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MedECC

Description:

The Mediterranean region is affected by numerous aspects of environmental change, including climate change, overexploitation and pollution of air and water. In order to fill the gap in terms of information accessible to decision-makers about the Mediterranean environment and the current and future impacts of climate and environmental changes, the network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC) has been created in 2015. MedECC is based on an open and independent international scientific expert network acting as a mechanism of on-going support for decision-makers and the general public on the basis of available scientific information and on-going research. The construction of this network responds to several intentions of regional institutions, such as the UN Environment/MAP through the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 and the Regional Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in the Mediterranean, and the Expert Group on Climate Change of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM CCEG).

MedECC includes more than 600 scientists from 35 countries. Memberships is based on contact with the organizers and open to all scientific experts working on climate and environmental change from the natural sciences, social sciences and/or a humanities perspective. MedECC covers all major geographical sub-regions of the Mediterranean area. 

Specific goals of MEDECC are:

  • To gather the scientific community working on climate change and its impacts in the whole Mediterranean basin. This includes building a bridge between existing research structures and programs and facilitating data-sharing through existing or new platforms.
  • To update and consolidate the best scientific knowledge about climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean basin and render it accessible to policy-makers, key stakeholders and citizens.
  • To contribute to future IPCC, IPBES or related assessments in the Mediterranean basin.
  • To bridge the gap between research and decision-making, contributing to the improvement of policies at national, regional, and local level by providing consolidated scientific assessments on particular issues and by responding to requests by decision-makers.
  • To identify gaps in the current research on climate change and its impacts in the Mediterranean
and interact with funding agencies for the development of new research programs to fill these gaps.
  • To help build the capacity of scientists from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries (SEMCs) at the international level and standards; encouraging training, research and development efforts in these countries.

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Jan 27 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 07 2021

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