MPA NetworksSupport MPAs effectiveness through strong and connected networks in the Mediterranean
When they are effectively managed, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are one of the most effective tools for the conservation of marine biodiversity. But to perform, Mediterranean MPAs need more human capacity, skills and financial resources. Over the years, MPA practionners have come to realise that working together would help address some of the challenges they face and MPA managers networks such as MedPAN have emerged and developed. The MPA NETWORKS project intends to boost this dynamics with the strengthening of MPA managers networks at all levels in the Mediterranean. The expected result? MPAs are empowered to serve their purpose and deliver the results that will benefit nature and sustain our livelihoods.
The MPA NETWORKS project will focus on providing sustainable solutions to challenges requiring an approach that goes beyond MPA boundaries. These challenges include the global question of management effectiveness, and more specifically the management of Small Scale Fisheries in MPAs, the conservation of mobile species and the development of sustainable financing mechanisms for MPAs.
Mediterranean Protected Areas Network - MedPAN (France)
20 Associated partners
9 Pilot sites
- We need to work together to boost the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas;
It is essential to adopt coordinated strategies towards MPAs to effectively serve their purpose and deliver the results that will benefit nature and biodiversity;
The project partners will directly support the establishment, and/or strengthen the operation, of MPAs managing at different levels;
- The adoption of common protocols for monitoring and best practices can increase management efficiency.
Contributing to the implementation of an effective MPA network maximises the effects of protection on biodiversity;
Sharing recommendations is essential to support pro-MPA policy-making at international, Mediterranean, and national levels;
- Connections between networks and beyond the Mediterranean will allow the transfer of experiences to support long-term dynamics and bring together the wider MPA community.
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are one of the most effective tools for the conservation of marine biodiversity;
It is essential to address the challenge of managing small scale fisheries in MPAs in a sustainable way, the conservation of mobile species, and the development of sustainable financing mechanisms for MPAs;
- Collecting fine-scale data on biodiversity status, environmental variables, and human pressure distribution and intensity can help undertake a common and effective action.