Regional Sea Approaches to Marine Conservation: the positive experience from the Mediterranean and Yellow Seas

2012 Mediterranean MPA Forum

The network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MedPAN) and its partners , the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), the General Directorate of Natural Assets Protection (Turkey) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkey, organize the 2012 Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean being held from November 25th to 28th, 2012 in Antalya, Turkey.

All Mediterranean countries are committed, through the Barcelona Convention and its Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean, to contribute to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. One of the objectives is to establish, by 2020, well-managed and ecologically representative national and regional systems of protected areas, covering at least 10% of the oceans.

This Forum will serve as a platform to review the progress of the Mediterranean MPA network developed over the last years, and establish a common roadmap for 2020 in order to meet marine conservation challenges in the region. It will also provide an opportunity to:

- Bring together the representatives of the national agencies for the environment, fisheries, tourism and economy in the Mediterranean countries; managers of marine protected areas; scientists; regional and international partners; and local economic actors to share experiences and knowledge,
- Articulate a common vision among the Mediterranean MPA community through constructive dialogue and engagement and,
- Help demonstrate the economic, social and cultural importance of MPAs.

Given the current economic crisis and political upheaval, the preservation of the natural, cultural and social features of the Mediterranean region will only be possible if all riparian countries and stakeholders are committed to pursuing a common vision to strengthen the marine protected areas network for the benefit of our Mediterranean communities especially those living in fragile and vulnerable eco-systems.

Marine Protected Areas are everyone's business.

The Forum programme and further information are available at:
www.medmpaforum2012.org

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