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Experts mobilized on Mediterranean climate change issue



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The aim of the MedECC network (Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change) is to build a bridge between the scientific community and Mediterranean region decision-makers.



Photo MedECC
Photo MedECC
Every day we are reminded of the need for urgent action on climate change -in the Mediterranean more than anywhere else. A large number of studies have been carried out and reports compiled on that issue but these are not often properly used by decision-makers to implement the necessary measures. This statement of fact is not new. The Union for the Mediterranean, MEDCOP and, more recently, the MSSD (Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development) 2016-2025, have highlighted the need to set up a regional interface between the scientific and political spheres on climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean. "The need for a mediator is patent," notes Plan Bleu's Programme Officer, Julien Le Tellier. "The scientific community and policy makers don't speak the same language. They also work within different time frames, the former looking at the long term while the latter are under pressure to take action.

A report expected in 2018

Set up by a group of scientists in 2015 as part of the OT-Med laboratory of excellence, MedECC could become that mediator. According to Joël Guiot (CEREGE – European Centre for Research and Education in Environmental Earth Sciences) and Wolfgang Cramer (IMBE – Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology), the MedECC network should become the Mediterranean contact organization for the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). "The IPCC reports do not deal with the Mediterranean region in an integrated way. Yet there is a real need to establish the current status of climate change in the region, without commissioning new studies necessarily but by reviewing all the existing data," explains Joël Guiot. 

In just a few months, MedECC has attracted more than 150 memberships from scientists based in various Mediterranean countries as well as from decision-makers and civil society. "We need more researchers from social sciences, moreover we need to increase the number of representatives from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries," concludes Joël Guiot. The MedECC initiative receives support from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the Principality of Monaco, the UfM (Union for the Mediterranean), Plan Bleu and academic institutions. A COP22-certifed workshop is scheduled to take place in Aix-en-Provence from 10th to 12th October to move forward on a future action plan and the setting up of a governance body that will best fulfil the Science-Policy interface role. The MedECC network hopes to obtain financial support from the European Union to sustain its work. Considering IPCC as a source of inspiration, it is planned to compile a report, which could be published in 2018.  


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Christiane Navas, NICE


Monday, September 19th 2016



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