GREAT Med project

Generating a Risk and Ecological Analysis Toolkit for the Mediterranean


PARTNERS: Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Aix-Marseille University - Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity & Ecology (France); AUB (Lebanon); CNRS-L (Lebanon); University of Sfax - BIOECOS-MA (Tunisia), Saint Joseph University - Lab. Genomic Characterization of Plants, (Lebanon).

PROJECT DURATION: from 14/12/2013 to 14/12/2015

The project deals with the crucial issues of biodiversity conservation, management and monitoring on Mediterranean coasts, and focuses in particular on the design and implementation of an integrated strategy based on ecological indicators and risk analysis. It will be implemented in five selected study areas: Gulf of Cagliari (Italy), coastal area of Provence (France), the area of Byblos (Lebanon), Coast of Beirut (Lebanon) and the Gulf of Gabès (Tunisia), to assure a range of examples sufficient to elaborate a transferable product.


(A) Create an implementable collaborative network of institutions, agencies and local administrations of the partners countries for monitoring coastal areas in the Mediterranean and for the integration of local interventions in a macro-scale action plan at basin level ( GREAT Med network, see WP3, A3.1). The network aims to transfer knowledge and expertise among organisations and local actors and to share perspectives on priorities for conservation and management at the Mediterranean Basin scale;

(B) Develop a specific toolkit for assessing biodiversity at plant species and community levels and their vulnerability to potential risks (GREAT Med toolkit). Risks concern oil and HNS (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) spills, urbanisation and tourism pressures. On one hand, the toolkit will provide basic information about environmental status, human pressures and potential risks of the coastlines where it will be applied, providing a prioritisation of the analysed shorelines and pinpointing areas where interventions are most required.
On the other hand, the toolkit will define the experimental design and the methodological procedure for applying the same approach in any coastal Mediterranean area and over time, serving as a tool for monitoring purposes;

(C) Plan and realise actions for the dissemination of the GREAT Med toolkit and its products among the main organisations charged with coastal environment conservation in the partners countries (see WP2 and WP3).


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The total budget of the project is € 1.936.896.

The amount/percentage of the EU contribution is (90%) € 1.743.012. 



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.