Water & Environment

EBRD to finance rehabilitation of wastewater treatment with €20 million loan.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is joining international efforts to clean up Tunisia’s Lake Bizerte with a €20 million loan and technical assistance to support the expansion and rehabilitation of the sewerage network of the Bizerte region and the rehabilitation of three wastewater treatment plants located near the lake.

The EBRD’s investment is part of an integrated environmental programme aimed at de-polluting Lake Bizerte and reducing sources of pollution through investments in ...

• Data show that the Mediterranean region is particularly exposed to global environmental concerns. • The Union for the Mediterranean promotes and supports a variety of initiatives to address environmental challenges and help improve the quality of life throughout the region. • A UfM Ministerial meeting on “Blue Economy” will be held at the end of the year with the goal of generating jobs and investment in the region.

Barcelona, 5 June 2015 – The date 5 June 2015 marks World Environment Day, an opportunity to raise awareness and take action to improve the current global envi...

The Conference, hosted by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and officially opened by the President of the French Republic Mr François Hollande, is being held in preparation for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015 (COP21/CMP11).

Marseille, 4-5 June 2015. A high-level delegation from the UfM consisting of Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi and Deputy Secretary General Teresa Ribeiro attended MEDCOP21 (Forum of the Mediterranean civil society for climate ch...

• Blue economy offers enormous potential for job creation and investment in the Mediterranean, particularly in terms of sustainable development, clustering and networking of education and training organisations, increased research and innovation capacity, skills development and access to finance. • This potential can only be tapped through joint efforts and close cooperation between all littoral States.

Barcelona, 28 May 2015. The challenges affecting the Mediterranean Sea call for shared and, above all, integrated responses and improved governance. This is particularly relevant whe...

The launch of the Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme for the Middle East and North Africa embodies the Union for the Mediterranean’s commitment to improving quality of life in the region through the implementation of integrated, equitable and sustainable water resources management.

Sharm El-Sheikh, 12 May 2015 – The UfM-labelled project ‘Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme for  the Middle East and North Africa’ has been officially launched today in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) during the IUCN-ROWA regional conference “Water and Nature Knowledge Sharing Forum”, with t...

• According to the World Bank, investment to cover energy needs in the Mediterranean will come to €23 billion per year by 2030 • Enhanced dialogue through UfM platforms on energy will facilitate partnerships between the main stakeholders in the field of energy and strengthen cooperation between the member states of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

Barcelona 7 May 2015 - Hosted by the Minister of Energy of Morocco, Abdelkader Amara, the UfM Co-Presidency represented by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and the Secretary General of Ener...