Mediterranean Climate change Adaptation Awards 2018-2019

Updated 02/12/2019


The second edition of the Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards, from November 2018 to may 2019 is now closed. The nominees have been awarded in Lisbon during the European Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA, 2019) on the 29th of may.

This concourse is organized in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean, the Plan Bleu, the Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AViTeM), in association with the Association of Mediteranean Agencies for energy management (MEDENER), the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), the Association of Mediterranean Chamber of Commerce (ASCAME) and the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS). This concourse aims at disseminating and promoting adaptation actions in rural, urban or coastal areas of the 23 mediteranean countries in the 3 following categories :

  • Category 1 “Developments, infrastructure and building”;
  • Category 2 “Ecosystems and natural resources”;
  • Category 3 “Methods for designing and implementing public policies”.

28 applications have been received (+30% compared to the previous edition) coming from 9 countries, 74% coming from SEMCs (Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries).

Who can enter the concourse ?

This competition is aimed at public stakeholders, members of the private sector and NGOs which are taking action and developing solutions to adapt the Mediterranean regions to the changing climate:

  • Local authority;
  • National body;
  • Public university;
  • NGO in partnership with a local public stakeholder;
  • Companies or members of the private sector in partnership with a local public stakeholder.
This competition concerns the regions included within the Mediterranean bioclimatic zone, i.e. part or all of the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian National Authority, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

Projects are selected regarding criteria related to their relevance, the exemplarity of the actions, efficiency and sustainability as well as their replicability at the mediterranean level.

Presentation of the 3 nominees 2019

In the "Infrastructures and Resilient Buildings" category, the Municipality of Jerash in Jordan has been awarded for rainwater harvesting to supply a public park. This project, with multiple co-benefits, also raises awareness among the population about water resources scarcity in the area.
In the "Ecosystems and Natural Resources" category, the Union of Municipalities of the District of Bint Jbeil in Lebanon has been awarded for “Increasing green cover through reforestation and creating new forests through afforestation” project. Funded with mainly local resources, this project, started in 2005, has a medium and long term approach, an exemplary approach to encourage. The forest cover has already been increased by 5% since the start of the project.
In the category "Methods and Tools for Public Policy Design”, the County of Šibenik-Knin in Croatia, supported by PAP/RAC, was awarded for its Coastal Plan taking into account the variability of climate change. This participative planning approach, initiated in 2014, already bears some fruits. Officially adopted by the authorities, it guides urban development projects and investments of the targeted municipalities.
The latter is also the Overall Winner to encourage the dissemination of this planning process.

First edition feedbacks and laureates

At the occasion of COP22, organized in Marrakech from 8 to 18 november 2016, the first Mediterranean climate change adaptation awards were offered to 4 laureates.
The first prize was awarding the Association of the development and strategic studies of Medenine (Tunisia) in Category “Ecosystems and natural resources”. This initiative involves carrying out Water and Soil Conservation (WSC) in order to preserve the agricultural heritage and improve the income of inhabitants (conserve rainwater by creating a succession of earthen dykes, rainwater cisterns etc.).The project was proposing innovative solutions for water resource management in arid region of Hariza-Chaab Chnini in South Eastern Tunisia.

Download the project presentation: "Managing natural resources for climate change adaptation in the Hariza and Chaab Chnini regions"
The “Boosting Prize” was awarding Municipality of Ramallah (Palestinian territories) in the  Category “Developments, infrastructure and buildings” for their “Green plan” for climate change adaptation, launched in 2014.

Download the project presentation: "A plan for Ramallah’s climate change adaptation"
In category “Ecosystems and natural resources”, the Dar Si Hmad Association (Morocco) was awarded for its project aiming at developing technologies (nets) to collect water from fog, to improve living conditions and to promote sustainability and development of rural local communities.

Download the project presentation: "Capturing the fog to ensure water supply"
Finally, in category “Methods for designing and implementing public policies”, the Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon/Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change (Portugal) was awarded. This initiative therefore focuses on building the capacities of local stakeholders and improving the consistency of policies for adapting to climate change (provide training for local stakeholders, creation of a stakeholder network for local adaptation, support to deployment of Municipal Adaptation Strategies (MAS)).

Download the project presentation: "Municipal strategies for adapting to climate change - ClimAdaPT.Local"
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