October 2019

Date: 29 September 2020

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Building a Mediterranean Water and Energy Community


Quote of the Month

“The unity of Mediterranean history lies, paradoxically, in its swirling changeability, in the diasporas of merchants and exiles, in the people hurrying to cross its surface as quickly as possible, not seeking to linger at sea …”

>> David Abulafia, The Great Sea, A Human History of the Mediterranean

From Around the Sea


A land without water: the scramble to stop Jordan from running dry

Climate change, a wave of refugees and poor planning are draining water supplies in Jordan.

>> Read the full feature from nature

هل تعلم؟

“يبلغ عدد جزر البحر الأبيض المتوسط 158 جزيرة أكبرها هي قبرص وهي مستقلة تليها جزيرتي صقلية وسردينيا وكلاهما تابعتين الى إيطاليا ولكنها مستقلتان من حيث الحكم أما باقي الجزر فتتوزع عائديتها من الأعلى الى الأدنى وأعلى دولة تمتك الجزر في البحر المتوسط هي اليونان 85 جزيرة، تليها كرواتيا 30 جزيرة، ثم إيطاليا 22 جزيرة، ثم باقي الدول.”

>> نشوء البحر المتوسط

AMWAJ in Action

Euro-Med and the energy transition

Our Founder Stuart Reigeluth moderated the 7th MEDENER forum that took place in Rhodes, Greece, on 25 September in the company of the European Commission, National Energy Agencies and organizations such as Clima-MED, ARE, and Clean Energy for EU Islands. The forum focused on “Sustainable Energy Solutions for Islands and Remote Areas: Front-runners for the Energy Transition in the Euro-Mediterranean” and advanced regional cooperation for the energy transition.
More about the event

Made in the Med

Aisha Design: Circular economy in Palestine

Aisha Dweikat uses remnants of wood and fabric that would be otherwise disposed of, and repurposes them into accessories, bags, and other decorations. Aisha employs three Palestinian women, and hopes to raise awareness about environmental issues and the importance of circular economy practices.
Get to know Aisha Design

Must Read

MedECC: Climate and environmental changes in the Mediterranean

MedECC in collaboration with the Union for the Mediterranean and other policymakers has released a preliminary assessment of risk associated to climate and environmental changes in the Mediterranean region: 

Recent accelerated climate change has exacerbated environmental problems in the Mediterranean Basin caused by the combination of changes in land use, increasing pollution and declining biodiversity. Current change and future scenarios consistently point to significant and increasing risks during the coming decades on water, ecosystems, food, health and security.
Read the full report


Wind energy in Greece: Kafireas wind farm launched


Kafireas, Greece’s largest wind farm complex has seen its mills start to run. Composed of seven wind farms on the island of Evia, the facility has a total installed capacity of 154 MW and will be able to generate approx. 480 GWh per year.

Greece has taken one more step along the path of energy transition. Enel Green Power has brought online its new 154 MW Kafireas wind power facility.

Located in the Municipality of Karystos (Evia), this complex is the largest wind farm in Greece. It was built with an overall investment of 300 million euros. 

Learn more


MENA academy on climate diplomacy



The MENA Academy on Climate Diplomacy is a seven-day training academy co organized by MEDRC and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa (KAS- REMENA).

The event is due to be inaugurated by the Senior Director for Policy and Program Coordination at UNFCC, Mr. Martin Frick, and will be attended by international experts including, Ciarán Ó Cuinn, MEDRC; Natacha Carmi, Geneva Water Hub; Liesa Sauerhammer and Till Sterzel, Adelphi; Malgorzata Smieszek, Finnish Environment Institute; and Daniela Diegelmann, KAS-REMENA.

The academy will take place in Berlin, Germany on October 28 – November 3, 2019.

About the academy
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