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A l’occasion de la conférence des Nations Unies pour le Développement Durable (Rio+20), 4 évènements parallèles développeront des sujet d’intérêt pour la communauté MISTRALS :
-  Mediterranean Forests for Development : a key for adapting policies, territories and societies to climate change in the Middle East North African region ,
-  The Role of Climate Induced Displacement in Socio-economic Development ,
-  Challenges and Opportunities for a Mediterranean Green Growth ,
-  Across the Regions : SIDS Solutions for Sustainable Development .

Mediterranean Forests for Development : a key for adapting policies, territories and societies to climate change in the Middle East North African region The side event will highlight the contribution of MENA forest ecosystems to societies in the MENA region, especially in regard to climate change. The initiatives of the forest administrations involved in the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF) which promote the sustainable management of forests with a view to improving the resilience of MENA territories and societies to Climate Change will be presented and discussed with participants. The side-event will comprise three parts :
- Short presentations on : o the regional cooperation between forest administrations of the MENA region promoting the sustainable management of forests ; o the role of forest ecosystems ? goods and services in climate change adaptation and innovative initiatives from the forest administrations in the MENA region ; o the contribution of the MENA forest sector to the Rio+20 outcomes and recommendations.
- Round-table with representatives of the forest administrations
- Poster exhibition in the side event room


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{{ The Role of Climate Induced Displacement in Socio-economic Development }} Middle East is one of the most climate sensitive regions. According to latest IPCC assessment, the climate is predicted to become even hotter and drier in most of the MENA region. It is further estimated that an additional 80?100 million people will be exposed by 2025 to water stress that is likely to result in an even stronger pressure on groundwater resources. In addition,they are expected to fluctuate more widely, ultimately falling to a significantly lower long-term average. Global models predict sea levels rising from about 0.1 to 0.3 meters by the year 2050, and from about 0.1 to 0.9 meters by 2100. In the case of extreme scenarios (0.5), 12 millions are expected to be displaced in Egypt alone. It will be critical for the governments plan to answer and prioritize these new threats from more multi dimensional scenarios in order to keep social and political stability.


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Challenges and Opportunities for a Mediterranean Green Growth The collective efforts towards achieving sustainable development in the Mediterranean eco-region were presented twenty years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (UNCED), ten years ago at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg (?The Mediterranean Eco-Region: the first firm steps towards Sustainability?) and hopefully once again at Rio+20. This side event will bring together the major institutions and stakeholders from European, Western Asian and North African countries to provide an overview of the joint efforts of strengthened cooperation, common vision and shared strategies towards achieving sustainable development. Under the light of a growing financial volatility, the new realities following the Arab Spring, and taking into consideration the emerging challenges (Integration, Implementation, Coherence) the event aspires to renew the political commitment on a realistic basis in an eco-region located at the North-South interface, facing serious demographic, economic, environmental, technological and socio-cultural problems.


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{{Across the Regions: SIDS Solutions for Sustainable Development}} The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Indian Ocean Commission, the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre propose a side event to explore the value of cross-regional learning to foster climate resilience and the Green Economy in SIDS. The side event will look at the value that communities of practice and partnerships across SIDS regions can deliver in terms of mutual learning and appropriate SIDS-tailored responses to building climate resilience and a Green Economy. The event is complimentary to UNDESA?s work on SIDSNet and SIDSdoc.


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