Do you believe in an ecosystem-based approach for an effective biodiversity protection and management in the Mediterranean?

Show your support and sign up to our Biodiversity Protection Community Declaration!


A common vision to better manage our natural resources and reduce the multiple pressures and impacts on Mediterranean biodiversity, for a sustainable future

The “Ecosystem-based approaches for Biodiversity protection and management” Declaration was first discussed in December 2018 at the EU Parliament with the SEARICA intergroup to define a common path of action supported by nearly 200 Mediterranean and European institutions. It is now embraced as a Declaration for joint action, to be officially signed in during the MED Biodiversity Protection community event “Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: "A pulse for transformative changes in the Mediterranean Sea", in Malaga from 14 to 16 October 2019. And this is only the beginning, as we are planning to implement joint actions to make it a reality.

The Ecosystem-based management approach considers the full interactions within an ecosystem, rather than single issues, species, or ecosystem services by themselves and include the human activities - people - as part of the system. It can be seen as a prism when developing terrestrial or marine related studies, projects, sectoral activities or political decision-making and governance models. It is a transversal and cross-sectoral concept considering the ecosystems and their services as a priority, and how we use them. 

Biodiversity protection and management needs to be “mainstreamed” at the highest level in regional governance initiatives, not just through disconnected environmental projects, putting conservation and protection objectives at the same level as economic and social objectives, engaging the private sector and civil society, which have a key role to play in sustaining a healthy and productive Mediterranean biodiversity. 

Ecosystem-based management should be seen as a priority and an integral component in the development and implementation of regional sustainable development policies, strategies, plans, projects and activities.

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You can download the full Biodiversity Protection declaration below in several languages to learn about our vision.

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The official signature ceremony will take place on 14 October 2019 in Malaga and will be followed by a conference and seminars on “ Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: "A pulse for transformative changes in the Mediterranean Sea" – register HERE to attend the ceremony and the event.