December 2020

Date: 21 January 2021
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  Sustaining the Future of the Mediterranean

Quote of the Month

“She listened, wrapped up in her furs and leaning back against the outside of the cabin, her large pensive eyes staring into the vague shadows of the sea.”

>>Giovanni Verga, “Across the sea” in Little Novels of Sicily

اقتباس الشهر

لا يمكنك عبور البحر بمجرد الوقوف والتحديق في الماء.

>> طاغور


The Euromed Summit 2020 organised by the European Economic and Social Committee focused this year on Sustainable development in the Mediterranean region, one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impacts of global warming. And the COVID-19 pandemic is arising new challenges, mainly concerning the economic and social situation in the region.

Water and energy are key sectors to work on to reverse this situation. Sustainable development and the implementation of green economy policies are important for the region to drive sustained and equitable socioeconomic development.
Read the Summit outcomes here



Bisri dam: the right project in the wrong hands?

The project to build a dam in the Bisri river valley, in South Lebanon, was one of the World Bank’s largest projects in the country and it was supposed to benefit over 1.6 million people.

However, environment activists in Lebanon started a campaign to stop the project and to ask the Government to invest in sustainable water management solutions instead. Therefore, last September, the World Bank announced the withdrawal of the fund. But, was the Bisri dam project a real priority for water supply in Lebanon?

Read more


Must read

State of Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (SoED)

The report on the State of the Environment and Development (SoED) prepared by Plan Bleu warns that the Mediterranean basin is facing environmental and developmental challenges of an unprecedented scale.

The region will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 if no urgent measures are taken to respond to the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, the increasingly marked effects of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources. However, there are reasons for hope if collective and lasting actions are put in place.

Read the report



The Ecosystemic Transition Unit (ETU)

The ETU is a roadmap for islands, villages, and even cities in the Mediterranean to join the green energy transition based on social innovation. 

Based on the outcomes of 6 pilot projects that ran between 2016 to 2019, the Interreg MED Renewable Energy Community developed a set of tools as an open source for citizens and communities to accelerate the energy transition in their region: the ETU toolbox. 

Discover the ETU


Must read

Our food, our planet, our future

The imbalanced relationship between these three interlinked concepts – food, planet, and future – highlights the need for reforming our food value chains to be more sustainable and resilient to crisis. COVID-19 has exposed many environmental, economic and social issues, but has also shined a light on the fragility of our current food systems.

The socioeconomic aspects of the agriculture sector in the Mediterranean, the considerable pressures generated by its activities on natural resources and its environmental impacts on coastal zones, make it a key sector in the transition towards a more sustainable region.

Read more



Promoting the Euro-Mediterranean business ecosystem

The Business Country Desk (BCD), a regional initiative designed by BUSINESSMED and implemented within the framework of the EBSOMED project, will be introduced on 12 January 2021.

The BCD will serve the business community in the future and will act as the regional online tool and database of contacts at macro, meso and micro level, following a multidimensional and multi-stakeholders’ approach, opening up more inclusive and more sustainable growth prospects.

Register here



Tree Planting Activity in Beirut, Lebanon  

Participate in bringing biodiversity into the capital of Lebanon! Take part in the initiative of AMWAJ Forum together with the The Other DaDa to make a green corridor along the Beirut River possible. 

The tree planting activity will take place in Spring of 2021. 

Join now!


Made in MED

Circle the Med hosted the first online Green Growth Business Forum

The Green Growth Community (GGC) as one of the organisers of Cicle the Med held its first online business forum where SMEs & Companies explained their experience participating in the GGC projects, such as RE-LIVE WASTE, PEFMED, ARISTOIL, ESMARTCITY, EMBRACE and GREENOMED

The aim of the Business Forum was to exchange good practices and expertise in the field of green growth and to establish relationships that could help spread the transition towards the circular economy around the Mediterranean through virtual talks and B2B meetings between participants. 

Learn more

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