The MedPartnership Steering Committee concluded its fourth meeting held in Hammamet, Tunisia, from 17 to 20 February 2014, in the presence of National Focal Points, executing partners and donors. The meeting reviewed the activities implemented under the four components of the project throughout 2012-2013 highlighting challenges and lessons learnt. Participants acknowledged the high quality results achieved by the MedPartnership in its fourth year of implementation, adopted the 2014-2015 work plan and budget, including extension of the project until the end of 2015, and noted the need to create synergies among the various activities and initiatives under the ambitious 2014-2015 work plan, with a focus on Green Economy. Countries committed to provide regular updates on national activities and to ensure the dissemination of good practices and results throughout the region. Meanwhile, they emphasized the importance of replication of good practices within the MedPartnership and agreed on the inclusion of three replication proposals in the work plan, in Croatia, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
The MedPartnership Steering Committee also served as the Steering Committee for the sister project “Integration of Climatic Variability and Change into National Strategies to Implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean". The meeting included a special session on the project, with interventions by keynote speakers that focused on the Mediterranean dimension of Climate Variability, its implications on coastal zones and the necessary adaptation and policy framework.
In addition to the revised 2014-2015 work plan and budget, participants to the meeting adopted the Inception Report, as well as the revised results framework presented in-session. They highly recommended that efforts be made to fully integrate the results and data from relevant regional and national initiatives and institutions into the Mediterranean Integrated Climate Information Platform (MedICIP).