MC-4 is the leading network for building resiliency to climate change among cities in Mediterranean-climate regions.
The MC-4 network provides us the opportunity to coordinate our efforts across political borders and disciplines to bring more resources and knowledge to building solutions that benefit us all. Through an international network of experts, we are leading the research on addressing the impacts of climate change on our communities and developing technical tools for cities to adopt as they engage in their own strategic planning to build resiliency. MC-4 interventions will build and sustain integrated cities – cities that are developed holistically as livable, connected, sustainable spaces and provide for the social, economic and environmental health of Mediterranean regions.
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 ensure that these efforts provide for the needs of cities and their partners, we have committed ourselves to the MC-4 Commitment to Action.
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. From 2012 to 2014, the Secretariat was housed at Council for Watershed Health. MC-4 members participated in a variety of climate change adaptation events including the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP18) in Doha, Qatar and the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, Colorado. In 2014, MC-4, along with the European Commission and the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen (among other important partners), organized “The Mediterranean City Conference: Adaptation Strategies to Global Environmental Change in the Mediterranean City and the Role of Global Earth Observations,” which was held in Athens. Following this event, the role of MC-4 Secretariat was passed to CURes with Laurel Hunt as Secretary. Council for Watershed Health remains a member of MC-4.
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.
Structure – Secretariat
The MC-4 Secretariat is housed at the Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) in Los Angeles, California. The Secretariat will provide network management, coordination, guidance and facilitation services that help advance the network purpose and connect the network’s priorities, tasks and activities to the work, interests and ongoing efforts of member organizations.
The current MC-4 Secretary is Laurel Hunt.