MedECC scoping workshop in Aix-en-Provence (France), October 2016

The MedECC scoping workshop took place in Aix-en-Provence (La Baume-les-Aix), France on October 10-12, 2016.

The goal was to produce a detailed outline of the first MedECC report on climate and environmental change issues of importance for policymakers in our region (publication is planned for the end of 2018). This event received the COP22 label.

There was 68 participants from 16 countries (50 researchers and 18 representatives of socio-economic world). Special effort was put to assure balanced geographic and scientific representation.

Coordination : Labex OT-Med, Plan Bleu.

Financial support : Plan Bleu, Principality of Monaco, ADEME, Labex OT-Med, Métropole Aix-Marseille Provence.

During this workshop an outline for a possible first assessment report was developed covering the following topics:

  1. The climatic, environmental and socio-economic drivers of current environmental change in the region
  2. The environmental challenges for society, such as the current trends, impacts, policies, solutions, knowledge gaps and the needs for research and observations. The main challenges include: water, energy, food, ecosystems/ecosystem services, develop-ment, human health and human security
  3. Solutions and opportunities, with case studies, best practice examples, finance
  4. Mediterranean cooperation as a solution
  5. Education and capacity building

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10 October 2016

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 14.30: Presentation of MedECC, goals and organization of the workshop (Joël Guiot, Julien Le Tellier)

14.30 – 15.00: Talks by supporting institutions:

  • Principality of Monaco / Principauté de Monaco (Ms. Isabelle Rosabrunetto)
  • Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) of CNRS (M. Robert Chenorkian)
  • Aix-Marseille University (Ms. Sylvie Daviet)
  • French Research Institute for Development, IRD (Ms. Diane Menard)
  • Plan Bleu (Ms. Anne-France Didier)

15.00 – 15.30: Environmental risks for sustainable development in the Mediterranean Basin – providing sound information to decision makers (Wolfgang Cramer and involved researchers)

15.30 – 16.00: Tour de table – why are we here?

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30: Short topical presentations by participants of the MedECC workshop

17.30 – 18.30: Plenary discussion: main chapters of the first thematic report of MedECC, division into working groups

19.00 – 19.30: Aperitif

19.30 – 21.00: Dinner

11 October 2016

9.00 – 11.00: Work in groups corresponding to chapters of planned MedECC report (1)

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00: Plenary presentation of the progress of each working group (1)

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 16:30: Work in groups corresponding to chapters of MedECC report (2)

16.30 – 17.00: Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30: Plenary presentation of the progress of each working group (2)

19.00 – 19.30: Aperitif

19.30 – 21.00: Dinner

12 October 2016

9.00 – 10.00: Presentation and final discussion of the outline of the MedECC report (structure, main headings)

10.00 – 10.30: Coffee break

10.30 – 12.30: Short introductions and general debate about :

  • Implementation of shared MedECC activities
  • How to establish a true dialogue with Mediterranean institutions and stakeholders (needs and expectations, propositions and actions)
  • Definition of research needs
  • MedECC governance
  • Funding

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00: End of the meeting


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