The Mediterranean Pavilion is the first of its kind to be set up at a UN Climate Change Conference. It is an initiative led by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) together with UNEP/MAP and the PRIMA Foundation, along with a coalition of institutions dealing with climate action in the region. Two UNEP/MAP components, as well as the network of experts MedECC, are co-sponsoring this initiative, namely Plan Bleu (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Center specializing in sustainable development) and MedWaves (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production), through the support and funding of the Government of Catalonia and the EU-funded SwitchMed programme.
After a summer fraught with heatwaves and episodes of extreme weather events in several parts of the Mediterranean basin, the Pavilion will offer a platform to address climate-related challenges and highlight climate action and upscalable solutions in the region, a climate change hotspot.
Recognizing that the Mediterranean is a hub for emerging solutions through a combination of public policies and private initiatives, the Pavilion will host activities organized by regional actors (public and private, scientific and academic, technical, policy making, civil society, finance, and business) actively engaged in facing the climate crisis in the Mediterranean context. Solutions presented at the Pavilion can serve as a blueprint for similar efforts to be scaled up globally.
MedECC, a science-policy interface that the UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention system supports alongside UfM and other partners, will act as a scientific advisory council for the Pavilion activities. Hosted by the Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre in Marseille (France), MedECC brings together more than 600 scientists from 35 countries. It published in 2019 the first-ever Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR 1) on the impact of environmental and climate change in the Mediterranean region.
MAR 1 warns that “it is virtually certain that sea surface warming will continue during the 21st century by 1°C to 4°C depending on the scenario (low or high greenhouse gas emissions) and likely that deep waters will warm more in the Mediterranean than in other oceans in the world”. Climate change is interacting with existing drivers of environmental degradation, including pressure from economic sectors and pollution in its multiple forms, to exacerbate the stress that Mediterranean ecosystems must grapple with.
From the Mediterranean Pavilion, UNEP/MAP with its Components will advocate for healthy marine and coastal ecosystems as a pillar of resilience to climate change. MAP-led events will present efforts undertaken with the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention to bolster environmental protection and sustainable development with the aim of allowing marine and coastal ecosystems to play their natural role of bulwark against the vagaries of a changing climate.
The Mediterranean Pavilion is meant to serve the region and will operate as a hub for activities and partnerships undertaken by regional public institutions, civil society organisations and private sector entities with the aim of catalysing an effective and rapid transition to a climate-resilient future. Institutions working on relevant themes are invited to submit proposals to host activities and participate in the Pavilion’s discussions and negotiations.
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The institutions behind the Mediterranean Pavilion
Media accreditation for COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh is open.