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Six international organizations launch a Mediterranean Consortium for the protection of biodiversity

Mediterranean biodiversity is facing great challenges (photo : F.Dubessy)
Mediterranean biodiversity is facing great challenges (photo : F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. A memorandum of understanding was signed on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Marseille, for the creation of a Mediterranean Consortium for the protection of biodiversity. It is brought to the baptismal font by six international organizations, mainly based in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in France: MedWet (Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative under the Ramsar Convention- Based in Arles), MedPan (Network of Managers of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean - Marseilles), PIM (Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative - Marseilles), La Tour du Valat (Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands - Arles), IAMF (International Association of Mediterranean Forests - Marseilles), and IUCN-Med (International Union for Conservation of Nature's Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation - Malaga). The Conservatoire du littoral (French public institution member of the IUCN) will bring its support.

Bringing together all the expertise, know-how and scientific knowledge of these partners, the Consortium will work on "new objectives for the protection of the planet", as stated in a press release. Through a regional vision, it intends to "develop innovative solutions to meet the challenges of biodiversity conservation and promote greater efficiency in the use of natural resources in the Mediterranean.

The stated purpose is to "promote exchanges, raise awareness of the new Mediterranean challenges, strengthen the capacity for action in favor of biodiversity and train local actors in good governance of biodiversity management.

A first joint project will focus on nature-based solutions in coastal areas. It will be co-financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM).

The consortium also plans to create a think tank as well as an active "red alert" network. It will help draw the attention of policy makers and donors to projects affecting biodiversity, in order to find solutions to prevent or mitigate the impacts.

Eric Apim

Friday, March 12th 2021

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