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Marrakech COP22 Side-Event

By October 28, 2016November 2nd, 2016Uncategorized

Towards a Sustainable Mediterranean Economy

A review of the sustainability of Mediterranean countries and proposals to promote a green and blue economy which delivers on the Paris Agreement

15/11/2016, 19h-20h30, Marrakech – Green Zone – COP22

The context

The Mediterranean region is one of the most sensitive and vulnerable social, cultural and environmental hotspots on the planet. Yet current economic practices and policies primarily follow conventional development models that result in higher emissions, depletion of natural resources, growing ecological deficits and externalization of social impacts. To succeed, a Sustainable Economy (SE) is required that promotes inclusive development within the ability of what natural ecosystems can provide. This approach can lead to a more balanced socio-economic development for the Mediterranean region within its ecological limits, while reducing social inequalities and improving quality of life throughout. Such sustainable economy has to apply green and blue economy principles to the coastal, land-based and marine economic sectors particularly relevant in the Mediterranean region.

The initiatives

  • State of the Green Economy: A review of national strategies on sustainable development and green economy in the Mediterranean countries: MedGreenEconomy.orgNEW RELEASE
  • A Blue Economy for an healthy Mediterranean: A set of indicators to monitor Blue Economy sectors in the Mediterranean region: mava-blue-economy.comNEW RELEASE
  • How can Mediterranean societies thrive in an era of decreasing resources? : A mapping of human demand for, and nature supply of, renewable resources and ecological services in Mediterranean countries, and associated risks and opportunities: NEW UPDATE


  • Introduction (5 min.)
  • Alessandro Galli, Mediterranean program Director, Global Footprint Network: How can Mediterranean societies thrive in an era of decreasing resources (10 min)
  • Jérémie Fosse, president, eco-union & board-member, MIO-ESCDE: P review of Green Economy & Sustainable national Strategies in Mediterranean Countries (10 min)
  • Anne France Didier, director, Plan Bleu: Indicators and trends for a Mediterranean Blue Economy (10 min)
  • Comments from governmental representatives (20 min.):
    • France (name tbc)
    • Montenegro: Jelena Knezevic, Head of the Division for the support to the National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism
    • Morocco: Rajae Chafil, Director of Observation, Studies and Planning, Ministry of Environment
  • Discussion with the audience (20 min.)

The Partners

  • eco-union: eco-union is an environmental non-profit association aiming to accelerate the transition towards sustainability in the Mediterranean region. As a think to action tank, it empowers decision makers, opinion leaders and change-makers through knowledge sharing, strategic research and field initiatives.
  • Global Footprint Network: Global Footprint Network is an international research organization that is measuring how the world manages its natural resources and responds to climate change. Since 2003 Global Footprint Network has engaged with more than 50 nations, 30 cities, and 70 global partners to deliver scientific insights that have driven high-impact policy and investment decisions.
  • Plan Bleu: Plan Bleu – observation, analysis and prospective center – aims at enlightening the environment and development issues in the Mediterranean. For that purpose, Plan Bleu studies the solutions allowing for a more sustainable development in the framework of the  Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of the United Nations Programme for the Environment.
  • MIO-ECSDE: The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) is a non-profit Federation of over 130 Mediterranean Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the fields of Environment and Development in 25 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area.