Newsletter no.15

"Another MedECC newsletter to inform you on the progresses of our activities. Three long years have passed since the publication of MAR1, the first report of MedECC. The COVID crisis is now almost forgotten, but as the IPCC climatologists tell, the climate crisis has only just begun. The year 2023 presents a grim outlook of the future and yet, despite the strong words of the UN Secretary General, nothing is really moving to stop a predicted disaster. Catastrophes are occurring all over the world, but the Mediterranean Basin is bearing an important part of them. After a dry and burning summer (especially for the forests), September saw the arrival of torrential rains and flooding linked to soils made impermeable by these summer events and above all by the artificialization of the land. The worst was to come in Libya, where torrential rain collapsed two dams that had been poorly maintained because of conflicts that had been going on for over 12 years. MedECC has warned since its 2020 report that the Mediterranean Basin is a hotspot of multiple environmental and climatic risks. We are sounding the alarm, yet the efforts in terms of adaptation and mitigation are still not sufficient. This augurs well for the fact that current extreme events will be the normal situation in 20 years' time. MedECC is currently working on three special reports that will come out in 2024 and feature everything scientists know and that governments do not want to see. In these special reports, we are talking in particular about coastal risks and the interactions of climate change with conflicts and migrations. We associated with Plan Bleu to bring you the sixth edition of their webinars "Les Rendez-vous du Plan Bleu", Thursday 12 October, to analyze the risks associated with climate change and these recent extreme events that have occurred in the Mediterranean. We hope that our voice will be heard more loudly so that in the future we can avoid the thousands of deaths that occurred in the Mediterranean this summer."
Joël Guiot is a CNRS emeritus researcher at the European Centre for Research and Teaching in Environmental Geosciences (CEREGE, University of Aix-Marseille, France) and one of the coordinator of MedECC since its creation.


Event: 12 October 2023 - MedECC experts warn of extreme events in the Mediterranean in Les Rendez-vous du Plan Bleu #6

Les Rendez-vous du Plan Bleu #6 : Experts warn of extreme events in the Mediterranean
MedECC is joining forces with Plan Bleu to analyze the risks linked to climate change, and recent extreme events occurring in the Mediterranean. The opportunity for the public to come and discuss with specialists on the subject! To register: click here.

Call for Experts: external review of the MedECC Special Report Environmental change, conflict and human migration

The MedECC is pleased to announce the call for experts to become a reviewer of the MedECC Special Report Environmental change, conflict and human migration. The external review is planned to start in October 2023 for a six-week period. The review is open to PhD holders and other experts with a solid experience in the fields covered by the report Deadline: 31 October 2023.
Call for Experts: review of the MedECC Special Report  Environmental changes, conflicts and human migration

Publication (French): Résumé pour tous du rapport MAR1 par le Collectif Citoyens pour le Climat / Citizens for Climate

[French News] Un résumé pour tous du Premier rapport d'évaluation sur la Méditerranée a été publié en Juillet 2023 par le collectif Citoyens pour le Climat avec l'appui scientifique du MedECC. Ce document propose un résumé en langage courant des conclusions clés du rapport publié en 2020 par le MedECC.

In case you missed it

MedECC at the UfM Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Science Diplomacy, 3 October 2023, Barcelona (Spain)

The co-coordinator of the MedECC, Fatima Driouech (University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, Morocco), participated and hil highlighted the critical role of the MedECC network in briding the gap between science and policy, by providing the most updated scientific assessments of the risks related to climate and environmental changes.


MedECC calls on effective and durable reductions of greenhouse gas emissions as well as on much stronger, fair and equitable support for adaptation policies.

On September 10-11, extreme floods killed several thousands in Libya, indicating the lack of action on climate change mitigation and adaptation. A few days earlier the storm killed at least 15 people in Türkiye, Greece and Bulgaria and inundated more than 75,000 hectares of land. MedECC distributed a PRESS RELEASE to renew its call for action.

To watch (French): Interview with Joël Guiot in l'Opinion "En Méditerranée, le changement climatique s'annonce radical"

Interview in l'Opinion (French): En Méditerranée, le changement climatique s'annonce radical
Joël Guiot, coordinateur du MedECC est interviewé par Romain Segond de l'Opinion pour mieux comprendre les facteurs et conséquences du réchauffement climatique dans le bassin méditerranéen, évaluer les conséquences d’un réchauffement accéléré sur les écosystèmes naturels et les sociétés humaines qui y vivent, et obtenir quelques pistes de réflexion pour atténuer le changement et s’y adapter.
Find the latest press articles focusing on environmental and climatic issues in the Mediterranean, interviews with MedECC researchers and news articles on the activities of the MedECC and its reports.

For media enquiries, please get in touch with the MedECC Secretariat.

Selection of Scientific Updates

Find out where to find us next and mark your calendars!
MedECC Coordinators: Wolfgang Cramer, Fatima Driouech and Joël Guiot
MedECC Secretariat: Kasia Marini and Julie Gattacceca
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