Governance and functioning of MedECC 

Summary : MedECC builds on a community of scientific experts willing to provide their expertise on a voluntary basis. Their objective is to support decision-making in the Mediterranean with accurate and accessible information on current and future impacts of climate and environmental changes. At the end of 2017, this network counted more than 380 scientists from 31 countries. The core of the governance of MedECC is the Steering Committee (16 members). MedECC is coordinated by Joel Guiot (CNRS, France) and Wolfgang Cramer (CNRS, France). The connection with the socio-economic world is established mainly through collaboration with Plan Bleu – Regional Activity Center of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and the Union for the Mediterranean.

The MedECC governance and functioning presented below may be modified or adjusted following MedECC Steering Committee decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. Governance and functioning of MedECC

 

MedECC builds on a community of scientific experts willing to provide their expertise on a voluntary basis. Their objective is to support decision-making in the Mediterranean with accurate and accessible information on current and future impacts of climate and environmental changes. The scientific information will be communicated to decision-makers in the form of regular and comprehensive reports (including summaries approved by government representatives), reports on demand on specific issues, as well as training activities. At the end of 2017, MedECC scientific network counted more than 380 scientists from 31 countries. All scientists are present in personal capacity – they do not represent an institution or country.

The core of the governance of MedECC is the Steering Committee (SC). It is currently composed of 16 members from 9 countries, including 14 scientists (representing environmental sciences, as well as political sciences and economics) and 2 representatives of policy-makers (Government of Catalonia, Spain and Plan Bleu, France). The Committee will be further extended to ensure a wide and balanced thematic and geographic coverage. When relevant, this committee will be divided into two sub-committees: a scientific committee (academic members) and a stakeholder committee (representatives of Mediterranean governments and of organizations involved in policy and decision making at the Mediterranean level). MedECC Steering Committee members decide on the functioning of MedECC. Its role is also to strengthen the science-policy dialogue, for example through networking (participation in events, conferences, outreach activities) to strengthen the visibility and credibility of the Mediterranean science-policy interface. It will also review the evolution of membership in the network. At its first meeting, the SC will develop its own rules of procedure.

MedECC is currently coordinated by Joel Guiot (CNRS, France) and Wolfgang Cramer (CNRS, France), who ensure MedECC’s daily management. A scientific secretariat will be established in 2018, which is necessary to produce the first MedECC report (its publication is planned for mid-2019).

The efficient dialogue between scientists and decision-makers is a key condition for the success of MedECC. The publication of the MedECC assessment report and its Summary For Policymakers will be the result of a productive collaboration between scientific experts and the effective implication of government representatives in the endorsement process of the summary. The connection with the socio-economic world is established mainly through a close collaboration with Plan Bleu – Regional Activity Center of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and the Union for the Mediterranean. Moreover, the following institutions expressed their support to MedECC (not exhaustive): Principality of Monaco, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), Métropole Aix-Marseille Provence (France), Aix-Marseille University (France), Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia of the Government of Catalonia (CADS) in Spain and French Institute of Research for Development (IRD). The numbers of institutions and organizations supporting MedECC is increasing.

12/02/2018; This article was produced by Katarzyna Marini with the support of Plan Bleu – UNEP/MAP.