forward-thinking workshop research and partnerships for the Mediterranean cooperation between Europe and Mediterranean countries innovation research training business development expertise Mediterranean basin health agriculture and food energy and water cultures and societiesprospective studies competitiveness cluster


60 organizations involved
136 experts involved
10 countries represented
15 workshops

Project duration

18 months


193 K€


Workshop on Mediterranean Forward-thinking
(ARP-PARME 2010-2011)

What researches and what partnerships for the Mediterranean?

Organization of the project

Operation of the project


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The French National Research Agency (ANR) has selected Agropolis International to coordinate, from January 2010, a forward-thinking workshop (Atelier de Réflexion Prospective) on the theme ‘What researches and what partnerships for the Mediterranean?’

This study aimed at:

  • identifying research and innovation fields requiring cooperations between Mediterranean countries
  • defining related operating modes with a forward-thinking view for 2030

What sets this ARP apart is its scope, which is geographic rather than thematic. The areas it covers are many and varied: cultures and civilisations, health, natural resources (in particular water and energy), agriculture and food. The regional approach was relevant as the countries bordering the Mediterranean are closely related, both by
geography and by history. Their destinies too are linked: economically, socially, culturally and politically.

Thus, what makes PARME a unique project is that it brings all these strands of thought together within the specific context of the Mediterranean world, taking a forwardlooking, multidisciplinary and cross-cutting approach. 136 experts from 60 organizations have been involved in 10 countries and in various fields: agronomy, energy, environment, energy, geography, human and societies sciences.The region’s major future issues have therefore been approached not in a sectoral fashion but according to a holistic vision. Such a vision leads to three broad research fi elds:

  • men and women, societies and territories
  • natural resources: environment, water, soils, energy
  • agriculture, food and health

The issues have been studied by giving a particular attention to populations and territories, at various scales, from the micro-local to the macro-regional levels, to promote the sustainable development of the region.



ARP-PARME synthesis (12 pages - July 2011)

synthèse ARP PARME

English version - high resolution (882 Kb)
English version- low resolution (707 Kb)
Arabic version (994 Ko)




Final report (194 p., 4Mb)

Foresight studies summary datasheets (182 p., 2Mb)



Organization of the project

ARP-PARME groupe

A steering committee (CPO) made up of 15 members:


A forward-thinking studies synthesis group (CSEP), multidisciplinary, made up of 30 experts

A cross-cutting expert group (GET) consisting of 28 members specialized in the different fields of the study, in charge of the interface between the steering committee and the thematic working groups

Four thematic working groups (GTT), each one made up of 17 to 33 experts, in the following fields:

  • Cultures and societies
  • Environment, resources and territories
  • Energy
  • Agriculture, food and health

The Agropolis International project management team : Mélanie Broin, Eric Fargeas, Bernard Hubert, Denis Lacroix


Operation of the project

15 thematic, cross-cutting or steering workshops, over 18 months (January 2010 to June 2011), organised in 4 stages:

  • Stage 1: Synthesis of existing forward-thinking studies
  • Stage 2: Elaboration of a common forward-thinking framework by the GET and set-up of the GTTs
  • Stage 3: Identification of research priorities within each GTT
  • Stage 4: Cross-cutting analysis of the GTTs' proposals by the GET and redaction of the final report, validated by the CPO

arp parme réunion de travail



More than 130 experts involved (around 30 from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries), in all disciplines (agronomy, energy, environment, geography, human and social sciences), from about 60 organizations in 10 countries



Links with other projects on the Mediterranean:

  • European program ARIM-NET for the coordination of agricultural research in Mediterranean countries
  • International program MISTRALS (Mediterranean Integrated STudies at Regional And Local Scales)
  • ARP Futouraumed (Futur du tourisme autrement en Méditerranée) managed by the EuroMed Innovation Network
  • EFIMED, Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFI)








Update on 20/03/12

Bernard Hubert

Denis Lacroix

Eric Fargeas

Mélanie Broin

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