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 GREAT Med Final Dissemination Conference


On December 1st, Saint Joseph University organized in Beirut the final dissemination conference of the GREAT Med projectThe event gathered the project partners from different Mediterranean countries and a wide variety of stakeholders from ministries, research and academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, the GREAT Med network as well as representatives from Beirut and Byblos municipalities.

During the conference, the projects partners presented the risk indexes and the toolkit developed based on the assessment of biodiversity and coastal area vulnerability to potential threats (fragmentation, oil spills and pollution). The toolkit will help stakeholders to set priorities for the conservation of the coastal areas along the Mediterranean.



Invitation Card

Press Release - final conference (ENG)

Press Release - final conference (AR)

Proceedings Final conference 5 janvier 2016






Representatives of over 30 cooperation projects funded under the Programme have gathered in Rome on 28 October in occasion of a capitalization event dedicated to environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean region.

GREAT Med participated to the event within the ICZM cluster presenting its pilot actions and main results achieved.






GREAT Med Capitalization Workshops


In the following dates GREAT Med Project is organizing 4 Capitalization Workshops, one for each case-study area examined by the project:

  • September 22 Capitalization Workshops in Beirut organized by National Council for Scientific Research - CNRS-Lebanon, Saint Joseph University, Laboratory “Genomic Characterization of Plants” and the American University of Beirut (AUB)
  • November 1 Capitalization Workshops in Sfax organized by University of Sfax - Faculty of Sciences, Research Unit in Plant Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in Arid Environment (BIOECOS-MA)
  • November 16 Capitalization Workshops in Cagliari organized by Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Environmental Biology (DEB) and Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering (DIAEE)
  • November 26 Capitalization Workshops in Marseille organized by Aix-Marseille University, Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity & Ecology - IMBE

With a view to opening up debate on future ways of ensuring project impact and sustainability the capitalization workshops aim to spread the project results at local level, using practical examples and real experiences.

Reports on the events will be uploaded soon after each workshop at the following links:







GREAT Med participated to the capitalization meeting

of READY MED FISH project


GREAT Med has participated in the capitalization event of READY MED FISH “Sharing best practices: a Mediterranean overview of ENPI CBC Med co-funded projects results”. This meeting has been held on October 13th, in Alexandria, Egypt. Dr Davide Astiaso Garcia, as representative of the GREAT Med project, has introduced GREAT Med project and its results to the audience which included several ENPI projects (READY MED FISH , ECOSAFIMED, Med DIET,  LANDCARE MED). During the event, participants have shared their experiences and expertise while discussing about potential synergies between them.

For more information , watch the video:









On March 19, the Mid Term Conference took place at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Architecture - Fontanella Borghese, in order to present the state of the art and preliminary results at the end of the project’s first year. Special attention was given to the assessment of biodiversity at plant species and habitat levels and to the analysis of risks due to pollution and anthropization in the study areas, especially in the Gulf of Cagliari.

The event benefited from the participation of representatives from several organizations involved in coastal area management. Marko Prem (UNEP-MAP RAC PAP), which is an Associate Partner in this project, presented the Protocol on Integrated Management of Coastal Areas in the Mediterranean. Barbara Negri (Italian Space Agency) illustrated the use of satellite remote sensing in coastal management and presented the collaborative project Risc Kenya (Remote Informative System to support integrated coastal zone management action plan in Kenya) between ASI and the DIAEE Department of Sapienza University of Rome. Alessandro Giannì (Greenpeace Italy), Rosalba Giugni and Federico Di Penta (Marevivo), and Francesca Ottaviani (Legambiente) enriched the event showing the experiences and objectives of their respective organizations related to GREAT Med topics, for integrating activities, efforts and results. Daniela Addis (National Coordinator of Italy) illustrated the CAMP project, which shares many crucial issues with GREAT Med. Likewise, Daniel Ballesteros Bargues (Centre of Biodiversity Conservation of Cagliari University) presented the ENPI CBC Med project ECOPLANTMED, from which GREAT Med will draw precious lessons as regards insitu and exsitu conservation. Anna Maria Cicero (ISPRA Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) gave an overview of experiences ranging from the analysis of the environmental impacts caused by the wreck of the Costa Concordia to the use of a GIS support for Marine Protected Areas managing and zoning. Finally, Aleandro Tinelli (Technical Director) reported on the dune reconstruction activities carried out in the Presidential Estate of Castel Porziano, whereas Angelo De Vita (Director) illustrated highlights and critical situations in the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano.

