MEDCOP, MEDITERRANEAN FORUM CLIMATE – TangIer 2016By
December 3, 2023
MedCOP is the forum of state and non-state stakeholders in the Mediterranean organized in preparation for the 22nd World Climate Conference (COP22). On July 18-19, 2016, the leaders of Mediterranean territories will meet in Tangier to trigger positive dynamics to preserve this region and be a proposition force so that COP 22, which will be held on November 7-18 in Marrakech, can reach concrete and ambitious commitments. This important rendezvous testifies to the concrete commitment of the Mediterranean to adapt practices or mitigate impacts already being felt in this climate hub with major changes (reduction of biodiversity, coastal retreat, increased water stress…)
MedCop Climat invites stakeholders from the Mediterranean to consider possible synergies to leverage the positive impacts of existing initiatives or create and formulate proposals to intensify the transition from strategic frameworks to concrete achievements. It aims to be organized every year, ahead of COP, in one of the Mediterranean countries.
The first edition of MedCOP, held in Marseilles on June 4-5, 2015, showed that face to multiple issues related to climate change, solutions are considered, invented and tested by the inhabitants of the Mediterranean territories. Initiatives of all kinds are multiplying, positively and tangibly contributing to the fight against climate change and the adaptation to new constraints. Thus, the Mediterranean appears as a space where the complementarities of a common destiny emerge.
A concrete invitation to continue exchanges
In the perspective of a progressive institutionalization of the Mediterranean exchange process on climate change and ultimately its integration into international negotiations, the resumption of MedCOP has been unanimously requested by all climate stakeholders.
Holding MedCOP Climat in Tangier this year is not a fortuitous decision. It is a concrete invitation to continue discussions in preparation for the big event COP 22 in Marrakech whose challenges are of concern to the international community.
This flagship event aims to achieve four key objectives:
• Promote the monitoring of commitments approved by the declaration of the MedCOP21 in Marseille;
• Affirm the relevance of the Mediterranean dimension in the fight against climate change;
• Invite stakeholders from the Mediterranean to promote multi-stakeholder synergies;
• Organize the commitment of Mediterranean stakeholders and prepare a Mediterranean project, allowing the implementation of a genuine road map for mitigation and adaptation.
CONCRETE AN INVITATION TO CONTINUE THE EXCHANGE
In the background of the progressive institutionalization of the Mediterranean exchange process on climate change and ultimately its integration into international negotiations, continuing MedCOP been almost unanimous demand of all players climate.
Holding MedCOP Climat in Tangier this year is not a fortuitous decision. It is a concrete invitation to continue discussions in preparation for the big event that is the COP 22 in Marrakech which issues a challenge to the international community.
This flagship event aims to achieve four key objectives:
• promote the monitoring of commitments approved by the declaration of the MedCOP21 in Marseille;
• affirm the Mediterranean dimension as relevant to the fight against climate change;
• invite actors from the Mediterranean to promote multi-stakeholder synergies;
• organize the commitment of Mediterranean stakeholders and prepare a project Mediterranean, allowing the implementation of a genuine road map for mitigation and adaptation.
The Voice of the Mediterranean
MedCOP Climat – Tangier 2016 is a platform for dialogue and consultation between stakeholders across the Mediterranean, all firmly committed to the fight against climate change. The goal is to strengthen solidarity and prefigure best practices and innovative mechanisms for changing individual and collective behaviors.
The Mediterranean fully deserves its title of climate hub. Transformations are ongoing and can have dramatic consequences in the short term, especially as the population increases and weighs on the natural environment, which highlights the urgent need to act quickly. The 22 countries of the Mediterranean region are aware of the fragility of the climate balance needed to preserve good living conditions and human development.
The fight against climate change is a top priority. The focus is of course on greatly reducing carbon emissions, but also starting to adapt to changing conditions, and strengthening infrastructure against the amplification of extreme weather events and lack of resources, including potable water.
A few months after the historic agreement in Paris COP21, time is for action, particularly the spread of practices, many of which have already been implemented.
Continuing the initiatives of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, the Moroccan Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region will organize on July 18-19, 2016 the Mediterranean Climate Forum to assert the voice of the Mediterranean in COP 22 negotiations as to mobilize all stakeholders of territories and economy to find and deploy concrete solutions.
MedCOP Climat, raisons d’être
The fragility of the climate balance of the Mediterranean mobilizes all political, economic and social stakeholders, as well as researchers and academics… to fight climate change. All together are unanimous on the need for action.
Alarming effects of climate change
The Mediterranean is one of the hotspots of climate change with an increase in the average annual temperature of 2.2 to 5.1 ° C depending on the ability to transform production and economy patterns.
The Mediterranean is a North/South and East / West interface and constitutes a unique place for co-producing helpful responses for the world as part of the struggle against climate change.
The littoral countries are facing the same environmental and climate reality, which requires binding but ambitious commitments.
These countries can converge their needs to become a reference for environmental and energy transition, and so fully grasp the opportunities of new development patterns.