Return to “Calls for Small Projects”

From 2011 to 2018, 7 calls for small projects were launched and 44 projects were funded on 8 main topics :

  • Sustainable management of tourism
  • Sustainable management of fisheries
  • Management tools
  • Expand knowledge
  • Education to environment
  • Sustainable funding
  • Marine turtles preservation

The scheme was widely mobilised for pilot and innovative actions that can be replicated in other MPAs.


October 2017 regular Call for Small Projects – 7 projects funded

This regular Call for Small Projects was intended to support actions related to all relevant themes across the Mediterranean. Seven projects were selected. They have a duration of 12 to 18 months and are in the process of being started. They are funded by the MAVA and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundations.

  • Strengthen collaboration between the MPAs of the Adratic Sea, while adapting the successful experience of fishermen’s involvement in the management of the Torre Guaceto MPA in Karaburun-Sazani MPA – Albanian Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (Albania) (See more)
  • Enhancing participation from stakeholders in the Kakoskali Marine Protected Area – Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre (Cyprus) (See more)
  • Empowering legal fisheries in future Montenegrin MPAs – Mediterranean Center for Environmental Monitoring (MedCEM) (Montenegro) (See more)
  • Monitoring and management of nesting sites in the MPAs Pelagie Islands – Municipality of Lampedusa And Linosa (Italy) (See more)
  • Sustainable management of marine turtles in Palm Islands Nature Reserve and its surroundings through elimination of threats and promotion of community benefits – Palm island natural reserve (Lebanon) (See more)
  • Nautical Tourism Ecological Footprint in MPAs – Ruđer Bošković Institute (Croatia) (See more)
  • Benefits and risks of marine protected areas to human health and wellbeing: marine recreational activities in Cap de Creus as a case study – University of Girona (Spain) (See more)

October 2017 specific Call for small projects – 7 projects funded

Topic “Communication and sustainable funding in the south of the Mediterranean Sea”

This specific Call for Small Projects is intended to support actions related to the strengthening of communication and the sustainable financing of MPAs in 5 target countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon. Seven projects were selected. They have an average duration of 8 months and are in the process of being started. They are funded in the framework of the UNEP / MAP project financed by the European Union and the Albert II of Monaco Foundation. 

  • Monograph of the emblematic Habibas Islands MPA – Association Barbarous (Algeria) (See more)
  • Financing mechanisms and plan for the sustainable management of the Habibas Islands MPA – Commissariat National du Littoral (Algeria) (See more)
  • Development of a business plan for the MPA of El Sallum – Environics Environment & Development Advisors (Egypt) (See more)
  • Effective management through strategic communication – Nature Conservation Egypt (Egypt) (See more)
  • Develop effective communication actions for TCNR – Tyr coast nature reserve (Lebanon) (See more)
  • Assessment of management priorities and development of a business plan for the Palm Islands Nature Reserve – Environment Protection Committee (Lebanon) (See more)
  • Create the basis of a communication system for the Palm Islands Nature Reserve and raise awareness of its biodiversity and importance – Lebanese Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development (Lebanon) (See more)

Call for small projects from 2011 to 2016 – 30 projects funded


Small projects description

Algeria – Association Barbarous

Habibas islands nature marine reserve

Title of the project: Monograph of the emblematic Habibas Islands MPA

Theme: Strengthening of  communication

Objective of the project:

The Habibas Islands Marine Nature Reserve is the first protected area established in Algeria (2003); it is also the first Specially Protected Area of ​​Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI). Under the tutelage of the Commissariat National du Littoral (CNL), the reserve, which enjoys remarkable biodiversity, has benefited since its creation of a number of activities implemented in the framework of international collaborations. But a management unit with dedicated funds is struggling to take off and more active support from stakeholders and local decision makers is needed to achieve real management.

The Barbarous association, commissioned by the CNL to co-manage the reserve, wishes with this project to produce a coffee table book to promote the natural heritage of the reserve, to shed light on the progress recorded on this site in terms of management and conservation, but also to take stock of the difficulties encountered during a participatory management process. With this book, Barbarous intends to raise the awareness of decision-makers and actors, especially on a local scale, to the importance of the effective protection of the Habibas Islands MPA and to advocate to contribute to mobilize sustainable financing for the management of the MPA of the Habibas islands.

