MedTrends project



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Cargo ferry, Mediterranean Sea.
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Future Trends of Blue Growth in the Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea is increasingly exploited by a range of maritime activities, all of which are predicted to expand substantially over the next 20 years: wind farms, oil extraction, cables, shipping routes, fisheries and other human activities including tourism.

There is:

  • Increased demand for the limited space and marine resources
  • Increased conflict between maritime sectors
  • Increased conflict between human use and nature.
 
An EU-integrated approach towards EU maritime areas has recently emerged to address this issue. An MSP Directive is about to be fully approved.

The MedTrends project is inspired by WWF’s 2010 report “Future trends in the Baltic Sea”, which highlights the substantial growth trend expected in the Baltic region over the next 20 years, showing how the Baltic sea governance framework is clearly ill-equipped to meet oncoming challenges.

In a nutshell

The MedTrends project will illustrate and map the most likely integrated scenarios of marine economic growth at a transnational level in Med-EU countries for the next 20 years. The potential cumulative impacts of human activities at sea will be assessed and put into the perspective of the 10% marine protected areas target set for the Mediterranean.

General methodology

MedTrends will collect data and map integrated scenarios of maritime economy growth at transnational level in 8 EU Med countries over the next 15 - 20 years.

An overall analysis of growth trends and potential cumulative impacts of human activities at sea will be carried out in the particular context of the 10% marine protected areas target set for the Mediterranean and the good environmental status objective set by the MSFD.

Considered sectors include: wind energy, shipping, ports, oil and gas exploration and extraction, pipelines and cables, coastal development, sand and gravel extraction, military activity, industrial pollution, tourism and recreation, commercial fishing, aquaculture, agricultural runoff, climate change, coastal chemical plants, desalinization plants.

Data collection and reporting will be shared geographically among partners.

At national and transnational levels advisory committees will be established to provide advice and data input.

A transnational report outlining scenarios for the future development of the various sectors will be produced by the Lead Partner. On that basis, national summary reports will be produced by partners.

The MedTrends project has finished. For all results and materials please go to medtrends.org

You can also download the full MedTrends regional report here below.
 
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Project details

Project partners

Lead partner
-    WWF-France
Partners
-    WWF Mediterranean with WWF Italy
-    WWF-Greece
-    WWF-Spain
-    Nature Trust Malta
Associate partners
-    WWF Baltic Programme
-    Plan Bleu
-    MedPAN Association

Duration

A 12-month project
Starting June 1, 2014
Ending May 31, 2015


Geographical Scope

Waters under national jurisdiction of the 8 EU Mediterranean countries: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Slovenia, Spain.

Project objectives

  1. Investigate future trends for different economic sectors and assess whether these sectors are likely to overlap in terms of sea use and impacts.
  2. Carry out an overall analysis of growth trends and potential cumulative impacts of human activities at sea and compare with the 10% marine protected areas target set for the Mediterranean.
  3. Through advisory groups, initiate a discussion with key public stakeholders on how to achieve a more efficient and integrated planning and management of the Mediterranean sea.
  4. Implement a feasibility study on how Mediterranean marine ecosystem services and values could be integrated in future MSP decision-making processes.
  5. Provide recommendations to Programme Med, national governments, EU and Mediterranean organizations for the sustainable way forward in particular in the context of the MSP directive implementation.
 
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Partners
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Contact

Catherine Piante
cpiante@wwf.fr

Denis Ody
dody@wwf.fr

6 rue des Fabres 13001 Marseille
Tel: +33 4 96 11 69 46
www.wwf.fr