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
La France vient d’accueillir la COP21 et de mener à bien les négociations pour une issue qui a été qualifiée de franc succès : l’Accord de Paris de 2015. Ce texte a obtenu l’adhésion de 196 pays sur un des sujets les plus complexes de notre temps—le changement climatique. Il a réconcilié les intérêts divergents des pays en développement et des...
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 change...
I Have a Dream: The fight against Climate Change & Economic Development are Not Incompatible
Jul 31, 2015 / Blog entry
L’opinion commune veut que le changement climatique exacerbe la pauvreté et nuise à la croissance économique. Le développement économique a contribué à une augmentation insoutenable des émissions de gaz à effet de serre qui déstabilisent le système climatique mondial. Et beaucoup conviennent aujourd’hui que le changement climatique entrave le...
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, 2010,...
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 cope...
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 agreement...
Why Does Europe Import Pineapples, But Not Solar Energy?
Jul 02, 2015 / Blog entry
Jonathan Walters* et Silvia Pariente-David**
Voici un dialogue fictif entre un certain M. Protection et une certaine Mme Solaire, pour mieux comprendre pourquoi l’Europe n’importe pas d’électricité solaire en provenance des régions les plus ensoleillées, mais toute sa consommation d’ananas!
Mme Solaire : « Je ne comprends pas. L’Afrique du...
The Time is Ripe for a Mediterranean Energy Union
Apr 15, 2015 / Blog entry
Par Silvia Pariente-David*
Alors que la Commission européenne vient de présenter son nouveau paquet « Union de l’énergie », soit un ensemble de trois communications définissant la stratégie à suivre pour une énergie sûre, durable, compétitive et abordable, le moment semble idéal pour que les pays méditerranéens entrent dans le mouvement de la...
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 choices.
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 impact evaluation
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
Towards Green Growth in Mediterranean Countries - Overview
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 Low Carbon Development:Planning & Modelling
Apr 28, 2014 / Highlight
Low Carbon Development: Planning & Modelling
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-...
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...
6th Project Steering Committee Meeting for the GEF Project (Regional Governance and Knowledge Generation) Implemented by Plan Bleu (Marseille)
Aug 14, 2013 / Highlight
This meeting aimed at completing the project’s work plan and to draw lessons from activities which have already been implemented. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministries of Environment of Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, and Palestinian Territories.
Jan 08, 2013 / Program
The World Bank, Plan Bleu, CMI, GIZ.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Municipalities of Beirut, Rabat and Tunis, Ministries of Environment of Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, The World Bank, French Development Agency, European...
Get the Right Stuff, Always Carry Shades and Fly Wth the Sun
Oct 01, 2012 / Blog entry
Imagine climbing into the cockpit of an airplane the weight of a medium-sized car and the wingspan of an Airbus 340. And then imagine taking off without a drop of fuel on board. Sam Shepard can, unless my eyes deceive me.
They do indeed deceive (sadly) but Andre Borschberg is a dead ringer for the star of The Right Stuff, that famous movie...
Workshop on Services for Innovating Firms, CMI
Nov 02, 2011 / Highlight
This workshop, jointly organized by the CMI, the EIB and the World Bank Institute took place in Villa Valmer, Marseille.
The objective of the workshop was to respond to the concerns of science park and incubator managers from the Mediterranean partner countries (MPCs) in order better to identify and assess the services required by the innovating...