USUDS Newsletter
56 - April 2020


Mediterranean Cooperation Alliance meeting for post-pandemic scenario actions

Mediterranean Cooperation Alliance brings together local, regional and other substate governments from around the basin. The members of the initiative have met to write a common declaration about how the Mediterranean alliance value and work nowadays projecting some ideas for the post-COVID19 scenario.  


Interview with Dan Lewis: successful urban resilience strategies

In the actual COVID-19 context we recover this interview with Dan Lewis who talks about the support to urban stakeholders, academia and the private sector in their ambitions to contribute to enhancing resilience in human settlements facing challenges from climate change, social and economic risk, and natural hazards.


Key considerations: COVID-19 in informal urban settlements

Social Science for emergency reponse has published this brief sets out key considerations for protecting informal urban settlements from the spread and impacts of COVID-19. There is heightened concern about these settings because of the combination of population density and limited infrastructure. This brief was developed for SSHAP by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with many other contributors listed on the article.


MPA Engage webinar

18th May. "Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas in the Climate Change era" 

InCircle partners meet in a virtual meeting

25 - 26 May 2020. Partners from InCircle modular project from Sustainable Tourism Horizontal Project.

Biodiversity Protection Community webinar

12th June. Biodiversity Protection Community (Interreg Med Program), prepares a webinar for partners and modular projectes.  


MedCities inputs UfM consultation on the future of Blue Economy in the Mediterranean

MedCities, through its General Secretariat, shared its position on the transversal issue of governance for the Blue Economy agenda stressing the urgency of apply an ecosystem based approach and the precautionary principle over the "growth" objectives.


Tetouan: social and sanitary measures for the COVID-19 situation

Tetouan is giving some information about the precautions taken for the COVID-19 health crisis. The city has been working through the sterilization and disinfection campaign that targeted: Mosques, public administrations, public spaces, taxis and urban public transport or markets.


Barcelona from home: information about COVID-19

The city of Barcelona has worked on different documents and it has also dedicated a full space in its website where you can find all the necessary information about COVID-19.


Izmir Metropolitan Municipality introduced "Crisis Municipalism" directive to fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has assessed COVID-19 in profoundly different scope and scale than any other significant emergency situations. 


Dubrovnik: activities undertaken by the city during the crisis caused by Coronavirus

In order to overcome and mitigate the effects of the crisis caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, the City of Dubrovnik has prepared and presented a package of measures for vulnerable groups and businessmen.


Barcelona Metropolitan Area measures due to COVID-19

The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has a specific space on its web with general and concrete documents with all the necessary information about how to act during the COVID-19 situation.


Sfax: solidarity with migrants during COVID-19 period

The Municipality of Sfax in partnership with Terre d'asile Tunisie calls for solidarity with the migrant community living on the municipal area of ​​Sfax. This initiative comes following the containment measures adopted by the Tunisian state in order to fight against COVID-19 spread, resulting in migrants losing their sources of income and being in a very precarious situation.


City of Tirana instructions to prevent the spread of the disease COVID-19

Following the identification of the first two COVID-19 cases in Albania on March 9, 2020 and referring to the Albanian central government's instructions to prevent the spread of the disease, the City of Tirana has since then canceled all public activities and shifted to remote working on shortened working hours. 


Mersin: What the city did about Coronavirus

Mersin (Turkey) is also combatting with COVID-19 as all the other cities all around the world. To this extent, the city council has taken certain measures to provide the well-being and health of their citizens.


Urban Transport Community: Let's keep moving, safely

The Urban Transport Community partners agreed that in the long run, the project will have to respond to the changes of daily commuting and use of urban spaces in our cities.


How is Tanger adapting to the new reality?

The city council of Tanger, Morocco, has doubled efforts and is now regularly cleaning and disinfection streets, and ensuring the delivery of other basic services such as waste collection in order to avoid any focus of infection.


Mediterranean Citizens Assembly Foundation: Youth in the Mediterranean activity report

The Mediterranean Citizens Assembly Foundation (MCAF) dedicated its annual meeting to talk about youth in the nowadays Mediterranean context. MedCities took part of the conversations and discussions as an active actor and an Euro-Mediterranean institution. The MCA Foundation celebrates its VIII Meeting ‘Youth in the Mediterranean' raising a great interdisciplinary debate on the situation of the different Mediterranean countries. MedCities, trought its Secretary General, Josep Canals, was present among other institutions and particulary young people, specialists, public institutions and civil society.


The challenge of teleworking in city-to-city cooperation

The situation created by COVID-19 has challenged several aspects of our life. Among those, the way we traditionally worked and cooperated is at stake. The eventual measures that may restrict travels and social gatherings for weeks or months also forces us to question new forms of exchange and cooperation. In recent weeks, several initiatives of e-learning and webinars have raised. Moreover, we have witnessed how most of our working time turned into videoconferences with workmates and partners. I am convinced that those practices, insufficiently used until now, are here to stay. We shall all incorporate them as frequent working tools once this pandemia is over. They will allow us to explore new ways of working more environmentally sound and, sometimes, more efficient. At the same time, however, we need to make sure that those channels do not leave anyone behind. It is well known that not all individuals and institutions have permanent access to technology, which can never turn into a new gap for inequalities. Finally, we shall not turn into the mistake of thinking that technology can solve all kinds of social interaction. In-person meetings and gathering will continue to be part of our lives. As Aristotle put it, human-beings are "social animals" and societies require face-to-face interactions to move ahead. Oriol Barba, MedCities Director.

Remember, it is time to #Istayhome #joemquedoacasa #jerestechezmoi #mequedoencasa

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