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MedPAN : The Mediterranean marine protected area managers’ network

MedPAN is the network of Mediterranean marine protected area managers. Its objective is to facilitate exchanges between Mediterranean marine protected areas in order to improve their management.
The Agency participates as an MPA manager in the Mediterranean but also by assisting projects with its technical and methodological support arising from French experience.

Objective: to improve the management efficiency of Mediterranean marine protected areas

The MedPAN network is currently made up of more than:

  • 27 members, mainly marine protected area managers from around the Mediterranean basin
  • 16 partners wishing to contribute to the creation and the strengthening of the network.

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These partners manage more than 30 marine protected areas and are working on the creation of several sites.
Since 1990, the MedPAN network federates MPA managers in the Mediterranean and supports them in their management activities.
It became an officially recognised association under French law at the end of 2008 and has a permanent secretariat. MedPAN’s objective is to promote the creation and long-term operation of a Mediterranean network of marine protected areas.

A developing partnership

The agency is developing a partnership with MedPAN, within the framework of an agreement providing for 2011-2012:

  • the development of an up-to-date database of Mediterranean MPAs and a report concerning their situation with regard to 2012 objectives
  • the creation of management tools on common subjects
  • the organisation of “experience exchange” workshops and training sessions, based on methodological tools developed by the agency
  • the organisation of the second Mediterranean MPA conference, in 2012
  • other collaborative actions at "Eurosite" and IMPAC3 meetings as well as within the framework of specific  MedPAN North and MedPAN South projects.

Medpan North is coordinated by WWF France sous under the banner of the MedPAN network. It is made up of six European countries: Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, and Slovenia. The agency’s assistance aims to help different parts of the project:

  • innovative aspects of MPA management
  • sustainable management of fishing in MPAs
  • sustainable management of tourism in MPAs.

The objective of the Medpan South project (PNUE – FEM project coordinated by WWF Mediterranean) is to reinforce the management efficiency of existing MPAs and to promote the creation of new MPAs in the 12 countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean area. The agency provides its support by using its experts for training courses and developing methodological tools.