In its 2004-2008 term , the IGU will focus on the Mediterranean region from many respects,
particularly in a view to contribute to the scientific preparation of the 2008
International Geographical Congress, which will be held in Tunis.
The Mediterranean Renaissance Programme (MRP ) is meant as a container of initiatives
that, from the geographical perspective, may improve the understanding of the Mediterranean
cultural, economic and ecological contexts, in a view of contributing to the human
development of the region.
To collaborate with the MRP, please contact the co-ordinator, Adalberto Vallega
To bring oneself up to date on the MRP implementation, please go to
The MRP Steering Committee was established in March 2005. It includes:
Adalberto Vallega, Chair
Ronald F. Abler, IGU Secretary General and Treasurer
Antoine Bailly, Chair of IGU Commission on Applied Geography
Giuliano Bellezza, Director of Home of Geography
Aharon Kellerman, Chair of IGU Commission on Information Society
Maria Sala, Co-ordinator of the Mediterranean Netywork
André-Louis Sanguin, Chair of IGU Commission on Political Geography
Alì Toumi, General Secretary of Association des Géographes Tunisiens, and
General Secretary of the Comité National d'Organisation de Congrès 2008
The role of Secretary of the MRP Steering Committee was assumed by:
Maria Paradiso, Executive Secretary of the IGU Commission on Information Society
: in December 2005 the functions of Co-ordinator of the Steering Committee
was assumed by Professor Mahmoud Ashour
, Chair of the IGU Commission on Arid Lands, Humankind, and Environment.
These are his relevant co-ordinates:
Ain Shams University, Department of Geography, Cairo, Egypt
Vox: '+20 2 410 1752 - Fax: +20 2 685 4079
Geographical bodies and geographers that are involved in, or interested in participating in, this programme are cordially invited to keep in touch with Professor Ashour.