MedECC Side Event on climate change and security in the Mediterranean region
The MedECC actively participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 COP 27 (6-18 Nov, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt). As a partner of the Mediterranean Pavilion, the first of its kind to be implemented in the history of the COP’s, the MedECC organised the side event “Climate change and security in the Mediterranean region”. The objective of the event is to present the weaknesses and strengths of the Mediterranean region facing political, socio-economic and environmental threats. The event will tackled the concept of multiple risks induced by climate and environmental changes and amplified by these threats with a particular attention brought on conflicts and migrations, problems that amplify the vulnerability of the region. More details.
Participants (by order of interventions):
- Andrea Dessì – Scientific Director, New Med Research Network and Head, Italian Foreign Policy programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Italy
- Wolfgang Cramer – Research director in environmental geographer and global ecologist (Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology, CNRS, France), Coordinating Lead Author of the cross-chapter paper on the Mediterranean Region of the IPCC AR6 and co-coordinator of MedECC
- Roula Majdalani – Senior Climate Advisor, ICARDA – One CGIAR, Lebanon
- Silvia Pariente-David– Senior advisor and Consultant on energy and climate change (MedECC)
- Mohamed Behnassi. Senior Environmentalist Expert, Economic Social & Environmental Council (ESEC) & Director, Center for Environment, Human Security and Governance (CERES), Rabat, Morocco
- Lina Tode – Deputy Director of Plan Bleu, UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Center, France (Final remarks)
- Climate Change and Security in the Mediterranean: Exploring the Nexus, Unpacking International Policy Responses – Niklas Bremberg, Wolfgang Cramer, Andrea Dessì, Drobinski Philippe, Flavia Fusco, et al.. Climate Change and Security in the Mediterranean: Exploring the Nexus, Unpacking International Policy Responses. Andrea Dessì and Flavia Fusco. Nuova Cultura, 9, 146p, 2022, IAI Research Studies, 9788833654584. ⟨hal-03689168⟩
- Cross-Chapter on the Mediterranean Region, Cross-Chapter Paper 4 IPCC AR6 – Ali, E., W. Cramer, J. Carnicer, E. Georgopoulou, N.J.M. Hilmi, G. Le Cozannet, and P. Lionello, 2022: Cross-Chapter Paper 4: Mediterranean Region. In: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA, pp. 2233–2272, doi:10.1017/9781009325844.021
- The Climate-Conflict-Displacement Nexus from a Human Security Perspective – Behnassi, M., Gupta, H., Kruidbos, F., & Parlow, A. (Eds.). (2022). The Climate-Conflict-Displacement Nexus from a Human Security Perspective. Springer Nature.
- Climate and Environmental Change in the Mediterranean Basin – Current Situation and Risks for the Future. First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC (2020) Climate and Environmental Change in the Mediterranean Basin – Current Situation and Risks for the Future. First Mediterranean Assessment Report [Cramer, W., Guiot, J., Marini, K. (eds.)]. Union for the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu, UNEP/MAP, Marseille, France, 632 pp., ISBN: 978-2-9577416-0-1, doi:10.5281/zenodo.4768833
- SoED 2020 : State of Environment and Development in Mediterranean – United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan and Plan Bleu (2020). State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean. Nairobi.
For the first time in history, COP27 (6-18 Nov, 2022) has hosted a Mediterranean Pavilion, seeking to highlight both the urgent challenges the region faces the region is currently facing, and the innovative solutions already being developed throughout the Mediterranean, raising awareness on a region overlooked in the climate negotiations. The iniative has been led by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) together with UNEP/MAP and the PRIMA Foundation, along with a coalition of institutions dealing with climate action in the region. Two UNEP/MAP components, as well as the network of experts MedECC, are co-sponsoring this initiative, namely Plan Bleu (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Center specializing in sustainable development) and MedWaves (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production), through the Government of Catalonia of Spain and the EU-funded SwitchMed programme.