The conference emphasized the importance of strict collaborations among organizations and the involvement of all actors - managers of protected natural areas as decision makers, national and local agencies as stakeholders, academia and research institutes as principal investigators- for properly addressing sustainable and integrated coastal management.



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A fresh lymph for GREAT Med Project: new expertise from two scientific centers of excellence

With the arrival of the New Year and the signing of the Addendum to the Grant Contract, two new partners have officially joined the GREAT Med project: the National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS), whose referent is the researcher Carla Khater, and the American University of Beirut (AUB), represented by Prof. Mutassem El Fadel.

Communique de presse changement de partenaires_FR

Comunicato stampa - cambio partnership_ITA

Press release_changing partnership_ENG

Communique de presse changement de partenaires_AR



GREAT Med meeting in Marseille

On 9 and 10 February 2015, an internal meeting organized by IMBE was held in Marseille. Partners from Lebanon, Tunisia, France and Italy discussed on Work Package 4 “Biodiversity and land use analysis for toolkit elaboration” and Work Package 5 “Impact, pollution and hazard analysis for toolkit elaboration” and on how to integrated them into WP6 “Toolkit development and application”.

In particular, the event made the point on the state of art of the two WPs, and planned the timetable of future activities. All partners were involved in presenting and discussing scientific and technical problems that emerged during the implementation of the biodiversity assessment task and for the fragmentation analysis. The meeting has been fruitful and successful, particularly in giving clear indications to proceed and strengthening collaboration among partners.


NEXTMED Conference: cooperation in the Mediterranean goes on!

GREAT Med project attended the NEXTMED conference, which was held December 12 at the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome.

“The Conference, sponsored by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, aims to showcase the achievements of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean region and highlight coming challenges under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

The event brought together a wide range of actors of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation among political, EU and project representatives. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the strategy, objectives and priorities of the new ENI CBC Med Programme. In addition, an exhibition will offer a journey through the 95 projects funded by the ENPI CBC Med 2007-2013 Programme.”






Regional Involvement Events are coming soon: STAY TUNED!

Between the months of October and November, GREAT Med Project organized 4 Regional Involvement Event, one for each case-study area examined by the project:

  • October 27 Regional Involvement Event in Byblos organized by Université Saint-Joseph - Faculté des sciences, Laboratoire Caractérisation Génomique des Plantes (LGCP
  • November 6 Regional Involvement Event in Marseille organized by Université d’Aix-Marseille - Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale
  • November 15 Regional Involvement Event in Sfax organized by University of Sfax - Faculty of Sciences, Research Unit in Plant Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in Arid Environment (BIOECOS-MA)
  • November 17 Regional Involvement Event in Cagliari organized by Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Environmental Biology (DEB) and Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering (DIAEE)
  • January 21 Regional Involvement Event in Beirut organized by American University of Beirut (AUB)

The events aim to ensure that the perspectives and demands of local stakeholders are widely taken into account from an early stage of the project’s lifespan, thus ensuring proper ownership of both processes and results.


Following this link you can find the some informations of the events:








On 9 and 10 April 2014, was held in Rome a Training for the beneficiaries of the projects funded by the Second Call for proposals for standard project of the "ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013" during which the ENPI officiers have outlined the key aspects of coordination, communication and financial management of a project.
During the final phase of training, the Communication Officer of GREAT Med project, together with the Communication Officers of the projects MEDNETA and Ca.bu.re.ra have been chosen to sum up the work done during the two days of training regarding communication and visibility rules.




GREAT Med kick-off meeting a success

The GREAT Med kick-off meeting took place on 11 and 12 March in Rome. The partners presented their work packages and work tasks and discussed the next steps in the project. During the meeting, several private and pubblic institutions expressed their interest in the project results. More impressions from the event can be downloaded here. 


GREAT Med Kick Off Meeting 

Generating a Risk and Ecological Analysis Toolkit for the Mediterranean
Rome, March 10-11-12, 2014
Dep. of Environmental Biology
Aula Marini Bettolo (Plant Biology Institute),
Sapienza University of Rome
Piazzale A. Moro 5, 00185 Rome

Kick off Meeting Minute GREAT Med



This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the Sapienza University of Rome and GREAT Med partners and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or of the Programme’s management structures.