Who we are

Regional Activity Centre of Mediterranean Action Plan

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.

 

Mediterranean Observatory on environment and sustainable development

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.

Located in Sophia Antipolis and Marseille, Plan Bleu is managed by an association under French law (1901 law). Activities are carried out by a 15-people team, being supported by Mediterranean experts and validated by the Countries’ Focal points. Funding is ensured by Mediterranean countries and the European Union, as well as by an allocation from the French Ministry for the Environment and some inputs to the common works and projects provided by various institutions and partners. Our missions Observing environment and development to enlighten decision makers Shaping possible futures for sustainable development Monitoring the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development Integrating climate change as a priority Supporting the transition towards a green and blue economy Shedding socio-economic light for the appropriate management of Mediterranean resources
 

Our missions

  • Observing environment and development to enlighten decision makers
  • Shaping possible futures for sustainable development
  • Monitoring the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development
  • Integrating climate change as a priority
  • Supporting the transition towards a green and blue economy
  • Shedding socio-economic light for the appropriate management of Mediterranean resources
 

Our team

Publications

Costs and benefits of establishing a low sulphur emission zone in the Mediterranean

In 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) took bold action to reduce SOX emissions from ships, with the entry into force of a new global regulation limiting the sulphur content in fuel oil used on board ships to 0.50%, the so-called IMO sulphur limit. This decision has had tangible global benefits, starting with cleaner air and an annual reduction of approximately 8.5 million tonnes of SOX released into the atmosphere. Today, the 21 countries around

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events

Les rendez-vous du Plan Bleu #1 : The establishment of a low sulphur emission zone in the Mediterranean (Med SOx ECA)

Plan Bleu is launching the first edition of its new online webinars : “LES RENDEZ VOUS DU PLAN BLEU”. The theme of this webinar will focus on reducing pollution in the Mediterranean and will take place online on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Experts will illustrate this topic through the designation of the Mediterranean Sea, as a whole, as an Emission Control Area for Sulphfur Oxides (Med SOx ECA). This new proposalinstitution was

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Mediterranean Countries

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