Mediterranean and Wetlands presence at COP22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 22) takes place in Bab Ighli, Marrakech (Morocco) from 7-18 November 2016.



COP22 takes over the reins from COP21 (see the article on the MedWet presence, here) during which important progress was made. It focuses on action items in order to achieve the priorities of the Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building, and loss and damages.

25 to 30,000 participants from 190 countries are expected; 1,500 journalists, 8,000 delegates from civil society, and members of parliaments  from all over the world.

Workshops and side events will be scheduled throughout the duration of COP22 in parallel to the formal negotiations. These events aim to deepen the thinking, strengthen the debate, present best practices, develop partnerships, and advocacy, as well as to formulate proposals, promote knowledge sharing, and consolidate or launch initiatives in favor of our climate.

Given the importance of wetlands, as nature-based solutions to the impacts of climate change, MedWet and its Mediterranean partners will be present at the COP22, and will moderate in particular the following workshops and side events:


In the Green Zone (Innovation and Civil Society area)

  1. From Nature-based Solutions in INDCs to Consistent Adaptation and Mitigation Policy Planning in the Mediterranean

Organizer: IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation

Date: 8th November 2016, 9h-10h30, by Lourdes Lazaro

  1. Sustainable Tourism in Natural Areas: innovative solutions to address climate change in Morocco

Organiser: Haut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forets et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification

Date: 8th November 2016, 11h-12h30, by Zouhair Amhaouch

  1. Wetlands Conservation: Maghreb Civil Society Sentinels

Organizer: World Wide Fund for Nature (North Africa office)

Date: 8th November 2016, 13h-14h30, by Ghofrane Trabelsi (WWF MED North Africa), Abdelwahad Boukhennaf (Algeria), Asma Ouassou (Morocco), et Bouabdellah Day (Tunisia)

  1. The Mediterranean Initiative for the Promotion of Solutions Based on Nature

Organizer: the Mediterranean Initiative for the Promotion of Solutions Based on Nature

Date: 8th November 2016, at 14h30 to the Regional Directorate of  Water and Forests of the High Atlas (Villa Janette 3, city Boukar, Bab doukkala Marrakech, by invitation)

  1. Screening of the film ”Berbères des Cimes” sponsored by MedWet

This will be part of the event “150 young people for a climate under surveillance – Marrakech November 2016

Organizer: Institut français de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

Date: 8th November 2016, at 18h

  1. Cultural Practices of Environnemental Conservation

Organizer: Mediterranean Consortium for Nature & Culture

Date: 9th November 2016, 17h-18h30, by Liza Zogib

  1. Water & Climate in Island Territories

 Organizer: French Partnership for Water (FWP)

Date: 10th November 2016, 11.00-12.30, by Marc Vezina

  1. Ocean and Climate Forum

Organizer: Ocean and Climate Platform

Date: 11th November 2016, 9h-12h30, by Ludovic Frère Escoffier

  1. The UNEP/MAP Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework: a strategic approach to increase the resilience of the Mediterranean

Organizer: UNEP/MAP

Date: 11th November 2016, 11h-12h30, by Anne-France Didier

  1. The Mediterranean Agenda of COP22

Organizer: Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

Date: 11th November 2016, 15h-16h30, by Nicolas Debaisieux

  1. Strengthening Climate Risk Monitoring: a multi-scale costal risk method for the Mediterranean

Organizer: Plan Bleu with MedSea Foundation

Date: 11th November 2016, 15h-16h30, by Antoine ALAFITTE

  1. 2nd Meeting of Environmental Journalists from News Agencies in the Mediterranean

The meeting will be devoted to improving climate change reporting in the Mediterranean: Science – Media interface

Organizers: IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the Spanish news agency EFE.

Date: 11-13th November, 2016


In the Blue zone, managed by the UNFCCC

  1. Water for Africa

This water action day will be dedicated to the water sector, to discuss the relationship between water issues and climate change-positioning and to raise its profile in the relevant negotiations.

Date: 9th November, 2016

More details about this day, here

  1. Side event “Biodiversity”: Mediterranean protected areas: natural solutions to deal with climate change.

The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the role of nature and   protected natural areas in addressing climate change, improving the resilience of ecosystems, and contributing to the improvement of the living conditions of local populations.

Organizer: Office of Water and Forests and the fight against desertification

Date: 9th November, 16h30-18h30, Morocco Pavilion

  1. Build Adaptation Skills to Climate Change for Coastal Areas of the Western Mediterranean

Major regional events around the theme of ICZM in a context of climate change

Organizer: UNDP/APAL

Date: 11th November 2016, 10h-12h30, Tunisian Pavilion

More information on their Facebook page here

  1. Cooperation for Integrated Management of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers in the service of adaptation to climate change

Organizer: FWP and RIOB

Date: 11th November 2016, 16h45-18h15

  1. Side event: “Wetlands and Peat – Understanding the Potential”

Thematic focus: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, Protection of wetlands

Peatlands, a particular type of wetlands, only cover about 4 million km2 but they hold significant amounts of carbon. Peatland degradation is responsible for an estimated 5 per cent of global GHG emissions. The participants have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and share experiences on how peatlands can help countries in realizing their contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Organizer: UNEP and Jena Optronik

Date: 12th November 2016, 10h30-12h

Speakers : Representatives from the Ramsar Convention, UNEP, FAO, Wetlands International (WI), JOP, the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory at Tour du Valat (TdV/MWO), SEMIDE.

  1. Implementing the Paris Agreement through Ecosystem based Approaches

Organizer: FEBA

Date: 12th November 2016, 13h-14:30, the Japan Pavilion

  1. Action Plan Signature and Endorsement, 5+5 Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean

Organizer: The Ministers responsible for Water and Environment of the Western Mediterranean members of the 5+5 Dialogue

The members of the Ministerial Group on Water of the 5+5 Dialogue (MGW 5+5) are the Ministers responsible for the water and environmental policies of the Western Mediterranean countries that are members of the 5+5 Dialogue, namely Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. The European Commission, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the Arab Union of the Maghreb, as official members within 5+5 dialogue, shall participate in the meetings and deliberations of the MGW 5+5.

Date: 16th November, 14h-15h, at the European Union Pavilion

More information in MedWet’ article: The Dialogue 5+5 adopts its draft Action Plan of the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean


More information

You will find the side-events program of the blue area, HERE

Learn more about COP22


Download the official communication kit (logos for social medias)

Download the key texts to understand the context of the COP22, HERE.

The access plan to the site of Bab Ighli, HERE: