Mediterranean Initiative bulletin: Issue 6 / June-JulyWWF Solar sets off from Palma de Mallorca.
For the first time in Turkey an MPA management plan has been approved by the government. The Kaş-Kekova Special Environmental Protected Area now officially has a plan which sets the principles for the protection of ecological, cultural and socioeconomic values, and defines activites for the next 5 years. WWF-Turkey shares this success with diving club owners, fishermen and tour boat operators who participated and devoted their efforts for the future of Kaş-Kekova.
© Michel Gunther / WWF
During a recent field expedition to the islet of Gyaros, a WWF Greece team together with the army’s specialist bomb unit, found and safely detonated an unexploded shell. This set the stage safely for biodiversity surveys, part of the Cyclades Life project that aims to establish a model MPA on Gyaros.
© WWF Greece
The WWF Mediterranean bluefin tuna tagging programme this year is working with the European Responsible Fishing Association as part of the Great Tuna Race. At the beginning of June the first tagging event took place in Spain, and was a great success. Tuna tagging gathers information on the ecology, residence areas and movement patterns of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea.
Mediterranean:world's main tourist destination
How many? Over 300 million tourist arrivals a year.
By 2030? Expected to rise to 500 million.
Resource demands? An average Spanish city dweller uses about 250 litres of water per day, while the average tourist uses 440 litres which doubles if the tourist uses facilities with swimming pools and golf courses.
Effects? Coastal areas, which account for more than 30% of international tourist destinations, are already seriously damaged.
Who benefits? Of the hundreds of millions of Euros generated by international tourism in the Mediterranean most goes to less than 10 tour operators from northern Europe.
The Spanish Ministry of the Environment has approved an oil exploration project in the Canary Islands, despite appeals from WWF and other organizations. The door is now open to the final approval of the project by the Ministry of Industry. WWF will continue fighting this harmful project in an amazing biodiversity area and the most important area for cetaceans in Europe.