The Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East Climate Change Initiative (EMME-CCI) of the Cyprus Government aims at the development of a Regional Action Plan to address the specific needs and challenges countries are facing in the EMME region, to address and ameliorate the impact of climate change and advance mitigation actions in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
The Comprehensive Scientific Report will be finalized in December 2021, following debate in the context of the 2nd International Conference Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East that will take place on 13 & 14 October 2021. This will serve as the foundation for the development of the Regional Action Plan, subject to the approval of the participating Governments of the EMME region, following thorough consultations on a multilateral level.
To achieve the objective of developing a Regional Action Plan on Climate Action Coordination, a detailed work programme for the Initiative has been developed, consisting of two distinct components: a scientific and an intergovernmental component.
The intergovernmental component is coordinated by the Cyprus Government, whilst the scientific component of the Initiative has been assigned and will be coordinated by the Cyprus Institute. In line with that, the Cyprus Institute has coordinated the establishment of up to 13 Regional Task Forces, with the following scientific focus areas (or a combination thereof):
Comprised of prominent scientists with expertise in the relevant topic in the EMME region, the Task Forces will focus on collecting existing knowledge, in order to assess the situation, identify gaps in research and policy needs and provide a “toolkit” of possible actions to address the climate challenges in the region.
For more information on the Initiative please refer to its official Work Programme.