Water & Environment

•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...

More than 50 representatives of governments, international organisations and the scientific community will meet today, for the first time, at the UfM headquarters, to set the ground for the publication of the first ever assessment report on the impact of climate change in the Mediterranean region.

Barcelona, 13 March 2017. The Mediterranean region has been repeatedly pointed out by the international scientific community as particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming and changing environment. However, none of the current published scientific studies offer a comprehensive...

Youssef Chahed, Head of Government of Tunisia, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), gathered today in Bizerte to launch the “Integrated Programme for the Protection of Lake Bizerte against Pollution”, labelled by the 43 UfM Member States.

Bizerte, Tunisia, 1 November, 2016. With a total budget of more than €90 million over a 5-year period, the programme will contribute towards cleaning up L...

More than 350 participants from 16 Southern and Northern Mediterranean countries including green entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, policy-makers, civil society organisations, financing institutions and business networks gathered on 18-20 October 2016, in Barcelona, to discuss and share the latest sustainable development initiatives and green innovations developed in the Mediterranean with the aim to achieve productive and circular economies.

Barcelona, 20 October 2016. The UfM Secretariat participated in the second edition of SwitchMed Connect, an annual gathering of...