The MedOpen Advanced training session on climate variability and change (CVC) in the Mediterranean has been officially concluded. A number of 20 students coming from Morocco (15) and Tunisia (5) registered for this training session implemented in French. The students were requested to participate in the Forum discussion and to prepare a Final essay dealing with CVC issues. The Final essays submitted dealt with interesting themes, such as the impact of CVC on the coastal zone of Morocco; the vulnerability of the coastal zone of Tunisia to CVC and the capacities to adapt; the ICZM approach and sustainable development in Morocco; the effects of CVC on marine aquaculture in the Mediterranean with special reference to the development of “harmful algal blooms”, algal biofouling and the contribution of algae on greenhouse gas reduction; the effects of CVC on fisheries in Morocco; Morocco’s commitment to tackle the effects of climate change; etc. One student even “crossed” the Mediterranean boundaries and elaborated in her essay the impact of glacial melting caused by climate change on the indigenous polar population (the case of north Quebec). Students’ Final essays, their contribution to Forum discussions, as well as their overall work will be assessed and graded by the PAP/RAC MedOpen lecturer in charge of this session.
The added-value of this training session is students’ evaluation of the training. PAP/RAC will benefit from these comments, which, as always, will be taken into consideration for the improvement of the future MedOpen trainings.