USUDS Newsletter
#54 - February 2020


ASIMA Tunis: new project launched for the elaboration of the strategic plan of Tunis

During the last mission of MedCities in Tunis, last 31st January, a meeting took place to prepare the "ASIMA Tunis: Strategic urban planning and improved governance for a resilient metropolis" project, which will be implemented by MedCities in the following 48 months in cooperation with the Municipality of Tunis and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, with a total budget of 2,7M€.


Marine Litter report from Biodiversity Protection Community is released.

Marine litter is listed among the main perceived threats to biodiversity. Its abundance, durability, and persistence endangers the Mediterranean ecosystem. The report comes from Biodiversity Protection Community  and it has agreed 11 key messages to policymakers. This report is a joint effort of the Biodiversity Protection Community projects co-financed by the Interreg-MED Programme focusing on pollution aspects according to the PANACeA Roadmap for Working Group 1 on Biodiversity Protection and Management. The projects featured in this report have supported the review of a spatial understanding of marine litter threats to Mediterranean marine life particularly in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).


Outsmart climate change: work with nature!

The Mediterranean has been identified by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as one of the world's most vulnerable regions in terms of global warming. At the same time, our sea is a global biodiversity hotspot endowed with a great wealth of natural resources and ecosystems. The critical role of biodiversity, ecosystems and natural infrastructure in mitigating climate change and reducing its impacts is increasingly being recognized. While climate change is becoming more and more of a concrete reality, impacting people and places throughout the Mediterranean region, a broad range of Nature-based Solutions are available to enhance society's resilience in this new, dynamic and highly challenging context. 


Rev'acte: M'Saken representatives meeting in Barcelona

Rev'acte exchange meeting with M'Saken representatives to follow the project of young participation in public affairs. From 2 to 4 March 2020 in Barcelona.  

Kick-off meeting- MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The kick-off meeting from MED Sustainable Tourism Community (InCircle) From 2 to 6 March 2020 in Salou

Rev'acte: meeting in Tunisia

Follow up from the Rev'acte project in diverses Tunisian cities. From 5 to 6 March

Cities 4 Cooperation meeting (C4C) in Barcelona

Find more information about the Cities 4 Cooperation and C4C platform. From 9 to 10 March

TerBrand Mission

TerBrand Mission in Barcelona From 16 to 18 March


The first steps of the InCircle modular project for a circular tourism starts in Trieste

This Interreg-Med funded project will adopt circular economy principles applied to tourism in order to render tourism in islands and low-density zones in Mediterranean more sustainable and responsible.


A process for the creation of mechanisms for the participation of youth in municipal Affairs in M'Saken

The project, funded by the Catalan Agency of Development Cooperation, aims at creating a Local Youth Council and at reinforcing the capacities of the Municipality of M'Saken in implementing local youth policies.


ANMAR Forum: the triangular cooperation key tool

Invited by the Foro Andaluz de Municipios para la Solidaridad Internacional (FAMSI), the Secretary General of Medcities, Josep Canals, intervened in a panel discussion about local strategies to implement the SDGs. 


13 Mediterranean institutions met to launch BLUEFASMA, aiming to enhance sustainability and innovation on the fisheries and aquaculture sector

MedCities will implement the testing phase in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and leads the Capitalisation component. Both entities will address different parts of the value change of the fisheries and aquaculture sector, focusing especially on the phases especially relevant to the territory namely distribution, commercialization and generation of byproducts.


Urban Transports #InterregMed project: the new partners are here!

The replication of the solutions on the Mediterranean area is the focus of the new phase of the project: the Urban Transport Community project. We hereby would like to present to you the components of this renewed partnership for the 2019-2022 period.


Coastal Protection Strategies for the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Almería considering the effects of climate change.

MedCities participates in the development of Coastal Protection Strategies considering the climate change effects for the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Almería which is an initiative financed by the EC´s Structural Reform Support Programme upon request of the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), Directorate General for the Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea (DGSCS).

EDITORIAL: #17 ODS for local sustainable future

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: a desirable shared roadmap

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2015 with the aim of stimulating action and give responses to the challenges affecting the People and the Planet, and fostering Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships (the five Ps). It also seeks to strengthen universal peace and access to justice. Certainly, states have failed in many cases to show efficacy or real political will to solve threats that are not new, they have in fact been there for decades. This is where local authorities can teach us lessons about effectiveness and persuasion to improve people quality of life and the sustainability of our territories. For this reason, I think the first duty of our organizations is to explain to our members the "2030 Agenda" and its 17 SDGs and 169 actions. After all, we must know that this goals concern us all, while responses to address them must be adapted to each reality and context. This is a common milestone, an element that I think is crucial for them to be credible and developable. Mayors, you are already working hard on them. During the last World Urban Forum, I was able to open two possible ways of collaboration to apply the SDGs in our cities: with UN-Habitat and with UCLG. Both organisations need effective actors to make the localization real. MedCities is not only a reliable player, but we are already SDG 17 - an effective partnership to reach the other 16 global goals. Josep Canals, Secretary General.

"The sea does not like to be restrained. " ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

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