No Country Alone
May 17, 2016 / Library
No Country Alone, a new documentary on climate change in the Mediterranean region, produced by the European Union funded ClimaSouth project, was launched on 2 March at the European Parliament. The documentary examines, in the aftermath of the historical Paris agreement, the reality of climate change through the experiences of ordinary...
World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan
Apr 26, 2016 / Library
Climate change threatens to drive 100 million more people into poverty in the next 15 years. The World Bank Group adopted a new Climate Change Action Plan that will help developing countries address this challenge and meet their COP21 climate commitments. Discover how the plan will support countries to identify green transport solutions, develop...
Tunisia and Italy Shine Light on How Regional Electricity Trade Can Help Stabilize the Region
Apr 25, 2016 / Blog entry
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has never faced such significant stress on its ageing infrastructure like it does today, with one of the most telling being the substantial increase in the need for electricity. It is estimated that electricity demand in the MENA region will increase by 84% by 2020. Tunisia has the opportunity to...
Heat, Light and Power for Refugees
Syria: “One of the three Reasons why Migrants leave is to find Electricity, after Security and Employment!”
Mar 16, 2016 / Blog entry
International community programs must not only focus on the countries which host the most Syrian refugees – Lebanon and Jordan –, but must also take Syria into account. This is the view put forward by Abdallah Al Dardari, former Minister of Planning in Syria and Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for...
Drum roll…Presenting the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant!
Feb 12, 2016 / Blog entry
Concentrated Solar Power is the greatest energy technology you have probably never heard of. While it may not be as widely known as other renewable energy sources, there’s no doubting its potential - the International Energy Agency estimates that up to 11 percent of the world’s electricity generation in 2050 could come from CSP. ...
Renewable Energy Export-Import: a Win-Win for the EU and North Africa
Jan 12, 2016 / Blog entry
Over the past several years much has been written about the significant potential for solar energy generation in the Middle East and North Africa, where there is no shortage of sunshine. The International Energy Agency estimated that the potential from concentrated solar power technology alone could amount to 100 times the electricity demand of...
Just across the Mediterranean – The Transition from COP21 to COP22
Jan 06, 2016 / Blog entry
France has just hosted COP21 to a very successful conclusion: the 2015 Paris Agreement. This achieved consensus among 196 countries on the most complex and challenging global issue of our time – climate change. It reconciled the widely different perspectives and interests of developing and developed countries, the North-South divide which has been...
The Time is Ripe for a Mediterranean Energy Market
Towards a Mediterranean Energy Market - Agenda
Knowledge Exchange Platforms as Climate Finance Access Tools in the Mediterranean: Some Examples
Nov 25, 2015 / Library
Although very vulnerable to the effects of climate change, the countries of the southern Mediterranean shore are struggling to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation programs. Climate investment scale-up is necessary, together with better targeting of financing and eliminating investment barriers, to ensure sustainable development and...
Energizing our Green Future
Oct 06, 2015 / Blog entry
As world leaders come together at the UN General Assembly to adopt new sustainable development goals, climate change activists gear up for Climate Week in New York City and the Pope brings his message to the United Nations, a shared vision of our future is coming into clear focus.
If we are to eradicate poverty, we need to tackle climate...
I Have a Dream: The fight against Climate Change & Economic Development are Not Incompatible
Jul 31, 2015 / Blog entry
The common view is that climate change exacerbates poverty and hurts economic growth. Economic development has contributed to an unsustainable rise in the greenhouse gas emissions that are destabilising the global climate system. There is now a consensus that climate change affects development and challenges the ability to eradicate poverty....
Urban Mobility in Mediterranean Cities: Feedback & Perspectives
Jul 31, 2015 / Highlight
The program « Sustainable Urban Transport » of the CMI, coordinated and funded by the AFD, that delegated implementation to CODATU, started in 2010 with an inaugural conference in Damascus (Syria).
In its first phase the program activity has consisted mainly in the organization of regional seminars and thematic workshops (Damascus...
L’eau en Afrique : à Quel Prix?
Qui paie quoi en matière de transport urbain ? Guide de bonnes pratiques
Jul 31, 2015 / Library
Le présent “Guide de bonnes pratiques de financement du transport urbain” met en relief, sans prétendre à l’exhaustivité, des expériences significatives de mobilisation des principales possibilités de financement du secteur. Il s’agit ainsi de fournir une base de référence à tout décideur, du Sud comme du Nord, qui serait amené à participer à la...
Facing Water Scarcity in the Mediterranean
Jul 31, 2015 / Library
Pressure on water resources has reached critical levels in many countries in the Mediterranean Basin. Sophisticated water mobilization strategies have been implemented but physical, financial and environmental constraints linked to such supply-side approach demonstrate that better management of already mobilized water is necessary. Acting upon...
Climate Change Adaptation: Quick Action Needed
Jul 15, 2015 / Blog entry
Interview of Stéphane Simonet by Rahel Laudien
The recently published World Bank report “Turn Down the Heat III” describes future climate change impacts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in a 4°degree warmer world with devastating consequences for development. Therefore, adaptation to climate change is urgently needed to...
Let the Sunshine In
Jul 08, 2015 / Blog entry
By Melissa Bell
Ours was a debate before the big debate that’s to take place in December. The whole world will be meeting in Paris in the hope of finding a deal that would limit greenhouse emissions to 2 degrees above pre industrial levels. The aim is about as ambitious as it could be: to agree the first universal and legally binding...
Why Does Europe Import Pineapples, But Not Solar Energy?
Jul 02, 2015 / Blog entry
By: Jonathan Walters* and Silvia Pariente-David*
Let’s imagine a strange conversation, between Mr. Protection and Ms. Solar. So we can try and understand why Europe imports no solar energy from sunny places, but all of its pineapples.
Ms. Solar: “I don’t understand. North Africa is thirty percent sunnier than...
The Time is Ripe for a Mediterranean Energy Union
Apr 15, 2015 / Blog entry
By Silvia Pariente-David
As the European Commission launches its new Energy Union Package - a set of three Communications setting the strategy for a secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy - , it is the perfect time for the Mediterranean countries to seize the moment, join the “energy transition” movement and commit to the...
Apr 03, 2015 / Program
The World Bank.
Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).
Energy Efficiency efforts are too limited in the region while the energy demand is rising substantially in the region.
Existing Solutions and good practice are not sufficiently shared to inform policy...
Apr 03, 2015 / Program
The World Bank.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Insufficient scientific science-based understanding of the nature and magnitude of development impacts of climate change in the region
Insufficient consideration of regional based publications in Climate change...
Towards Green Growth in Mediterranean Countries - Overview
Agenda - Advisory Group Meeting - Energy Efficiency in MENA 22-23 September
Innovation Climate and Policies in the MENA Region: An Overview
Towards Green Growth in Mediterranean Countries - Full Report
Conclusions of the workshop
Urban Projects Finance Initiative (UPFI)
Oct 16, 2014 / Program
The Urban Projects Finance Initiative (UPFI) is co-managed by the European Investment Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, and is in partnership with the the Union for the Mediterranean. Its objective is to identify, prepare and present for financing integrated, sustainable, and innovative urban development projects that meet the...
Apply now for a free e-learning course organized by the WB e-Institute on Policy Instruments for Low Emissions Development: From Design to Implementation
Apr 28, 2014 / Highlight
This course has the following modules – (i) Introduction to Low Carbon Development Planning; (ii) Overview for Policymakers; (iii) Power; (iv) Household; (v) Transport - which introduce you to climate change mitigation, explore the concepts surrounding low carbon development planning on an economy-wide basis and take a detailed look at what this...