MedECC Special Reports: 2021-2023

MedECC’s present work focuses on producing three Special Reports related to specific challenges identified in the First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1):

  1. Climate and environmental coastal risks
  2. Climate – water – energy – food – ecosystems nexus
  3. Environmental change, conflicts, and human migration

These Special Reports are currently in advanced drafting stages and will be released in early 2024 (see tasks performed below). In 2023-2024 the Summaries for Policymakers (SPMs) of the reports will be the key deliverables of MedECC and have the potential to be important deliverables of the future Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Meeting and the meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP). They will receive a particular attention, in relation with the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in December 2023 in Dubai. 

The Special Reports are expected to support local, national, and regional policy decisions on the conservation, adaptation and mitigation needs to sustain a good quality of life in the Mediterranean. Each Special Report will include a Summary for Policymakers (SPM) that is a distillation of the main policy-relevant findings from the underlying report. The reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.

Production of the Reports

The Special Reports are developed by the teams of voluntary and independent scientists (Report Coordinators, Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Contributing Authors). The authors do not produce any new research but synthesize and critically assess the present state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on the topics they cover in relation to the Mediterranean region. The reports assemble new information and thereby update MAR1 and the last reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Review is an essential part of the MedECC process and ensures that the assessment of literature is transparent, objective, and complete. In the first stage of review, the Zero Order Draft goes under internal review. The authors then prepare the First Order Draft of the report and the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) that undergoes the review by experts. These expert reviewers self-nominate and are accepted by the MedECC on the basis of relevant expertise. Simultaneoulsy, the draft SPM undergoes the Consultation with governments and stakeholders. Each and every review comment is considered by the authors in the preparation of the Final Draft of the report. During the Plenary discussions on the SPM, involving government representatives and stakeholders, findings reported in the SPM of the three MedECC Special Reports will be discussed sentence by sentence to ensure that the results are communicated in a clear and understandable way.

Outline and Authors of the Special Reports

Report and appendices

Report content

Tasks performed 

  • April 2021 - May 2021: an open call for self-nominations of authors was launched and largely circulated in various scientific networks. MedECC Coordinators, Steering Committee and Secretariat reviewed these self-nominations to select experts to invite at a first scoping meeting.
  • July 2021 - January 2022: The two-day online scoping meeting gathering experts and stakeholders was organized for each report to development the draft outlines and expected content. The Report Coordinators, Coordinating Lead Authors, and Lead Authors have been appointed.
  • June 2022: The Coordinating Lead Authors’ meeting was held in Barcelona (Spain), during which the outlines were agreed and writing group allowed progress in developing the Zero Order Draft.
  • November 2022: Consultation of the developed tables of contents of the Special Reports with policymakers, including governments.
  • November 2022 - April 2023: Internal review of the The Zero Order Draft of the Special Reports, Authors meeting including the CLAs and LAs.
  • May 2023 - September 2023: Expert review and Consultation with government and stakeholders of the First Order Draft and draft SPM of the SR on Climate and environmental coastal risks, and Climate - water - energy - food - ecosystems nexus
  • October 2023 - December 2023: Expert review and Consultation with government and stakeholders of the First Order Draft and draft SPM of the SR on Environmental change, conflicts, and human migration
  • 6 November 2023: Plenary consultation with policymakers, governments, decision-makers and stakeholders on the revised SPM of the SR on Climate and environmental coastal risks (online).
  • December 2023: 23rd Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 23) – UNEP/MAP - Draft decision submitted - Assessment Studies: Summary for Policymakers of the MedECC Special Report on Climate and Environmental Coastal Risks


Summary for Policymakers

The Summaries for Policymakers distill the key messages and informations of the underlying report. They are neutral, policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive.

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