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Expansion of network of marine protected areas in Greece
by Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy (Government)
Greece, is firmly committed to the protection, conservation and restoration of its marine ecosystems, aiming to the further expand our marine protected areas network. To that end, Greece / Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy has already completed an evaluation of 183 areas as prospective additions to the national part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. 95 of these areas have already been selected for inclusion, either as expansions of existing protected areas or as outright new additions to the network, the vast majority of them being marine or coastal areas. The selection process has included a period of public consultation and has aimed to preserve important habitats, such as the Posidonia oceanica underwater meadows, as well as important species of birds, mammals and cetaceans. With the inclusion of these areas, the coverage of marine protected areas in the territorial waters of Greece, from 6% at present, will approximately raise up around to a scale of 20%, overshooting target 14.5 by a safe margin.
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
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
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
December 2017
List of new additional marine protected areas
Staff / Technical expertise
Administrative work to legislate the expansion of the protected areas network
Other, please specify
The scientific data that are informing the decision to designate specific marine areas as protected areas are derived from the program
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2020
Ministry of Environment and Energy - Government Ministry of Rural Development and Food - Government Ministry of National Defense - Government Ministry of Shipping and Island policy - Government Hellenic Centre for Marine Research - Research Aegean University - Academic Various NGOs (mOM, Archelon, Medasset, Pelagos, iSea)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Charilaos Nikokavouras, (Mr) Executive Officer, Expert on Biodiversity, Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy , c.nikokavouras@prv.ypeka.gr, +30 210 8645125
Athens, Greece
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