Water & Environment

The meeting determined the need to identify the Technical Assistance of the partner countries on aquaculture and maritime spatial planning (MSP) and presented the ongoing IMP MED study on the potential of the blue economy.

5 July 2017, Brussels. – The 3rd Meeting of the UfM Working Group on Blue Economy took place on 5th July 2017 in Brussels, chaired by European Commission in close collaboration with the UfM Secretariat. The Working Group was informed of the outcomes of the UfM Regional Seminar on the Blue Economy (Barcelona, May 2017), concerning the identification of the Technical...

The Initiative, which involves Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia, was launched in 2016 to increase safety and security, promote sustainable blue growth and jobs, and preserve ecosystems and biodiversity

4 July 2017, Brussels-. The “Workshop on the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean” was held in Brussels on 4th July 2017 to discuss the best possible governance structure of the Initiative. It was proposed to set up an operational coordination through a Western Mediterranean Task F...

•Ministers in charge of water from the UfM Member States recalled that the Mediterranean region is particularly vulnerable to water scarcity and that climate change exacerbates the pressure on existing water resources in the region. •They agreed to develop a Union for the Mediterranean Water Agenda to help UfM Member States implement sustainable and integrated water management policies and contribute to a sustainable livelihood for the region’s citizens, recalling the importance of the Paris agreement and reaffirming their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development. •M...
•The southern shores of the Mediterranean are among the world’s most water-scarce areas. More than 180 million people in the region are considered water poor and an additional 60 million face water stress. •There is great potential to reuse wastewater in the Mediterranean region as currently only around 1% of it is recycled. •So far UfM Member States have approved eight projects in the field of water and the environment representing about €430 million in investment for the region. These projects aim to provide access to water, contribute to the depollution of the Mediterranean while p...
• Around 100 representatives of governments, agencies, civil society, private sector as well as environment and climate change experts gathered at the UfM headquarters on 14-16 March, 2017. • The aim of the meetings was to advance the regional agenda on environment and climate change for the next years and support all UfM Member States in the implementation of the Paris Agreement through their nationally determined contributions.

Barcelona, 17 March 2017. The UfM Working Group on Environment and Climate Change met on 14-15 March to review the progress made in the implementation of t...

• Mr Christian Danielsson, Director-General for EU Neighbourhood and Enlargement at the European Commission visited today the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona. He participated, alongside UfM Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi in the opening of the first UfM Working Group on Environment and Climate Change. • Mr Danielsson and Mr Sijilmassi discussed enhanced synergies between the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Union for the Mediterranean, as per the recent revision of the ENP and the UfM Road Map adopted by the UfM Member on 23 Jan...