SDSN Mediterranean is a regional initiative that aims to enhance the sustainable use and development of the Mediterranean region engaging in a wide array of projects and partnerships. Countries and territories included in the regional network: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

Location: Siena, Italy

Hosted by: University of Siena


  • Angelo Riccaboni

    Chair of SDSN Assembly

PRIMA - Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area Initiated by SDSN Mediterranean, PRIMA is a partnership of 19 countries from the Med Region that are developing much-needed solutions around the sustainable management of water and agro-food systems. The main objective of the ten-year initiative (2018 – 2028), which is partly funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 program, is to devise new research and innovation approaches to improve water availability, sustainable agriculture, and competitive food chains in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation, and population growth.

Education for Sustainable Development SDSN Mediterranean understands that innovative and quality teaching methods are essential to shape the common values required to improve social inclusion and to leave no one behind.. To this end, the network has kick-started several education projects, including a research project on the role of Higher Education in sustainable development, a MOOC on Agro-Food in the Mediterranean Area, in collaboration with the Barilla Foundation and the SDG Academy, and the development of innovative teaching and learning methodologies for improving the quality of education. The latter provides expertise and build transversal skills for teachers, in particular on issues related to the SDGs. Courses and workshops will be organised to spread high-quality pedagogy, as well as materials and best practices.

Plastic Busters Project The nature and effect of plastic litter on the marine ecosystem, fisheries, and human health are largely unknown and are important issues to be investigated. The Plastic Busters Project (PBP) aims to enhance stakeholder awareness and change perceptions and attitudes towards waste. SDSN Mediterranean is assessing sources of plastic marine litter to devise mitigation strategies to reduce its impact and accumulation in the Mediterranean Sea. In February 2016, PBP was endorsed and labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) as a strategic project providing lasting developmental solutions intended to touch thousands of lives directly and provide tangible results on the ground.

The big challenges of the Mediterranean Region need to be addressed urgently. A scientific and cultural diplomacy approach is the core of our commitment. Education, research and innovation will help Mediterranean societies to improve their life and to be more sustainable.

Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of SDSN Mediterranean, Chair of PRIMA Foundation