The Mediterranean MPA Forum
, organised by MedPAN and RAC/SPA, together with many international and regional partners was held in Tangiers, Morocco, 28 November to 1 December. Forum participants agreed to the Tangier Declaration
– a series of recommendations to improve the regional MPA network. Recommendations include the need to
- reach at least 2% of no-take zones by 2020
- boost MPA coverage in non-EU country waters and in the open sea
- achieve effective management in every MPA with weak capacities and in Natura 2000 marine sites.
During the Forum WWF presented many of the success stories we have helped to achieve across the region, including “pescatourism” in Taza National Park in Algeria, new financing approaches for Kaş-Kekova in Turkey, innovative co-management approaches for the Gyaros Natura 2000 site in Greece.
The Science of Marine Protected Areas
report – Mediterranean Edition, which WWF co-authored, was released during the Forum. This global scientific synthesis on MPAs demonstrates how they provide ecological, economic, and social benefits to the Mediterranean region.