Updated 27/05/20

The IRD has been operating in the Mediterranean since 1957 and currently has 3 representatives there.

Despite its many assets (young and educated population, rareness of absolute poverty, readily available natural resources), this region faces increasing social and ecological pressures that call into question the modalities of its development over the medium and long term. 

The IRD's work in the Mediterranean mainly concerns water resources, terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, living conditions and mobility of populations, governance issues, and natural hazards.