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Towards an ecologically representative and efficiently managed network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas
by UN Environment / Mediterranean Action Plan - Barcelona Convention Secretariat (United Nations entity)
The project aims to put in place a connected, ecologically representative, effectively managed and monitored network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean which ensures the long term conservation of key elements of the marine biodiversity and gives significant support to the sustainable development of this region. The project builds on an innovation approach seeking to:

1) strengthening MPA Regional Coordination and Networking to ensure long-term networking and capacity building of MPAs in the Mediterranean and set up an ad hoc Group of Experts focused on Mediterranean MPA issues, under the Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity (SPA/BD) Protocol;

2) establishing new MPAs through their identification and characterization in order to extend the existing regional network and enhance its ecological representativeness;

3) improving MPA Management namely through the development, implementation and monitoring of management, zoning and fisheries management plans, communication tools and socio-economic benefits assessments etc.;

4) identify and test innovative approaches to ensure the financial sustainability of MPAs; and

5) promote governance and management of MPAs through stakeholders engagement and co-management or participatory management approaches.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
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
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
December 2018
Two newly identified marine areas are ecologically characterized
December 2018
Three management plans for future/newly created MPAs are developed to ensure sustainable management of these areas.
December 2018
Two Business plans for future/newly created MPAs are developed to ensure long tern financial sustainable of these areas.
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2,999,949 EUR
Basic information
Time-frame: December 2015 - December 2018
UN Environment/MAP Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Center, WWF MedPO and MedPAN
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Julien Le Tellier , Programme Management Officer, Socio-Economic Affairs, UN Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan Coordinating Unit , julien.letellier@un.org, + 30 210 7273133
Athens, Greece
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