In November 2022 (6-18), Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition. Recent IPCC reports have highlighted the gravity of the climate crisis and the need for immediate and sustained political will, impactful action, and effective cooperation.
For the first time in UNFCCC COP’s history, the 27th edition will host a Mediterranean Pavilion. The initiative is led by the UfM, together with United Nations Environment Programme – Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) and the PRIMA Foundation and seeks to highlight both the urgent challenges the region is currently facing and the innovative solutions already being developed throughout the Mediterranean. Hosted by a Mediterranean country, the COP27 is timelier than ever in building important regional momentum in the fight against climate change. MedPAN will attend the COP 27 and look forward to taking part in the Mediterranean Pavilion’s activities.

COP 27: a political momentum for tangible Ocean conservation investments

Marine ecosystems support a large portion of the global biodiversity and play a major role in society. They harbour key climate-regulating processes and habitats. They contribute to worldwide food security and represent for numerous coastal communities, the essential source of protein. They provide also valuable economic, cultural and well-being services and resources that support an important part of many countries economy.

MedPAN will take part in the 27th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to voice and showcase the strategic role of MPA managers’ networks and the cost-effectiveness of nature-based solutions (NbS) provided by MPAs and their networks. Several initiatives have made NbS a priority within the Mediterranean region, including PRIMA, UfM, FAO, Interreg NEXT MED, EFI, MEDWET, and many more but we still need to work at scale and catalyse the efforts as stressed by the results of the Interreg projects MPA NETWORKS and MPA Engage and the recommendations of the MedPAN policy paper (to be shared very soon).

Represented by its president, Puricacio Canals, and its Policy manager, Carole Martinez, MedPAN will follow the negotiations, participate in several events of the Mediterranean Pavilion, share the recommendations of the MedPAN Policy paper for enabling marine resilience in the Mediterranean Sea, and contribute to the new ENACT initiative developed by the COP 27 Presidency.