Clima-Med took part in series of major regional events, organized by the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission in Barcelona (9-10 April 2019), to discuss the effects of climate change and finance mechanisms available for countries from the MENA region to tackle environmental challenges through actions.

The 7th UfM Climate Change Expert Group meeting (UfM CCEG), was chaired by the UfM Co‑Presidency, Jordan and the European Union, and opened by European Commission DG NEAR Director General Christian Danielsson and the UfM Secretary General Nasser Kamel. It was the occasion to present the recently UfM-labelled project Clima-Med, Acting for Climate in South Mediterranean as one of the major EU initiatives in the Region, tasked to enable MENA countries in their transition to climate-resilient economies. Clima-Med was officially endorsed by the UfM as a labelled project, to join forces with UfM’s Member states and contribute to their transition towards sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient development (read more here).

The meeting gave also an update on the scientific report Risks associated to climate and environmental changes in the Mediterranean region, carried out by the MedECC network (Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change).

Along the various presentations, constructive discussions took place where participants have shared their vision and best practices, which would allow translating them into recommendations for future UfM and EU actions in the MENA. At the expert group was also presented the scientific report ‘’Risks associated to climate and environmental changes in the Mediterranean region’’, carried out by the MedECC network (Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change).

The 6th UfM Regional Climate Finance Committee meeting (RCFC) was and opportunity for the participants to learn from the updated UfM Climate Finance studies for the MENA (report available here), about identified priorities regarding climate finance and water, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and other sectors with specific needs .

The Workshop, on the Impact of Climate Change on the Agricultural Sector, was highly interactive and engaged the participants on discussing foreseen developments and policy measures from the presented study ‘’An assessment of the impact of Climate Change on the Agricultural sector’’.

Dr. Naguib Amin, Clima-Med Team Leader had the opportunity to make two presentations entitled: “Which sectors identified for local authorities with lack of finance?” and “Clima-Med Cooperation and coordination as a turnkey for climate finance” (both included in the links below).

‘’Clima-Med highly appreciates the endorsement and trust laid upon us by the UfM and the European Union. The meetings organised at the UfM Climate Week 2019 were very useful for us. Most relevant was the overall agreement on joining force and assuring complementarity of diverse, but well interrelated, actions and activities of the various projects and entities that participated in the meetings’’, said Dr Amin.

Presentations from the events are available for download from the links bellow:

Photos courtesy to UfM’s Facebook Page: