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Medivercities is planned to be launched in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 15th to 17th May 2013.

The mandate

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, through Decision X/22, endorsed the Plan of Action on Sub-national Governments, Cities and other Local Authorities for Biodiversity. Since then, the Secretariat of the Convention has been liaising with Cities and local authorities to assess the potential of implementation of and interest for the Convention by networks at the local level. Various activities resulted of Decision X/22 including two meeting held in Montpellier, France, respectively in 2011 and 2012. During the latter, on 19 January 2012, Ms. Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier, proposed to launch the Mediterranean network of cities engaged for biodiversity entitled "MediverCities".

MediverCities - What is it ?

MediverCities is an initiative by the Mayor of Montpellier and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability with the support of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the financial support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

It is a Mediterranean network aiming at facilitating the local implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and other international or regional agreements related to the protection, the conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity. For instance, MediverCities is planned to collaborate with the Mediterranean Action Plan in order to facilitate the implementation of the Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution.

MediverCities is an open network for Mediterranean national and sub-national governments, local authorities, cities and their partners (academia or scientific institutions for instance).

Only 3 conditions are required to join the network :
  • Sign the Sarajevo Declaration and the Charter of MediverCities
  • Have local strategies compatible and complementary to their national action plan, the Convention on Biological Diversity and other relevant international or regional agreement within the scope of the Mediterranean region
  • Undertake at least one project related to the protection, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

If you want to consult the proposed activities, read the draft Sarajevo Declaration or the draft Charter of MediverCities, which will be discussed in mid-April 2013, please see contacts below.


  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity :

Isabelle Lavail-Ravetllat

  • City of Montpellier, Secretariat of the network :

Stéphanie Grosset

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme