Interviews with authors of the First Mediterranean Assessment Report

The First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) on climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean was published in November in 2020. This report was prepared by more than 100 scientists from 20 countries, who are members of the MedECC network. We asked some of the authors of the report and the members of the MedECC Steering Committee to reply to three questions:

1) What impacts of climate and environmental changes are already visible in the Mediterranean Basin ?
2) What are the most serious challenges for Mediterranean ecosystems and societies in the next decades ?
3) Could you give some examples of concrete actions that could improve resilience of the Mediterranean region to environmental change ?

The videos were made thanks to the support from UNEP/MAP through Plan Bleu Regional Activity Center. The researchers were interviewed during the MedECC Steering Committee and Coordinating Lead Authors meeting held from 11 to 13 December 2019 in Marseille, France. The shooting and editing was done by BAKA FILMS.

We invite you to watch the interviews !

Dr. Joël Guiot
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France; Centre for Research and Teaching in Environmental Geoscience (CEREGE); Coordinator of MedECC:


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Cramer
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE); Coordinator of MedECC:

Prof. Semia Cherif
University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia; Coordinating Lead Author of the « Drivers » chapter of MAR1:

Prof. Piero Lionello
University of Salento, Italy; Coordinating Lead Author of the « Drivers » chapter of MAR; MedECC Steering Committee member:


Dr. Antonietta Elia,
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Lead Author of the Development and Human security chapters of MAR1:


Dr. Abed El Rahman Hassoun
National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon (CNRS-L), National Center for Marine Sciences; Coordinating Lead Author of the « Ecosystems » chapter of MAR1:


Dr. Meryem Mojtahid
University of Angers, France; Lead Author of the « Ecosystems » chapter of MAR1:

Prof. Athanasios Vafeidis
Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany; Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter « Managing future risks and building socio-ecological resilience in the Mediterranean »:

Elen Lemaître-Curri
Former Director of Plan Bleu (UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Center), France; former MedECC Steering Committee member:

Prof. Dr. Manfred Lange
The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus; Coordinating Lead Author of the « Introduction » chapter of MAR1; Lead Author of the « Water » chapter of MAR1; MedECC Steering Committee member:

Dr. Maria dos Santos
University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal; Coordinating Lead Author of the « Development » chapter of MAR1: