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Network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean in action
by Mediterranean Protected Areas Network (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The MedPAN network contributes to UN SDG 14.5 and UN SDG 14.2:

- By increasing knowledge in the Mediterranean on MPA coverage:

o MedPAN has developed together with the RAC/SPA, the Mediterranean MPA database (MAPAMED) and the Mediterranean MPA Status Report released every 4 years

o MedPAN supports large scientific projects and leads projects to reach harmonized monitoring at MPA network level on invasive species, marine turtles and fisheries. MedPAN also supports MPAs as sentinel sites to better monitor climate change.

o MedPAN supports projects improving knowledge on socio-economic benefits of MPAs to gain better support to MPAs from the end-users, civil society and stakeholders

- By supporting effective management of MPAs:

o MedPAN organizes thematic annual sharing-experience workshops, exchange visits and regional trainings, produces operational tools to capitalize on and spread lessons learnt. A permanent mechanism for MPA training will be soon developed.
o MedPAN also brings direct support to MPA managers through calls for small projects
o MedPAN reinforces sharing and exchanges with updated on current MPA management achievements and success stories through its website and e-newsletter.
o Strong partnerships with scientists are developed to reinforce science-based management of MPAs including knowledge on socio-economic benefits of MPAs.

- By advocating towards national, European and Mediterranean decision-makers and donors to create more MPAs, including more no-take, no-go and no-fishing zones as well as giving enough human, material and financial means to manage those MPAs:

o In 2012, MedPAN together with the RAC/SPA, organised the first Mediterranean MPAs Forum with a large participatory process involving all stakeholders engaged with MPAs in the Mediterranean. This 2012 Forum developed a common vision and set a strategic Roadmap to achieve the Aïchi targets in the Mediterranean by 2020. The 2nd edition of the Forum in 2016 enabled to assess the progress made and gauge the road left ahead to effectively reach the 2020 target. The 2016 Forum, through the Tangier declaration, updated the 2020 Roadmap.
o The 2016 Tangier declaration urges all stakeholders at different levels in the Mediterranean to increase of coverage and implementation of no-entry, no-take and no-fishing zones, within either existing or future MPAs, from the current coverage of 0.04% of the Mediterranean Sea to reach at least 2% of no-take zones, especially in key functional areas

o MedPAN supports the initiative of the Mediterranean MPA Trust Fund launched by Monaco, France and Tunisia in 2013 through the association for sustainable financing of Mediterranean MPAs. This Trust Fund will enable permanent means for MPAs functioning.

MedPAN works with a large partnership approach to develop its activities. This includes its members and partners, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations on a local, national, regional and international level.

MedPAN is currently reinforcing the collaboration with other Regional MPA networks in the world such as RAMPAO in West Africa, CAMPAM in the Caribbean and NAMPAN in North America.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
  • Other (please specify): networking among MPA managers
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Updated 2020 Mediterranean MPA Roadmap
Mediterranean MPA capacity-building strategy
2016 Mediterranean MPA Status - Main Findings
2016 Mediterranean MPA Forum declaration
Other, please specify
Network of expertise and commitments from MPA managers in the Mediterranean
Basic information
Time-frame: 11/2008 - 12/2022
The MedPAN network gathers to date more than 65 members, primarily MPA managing institutions from the whole Mediterranean basin, and 41 partners willing to contribute to the creation and strengthening of the network. These actors manage more than 110 MPAs in 18 Mediterranean countries.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Mediterranean MPA stakeholders (fishermen, tourism sector..)
Contact information
Marie Romani, Executive Secretary, marie.romani@medpan.org, +33491580962
Marseille, France
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