The Mediterranean City 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.
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.
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.
Our network provides members with updated information on the impacts of climate change on urban resources and provides opportunities for collaboration on projects and publications to address those impacts.
MC-4 hosts an extensive set of resources and programming to keep our members one step ahead as they tackle the latest issues in climate change adaptation in cities across Mediterranean-climate regions. Members have access to:
- Informational and technical workshops
- Technical tools for climate adaptation planning
- Cutting edge research
- Events featuring experts from across the region
- Educational materials
- The biannual “Mediterranean City Conference” – a leading international event that brings together leaders from around the world in Mediterranean-climate adaptation efforts.
Below are some of the organizations represented by MC-4 members.
- Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience
- Council for Watershed Health
- Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamente Climatici
- Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment
- The Nature Conservancy
- USC Sea Grant
- Southern California Edison
- Academy of Athens
- Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Pomona College
- University of California, Los Angeles
Become A Member
The MC-4 seeks to build partnerships with public and private entities in urban Mediterranean-climate regions which seek to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to climate change.
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MC-4 meets formally and informally at national and international conferences. These have included annual side events at the COP meetings and special sessions at conferences. These in-person meetings, as well as ongoing information exchange via email newsletter and conference calls, allows members to share and stay up to date on current strategies occurring in these critical climate areas.
MC-4 Recent Events:
COP23 MC4: "Integration of public health measures into national climate change adaptation in EU Countries"
- Co-organized with the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, WHO Europe, European Commission, DG Climate Action, University of California, Germany Federal Ministry for the Environment-Division Climate and Health, and German Environmental Agency
COP-22 Side Event: “Implementing Adaptation for Resilient Mediterranean-Climate Regions”
November 16, 2016
2016 California Adaptation Forum Session: “Picking up the Pace: Accelerating Just and Equitable Adaptation in Mediterranean-climate Cities”
Long Beach, USA
September 7, 2016
COP-18 Side Event: "Mediterranean-Climate Regions - ready for a successful adaptation to present and future climate?"
December 4, 2012
- Co-organized with the Euro Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and the Turkish Ministry for the Environment
The Mediterranean City | 2014: Adaption Strategies to Global Environmental Change in the Mediterranean City and the Role of Global Earth Observations
June 10-11, 2014
- Co-organizers: European Commission, the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, and others
- This session included citywide adaptation interventions with a focus on common adversities many Mediterranean regions face around the world. Featured case studies included Spain; Cape Town, South Africa; and Los Angeles.
- MC-4 member presentations:
- Additional Resource: Stepping Stones – Through Fragmented Environments
The Mediterranean City | 2012
Los Angeles, USA
June 25-27, 2012
Below is a list of Climate Change Adaptation Plans we hope provides a resource for planning in your own cities.
National Biodiversity and Climate Change Action Plan 2004-07
Adapting to Climate Change in Australia: An Australian Government Position Paper
Tourism and Climate Change: A Framework for Action
The National Climate Change Action Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture
Baja California, Mexico
California EPA Climate Action Team Report
California Department of Water Resources Climate Action Plan
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California’s Water
Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California
Cape Town, South Africa
Chula Vista, California
International Monetary Fund
Los Angeles, California
GreenLA: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation In Fighting Global Warming
ClimateLA: Municipal Program Implementing the GreenLA Climate Action Plan Executive Summary
Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region
The Mediterranean Basin
Northern African Coastal Cities
San Diego, California
The City of San Diego Climate Action Plan
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy of San Diego Bay
The San Diego Water Authority
The Port of San Diego
San Diego Association of Governments Climate Action Strategy
Santa Clarita, California
Western Cape, South Africa
The World Bank