The Mediterranean Climate Change Consortium (MC-4) focuses on implementing adaptation solutions in the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world: California, central Chile, the Western Cape of South Africa, southern and southwestern Australia, and the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. In the landscape of climate adaptation, we are a unique collaborative organized around ecological boundaries.
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Today, as over half of the world's population inhabits cities (growing to 60% by 2030), city-scale climate change adaptation is critical. To drive local adaptation, cities can leverage networks to interact and collaborate. Networks have numerous benefits related to knowledge creation, standards, financing, technical skills, and best practices.
MC-4 provides the opportunity to coordinate our efforts across political borders and disciplines to bring more resources and knowledge to building solutions. Participants in the MC-4 network are working together to develop adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the local level across a global scale.
In 2012, MC-4 was launched at "The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change," which was originated and organized by the Council for Watershed Health, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit.
The purpose of MC-4 is to improve the management of urban climate change impacts and to increase and preserve the social, economic and environmental health of Mediterranean-climate regions by strengthening government, business, academic and civil society partnerships across the five Mediterranean-climate regions.