Assessment on the state and progress of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean in 2019
Towards 2020: how Mediterranean countries are performing to protect their sea
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 Mediterranean Office commissioned an assessment of the actions taken by Mediterranean countries on all shores 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.
Gomei M., Abdulla A., Schröder C., Yadav S., Sánchez A., Rodríguez D., Abdel Malek D. (2019)
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Towards an ecologically representative and efficiently managed network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MedMPA Network), managed by UN Environment/MAP, co-executed by SPA/RAC, WWF Mediterranean and MedPAN, and financially supported by the European Union