The COVID-19 sanitary crisis has dramatically impacted the lives of countless people worldwide and shaken many businesses and the global economy. While cities started easing containment measures after a 3-month of total halt, let us think ahead and look forward to a new start by reinforcing constructive values, highlight opportunities and invest in resilience and effective climate actions.
The opportunity is here to draw lessons from the global public health crisis as we have already seen some positive signs of environmental impacts on nature in many countries, such as pollution reduction, cleaner water, improved air quality and revival of ecosystems; evidence that nature can adapt to the changing of human habits in a very short time.
With strong and constant support from the EU, we at Clima-Med, stick to our main objective and to continue all our activities, tackling the climate emergency and subsequently contributing to more stable, efficient, healthy and climate-resilient socioeconomic contexts, while increasing energy sovereignty and reducing CO2 emissions.
As mobility and travels are still restricted, we have increased flexibility and adapted to continue working no matter the circumstances, through the WebEx online dialogue and other support tools. We are specially determined to maintain our full commitment to our cities ensuring capacity building to prepare Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans and facilitate funding of their climate mitigation and adaptation projects.
As UN secretary-general António Guterres said: “Both the coronavirus and Climate Change are very serious problems, both require a determined response, by governments, by institutions like the UN, and the response by people.” Ultimately, COVID-19 is a temporary problem that will, in time, go away. But climate change “has been there for many years and will remain with us for decades and require constant action.”
Thus, consolidating our engagement remains our top priority.
EU Neighbours South Webinar: Green Entrepreneurs? Tacking challenges as opportunities! It was a great opportunity for Clima-Med - Acting for Climate in South Mediterranean project to join the webinar organised by DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and the EU Neighbours South project on June 4, via the Zoom platform. M.Oussama KAASSAMANI, Clima-Med Key expert for the Machrek, together with speakers from ENI CBC Med Programme, THE NEXT SOCIETY, SwitchMed, and EU4YOUth projects discussed the new challenges facing green entrepreneurs in the post-coronavirus context & the opportunities offered by EU-funded projects.
The full dialogue is available Here.
European Union Delegation visit to Nabeul within the framework of the Clima-Med project and other EU projects On March 12, 2020, Mr. Jean Pierre Sacaze and Mr. Quentin Peignaux in charge of the Environment, Energy and Climate Programme in the EU Delegation in Tunisia visited Nabeul commune. This visit took place within the framework of the Clima-Med project and in synergy with the bilateral environmental project being set up by the EUD in Tunisia. Read more
Clima-Med and the municipality of Tangier discussed cooperation on Climate and Energy Projects M. Idris El-Rifi Temsemani, Vice President of Tangier municipality held a meeting with Clima-Med’s experts at the municipality’s headquarters to discuss cooperation options on climate and energy projects. It was the right opportunity to invite the municipality of Tangier in joining the Clima-Med project and adhering to the Covenant of Mayors for the Mediterranean initiative (CoM-Med), thus allowing the municipality to benefit from the support of Clima-Med for the preparation of its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP). Read more
Clima-Med field visits in Jordanian cities: Brainstorming on adaptation and mitigation measures The Clima-Med experts have conducted a number of field visits in Jordan to support the local authorities in identifying the city priority projects related to the mitigation and adaptation of climate change and to formulate and implement more sustainable projects. Read more
Leading the fight against Climate change high on the agenda of Red Sea Governorate Cities Local Councils The Red Sea Governorate Cities Local Councils are leading the fight against climate change inside their cities and have made it their highest priority. 33 participants from 4 cities in the Red Sea Governorate in Egypt participated in successful capacity building workshops to identify with Clima-Med experts their sustainable development projects, the problems and challenges they are facing and the priority action plan of each of them. Read more
Clima-Med: Budding eco-warriors fighting climate change « Budding eco-warriors fighting climate change” is a beautiful story developed by the communication team at EU Neighbours South, on an idea of EU Delegation in Tunisia during the Clima-Med regional Planting Day in December. In coordination with the project team, a journalist and a photographer narrated the experience of Hammam-Sousse Planting day which was one of the 8 participating cities in Tunisia. Read more
Side event at COP25: Clima-Med showcasing true-to-life steps to accomplish climate actions. On December 13 at the UNFCCC COP25 in IFEMA Madrid, the Clima-Med project and the Union for the Mediterranean, (UfM) organised a joint side-event ‘’True-to-life steps to accomplish climate actions: From initiating policies to enhancing climate finance access & action implementation”. The event demonstrated the efforts of the European Union to encourage its global partners, from all governance levels, to advance with the implementation of National Determination Contributions (NDCs) in line with the Paris Agreement. Read more
The City of Monastir Selected in Global Climate City Challenge The city of Monastir, Tunisia, a Clima-Med partner municipality, is among the five frontrunner cities that have been selected as climate leaders for their ambitious and potentially transformative urban climate projects in the “Global Climate City Challenge” launched in September 2018. Monastir has benefited of a full support from the Clima-Med project and was coached by the project team of experts in preparing and submitting the call in order to receive the technical support from the EIB. Read more
Clima-Med’s Team curated posters, with selected photos from the Tree Planting Campaign, at the Side event organised at COP25 in Spain Clima-Med celebrated the high levels of engagement from local communities in South Mediterranean cities during the regional Planting Day campaign and curated an exhibition with selected photos from the campaign and a video , both showcased during Clima-Med side event at the COP25 in Madrid.
Clima-Med launched a Regional “Planting Day” in its partner cities in the Mediterranean region
The EU-funded Clima-Med project has organised a Regional “Planting Day” with the support of the European Union, to engage citizens and local authorities to green up their communities, as part of their fight against climate change and to make an impact on protecting the planet. More than 20 municipalities from the South Mediterranean and 2000 participants joined the call for action and organised local planting days with support from Clima-Med. Read more
Clima-Med first NCG meeting in Israel Clima-Med’s National Coordination Group (NCG) in Israel held its first meeting to discuss the implementation of the project and the launch of capacity building events with municipalities. The event took place at the premises of the Delegation of the European Union to Israel on November 5th, where Clima-Med’s local experts Ms. Yonat Schwartz and Mr. Ofer Keren met with Dr. Eyal Inbar, from the Trade and Economic Section of the EUD, and NCG members: Ms. Tahel Ishpa –Ministry of Environmental Protection, Dr. Tal Goldrat – Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULA), Mr. Yotam Sade – Ministry of Interior, and Mr. Uriel Babcyzk – Ministry of Energy, Energy Efficiency.Read more