Mechanisms for proper marine biodiversity protection in the Mediterranean

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A side event to the 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols (2-5 December 2019) will be organised by the Med Biodiversity Protection Community, Tuesday, 3 December 2019,  from 13:00  to 15:00,  in Sala Sirena, Castello dell’Ovo, Naples, Italy.

The common focus of the event will be on MPAs and their management systems as key tools to face the environmental challenges in the Mediterranean such as climate change and anthropogenic pressures on natural resources. IUCN Mediterranean and WWF Med will initially present the role of MPAs, in particular their effective management systems, in facing the strongest environmental threats in the Mediterranean.

It will be followed by MedFund to introduce the importance of effective management systems in MPAs by explaining how to increase that effectiveness from the financial perspective. The innovative financial approach will be presented together with concrete examples showcased by Tunisia (APAL).

Another session will be dedicated to the prioritization mechanisms to be set for the next generation of marine protected areas mainly located in transboundary areas. OceanCare will present their work towards the development of an effective conservation and management plan in the Mediterranean Cetacean corridor between the Baleares and the Spanish mainland, which will be officially recognized as new SPAMI at COP 21.

Finally, the role of the civil society organizations and educational institutions in mainstreaming biodiversity into different relevant sectors will be shared by RAED to emphasize the importance of a participatory approach when facing biodiversity conservation in the region.

More information ( agenda, logistic note) will be available soon.

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