Launch of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Consortium

On the eve of a crucial increase in the mobilisation for biodiversity on a global scale, with the stated objective of achieving sustainable protection of 30% of the planet, 2021 is a key year for the fight against the erosion of biodiversity, with many international meetings. In January 2021, the One Planet Summit organised by France with the United Nations and the World Bank launched the movement with the announcement of an approach for an “Exemplary Mediterranean 2030”. The IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille in September and the 15th COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity in China will mark this year of biodiversity. These events have motivated the launch of ICO Solutions, and represent an opportunity to coordinate more effectively actions in favour of biodiversity and natural environments at all levels.

Given the many challenges affecting the Mediterranean region (including climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and pressure on natural resources) – the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative of Ramsar (MedWet), the Mediterranean Marine Protected Area managers network (MedPAN), the Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative (PIM), the Tour du Valat, the International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM) and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med), with the support of Conservatoire du littoral, have signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday, 12 March in Marseille.

The members of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Consortium

The press conference that was organised after the signature to share the importance and role of this innovative partnership was followed by a very encouraging press coverage, showing the relevance of the subject.

This memorandum marks the launch of the Mediterranean Consortium to protect Biodiversity. By bringing together the skills, experiences, know-how and scientific knowledge of these six organisations, the Consortium will allow to act on a common goal with a regional vision, i.e. to develop innovative solutions allowing to respond to the challenges of biodiversity conservation, as well promoting greater effciency in the use of available economic resources for managing natural resources in the Mediterranean.

The common goals of this Consortium are: to effectively protect and restore Mediterranean biodiversity; identify, implement and promote Nature-based Solutions; mobilise and support local communities to preserve natural resources and manage their impacts on health and quality of life.

A first example of this collaboration will be the presentation of a joint project on Nature-based Solutions in Mediterranean coastal areas, which will be co-financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).