The Spanish Government has granted permission to drill an undetermined number of exploratory wells in ultra-deep waters off the eastern coast of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, both islands declared Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. The area is also among the most important global sites for cetaceans and many other endangered species. This decision has been taken unilaterally by the central government despite strong opposition from institutions and civil society of the Canaries, firmly committed to sustainable development and the use of renewable energy. They have joined in a common front to fight against oil drilling plans. All support is crucial to avoid this huge environmental threat. Please sign and share this petition.
WWF Mediterranean Initiative bulletin: Issue 4 / March 2014
New no-take zone in Greek seas
Mediterranean MPAs facts and figures
83% of MPAs are located in the northern basin, and over half (56%) still don’t have a management plan. Many Mediterranean MPAs are struggling to become fully operational and to demonstrate that their ecological, social and economic benefits effectively contribute to local economies.
Largest MPA/Tourism project in the WWF network
Since 2008 WWF has helped to establish MPAs in Algeria, Croatia, Libya, Tunisia and Turkey. The SEA-Med project builds on this success, and brings together WWF Mediterranean, MedPAN and the Conservatoire du Littoral, working with the governments and authorities in 8 MPAs towards their financial and operational self-sufficiency. Addressing fisheries and tourism management, through a stakeholder participatory approach, SEA-Med demonstrates the value of MPAs for marine resource management and livelihood generation and contributes to the creation of exemplary models of Integrated Coastal Management.
WWF Spain campaigns to save Canary Islands
An MPA should be a place for the spillover of good ideas. Terre@mare is an innovative project in which WWF Italy uses the Web and online tools to monitor and map the Miramare MPA in the gulf of Trieste. The resources are then made available to tourists, sea watchers and divers whose online visits and contributions make them participants in the project. Read more.
Fishermen make MPA a success
Interview: about stakeholder engagement
First, that time is necessary for change to occur. At the beginning of the MedPAN South Project, there was a lack of knowledge about MPAs and the planning process. It took longer than we expected to identify and involve people. Most local stakeholders focused on immediate social and economic benefits. So, the second thing is that building trust is a must for long term success. We simplified every scientific outcome and explained in detail to gain their trust for regulations. We encouraged every stakeholder to express their thoughts openly and to create common grounds in our meetings. Third lesson - stakeholder engagement is the real power. If you have a really strong relationship with key local stakeholders, that brings power at the national level.
What are the greatest challenges you have faced?
Our biggest challenges have been political ones. There was a government turnover in 2011, in the middle of the project, which broke up the local management unit primarily responsible for the implementation of the management plan and delayed the approval process. But we managed to get back on track and are now following the approval of the management plan officially.
MEDPAN: MPA MANAGERS love it
- the most active MPA social network at the scale of a regional sea in the world.
- a well-known actor with the EU, the Barcelona Convention, the CBD, which has helped to raise the profile of Mediterranean MPAs with EU and Mediterranean decision makers.
- a focal point - in 2012, MedPAN, with WWF, organized the Mediterranean MPA Forum, where all major institutions of the Mediterranean gathered and adopted a common roadmap to achieve the Aïchi targets.