The Science We Need for the Mediterranean Sea We Want
01/10/2021 – 30/09/2030
The Science We Need for the Mediterranean Sea We Want (SciNMeet) Programme aims to be the Mediterranean region contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The Programme is designed on the basis the outcomes of the 2020 Regional consultations of the Preparatory Phase of the Ocean Decade and builds on relevant initiatives active in the region.
The SciNMeet Programme will address major Mediterranean challenges and gaps in scientific knowledge and will trigger a science driven transformative change for the Mediterranean region by strengthening the science base related to the effect on marine ecosystems (thus goods and services) of the various stressors affecting the Mediterranean Sea, i.e. climate change, marine pollution from air/land/sea-based sources and overexploitation of marine resources, as well as of the extreme events threatening people and the environment, such as storms and tsunamis, to envision a sustainable safe and depolluted Mediterranean Sea “Climatic system” (the Mediterranean Sea we want). Increasing education, awareness and international collaboration, by mobilizing the scientific community, policy-makers, private sector and society at large, the Programme will address the Ocean Decade’s seven outcomes and contribute to the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
Enhancing cooperation opportunities towards optimal partnerships by elaborating a shared regional strategic roadmap for the Mediterranean Decade and beyond.
Promoting the co-design and co-production of solutions to the problems caused by climate change, pollution and marine hazard faced by the basin.
Keeping the marine space under permanent review and ensuring reliable data on the state of marine environment and the use of the sea
Providing an integrated, long-term, in situ and satellite observations systems, modelling reanalysis and predictions
Promoting regional and national initiative(s) to fill the gap of sustained in situ observations of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs)
Fostering the generation of dedicated research and innovation also to contribute to marine pollution/hazards (including harmful algal blooms) alert and management and to improve preparedness to emergencies, supporting plans for prevention, adaptation and mitigation to pollution, extreme events (such as tsunamis, or storm surges) and climate change in the Region thus reducing the coastal risks, safeguarding population and activities at Sea.
Facilitating access to data and equipment, know-how transfer, and unlocking potentials for blue capacity-development including the promotion of equal opportunities.
Increasing Mediterranean society’s awareness and knowledge about the crucial importance of a healthy Mediterranean Sea by enhancing regional capacity building and Ocean Literacy
Narrowing the gaps between the North and South Mediterranean shores reinforcing partnerships and transboundary cooperation and contributing to reduce inequalities
White Paper: The Mediterranean Sea we want
The paper major gaps and challenges for implementing the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Developmentpresents (2021-2030) in the Mediterranean region. The authors make recommendations on the scientific knowledge-needs and co-design actions framing them in the Mediterranean Sea’s unique environmental and socio-economic perspectives.
Operational Plan 1-3 years
Lines of action
Organizations promoting the co-design
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