The Mediterranean is debated in Malaga

19 November 2010 | International news release

Malaga, Spain, 16 November 2010 (IUCN-Med) – The Mediterranean Forum of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature will meet next week with government representatives, public administrations, NGO´s, private businesses, scientists and biodiversity and development experts in the Mediterranean to agree on future commitments in environmental cooperation and to specify the priority projects for the conservation of the Mare Nostrum.

Organized by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, more than 200 delegates from various Mediterranean countries will meet the following 22nd November at 6pm at the Albeniz Theatre in Malaga for the inauguration of the IUCN Mediterranean Forum and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.

The Director General of IUCN, Julia Maron-Lefèvre, will be accompanied on this occasion by the Ambassador of Principality of Monaco in Spain Mr. Patrick Van Klaveren, the President of the Diputación Provincial of Malaga, Mr. Salvador Pendón Muñoz, the Spanish Ministry of Environment of the Junta de Andalucia, Mr. José Juan Díaz Trillo, the State Secretary of Climate Change from the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs Mrs. Teresa Ribera Rodríguez and the Mayor of Malaga, Mr. Francisco de la Torre Prados, will unite to celebrate the opening of the Forum and develop new alliances and discuss the priorities of the cooperative work programme for the coming years.

The event will be followed by the signing of various cooperation agreements between the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and several Spanish and Mediterranean institutions at 8:30pm in the Town Hall of Malaga, as well as the presentation of awards for the Photography Competition: Know and Account for Mediterranean Biodiversity, organized to mark the 10th Anniversary of the IUCN office in Malaga.

The IUCN Mediterranean Forum will continue on the 23rd and 24th November at the Malaga Diputación, and will finalize on the 25th with a visit to the Sierra de las Nieves, Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean.

The framework to establish the basis of progress towards the post- 2010 objectives of conservation and innovation in the environmental cooperation in the Mediterranean, some of the topics that will be covered during the Forum include the development of sustainable tourism, energy networks, conservation of species, climate change, management of marine and land areas and the role of cooperation agencies and Mediterranean conservation foundations. The conclusions of the IUCN Forum in Malaga will be collected in a public statement with the established actions and objectives for conservation of one of the hottest and most threatened places of biodiversity on the planet: the Mediterranean.

Notes for the editors

The complete programme can be viewed here: Programa Foro UICN

For more information and interviews:

Sonsoles San Román, Communications Manager, IUCN-Med, Tel. 952 028430, Mobile: 627719783,

Silvia Casellas, Department of Institutional Relations, IUCN-Med; Tel: 952 028430, Mobile: 620 895485,

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About the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation

IUCN-Med´s headquarters are located in the Andalusia Technology Park (Parque Tecnólogico de Andalucía) in Malaga, Spain and has over 170 members in the Mediterranean region, including governments, NGO’s and governmental agencies. Their mission is to influence, encourage and help Mediterranean societies to conserve and sustainably use natural resources of the area and work with IUCN members and other agencies that share the same goals of the organization.

IUCN-Med receives financial support from the Ministry of Environment of the Junta de Andalucia, the Ministry of Environment of Rural and Marine Affairs and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) among others.