MPA NETWORKS project - Support MPA effectiveness
through strong and connected networks in the Mediterranean
Priority Axis 3: Natural and cultural resources - Objective 3.2: Biodiversity protection
Despite the increase of Marine Protected Area (MPAs) coverage in the Mediterranean, the objective of maintaining marine biodiversity is far from being met. MPAs are facing several pressures and still lack human capacity, skills and financial resources. Through strong, active and connected networks of MPA managers, the MPA NETWORKS project will contribute to the effective management of MPAs by providing sustainable solutions to challenges requiring a supra-MPA approach: management effectiveness, small scale fisheries management, mobile species conservation and sustainable financing.
The project will support the testing and adaptation of tools and recommendations from previous projects to improve marine conservation on 9 selected MPA pilot sites and facilitate the transfer of lessons learnt and best practices to the MPA community around the Mediterranean. Networks of MPA managers will be developed or reinforced at national, supra-national and Mediterranean levels, and a regular thematic capacity building programme will be set-up. Networking activities will facilitate exchanges between MPA managers and other actors, capitalisation of good practices and increased knowledge. This approach will be amplified thanks to exchanges between networks.
Through joined forces of networks and a dynamic bottom-up approach linking experience on the ground and decision-making processes, MPA voices will be coordinated and joined recommendations will support policy-making at international, European, and national level.
MPA NETWORKS project expected outcomes
- 9 MPA pilot sites deliver better management and reduce threats to marine biodiversity building on results from previous EU projects.
- Management capacities of MPAs in the Mediterranean are increased through active networking, knowledge sharing and capacity-building on key topics.
- Networks of MPA managers at different geographic scales (national, supra-national, Mediterranean) are reinforced and connected.
- Necessary resources for MPA management effectiveness are ensured in the post-2020 framework and better integrated by policy-makers at different levels.
The MPA NETWORKS project includes 10 partners from 7 countries:
- MedPAN, France
- Port-Cros National Park, France
- Portofino MPA, Italy
- Torre del Cerrano MPA, Italy
- Torre Guaceto MPA, Italy
- Brijuni National Park, Croatia
- Strunjan Landscape Park, Slovenia
- Zakynthos National Marine Park, Greece
- INCA, Albania
- Marilles Foundation, Spain
The project also counts on 20 Associated Partners: ACCOBAMS (Monaco), Balearic government / General Directorate of Natural Areas and Biodiversity (Spain), Conservatoire du littoral (France), Federparchi (Italy), French Biodiversity Office (France), Fundación Biodiversidad (Spain), Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (Slovenia), IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (Spain), Low Impact Fishers of Europe Platform (Belgium), The MedFund (Monaco), Mediterranean Conservation Society (Turkey), Mediterranean Center for Environmental Monitoring (Montenegro), Ministry of Environment and Energy, Republic of Croatia (Croatia), National Agency for Protected Areas in Albania (Albania), Office de l’Environnement Corse (France), Mediterranean Small Island Initiative Association (France), Maghrebian Artisanal Fisheries Platform (Tunisia), Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (Tunisia), WWF Mediterranean (Italy) and Miramare MPA (Italy).
Total Budget: 2,664 M Euros ERDF/IPA Contribution : 2,264 M. Euros
Project Duration : 32 Months