Currently MedECC works on the first assessment report on current state and risks of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean region. Its publication is planned for the end of 2019. After the publication of the first MedECC report, the next goal of MedECC will be to produce thematic reports targeted to meet decision-makers’ priorities. At the occasion of the conference presenting the first assessment report (end of 2019), a survey on the topics of thematic reports will be conducted among decision-makers. A number of topics will be proposed within three broad categories that correspond to the three main fields of expertise of the MedECC network: 1) Water, food and energy, 2) Ecosystems and ecosystem services, 3) Development, health and human security. The aim will be to identify for which themes among those treated in the first MedECC report, decision-makers need more in-depth scientific information. The first thematic report will cover one of the specific themes of the category “Water, food, energy”. The proposed themes will include among others: i) soil condition and agriculture, ii) agriculture and irrigation, iii) fisheries and aquaculture, iv) food security and food production systems and v) water security. The second thematic report will cover one of the specific themes of the category “Ecosystems, ecosystem services”, for example: i) forests, ii) desertification and land degradation, iii) acidification, iv) freshwater ecosystems, v) coastal ecosystems, vi) cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. The third thematic report will cover one of the specific themes of the category “Development, health, human security”, such as: i) extreme events and disasters, ii) coastal risks , iii) urbanization, iv) rural population development, v) key economic sectors and services and vi) human health.

Once the topics of the thematic reports will be chosen, MedECC members with expertise on the defined topics will meet in a workshop (separate workshop for each thematic report) to define the outline of the report and choose the coordinating authors for each chapter. After the workshop, the coordinating lead authors will be responsible for the organization of the redaction of their respective chapters. The MedECC secretariat will provide additional management and scientific support. Notably, all literature references indicated by MedECC scientific experts will be collected in the database. The different chapters of the reports will be timely collected from lead authors and merged and harmonized to produce the first draft report. The review process will be similar to the main report (details). The summary of each report will be submitted to government representatives, who shall express their approval and suggestions. Potential remaining scientific controversies will be addressed through remote dialogue as far as possible.

The thematic report will be promoted among decision-makers. One of the possibilities is to prepare three online capacity-building courses corresponding to the themes of these reports. Each course would take the form of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The courses would primarily consist in recorded lectures (videos) by expert scientists from the MedECC partner institutions, followed by a multiple-choice questionnaire and some exercises to verify whether the message is communicated and received in an appropriate way. The courses could be open several times a year.

15/12/2017; This article was produced by Katarzyna Marini with the support of Plan Bleu –UNEP/MAP.