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CMI: Bringing change to the Mediterranean

Written by With CMI on Monday, October 29th 2012 à 14:06 | Read 301 times

Since it was founded in mid-2009, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) has published studies on financing education, the impact of climate change on Mediterranean coastal cities and a guide to creating technopoles. The CMI is now in a delivering phase. Below are some examples of what CMI programs have achieved in the past months.

CMI: Bringing change to the Mediterranean
UD1 Program on Strategic and Urban Development: A Guidebook on City Development Strategies in the Mediterranean. 
The CMI, together with Medcities, used methodology to the Mediterranean context. This guidebook is intended to be a toolbox to assist project implementation. This decision making tool is dedicated to national and local urban stakeholders and also to development agencies and donors, willing to define and implement City Development Strategies in the Mediterranean. This guidebook as been published in November 2011 in French and will be available in English soon. 

EW1 Program on Mediterranean Sustainable Development: A trilingual Glossary-Thesaurus. 
Facilitating mutual understanding and converging languages form both shores of the Mediterranean are essential needs for the region towards integration. For those reasons the CMI is promoting the creation of an on-line thesaurus/thematic glossary, which will allow an easy search for scientific, technical and administrative terms and concepts related to sustainable development and traduced in Arabic, English and French. The aim of our approach is to support the emergence of a regional scientific community, to facilitate scientific publications in Arabic, and to promote local knowledge designed to respond to regional needs. A first thematic glossary on biodiversity is now available on the CMI website, gathering around 150 terms. It will be feeded on a regular basis This first phse has been carried out in association with the UNEP/MAP and specifically its protected areas’ department based in Tunis, Paul Cézanne University (IMEP) and the National Institute for coastal protection in Marseilles, and with the participation of the Damascus University. The 3 Next glossaries will focus on health and environment, green economy, sustainable urban development. 

EM2 Program on Governance, Quality Assurance and Financing Sustainability for Higher Education in MENA: a Report on Providing High Quality Standards in Higher Education. 
Higher education is one of the pillars of the CMI programs. A new study by the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD) is entitled ReachingFinancial Sustainability While Providing High Quality Standards in Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa. It was published on October 21, 2011, and presents examples of good practice that have already been implemented in the different countries of MENA Region. This report is available in Arabic, English and French. 

UD2 Program on Cities and Climate change: A Report on Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Disasters Preparedness in the Coastal Cities of North Africa. 
In August 2011, the CMI experts examined the impact of climate change on the coastal towns of the Mediterranean. This report, which is the fruit of two years' work, assesses the urban risks of natural disasters and climate change. It establishes a plan of action for Alexandria, Tunis, Casablanca and the urban development project in the Bou Regreg Valley, aiming for better urban planning so that towns and cities can adapt to climate change (floods, drought, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.). This report is available in Arabic, English and French. 

IT1 Program on Supporting the Promotion and Financing of Innovation in the Mediterranean: A Guidebook on Planning and Managing Technopoles. 
In April 2010, the CMI published its first guide on planning and managing technopoles in the Mediterranean region. The aim is to encourage innovation and close the industrial gap between the north and south rims of the Mediterranean. Technology could prove a more sensible growth area than traditional industries. The document is packed with practical information on financing, how to promote a technology park and the essential infrastructures for grouping together market operators. This guidebook is available in English and French. 

And mappings as well. 
Earlier this year, the CMI has also been drawing up a list of the 130 think tanks in the Mediterranean region. A map of Mediterranean institutions involved in the spatial planning and urban development program has also been created, followed by a map of financial institutions that can drive this program. This document describes the financing options available to the various communities. 

Other CMI products as guidebooks and reports are being finalized to be published at the end of 2011/early 2012.

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