CSIC (Institute of Marine Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council), MedPAN and their partners will hold the joint final event of the Interreg Med projects MPA Engage and MPA NETWORKS 14 to 17 June 2022 in Spain.
Part of this event is offered in a hybrid format, both face-to-face and online on 14, 15 and 16 June 2022.
(On-site participants are limited because of logistics constraints)
The goal of this final event is to discuss the outcomes and key recommendations of these 2 European projects that targeted key thematics for MPAs: management effectiveness, small-scale fisheries management, mobile species conservation, sustainable financing and climate change adaptation. Participants will contribute to scaling up the solutions identified in the projects for the benefit of the entire Mediterranean MPA community.
The technical workshop on 14-15 June will provide a valuable opportunity to learn more about the projects’ results and to further discuss key recommendations for decision-makers of the Mediterranean region to be presented at the policy meeting on 16 June. The event will conclude on the morning of 17 June with an on-site exchange: “From local MPA outcomes to a resilient MPA Mediterranean network: lessons from Cap de Creus Natural Park”.
About the MPA Engage project
MPA Engage, led by the Institute of Marine Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council, is funded by the Interreg MED programe with a budget of about 3 million euros. MPA Engage aimed primarily to support Mediterranean MPAs to adapt to and mitigate the ongoing climate change effects in the Mediterranean Sea. Through a participatory approach, MPA Engage monitored in a harmonized way the climate change impacts, elaborated vulnerability assessments and developed climate change adaptation action plans in 8 Marine Protected Areas located in 6 Mediterranean countries, namely Albania, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain.
About the MPA NETWORKS project
The MPA NETWORKS intended to boost the dynamics of cooperation between MPA managers at all levels in the Mediterranean.
The MPA NETWORKS project focused 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. The project also helped to strengthen networks of MPA managers at national, sub-regional and Mediterranean levels and to ensure capacity-building and scaling-up of good solutions and policy recommendations.