Europe's challenges to meet the 2020 deadlines

Project summary

Ongoing unsustainable fishing, tourism, plastic and chemical pollution, and a rapid coastal development are causing a dramatic decline and loss of marine species and the destruction of fragile habitats in the Mediterranean. The increasing effects of climate change and future trends in development at sea are added threats to the ecological and economic resilience of the whole region. As a response, Mediterranean countries signed the CBD Aichi Target 11 committing to protect at least 10% of their waters with the creation of effective Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The WWF European Policy Office commissioned an assessment of the actions taken by European Unioni countries to implement conservation policies and create an effective and well-managed network of MPAs. We undertook an analysis of the status of designation, the level of management implementation and of the ecological coherence of the existing network.

Our role

We dealt with data collection, data analysis and report writing. A major task was the initial collection of geospatial and tabular data for various indicators (designation, management, ecological coherence). Once the database was developed, we did the geospatial analysis of the indicators assessed at basin and country level. Finally, we supported the report writing and visualisation of results.

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Christoph Schröder

Assessment approach

Based on my MSc in Geography (University of Bonn) I have developed expertise in Geographic Information Systems and land use/cover change analysis from local to global scale with particular interest in the Mediterranean...

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Antonio Sánchez

Data related inquiries

Antonio Sánchez has developed his career focused on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing tools, especially in the management and processing of data to calculate indicators and generate illustrative maps of environmental problems of all kind...
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WWF European Policy Office