CoCoNET Press Release 9

November, 2012

 

AN IMPORTANT ROAD MAP FOR MARINE PROTECTED AREAS HAS BEEN DRAWN IN ANTALYA-TURKEY AT MedPAN FORUM

MedPAN has a strong tie with CoCoNET. It shares the idea of establishing networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in the whole Mediterranean Sea. MedPAN Forum 2012 was held in Antalya, Turkey, 25-28 November 2012. Over 300 scientists, managers, stakeholders from 20 countries joined the forum, including CoCoNET partners, and elaborated Antalya Declaration together towards a comprehensive, ecologically representative, effectively connected and efficiently managed network of Mediterranean MPA's by 2020. Dr. Ferdinando Boero, the leader of CoCoNET, explained about CoCoNET at the forum.

The forum hosted principally by the Turkish Government, with the support of international organizations, such as IUCN, RAC/SPA, UNDP-GEF. Improving the MPA network in the Mediterranean will help its riparian countries in achieving the Aichi Targets set under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and in fulfilling their obligations towards the Barcelona Convention, ACCOBAMS, GFCM and Ramsar Convention. In that sense, the commitments made on a regional basis by fulfilling their obligations towards Mediterranean countries provide a solid system for establishing a network MPA's in Mediterranean. Besides, stronger political commitment, more effort on a national level as well as greater cooperation, coordination and mutual assistance on a Mediterranean level is needed. It is already known that the existing Mediterranean network of MPA's is still suffering significant weakness. This is not based only on an ecological representativeness and connectivity, lack of effective management and sustainable financing as well as effective coordination among stakeholders.

Antalya Declaration was drafted as a vision to achieve by 2020 a connected, ecologically representative, effectively managed and monitored network of MPA's which ensures the long term conservation of the key components of the marine biodiversity and gives solid support to the sustainable development of the region. Four strategic objectives have been set to achieve the 2020 targets are as follows.

a) Establish an ecological network of MPA's which is representative and connected;

b) Achieve an effective, efficient and sustainable management and governance in Mediterranean MPA's;

c) Develop territorial and sectorial integrated governance of Mediterranean MPA's while promoting the sharing of environmental and socio-economical benefits; and

d) Increase the allocation of financial resources to establish and maintain an ecological network of effectively managed MPA's.

VIRTUAL FOCUSED WORKSHOP BEST PRACTICES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MPAs NETWORK MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS

Virtual Focused Workshop on Best Practices for the Management of MPAs Network Monitoring and Management Effectiveness took place from 5 to 16 November, 2012. It was organized by Paul Goriup and Melanie Gammon (NatureBureau) and 36 researchers from 18 institutions took part in the workshop.

The aims of this workshop were (i) to review and subsequently agree on the procedures for gathering and sharing MPA management data in the Mediterranean and Black Seas; and (ii) to review international best practice management guidelines, with a view to identifying the methods that can be used to analyze current management systems (including indicator based monitoring) for sites and networks of sites.

The workshop focused on the key components for management and/or monitoring marine protected areas, methodologies can be used to assess the effectiveness of current management systems, information required to produce guidance documents for management and monitoring of networks of MPAs and best practices for managing and monitoring marine protected areas, especially as networks. A wide range of case studies were shared among the participants, ranging from Malta and UK to the Philippines and Canada.

 

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