The Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica Water Agency, the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Conservatoire du littoral are working in partnership with the PIM Initiative, SMILO, Sulubaaï foundation and Ecocean to mobilise collective intelligence, catalyse funding and develop solutions to promote biodiversity and the preservation of coastlines, islands and oceans.
Public and private operators, NGOs, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, island representatives, financial donors, actors in the environmental sector, project leaders, journalists, students… All these actors are invited to act, to collaborate, to come together to share good practices, to regain imagination and to launch experiments.
The ecological restoration of the Mediterranean shallow coastal sea bed will be discussed at the conference and at the DRIVER meetings. DRIVER is a cooperative approach involving researchers, technicians, managers, institutions and financial partners. Through its dynamics, it allows the setting up of projects, the sharing and promotion of results and a contribution to the definition of policies for the ecological restoration of small coastal areas.
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Following the DRIVER conference, the Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica Water Agency will organize workshops on the theme “Biodiversity, ecological restoration and economy”, which will focus on posidonia and sandy environments. The agency will also organize a technical meeting on a guide for the evaluation of ecological restoration measures as well as a day of meetings with actors of ecological restoration.
Maritime space covers more than 70% of the planet’s surface and is therefore a key factor in the development of territories and the economy. Several essential services are provided by the seas and oceans: health and food, climate regulation, enhancement of the value of territories, and stimulation of the economy. The Mediterranean, which represents less than 1% of the surface area of the world’s oceans, is at the heart of major conservation and development issues: 10% of marine biodiversity is found in this region, on which a third of maritime traffic is based, and more than 30% of the world’s tourism economy, making it the world’s leading tourist destination and home to numerous industrial activities.
The challenges related to the conservation of the oceans and marine biodiversity will be the subject of a conference, and the floor will be given to companies offering solutions to meet these challenges. Other workshops will address the challenges of the maritime economy in the Mediterranean: cruise activities and sustainable tourism will be the subject of discussions between companies, public actors and experts.
2021 is a strategic year for the future of international environmental conservation and the definition of the next global framework for biodiversity conservation. The health crisis has raised many questions about island resilience, issues that will be addressed in the ICO Solutions workshops.
SMILO, the Conservatoire du Littoral and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) are co-organizing the World Island Networks, an event that aims to bring together all international island networks and actors involved in island protection. Through several virtual events, a global mapping of actors working on the sustainable development of islands around the world will be established, in order to identify the current and future challenges facing islands and to launch partnerships and joint projects to unite the strengths of island actors. Other workshops will come to study the issues of island resilience or to identify companies that provide concrete answers to the different challenges facing these territories.
Resilience refers to a territory’s ability to turn change into an opportunity for long-term evolution. For coastal and island territories, these changes are numerous and amplified by various phenomena: climate change, economic and tourism development, urbanization… To ensure their resilience, these territories must therefore evolve in line with these phenomena and respond to new challenges.
The solutions examined will focus on coastal management, the initiatives and innovations of coastal cities in terms of infrastructure development, food security and biodiversity conservation. The resilience of island and coastal territories is cross-cutting, and requires the co-construction of solutions at the crossroads of issues and fields of action.
ICO Solutions is based on the certainty that it is through the combination of strengths and skills that concrete solutions can emerge, solutions where ecology and economy are not opposed. This is why this event is committed to involve companies in its approach, in order to initiate meetings and exchanges between the private sector and the actors of the management and conservation of island, coastal and marine territories.
In this perspective, companies will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the challenges of water, energy, waste and biodiversity management to the managing actors partners of ICO Solutions during French and English speaking webinars companies – webets. Other workshops will support, in partnership with the Marseille Provence Cruise Club, the energy-efficient transition of cruise activities, or the development of tools and mechanisms for sustainable finance, which are growing challenges in light of global conservation and sustainable development objectives.
The Mediterranean is just as rich in its history and ecological heritage as in the diversity of the inhabitants of its shores, whose cultures are sometimes so different but so intertwined. However, pollution, uncontrolled development, overexploitation, climate change, invasive species… The Mediterranean is often decried, presented as the most polluted sea in the world, a sea for which “tomorrow there will be fewer fish than plastic bags”.
On the occasion of ICO Solutions, and in partnership with COPEAM (Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Industry), this co-production “another look at the Mediterranean” will provide a factual and contemporary image of the relationship between the Mediterranean people and the “inland sea”. Through reports in the riparian countries, interviews, meetings with specialists and inhabitants, this journalistic investigation, which will be presented at the ICO Solutions conference “The Mediterranean, between conservation and development”, will focus on the words of citizens and successive generations on the different shores of the Mediterranean.
The new generations of professionals, whether they are managers, entrepreneurs or experts, are at the heart of current and future changes. They are the ones who will carry and reinforce the changes decided today in favor of sustainable development and the conservation of our territories and natural ecosystems. So, on the occasion of ICO Solutions, we wanted to involve these professionals of tomorrow in the co-construction of this shared future.
In partnership with SMILO, the Conservatoire du Littoral is therefore working today with Kedge Business School, the Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance, the Faculty of Economics and Management in Toulon, the BTS in Nature Management and Protection in Hyères and the Faculty of Law and Economics in Aix-Marseille to build a toolbox in favor of the resilience and sustainable development of island territories. By working to identify concrete solutions adapted to the constraints of island territories, all of the associated students will respond to the challenges of managing energy, water, waste, marine and terrestrial biodiversity’s conservation, and the management of sustainable tourism.