The strategy of the Marseille-based Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is to help the integration of Mediterranean countries in one whole area by defining vectors of integration between both shores. Climate change is, in that matter, a huge program within the new strategy established by Blanca Moreno Dodson. Interview.
Blanca Moreno was Lead Economist in the Global Tax Team in the Governance Global Practice section during twenty years at the World Bank. She took the head of CMI in order to use her experience to help Mediterranean countries to be able to face “huge challenges in terms of climate change.”
“We want to build alliances and synergies with partners”
During an event held in Marseille last week, B.Moreno agreed to explain to us why climate change was one of CMI’s programs. The goal is to approach climate change in terms of integration and so Moleno considers that the Center “ is willing to build alliances and synergies with partners, that’s why climate change is one of our programs and we try to approach the issue from the perspective of energy integration”.
So, although CMI is not specialized in environmental issues, they have to “look at the repercussions in terms of adaptation and try to identify solutions”. The point would be to take advantage of the spatial proximity of the European Market and its connections to South Countries. According to Moreno, this vector is to be seen as “an opportunity to develop renewable energies” to answer the issue of carbon emission for example.
Blanca Moreno Dodson (left), CMI.
“The Mediterranean countries conceal renewable energy sources which are an opportunity”
Therefore, the CMI wants to concentrate on expanding renewable energies and also on building strong basis for the interconnections between the southern and northern countries. The mediterranean area could become a large market that “should integrate all of them”. Moreno underlines the fact that the mediterranean area is targeted because it suffers “consequences of climate change much more than other region of the world.”
”Technology and innovations can help face the challenges of Climate Change”
Moreover, the CMI wants to promote and boost renewable energies in the Mediterranean countries as they conceal potentialities of renewable energies like wind, sun and water. To that extent, technologies and innovations can help face the challenges of Climate Change. On the other hand, Blanca Moreno Dodson stressed that “the demand fluctuates but the infrastructures are not so flexible”, consequently, the strategy of the Center is to “facilitate exchanges between countries to allow them to respond to the flexibility of the market to respond to the fluctuation of demand which is essential.
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