With the webinar “Biodiversity and Climate Change: Lessons for the Mediterranean Sea?” EMEA launched a new research initiative related to bio-economics and its integration into Mediterranean Blue Economy policies.

The webinar was moderated by the Founder and President of EMEA, Prof. Rym Ayadi, with the participation of Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and explorer, famous for her research on marine algae and her books and documentaries, who explained her vision as Biologist about the oceans as a “life support system”.

Ralph Chami Assistant Director in the Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), at the International Monetary Fund, Member of the Advisory Board, EMEA, and co-author of the well-known study “Nature’s Solution to Climate Change” explained the recent approach to analysing the economic value of whales and marine mammals.

Patricia Morales, explained the experience of Foundation Meri with the protection of Whales in Chile’s shore.

Yara Saab, Coordinator of Operations of SCP/RAC of UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan provided the legal approach, and Alessandra Sensi Head of Sector Environment and Blue Economy – UfM talked about the UfM Environment and Blue Economy Agendas.

The webinar was organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and took place on Thursday September 17 at 15:00 CET on Zoom.