FRANCE: The Mediterranean Sea - sewn or cut?

The Interdisciplinary Network for the Development and Cohesion of the European Territory and its Neighborhoods (RIATE) is organising European conference "The Mediterranean Sea, sewn or cut?" on October 22, 2014 in Paris.

As an ESPON contact point in France, the RIATE in partnership with the Directorate Interministerial Delegation for the Mediterranean (DiMED), organised a day capitalizing ESPON results concerning the Mediterranean neighborhood, especially the results of ESPON ITAN  project "Integrated Territorial Analysis of the Neighbourhoods", whose leader is the International College of Science Planning GIS CIST (directed by Pierre and Claude Beckouche Grasland).

The aim of the conference was to analyze the context and challenges of cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and thus identify potential policy developments and to find tools and best practices to actors working in the Mediterranean.

The conference was organized around five themes:

  • Transport and Urban Development;
  • Environment and Water;
  • Agriculture and Food Security;
  • Energy;
  • Migration.

The event was adressed for national and local civil servant, regional experts, lobbyists and academics interested in energy, transport, urban development, food safety and migration issues regarding the Mediterranean Sea and willing to give their activities a territorial dimension. Main issues discussed were energy, transport, urban development, food safety and migration issues regarding the Mediterranean Sea from a territorial perspective. We also discussed the issues data interoperability and territorial cooperation. The conference showed that:

  • it is important to introduce a territorial dimension while discussing issues as energy, transport, urban development, food safety and migration in the Mediterranean Sea;
  • decision makers and researcher need interoperable data;
  • issues as energy, transport, urban development, food safety and migration needs to be tackled in a coordinate matter on both side of the Mediterranean Sea;
  • it is very important that ESPON continues to work on neighbour countries;

Please find photos, presentations and programme of the conference below (all documents in French).

More detailed information and video materials (in French) are available here.

 
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