The overall goal of the project is to strengthen existing and promote new cooperation and financial opportunities among Euro-Mediterranean Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) dedicated to water and environment, thereby maximising their contribution to sustainable development in the region.
Through a capacity building programme and a small grants scheme, the project will enable NGOs to acquire skills in various areas of sustainable development including wetlands, water demand management/water use efficiency/trans-boundary water resources management, environmental education and awareness as well as marine litter. The project will be implemented in Albania, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.
With a budget of €3,300,000 over a course of 3 years, the project will mainly benefit local, regional and national CSOs. Throughout the process, the relevant public authorities will be constantly informed of and involved in the activities organised in order to strengthen the dialogue between selected Mediterranean CSOs and national authorities.
This project is a direct response to a series of priorities set at the regional level by the Heads of State and Government in the declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean (13 July 2008); the adopted actions of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Region of the Mediterranean, and its Protocols; and the specific priorities identified in the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Climate Change (13 May 2014). These priorities include the de-pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, which was identified as one of the six key initiatives by the Paris Summit. The project emphasises the contributions of CSOs in achieving environmental and climate-related objectives.
This UfM project builds and further enhances on-going regional projects in the field of learning-by-doing capacity building activities. All the promoters already have solid experience and a presence on the ground.
About the promoter and partner institutions
The BlueGreen Med-CS is to be promoted and implemented by a consortium comprised of the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med), the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE), the Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED) and the WWF Mediterranean Programme Office (WWF MedPO).