WWF MMI bulletin: July 2015Kas, Trukey.
Situated on a beautiful Mediterranean coastline with its back to pine forest and face to the turquoise sea, Kaş is a small town in southern Turkey where the pace of life is still much as it was 100 years ago. It is also a place where natural assets underpin the local economy, and a group of tour operators, hoteliers and fishermen is working with WWF to make tourism work for nature, and nature work for tourism. To coincide with the beginning of the tourist season the WWF Exposure platform recently posted its first Mediterranean Marine Initiative story featuring WWF's work in Kaş-Kekova MPA. Read more.
In June, in a major conservation victory for the Mediterranean, the plenary of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Ramsar Convention adopted a resolution inviting countries to identify and safeguard Mediterranean island wetlands. This is the outcome of a decade of systematic work by WWF Greece, aimed at conserving these fragile hotspots and defending them from mounting human-induced pressure.
The Mediterranean is home to about 20 different species of cetaceans and the Pelagos Sanctuary, in the northwest, is the first Mediterranean transboundary area created to protect marine mammals. Created by France, Italy and Monaco 16 years ago, Pelagos is still neither effective nor efficient. WWF has launched an appeal with 20 other organizations, calling on the three governments to develop common management solutions, making Pelagos an international example for the conservation of marine biodiversity. Read more.
Facts and figures: the Pelagos Sanctuary
Area: coastal waters and pelagic environment from the peninsula of Giens to the Fosse Chiarone in South Tuscany, extending 87,500km2 with 2,022km of coastline.
Species present: fin whale, sperm whale, Cuvier’s beaked whale, long-finned pilot whale, Risso’s dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, striped dolphin and the monk seal.
Currently less than 5% of the Mediterranean Sea is protected. Without the Pelagos Sanctuary less than 1% of the basin would be under protection.