This webinar originally aired on 29 September 2016.
Advancing marine conservation, particularly through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been an important priority agenda in the Mediterranean, particularly for the past two decades. The Barcelona Convention in particular played a convening role and an important umbrella for a multitude of MPA initiatives in the region, with several actors increasing their efforts to support the achievement of the global 2012 MPA target and the subsequent Aichi Target. In this regard, its Contracting Parties have adopted in 2009 a “Regional Working Programme for the Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Sea including the High Sea”, and in 2016 a “Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent network of Well-Managed MPAs to Achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean”.
The webinar will introduce these regional strategies and tools and highlight the efforts made in terms of marine and coastal protected areas establishment and management in the Mediterranean region.
This webinar was presented by Souha EL ASMI, Programme Officer at the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA – UNEP/MAP).