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Mediterranean: scientists sound the alarm at IUCN congress

Although it covers only one percent of the Earth’s marine surface, the Mediterranean is home to 18% of the world’s aquatic species. Today, the Mediterranean is facing unprecedented climate and environmental changes. “No, our Mediterranean basin is not doing well,” observed Lina Tode, deputy director of Plan Bleu¹, at a conference organised on Wednesday 8 September 2021 at the World Conservation Congress in Marseille. The UN (United Nations) led centre of expertise is using the RED 2020 report (State of the Environment and Development Report), a study commissioned by the 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean, to alert policy makers. “We are not on track to achieve the sustainable development objectives set by the major bodies for 2030, I would even say that they are unattainable,” regrets Guillaume Sainteny, a sailor and President of Plan Bleu since the beginning of the summer. […]

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