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.
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).
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.
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).
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).