The MedPartnership Advisory Panel to the regional climate change adaptation framework held its first meeting on 18 December in Athens. The meeting was supported by the GWPMed Water, Climate & Development Programme (WACDEP). The focus of the meeting, which was also attended by a PAP/RAC representative, was on presenting the aim of the Framework and the work undertaken so far, to gather experiences on how this Framework can build upon and complement other climate related policies, assessments and initiatives in the region, and to review the content of the preliminary draft of the Framework.
Following this initial meeting, a more developed version of the Framework will be shared with the Panel members for comments. The second expert meeting will be held in February 2015 to review the almost final draft of the framework. A series of consultation steps with national and other stakeholders will follow, leading to submission of the Framework to the UNEP/MAP Focal Points and the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for formal adoption.