By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 18,2016

TANGIER, Morocco — Over 2,000 participants from the Mediterranean basin convened in Tangier on Monday to formulate new ideas to combat climate change in an endangered region.

At the MedCOP22 2016 Mediterranean Climate Conference, participants from 23 countries in the Mediterranean basin called for action, and to reinforce the Mediterranean climate agenda to accelerate the implementation of proposed solutions.

Among the proposals were an annual conference on the Mediterranean climate, the creation of an expert group on global climate change in the region, the creation of a training centre on the water sector and a trust fund for the protection of marine areas.

During the two-day conference, participants are presenting projects and solutions to curb climate change and minimise its impact on the region, calling for enhanced dialogue among Mediterranean nations to raise awareness of the need to take action against the phenomenon.

MedCOP22 2016 is viewed as an important preparatory event for the Mediterranean countries ahead of the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November.

World nations are expected to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted at the last Conference of the Parties in December 2015 and so far signed by 197 States.

Signatories of the Paris agreement committed to hold the rise in global temperatures below 2 ºC and to strive for 1.5 ºC.

The agreement also seeks to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impact of climate change.