The 3rd edition of the “Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards” is organised by the French Agency for ecological transition (ADEME), with the support of its Mediterranean partners the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and Plan Bleu.
ADEME (French Agency for ecological transition) is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development. ADEME provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action. As part of this work the agency helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of action.
The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, based in Barcelona is the first permanent structure dedicated to the intergovernmental Mediterranean partnership. It ensures operational follow-up of the regional priorities identified and in partnership with key international actors promotes region-wide cooperation projects and initiatives that address the root causes of the current regional security and socio-economic challenges.
Mediterranean Observatory on environment and sustainable development, Plan Bleu produces studies and scenarios for the future in order to raise awareness of Mediterranean stakeholders and decision-makers regarding environment and sustainable development issues in the region.
The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) is an international organisation regrouping more than 300 Chambers of Commerce and Industry and similar entities of the Mediterranean region. ASCAME defends the interests of the millions of businesses across the Mediterranean region, being considered the most important representative of the Mediterranean private sector.
RESET is an independent “Think Tank” established 2020 with the basic goal to contribute to the understanding of the need for a fast, effective, efficient and fair energy transition in the countries of the region. The Center brings together experts of various profiles from BiH and the region who through their joint activities can contribute to the creation of efficient and sustainable policies for the development of energy, economy and society as a whole.
The Mediterranean Experts on Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) are an independent network of scientists, founded in 2015. MedECC assesses the best available scientific knowledge on climate and environmental change and associated risks in the Mediterranean Basin in order to render it accessible to policymakers, stakeholders and citizens. The 1st Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) on the current state and expected risks of climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean Basin has been published in November 2020.
TETHYS is a network supported by Aix-Marseille University and currently includes more than 70 universities across 19 countries. It brings together the main universities of the Maghreb, Mashreq and Southern European countries. This partnership enables actions to be carried out in a large network with the support of national and European programs, as ERASMUS +.
EMWIS is a strategic tool for exchanging information and know-how on the water sector among the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership countries. It is an institutional network of Ministries in charge of water management. EMWIS aims at collecting and facilitating the sharing of information and experiences, as well as the development of common tools and cooperation programmes related to the water sector.
Established in 2016, the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) is a public institution operating across the entire value chain of the energy efficiency sector. Being a source of proposals to the authorities in terms of laws and standards relating to the sector, a designer, an initiator and a pilot of integrated sectoral programs, AMEE is now one of the 39 strategic public institutions in the Kingdom of Morocco. AMEE’s mission is to contribute to the implementation of the government’s energy efficiency policy. It also has a technology platform on its Marrakesh site, which also houses a PV laboratory, a thermal laboratory and a training center specializing in energy efficiency. The history of the agency goes back to 1982, when the Center for the Development of Renewable Energy (CDER) was created. This latter was renamed the Moroccan Agency for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE) in 2010, before its transformation into AMEE in 2016. In March 2020, AMEE transitioned under the tutelage of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy. Following an expansion of its missions, AMEE becomes an agency dedicated to the green economy, with an action plan focused on decarbonization of industries, sustainable mobility, clean production, in addition to energy efficiency in several sectors.
The Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AVITEM), based in Marseille, aims, since 2012, to set up mechanisms for the exchange of experience, expertise, training and cooperation in order to promote integrated and exemplary approaches to sustainable urban and territorial development in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. AVITEM works in particular to develop operational tools for the governance of major urban and territorial projects, to organise multi-level and multi-actor consultation and to strengthen institutional and human capacities. AVITEM conducts and supports cooperation actions, initiates and coordinates networks and cooperation projects (on the basis, in particular, of European calls for projects) of actors in sustainable territorial and urban development in the North and South of the Mediterranean: in this respect, the Réseau des Aménageurs en Méditerranée intends to develop an expertise made available to all members of the Network, and beyond the planning partners, operators and financiers in the Mediterranean. The Agency mobilises the appropriate partnerships and expertise and conducts training missions in the governance of local and regional authorities. AVITEM is a Public Interest Grouping (GIP) which brings together the French State (Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, National Agency for Territorial Cohesion), local authorities (South Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, Corsica Local Authority, Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Area, City of Marseille) and the Euroméditerranée Public Development Establishment. Created in 2012 for a period of 9 years, GIP Avitem was renewed for a further 9 years by ministerial order of 28 January 2021.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 17,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation opened in Malaga (Spain) in October 2001 with the core support of the Spanish Ministry of Environment and the regional Government of Junta de Andalucía. The Centre’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist Mediterranean societies to conserve and use sustainably the natural resources of the region and work with IUCN members and cooperate with all other agencies that share the objectives of IUCN.
UCLG Africa is the umbrella organization and the united voice representing local governments in Africa. It results from the unification of the three pre-existing continental associations of local governments, namely the African Union of Local Authorities (AULA), the Union des Villes Africaines (UVA) and the Africa Chapter of the Unao dos Ciudades y Capitaes Lusofono Africana, (UCCLA). The founding congress of the organization was held in May 2005 in the city of Tshwane, South Africa. UCLG Africa is the umbrella of 48 national associations of local governments from all regions of Africa as well as more than 2000 cities that have more than 100.000 inhabitants. It represents at least 350 millions African citizens.
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