As part of the Co-managed No-Take Zones/MPAs project, BlueSeeds has developed a practical guide on financing mechanisms for MPA managers. It focuses mainly on the strategic objective 4 of the Roadmap for Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean: “Increasing the allocation of financial resources to establish and maintain an ecological network of effectively managed MPAs”.

How to finance Mediterranean MPAs? Financing mechanisms: exploration and success stories
How to finance Mediterranean MPAs? Financing mechanisms: exploration and success stories

This guide is the continuation of a work initiated in 2015 by Vertigo Lab, MedPAN, SPA/RAC and WWF Méditerranée (Binet et al. 2015a and 2015b). It has been specially designed for MPA managers in the Mediterranean. This practical guide proposes a step-by-step approach to help MPA managers accurately plan their financial strategy and set up relevant and efficient financing mechanisms adapted to their needs, such as visitor fees, concession fees and revolving fund.

This guide is free of charge and available to all those involved in marine conservation. It is currently only available in English. You can download it here.


On the occasion of the launch of the guide, BlueSeeds organised a webinar on 17 February 2021, presenting the guide, methodologies and success stories of these financing mechanisms. You can rewatch the webinar (in English only) below: