Newsletter no.14

Dear Colleagues !

We share with you the update on the MedECC activities and our progresses on the Special Reports.
The First Order Draft of the MedECC Special Report on environmental and climate coastal risks has been finalised and the external review by peer-scientists and experts has been launched (deadline: 18 July 2023). In parallel the consultation with governments, decision-makers and stakeholders on the draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) has been launched. The First Order Draft of the MedECC Special Reports on climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus and of the MedECC Special Report on environmental change, conflicts and human migration and their draft of the SPM are being finalised. The call for experts to become an external reviewer of the report on climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus is open. You may find more details here below and on the MedECC website.

This period was also very rich in events! The MedECC was invited to participate in a certain number of high-level policy events that brought together a wide range of major Mediterranean stakeholders: representatives of the contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention, of Union for the Mediterranean members, local authorities, intergovernmental organisations, civil society, parliamentarians, etc. This provided a productive media coverage with the MedECC and its work being cited in several new media releases. During the 20th meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD), (14-16 June 2023), speaking on behalf of France, which succeeded Slovenia in assuming the presidency of the MCSD for a two-year mandate, H.E. Hervé Berville, State Secretary for the Sea, delivered the welcome address, and announced as one of their priority the strengthening of the scientific knowledge and expertise, notably by supporting Plan Bleu (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre based in Marseille) and the MedECC (Press Release). The Declaration of the Presidents of the member institutions on drought and Water Management published by the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion (EPM) makes a reference to the MedECC. The MedECC was also a partner for the Mediterranean Climate change Adaptation Awards 2023. This contest is organised by French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) in partnership with Union for the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu, Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AViTeM), in association with the Association of Mediterranean Agencies for energy management (MEDENER) and Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).

MedECC Coordinators: Wolfgang Cramer, Fatima Driouech and Joël Guiot
MedECC Secretariat: Kasia Marini and Julie Gattacceca


  • Webinar “Climate emergency in the Mediterranean: which action from the university? Taking action for climate in your organisation", co-organised by Alumni for the Planet and AUF - Afrique du Nord, 8 March 2023, online. Philippe Drobinski (Director of the Laboratory of Dynamic Meteorology and the Interdisciplinary Centre Energy4Climate - E4C, France), coordinator of the MedECC Special Report on the WEFE nexus and Coordinating Lead Author of the MedECC First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) presented the challenges of climate change, particularly in the Mediterranean, based on the results of the MAR1.
  • Aula Mediterrània Interdisciplinary Seminar, 29 March 2023, Barcelona (Spain), organised by IEMed and the academic world. Among the speakers taking part was Maria Carmen Llasat, full Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Universitat de Barcelona. She is member of the MedECC Steering Committee, Coordinating Lead Author of the MAR1 Report and Coordinator of the Special Report on coastal risks.
  • 9th UfM Climate Change Expert Group meeting, 4-5 May 2023, Barcelona (Spain). MedECC co-coordinator, Joël Guiot updated on the MedECC Special Reports (2021-2023). The IPCC was represented by Anna Pirani (CMCC, Italy), head of the IPCC WGI TSU and Coordinating Lead Author of the MedECC Special Report on coastal risks.
  • 3rd MedCOP Climat, 21-22 June 2023, Tangier (Morocco). Fatima Driouech, co-coordinator of MedECC was a speaker in the Hub 7: Climate and human mobility. Maria Snoussi (Mohammed V University, Morocco), member of MedECC and author of MAR1 presented the MedECC activities in Hub 3: Sustainable Management of Water Resources.
  • Plan Bleu National Focal Points Meeting, 11-12 June 2023, Marseille (France). MedECC activities connect directly to the Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2027 of the Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) and its 2022-2023 Work Program approved by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention during COP22 (Antalya, Türkiye, December 2021). Progress on the MedECC Work Program was presented by Kasia Marini (Lead Scientific Officer, MedECC Secretariat/Plan Bleu).
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development, 27-28 June 2023, Paris (France) and online. Roula Majdalani, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Director General Office, International Center on Agriculture Research in Drylands (ICARDA), Lebanon and Report Coordinator of the MedECC Special Report on Environmental change, conflict and human migration participated in the Thematic Workshop on Climate and human mobility in the Panel 3 “Promoting effective action through partnerships: how to build multi-actor partnerships in the fields of human mobility, disasters and stable development to foster human rights, social cohesion and equitable access to resources? “

Call for Experts: review of the MedECC Special Report on climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus

Call for Experts: review of the MedECC Special Report on climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus
The MedECC is pleased to announce the call for experts to become a reviewer of the MedECC Special Report on climate, water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) nexus. The external review is planned to start mid-July 2023 and it will last until September 2023. The review is open to PhD holders and other experts with a solid experience in the fields covered by the report.


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