Budget managed by Agropolis International: 200 k€

Duration of the project: 18 months (April 2013 - September 2014)

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19 partners


Mediterranean see - Marine biodiversitys - Human activities
Societal changes - Climate change - Risks


Mélanie Broin
Agropolis International


Forward-thinking workshop on the Mediterranean sea: Agropolis International is coordinating the MER-MED project

MER-MED project: ‘adaptation to environmental changes in the Mediterranean sea: which research priorities and partnerships ?' an initiative of the French National Research Agency (ANR)



The Mediterranean sea is a hot spot of marine biodiversity, sheltering 8% of the world known marine species – of which 25% are endemic – over only 0.8% of the earth’s oceans surface. This almost closed sea, with a high coastal population density, concentrates – more than any other sea basin – natural and anthropogenic pressures.

Human activities such as fishing and aquaculture, agriculture, industry, tourism, marine transport, oil industry, are as many sources of pollution, overexploitation, disturbance and degradation of coastal and marine habitats and species. As a consequence, marine ecosystems are at threat and so are human activities depending on them.

Societal changes occurring in Mediterranean countries (population increase in the South and East shores, urban densification along the coasts, raise in seaside tourism) make these stresses even more acute.
Moreover, expected consequences of climate change (lower rainfall, increased air and sea water temperature, more intense and frequent extreme climatic ©Denis Lacroix, Ifremer                                                                  events, higher sea level and water acidification) put additional pressures on                                                                                                         habitats and living resources.

These global changes raise questions about our ability to understand, foresee and efficiently manage marine resources over the long term.

Objectives: identify research priorities for the Mediterranean sea

The MERMED foresight thinking workshop aims to integrate current scientific knowledge and foresight vision in order to propose research priorities and new partnerships to build a scientific strategy adapted to the Mediterranean context in response to these changes.


Members of the Consortium

The MERMED foresight thinking workshop develops a trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholders approach carried by 19 partners: French research organisations and universities, professional organisations, associations and international organisations, institutions from South and East Mediterranean countries, under the coordination of Agropolis International.

MER-MED is the second forward-thinking workshop coordinated by Agropolis International—the first one was PARME- Partnerships and Research in the Mediterranean (2010-2011).  


Past events

November 16, 2013: Meeting of the expert group transverse meeting multi-site online with Montpellier

July 1st, 2013: meeting of the cross-cutting expert group, Agropolis International, Montpellier

April 15th: meeting of the Steering committee


Updated on 24/10/14

Mélanie Broin

Tél. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 06

Extrait du site http://www.agropolis.fr/project-management/mermed-project-forward-thinking-workshop-mediterranean-sea.php