for the future in order to raise awareness of Mediterranean stakeholders and decision-makers regarding environment and sustainable development issues in the region.
Expertise realised by Plan Bleu, an organization for the environment and development in the Mediterranean The countries bordering the Mediterranean, although they share certain natural characteristics (climate, vegetation), are nevertheless very heterogeneous geographically, historically, politically and socio-economically. This is reflected in particular by great demographic contrasts. Despite these real demographic differences, one trait unites all the countries bordering the Mediterranean: a strong propensity of their populations to aggregate in certain areas, more particularly the coastal
On February 24, 2021, the results of the 4 Start-up Actions will be presented, including BlueBoatsMed managed by Plan Bleu. Coordinated by Lina Tode, this project addresses foresight on cruises, recreational boating and yachting, their potential for transition to a blue economy in the Mediterranean and the associated environmental challenges. In a participative approach, involving NGOs, the private sector and the scientific community, the project was organized around brainstorming workshops and led to the drafting