Clima-Med’s second Steering Committee Meeting was held in Brussels on September 19th. This Steering Committee was convened to review and discuss the project progress after one year of the project implementation as well as orienting Clima-Med activities and partnerships scheduled for the second year.

The meeting was presided by Ms. Henrike Trautmann Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission and attended by associated EU project director and task managers of affiliated Directorates. The event involved also Clima-Med National Focal Points, as well as the valued participation of representatives from local authorities, prominent financing institutions, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and other concerned stakeholders.

Ms. Henrike Trautmann, HoU at DG NEAR, European Commission and Mr. Stefano Dotto, HoU at DG NEAR, European Commission

Mr. Stefano Dotto, Head of Sector at DG NEAR opened the meeting and welcomed the participants. He reiterated the great expectations of the Commission after the first year of the project implementation and underlined that making Europe Carbon Neutral by 2050 remains a priority within the agenda of the new president of the European Commission – Ms. Ursula von der Leyen.

Ms. Federica Pesce, Task Manager at DG NEAR, in her turn, expressed her satisfaction with the established successful partnerships at regional and institutional level by Clima-Med- such as the National Coordination Groups (NCGs), which are operational in the countries covered, and the recent collaboration of the project with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on SEACAPs trainings and preparation.

Mr. Naguib Amin, Clima-Med Team Leader, provided an overview on the progress, challenges and next steps for the project, per each of the Work Packages. Mr. Amin also presented a comprehensive publication with milestones, prepared by the Clima-Med team to showcase the work done for the first year for the project; a copy was distributed to the attendees  and also available for download here..

Presentations from the team of experts followed and focused on the results achieved by the project, and the foreseen actions to strengthen the adaptive capacities of the eight beneficiary countries in Mashreq & Maghreb towards their transition to low carbon and climate-resilient economies.

(L-R) Mr. Federic Boyer, Covenant of Mayors Europe, Ms. Nadya Boneva, Clima Med Project Director, Human Dynamics, Ms. Amel Maklouf, Clima-Med Key Expert for Maghreb Region, Dr. Olgu Okumus, Senior Expert for the Policy and Finance Strategy

The 2nd SCM was also an opportunity for local authorities’ representatives to share their experiences with the project and clarify their needs.

Mr. Arnault Graves, Senior Climate adviser at the UfM, stressed on the collaboration with the Clima-Med project – labelled by the UfM and granted endorsement by 43 of its affiliated countries- in preparing the member countries in the South Mediterranean region to fulfill their NDCs and to unlock the potential of climate actions and environmental resilience. According to Mr. Graves, Clima-Med will also be a major partner for the dissemination of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 1st Mediterranean Assessment Report, prepared by the MedECC network of scientists and which will be presented at the 4th UfM Regional Forum (10 October, Barcelona).

Ms. Henrike Trautmann delivered the closing remarks thanking the participants for their active participation. She underlined Clima-Med’s contribution to the positive agenda of the European Commission and the importance of the bottom-up approach regarding the challenges in the implementation of the project.

The meeting concluded with a Q&A session, whereby all participants agreed on the importance of the Clima-Med’s technical assistance for the South Mediterranean Region, as the project is contributing to the implementation of three SDGs in the eight countries covered by the project: SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy; SDG 13 climate action.

The individual presentations and other materials from the meeting are available for download here.