One of the main objecitves of the MedECC is to update and consolidate the best scientific knowledge about climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean Basin and render it accessible to policy-makers, key stakeholders and citizens. In order to have the most complete vision of the impacts of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean it is important to collaborate with the Mediterranean networks and organisations, which explore similar issues, but on a local level. Several local initiative exists.

LOCAL INITIATIVES

GREC-SUD (Regional Group of Experts on Climate in the “South Region” of France)

The Regional Group of Experts on Climate in the “South Region” of France (Région Sud – Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur), GREC-SUD, aims to centralize, transcribe and share scientific knowledge on climate and climate change in the region. The priority objective of the group is to inform decision makers (elected representatives, local authorities) of the territory, so that scientific results are considered in public policies. Eight thematic booklets on various issues related to climate change in the region have been published so far (in French): available here.

The “South Region” of France launched in 2017 its “Plan Climat” based on 100 concrete actions (more information).

 

 

 

RECO : Network of expertise on climate change in Occitania (Réseau d’expertise sur les changements climatiques en Occitanie)

The associatian RECO has been created March 2019. Its main objective is to bring together knowledge, initiatives and networks on climate change across the Occitania region (France) in order to inform decisions on the implementation of adaptation strategies and local actions based on on three missions: i) support the transfer of knowledge, ii) provide an interface role, iii) maintain support for local decision-making. The publication of the 1st Regional Booklet on the Climate Change in Occitania (1er Cahier Régional Occitanie sur les Changements Climatiques, CROCC_2021) is planned in autumn 2021 (more information).

The Occitania region , together with the French national government and (French) Caisse des Dépôts established in 2017 Plan Littoral 21 Méditerranée with the objectif to make the coastline a showcase for ecological resilience, innovation thanks to its modernization and a balanced development of coastal territories (more information).

Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory, OPCC

The Pyrenees Observatory is a crossborder initiative of territorial cooperation of the Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP), launched in 2010 under the presidency of Midi-Pyrénées, regarding climate change.  The members of the CTP, and therefore of the OPCC, are the Governments of Aragon, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Catalunya, Euskadi, Navarre, Occitanie and the Principality of Andorra. Since November 2019, Catalonia Region has the Presidency of the Working Community of the Pyrenees.

The Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory, OPCC, aims to monitor and understand the climate change phenomenon in the Pyrenees in order to help the territory adapt to its effects. Their vision is to be the reference platform of knowledge on adaptation to climate change in mountain ecosystems (more information).

 

 

Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia

The Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia of the Government of Catalonia (CADS) is the advisory body on sustainability of the Catalan Government, whose main aim is to be an effective and successful interface between scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders. The council is an active member of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC), a network of advisory bodies established by national or regional governments or parliaments. Since 2005, CADS has overseen the elaboration of the periodic Report on Climate Change in Catalonia. The 3rd edition was published in September 2016 and involved 150 experts and more than 40 reviewers. It is available in Catalan, Spanish (Castilian) and English (download the executive summary and the chapter abstracts). A 4th edition is under preparation.

ADRIADAPT
a Resilience information platform for Adriatic cities and towns

ADRIADAPT aims at promoting local and regional resilience by developing the knowledge base required to identify suitable climate adaptation and planning options, thereby enabling local authorities to respond to policy needs related to climate action in urban and coastal zones of the project area (coastal regions of Italy and Croatia along the Adriatic Sea) (more information and promotional video).

 

NATIONAL INITIATIVES

Climate Change Competence Center of Morocco (4C Maroc)

4C Maroc is a national platform for dialogue and capacity building for the various actors and a hub for climate change information open to its regional, African and international environment. In its actions, priority will be given to supporting the National Commission on Climate Change, the 4 member platforms (“colleges”) of 4C Maroc, and the 3 Climate Commissions in Africa. 4 C Maroc centralizes the national policy documents related to climate change in Morocco, as well as other ressources on this issue . In the frame of the Regional Information System the Environment and Sustainable Development (SIREDD) the documentation of the local level on climate change in different regions of Morocco has been prepared (more information).
 

 

 

REGIONAL INITIATIVES

The European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT

The European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT is a partnership between the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Climate-ADAPT is maintained by the EEA with the support of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA).

Climate-ADAPT aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change helping users to access and share data and information on:

  • Expected climate change in Europe
  • Current and future vulnerability of regions and sectors
  • EU, national and transnational adaptation strategies and actions
  • Adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options
  • Tools that support adaptation planning

(more information)

Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)

The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) is a non-profit research institution established in 2005, with the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. CMCC manages and promotes scientific and applied activities in the field of international climate change research, and represents an institutional point of reference for decision makers, public institutions, as well as private and public companies seeking technical-scientific support.

CMCC is the IPCC national focal point for Italy. CMCC has also developed the Italian National Adaptation Strategy. It is active in communication initiatives as well, such as a global best climate practice award and a climate change film festival (more information).

Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society.

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Climate-KIC identifis and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change, believing that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society (more information).

 

The Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR)

RICCAR is the outcome of the first Arab Ministerial Declaration on Climate Change (2007), which recognized the potential impacts that climate change may have on development in the Arab region. The Declaration called for a comprehensive assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable developing countries, including Arab States, as well as the need to identify priorities and implement climate change adaptation and mitigation programs at the national and regional levels.

This initiative aims to assess the impacts of climate change on freshwater resources in the Arab region and to examine the implications of these impacts for socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability based on regional specificities. It does so through the application of scientific methods and consultative processes that are firmly grounded in enhancing access to knowledge, building capacity and strengthening institutions for climate change assessment in the Arab region. In so doing, RICCAR provides a common platform for assessing, addressing and identifying regional climate change challenges, which, in turn, inform dialogue, priority setting, policy formulation and responses to climate change at the Arab regional level. Several reports, technical notes, training tools ans booklets have been published. The Arab Climate Cage Assessment Report has been published in 2017 (more information).

INITIATIVE AIMING TO INCREASE RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

European Flood Awareness System

The aim of the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) is to support preparatory measures before major flood events strike, particularly in the large trans-national river basins and throughout Europe in general (more information).

Resilient Cities Network

Resilient Cities Network is the world’s leading urban resilience network. We bring together global knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower our members to build safe and equitable cities for all. In the Mediterranean Region cities like Luxor (Egypt), Thessaloniki (Greece), Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel), Milan (Italy), Byblos (Lebanon), Ramallah (Palestine) and Amman (Jordan) are members of the network (more information)

C40 Cities

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change. Around the world, C40 Cities connects 97 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. Mediterranean cities, like Cairo, Athenes, Istanbul, Milan and Aman are membres of the network (more information).

RISC-KIT 

RISK-KIT project developed a toolkit to reduce risk and increase resilience to low-frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events in the coastal zone. The RISC-KIT toolkit is composed by:

  • The “Storm Impact Database”: a repository of (meta) information of the impact of historical storms (surges, winds, flash floods) in areas of the RISK-KIT project case studies. The database includes not only physical but also socio-economic, cultural and environmental information.
  • The “Coastal Risk Assessment Framework” (CRAF) to identify – at the regional scale (100’s km) – present and future hot spot areas of coastal risk.
  • The “Web-based Management Guide”, containing a collection of prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures, with recommendations for their use. It focuses on innovative, cost-effective and ecosystem-based DRR measures.
  • Quantitative, high-resolution “Hotspot Tool” to evaluate the effectiveness of DRR measures in hot-spots at a local scale (10’s km).
  • “Multi-Criteria Analysis Tool” (MCA) to assess alternative DRR measures with stakeholders.

MediLabSecure

Emerging vector-borne diseases are strongly affected by global changessuch as modifications of ecosystems, climate change, increasing urbanization, and worldwide travel. A major challenge is to predict the impact that these variations will have on public health.

The MediLabSecure project aims to prevent vector-borne diseases by reinforcing an international network of laboratories and public health institutions in 22 beneficiary countries to ultimately promote integrated surveillance of emerging arboviruses (more information).

Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med)

Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) was established in 2002 as the Mediterranean branch of the inter-governmental organisation, Global Water Partnership (GWP).

Aiming for a water-secure Mediterranean, GWP-Med works at the regional, transboundary, national, basin and local level. GWP-Med promotes action and facilitates dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); provides technical support to policy making; implements demonstration activities; and contributes to skills and knowledge development (more information).

T-MEDNet

T-MEDNet initiative is devoted to develop an observation network on climate change effects in marine coastal ecosystems by spreading the acquisition of standard monitoring protocols on seawater temperature and biological indicators over large-scale and long-term.

T-MEDNet resource platform is dedicated to:

  • International cooperation for climate change monitoring in the highly vital, highly dynamic, coastal zone
  • Share information, “know how” and expertise on warming signals and biological impacts
  • Raise awareness, contribute to update data and information available for stakeholders, decision makers and the interested general public
  • Sustain the development of adaptive management strategies to tackle with climate change impacts on marine biodiversity

MedPAN

The MedPAN organisation was created at the request of some Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas managers in 2008 with the mission to ccordinate the MedPAN network, the network of Marine Protected Areas managers that exixts since the 90s.

The MedPAN network’s mission is to promote, through a partnership approach, the sustainability and operation of a network of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean which are ecologically representative, connected and effectively managed to help reduce the current rate of marine biodiversity loss.

SMILO (Small Islands Organisation)

SMILO (Small Islands Organisation) is an NGO governed by french law. Its mission is to support small islands measuring less than 150 km² that wish to adopt a more sustainable way of managing their territory. SMILO’s actions cover various transversal themes such as water, sanitation, waste, energy, biodiversity, landscapesand island heritage.