The MPA-Engage Project

Climate change is dramatically affecting the Mediterranean Sea, which is warming at a rate 20% faster than the world’s average. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), despite the nature-based solution they offer to support efforts towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, are the first ones to feel the climate change effects. Several Mediterranean MPAs are already facing major biodiversity and functional alterations due to climate change, whereas others will likely face them in the next few decades. There is, therefore, an urgency to mitigate these risks and to consider adaptation options in partnership with local communities, decision-makers, civil society organizations, research bodies, and other socio-economic actors at local, national and regional level.  


MPA-ENGAGE, led by the Institute of Marine Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council, is funded by the Interreg MED program with a budget of about 3 million euros. MPA-ENGAGE aims 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 will monitor in a harmonized way the climate change impacts, will elaborate vulnerability assessments and will develop climate change adaptation action plans in 8 Marine Protected Areas located in 7 Mediterranean countries, namely Albania, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain

Key info

MPA-Engage: Engaging Mediterranean key actors in Ecosystem Approach to manage Marine Protected Areas to face Climate Change 

Grant number: 5216 | 5MED18_3.2_M23_007

85% co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

Partners: 15

Countries: Albania, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain

Period: 11/2019 – 06/2022

Budget: ~ 3 M€