Newsletter no.13

Dear Colleagues !
We share with you the update on the MedECC activities. Our work on MedECC Special Reports progresses. In between November 2022 and 15 December 2022 the outlines of these reports were shared with the representatives of governments, including: the UfM Climate Change Expert Group (CCEG) members, the United Nations Environmental Program / Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and Plan Bleu Focal Points and the members of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MSCD). The MedECC Secretariat received 74 comments.

Moreover, the Zero Order Draft of the MedECC Special Report on environmental and climate coastal risks underwent in December 2022 the internal review by the authors of MedECC Special Reports. In total, 461 comments were provided by 15 reviewers. The First Order Draft, including the Summary for Policymakers, which will undergo the external review, is currently being prepared, and the call for external reviewers will be launched soon.

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


  • Mediterranean Coast Day, 28 November 2022 (online). Cristina Branquinho (Ce3C-Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Lead Author of MAR1, participated in the programme of TRV2 (Portugal) during a special episode “Mediterrâneo dedicated to the climatic and environmental challenges faced by the Mediterranean, alongside UfM representatives: Grammenos Mastrojeni and Ines Duarte.
  • Economic Development Master Class: Supporting companies towards greater impact and performance, 6-8 December 2022 (online) organized by ANIMA Investment Network on the sidelines of the Mediterranean of the Future 2022 Forum (Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France). Joël Guiot (co-coordinator of MedECC) presented “The issues of the climatic change for the socio-economic world, a focus on the Mediterranean region” on 7 December 2022.
  • Webinar "Challenges and resilience of the Mediterranean Basin to address climate change (in French: "Défis et résilience du bassin méditerranéen face au changement climatique"), 12 December 2022 organised by IEGA (Paris, France) and CEREGE (Aix-en-Provence, France) with the participation of Joël Guiot (co-coordinator of MedECC) and Elen Lemaître-Curri (CIHEAM, the former Director of Plan Bleu and the former MedECC Steering Committee member) as invited speakers.
  • 24th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) Steering Committee, 14-15 December 2022 (Athens, Greece). MedECC was invited as a member of the Steering Committee of MCSD and represented by Antoine Lafitte (Plan Bleu, France).
  • Online Authors Meetings on the MedECC Special Report on climate and environmental coastal risks (17 January 2023) and on the Special Report on climate-food-water-energy-ecosystems nexus (30 January 2023) involving Reports Coordinators, Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors.


  • Webinar "Climate emergency in the Mediterranean: what action from the University?" (in French: « Urgence climatique en Méditerranée : quelle action de l’Université ? »), 8 March 2023, organised by Alumni for the planet and AUF Afrique du Nord, with the participation of Philippe Drobinski (Director of LMD, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique and of the Center Energy4Climate, France), co-coordinator of the MedECC Special Report on climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus and Coordinating Lead Author of MAR1.


Summary for Policymakers of MAR1, now available in Italian

Summary for Policymakers of MAR1, now available in Italian
Summary for Policymakers of the MedECC First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) is now available in Italian as part of our ongoing commitment to make the main findings of the report more accessible to the Mediterranean policymakers, stakeholders and citizens.

Catalan Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change for the 2030 horizon includes the MAR1 as scientific background

Catalan Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change for the 2030 horizon includes the MAR1 as scientific background
The First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) is a reference document in the new Catalan Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the 2030 horizon (ESCACC30) approved by the Government of Catalonia in January 2023.

IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2022

IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2022
The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) is a think tank specialized in Euro-​Mediterranean relations. It is a center for discussion and debate which aims to encourage actions and projects contributing to mutual understanding, exchanges and cooperation between different Mediterranean countries, societies and cultures. The IEMed's yearbooks are an attempt to provide information and a comprehensive analysis of the situation …

Infographic Water and Food in the Mediterranean available in Spanish

Infographic Water and Food in the Mediterranean available in Spanish
The infographic on water and food in the Mediterranean is now available in Spanish: 'Agua y Alimentos en el Mediterráneo'. It is based on the Chapters 3.1 “Resources, Water” and Chapter 3.2 “Resources, Food” of the First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1).

MedECC the media

In 2022, the MedECC was presented and the MAR1 was cited as a scientific reference in more than 170 press articles, interviews, videos, podcasts, in several countries and languages illustrated here below.
press review



Solidarity with the colleagues and people of Türkiye and Syria

We are deeply affected by the current situation in Türkiye and Syria following two massive devastating earthquakes (7.8 and 7.5 Richter scale) that have struck these countries on 6 February 2023. The MedECC stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thoursands affected and impacted and we wish to express our thoughts to the people of the region and the relatives of the victims.
There is and will continue to be a need for increasing humanitarian assistance as the damage is extremely high. It is important through this difficult time to find collective ways to express our common humanity and to support those affected across the region. For those who can and would consider donate for relief efforts via official channels, please find below a list of organisations and initiatives in he region as trusted actors to support (not exhaustive):
During the event 'Solidarity with academic communities in Syria & Turkey: a panel discussion' organised by the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (UK), the present Syrian academics highlighted their needs for capacity development and international collaboration. They are particularly interested in technical support around issues of disaster response, crisis research and trauma counselling. To learn more, please get in touch with: Kate Robertson, Middle East and Syria Programme Adviser, Cara (Council for At-Risk Academics), - and/or Dr. Shaher Abdullateef, Syrian Academic Expertise (regional),
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