Towards2030 & TRANSrisk Regional Workshop in Athens

d2b1e4db-e6cf-48d4-a0e3-0fa6fe4a816fTowards a Low-Carbon European Union – The Case of Greece

25 October 2016, Athens, Greece

Towards2030-dialogue and TRANSrisk will co-organise a Regional Workshop at NTUA premises in Athens on the 25th of October 2016 focusing on the Case of Greece, towards a low carbon European Union.

The objective of the Workshop is to bring together European and national policy makers, regulators, TSOs, DSOs, utilities, business and industry, industry associations, consumer associations, academia, and other public and private relevant actors.

The emphasis will be put on policy challenges and pathways for meeting the 2030 RES target, with a special focus on the prospects and challenges of Greece towards a low carbon future.

Visit now the event’s webpage and download the event’s Agenda.

BASURAS MARINAS. Una marea global fuera de control

El problema global de las basuras marinas está fuera de control. Es un tema desconocido por la mayoría de la población a pesar de que su amplia gama de impactos afecta a los ecosistemas marinos, la economía, el turismo, el gasto público, la seguridad, la salud, etc. Desde 2011 la Asociación Ambiente Europeo ha movilizado en España más de 7500 voluntarios que en casi de 270 limpiezas realizadas en distintos puntos de la geografía española han inventariado unas 700.000 basuras marinas.
Obtener datos es fundamental para crear conciencia social, cambiar hábitos y desarrollar o proponer políticas basadas en información objetiva traducida en números y porcentajes. Mantener nuestros océanos libres de basuras es uno de los modos más fáciles para poder mejorar su capacidad de recuperación (resiliencia) y así afrontar el impacto causado por la acidificación, la contaminación, la sobrepesca, el cambio climático y la destrucción de hábitats debido al elevado desarrollo.

Tourism Eco Forum, 14/10, Barcelona


The 1st Tourism eco forum, in the framework of the 3rd VILAMON Festival on Responsible Tourism will be held on 14th October 2016 at Espai Bonnemaison in Barcelona. A professional conference, inspirational and educational to discover new trends and knowledge on sustainable urban tourism.

The  Tourism eco forum, labelled by the Marrakech COP-22, aims to:

– Share visions about urban tourism policy, climate change and sustainability.
– Disseminate relevant case studies on urban tourism from diverse Euro-Mediterranean cities.
– Reflect on the empowerment of citizens in public policies of tourist cities.

During the day you can attend workshops with examples of success stories about urban tourism public policies and sustainable business models. You will also have the opportunity to meet new trends of urban tourism, create synergies and join the group of professionals, academics and stakeholders who wants to join efforts to develop sustainable urban tourism around Europe and the Mediterranean cities.

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The Mediterranean celebrates Coast Day “Blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean”

For the 10th consecutive year, the Mediterranean celebrated the Coast Day, on 27 September this year in Barcelona under the theme “A blue economy for a healthy Mediterranean”.

The celebration was attended by Mr. Jaume Barnada, Ecology, Urbanism and Mobility, City of Barcelona, Ms Marta Subirà, Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia, Ms Ana  García  Fletcher,  Associate  Deputy  Director  for  the  Coastal  Protection  DG  for  the Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Special Representative Ambassador Mr. George Saliba, from the UfM Secretariat, as well as representatives of UNEP/MAP, and its regional activity centres.

EUCC Mediterranean Centre attended the event as well continuing its commitment towards healthy Mediterranean sea and coast.

“Blue Economy” is marine-based economic development that leads to improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Emphasis was made throughout the day, on the sustainability of major economic sectors supplied and supported by Mediterranean natural coastal ecosystems that can contribute to separating the economic growth from environmental degradation. Those include amongst others, fisheries, tourism, renewable energy, marine transport, recycling, and waste reduction.

The first part of the day was  dedicated to presentations and debate around the concept of Blue Economy in the Mediterranean as well as discussion on good examples and best practices from leading businesses, NGOs and public agencies from all over the Mediterranean. It also included a dialogue with Spanish skipper Didac Costa this year’s ambassador for the coast, and who will take part to the Vendée Globe sailing race.

Didac Costa, this yeat’s ambassador of the coast, with PAP/RAC director Zelijca Skaricic 

Upon a recommendation by the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development, the advisory body on sustainable development of the 22 contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention, efforts are being made through a number of initiatives to  support successful cases of entrepreneurship among the Mediterranean countries, making an impact for sustainable living within the region, and contributing to the switch to a sustainable and fair consumption and production pattern. Eco-entrepreneurs such as Lior Turgeman from Livingreen (Israel), a start-up that reinvented urban farming, and Abdelouahed Kaikai from Agir (Morocco), an association that promotes artisanal fisheries, presented during the day their grass-roots initiatives to protect the Mediterranean sea by greening the economy.

The second part of the day was aimed at a wider local audience and citizens. It attracted more than a hundred persons and featured three different corners:

–   Action Corner, with a selection of local and international organizations active in the field of Blue             Economy, such as NGOs, research centres, and businesses,

–   Networking Corner, with different areas to gather participants around the key economy sectors:             mobility, energy, tourism, fisheries, recycling.

–   Creative Corner, with a collaborative workshop where participants were able to draw, build and take             back a personalised art piece.

The Mediterranean Coast Day was launched in 2007 to increase environmental awareness among policy makers, academia, media, NGOs and citizens of the importance of good coast management for achieving sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.

It was co-organised this year by the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), Plan Bleu, and the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC), and co-sponsored by the MAVA foundation, an environmental philanthropic organization from Switzerland, and count with the participation of eco-union, a Barcelona-based NGO active in the field of green and blue economy.

Sea turtle rescue centres- First ever Mediterranean map launched


A new online map of sea turtle rescue centres in the Mediterranean has been created by MEDASSET.  The new tool was launched at the 41st Congress of the CIESM (Mediterranean Science Commission) in Kiel, Germany (12-16 September 2016).

The “Database & Online Map of Sea Turtle Rescue & First Aid Centres in the Mediterranean” is a new project by the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles (MEDASSET) which was prompted by a paper by Ullmann and Stachowitsch (2015) that called for ‘better information on the number and types of rescue facilities on a Mediterranean scale’.

The sea turtle rescue centres are presented to the public via a new interactive Google Map that is managed by MEDASSET.  The primary aim is to provide open access to accurate and current information on all facilities that rescue and care for sea turtles in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the new tool helps increase awareness about the existence of the network of facilities.

“Up-to-date information has been provided by each facility, making this a most reliable source” remarked Liza Boura, Project Manager.  The information includes the facility location, type, contact details and volunteer opportunities.  The map will be periodically updated, maintained and improved after launch.

Facilities that do not currently appear on the map but wish to be included are invited to contact MEDASSET.  Relevant organisations can freely use this new tool by embedding the Google Map on their websites.

Blue Eco Forum. Barcelona, 25 November 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Barcelona, 25 November 2016

Venue: Marine museum of Barcelona


EUCC Mediterranean Centre is co-organizing this Mediterranean event. This forum aims to reflect on these major regional challenges through participatory and cross-cutting activities, putting the focus on the Mediterranean Sea as a source of opportunities for cultural, social, environmental and economic wealth. It will draw collective and shared thinking and actions towards a more sustainable and peaceful development of the Mediterranean region. This event, organized by the Mediterranean civil society, features debates, workshops, exhibitions and meetings – virtual and face-to-face- with the participation of relevant actors from the Euro-Mediterranean political, economic and social world.

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