Blue Economy and Marine Conservation: safeguarding Mediterranean MPAs in order to achieve Good Environmental Status
The current trend of “blue growth” in the Mediterranean Sea is accelerating at a pace of near unsustainability, while marine protected areas (MPAs), specifically established to protect marine ecosystems, processes, habitats and species cover only 7.14% of the Mediterranean basin. The objective set by the Convention on Biological Diversity is 10% by 2020.
Despite the status of MPAs to safeguard the environment, many economic sectors function within or near these protected areas. The current EU Blue Growth strategy means that MPAs face more and more overlaps and increased requests for economic development within or near their limits, with greater pressure and impact on the marine environment. At the same time, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires Good Environmental Status being reached for European Seas by 2020.
- Maritime transport and industrial ports
- Tour boats
- Leisure boating
- Offshore wind farms
- Recreational fisheries
- Scuba diving
- Small-scale fisheries
The approach of this project is it to put all parties on an equal footing, from MPA managers, to MSP authorities and business sectors representatives, and create the conditions for a sustainable blue economy and a healthy marine environment in and around MPAs.
Outcomes include delivering common capitalization baselines, recommendations and policy tools appropriate for use by the MedPAN network, MSP authorities, the European Commission, the Barcelona Convention and the various maritime sectors.
PHAROS4MPAs IN NUMBERS8 core partners: WWF France, Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), Regional Development Funds for North Aegean Region, Regional Agency of the Administration of Protected Areas in Albania, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISMAR and IRBIM), WWF Mediterranean, University of Girona - Institute of Aquatic Ecology at the Faculty of Sciences
9 associated partners: Mediterranean Protected Areas Network (MedPAN), WWF Spain, France Energie Eolienne (FEE), Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), European Boating Industry, WWF Greece, Agence Française pour la Biodiversité -Antenne de façade maritime– Méditerranée, CPMR Intermediterranean Commission
18 months duration: Feb 2018 - July 2019
1,2 M€ project budget: 85% co-funded by Interreg Mediterranean, the European Regional Development Fund, i.e. 1,02M€