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Addressing the Ecological Challenges in the Mediterranean03.12.2020

The Med Dialogue For Rights and Equality regional program, funded by the European Union, is organising a Bootcamp in Tunis on “Ecological Challenges in the Mediterranean and the Role of Civil Society” intended for thirty civil society young leaders from ten Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Syria. This activity takes place from 28 to 31 January 2020, at GDA Sidi Amor . An opening session is held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel-Gammarth at 3:00 p.m. on January 27.

The purpose of this Bootcamp, is to facilitate the development of regional networks, mutual capacity and skill-building, promote advocacy, establish cooperation channels and develop local actions within a common framework beyond national borders, based on ecological principles and environmental challenges that countries of the region are faced with today

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit local organisations for the preservation of the environment and to explore their projects. During this training, participants will be called on to design a common regional action, which will have to be simultaneously implemented in the different countries, through initiatives and advocacy campaigns, supported and accompanied by Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality Programme.

A roundtable debate open to the public is also taking place at the Cité de la Culture on January 29, 2020, at 5 p.m. in Tunis. Its purpose is to address the climate and environmental changes resulting from human activities in the Mediterranean region, as well as the common policies and actions designed to meet these challenges. The following is the list of speakers: Mohamed Zmerli, the Climate Focal Point at the Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment; Mounir Majdoub, Environmental and Sustainable Development Expert, Former Secretary of State for the Environment; Hamadi Gharbi, Climate & Energy project manager at WWF North Africa; Sergio Andreis, Director of Kyoto Club, former member of the Italian Parliament; Samia Cherif, Professor at the Environment Department at ISSBAT, Université de Tunis El Manar, Member of the MedECC Editorial Committe, and Martine Btaich, member of the  de la “Lebanon Mountain Trail Association”.

Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is a 3-year (2019 – 2022) EU-funded Technical Assistance regional Programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and social resilience, as well as in influencing policy-making in the Southern Neighborhood and the Euro-Mediterranean Space. It recalls the importance of the civil society as an agent for change, an essential component for democracy, whose participation in public processes and in policy dialogues would lead to more inclusive and effective policies, transparency and accountability.

For more information, interviews and/or to attend the opening session, please contact Suhair.Muhye-al-Deen@particip.com our Communication & Networking Expert.

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