CES-MED is a programme financed by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). ENPI was operational from January 2007, and its programming phase ended in January 2014, when it was replaced by the European Neigbourhood Instrument (ENI).
Cities in the Southern Mediterranean region face similar challenges related to urban development, energy supply, and environmental management.
Urban development and sustainable energy challenges in the Southern Mediterranean countries
Today, about 460 million people live in countries in the Mediterranean region. Of these, two-thirds live in urban areas concentrated in coastal zones. The southern Mediterranean countries account for over 30% of the region’s population and this percentage is continuously increasing. Most cities in the southern Mediterranean region face similar challenges related to urban development, energy supply, and environmental management, particularly with regards to water and waste management. Needs in areas of urban management are particularly significant: e.g. transport systems, water and waste infrastructure, clean energy and energy saving.
Hence, over the coming years, needs related to urban development and sustainable energy are expected to increase sharply in view of growing population and limited sustainable planning and management capacities.
CES-MED in brief
January 2013The CES-MED project started with a 36 month duration and regional offices in Rabat and Beirut started to operate to support project implementation in Maghreb and Mashreq.
December 2015After the original project duration, the CES-MED project received an 18 month extension period.
July 2017The CES-MED project will finish on July 2017, after having benefited selected Local Authorities in the ten Countries covered by the ENPI South region: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.