Total budget: 20 000€

MedPAN financing: 5 000€

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Algeria – Commissariat National du Littoral

Habibas islands nature marine reserve

Title of the project: Financing mechanisms and plan for the sustainable management of the Habibas Islands MPA

Theme: Sustanaible financing

Objective of the project:

The management plan for the Habibas Islands MPA was finalised in 2013 as part of the “Development support of the CNL” project by the Conservatoire du Littoral. Its implementation was deferred to 2015 with 5-year management objectives focused on 3 components: conservation, development and development.

But currently, the sources of funding for the implementation of this management plan are those of the state budget and other funding in the framework of international projects. These financings are both inadequate and punctual.

This small MedPAN project therefore aims to analyze the current sources of funding and to propose an integrated and sustainable financing plan for the management activities of the MPA.

Total budget: 23 300€

MedPAN financing: 17 000€

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Egypt – Environics Environment & Development Advisors

Al Sallum Marine Protected Area

Title of the project: Development of a business plan for the MPA of El Sallum

Theme : Sustainable financing

Objective of the project:

The Marine Protected Area of ​​Sallum was created in 2010. It is the 28th natural protectorate out of 30 and the first located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of a protectorate network under the umbrella of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).

Faced with the lack of state funding for protectorates, EEAA has promoted a self financing policy and 3 business plans have already been developed in the Red Sea. Today it’s Sallum’s turn.

This small MedPAN project aims to develop this business plan with sustainable and ecological financing mechanisms in line with the objectives of the protectorate of Sallum. The development of the business plan will take place in parallel with the development of the management plan, which will allow a good synergy between the conservation objectives and the options to finance them. Problems such as over-fishing, over-hunting, of birds in particular, over-grazing or bad management practices will be at the heart of the establishment of 2 plans.

The development of the business plan will first be based on an evaluation of existing data on Sallum, on existing business plans and on the institutional context and then on a field study of the situation and needs as seen by the various stakeholders.

Total budget: 23 300€

MedPAN financing: 17 000€

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Egypt – Nature Conservation Egypt

Al Sallum Marine Protected Area

Title of the project: Effective management through strategic communication

Theme: Strengthening of communication

Objective of the projet:

Sallum MPA suffers from insufficient resources and technical capacity on many fronts. Seven years after its declaration as a protected marine area (the first on the Egyptian Mediterranean coast), there is still no administrative office and the management plan is still under development. There is no entry fee, and the only financial resource available to the park comes from the government’s meager budget allocations. The area is sensitive because of the proximity to the Libyan border and the few visitors who obtain visit permits are usually avid ornithologists or naturalists.

In general, the MPA is considered as a terrestrial park with a surrounding marine area. The focus has always been on the management of land resources, and many local actors and communities are interested in trade rather than conservation. This is due to an economically impoverished local community and a general misunderstanding of the value of marine natural resources and biodiversity. So far, communication activities have been sporadic or minimal and have mainly been implemented through official government bodies and channels. As a result, stakeholders in the region are intellectually and emotionally disconnected from the MPA and management of marine ecosystems is at an all-time low.

This small project intends to develop a communication strategy for the El Sallum MPA and put in place sustainable communication tools to implement this strategy with the construction of a website, the implementation of social media, the organisation of awareness raising events and the production of tools including a video. Sharing and networking activities within MedPAN and other organisations in the Arab world are also planned.

Total budget: 19 700€

MedPAN financing: 14 763€

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Lebanon – Tyr coast nature reserve

Tyr coast nature reserve

Title of the project: Develop effective communication actions for TCNR

Theme : Strengthening of communication

Objective of the projet:

Established in 1998, the Tyr Nature Reserve is an important site for birdlife and sea turtle nesting. It is also an SPAMI since 2012.

But the reserve has been suffering since its creation from a chronic lack of means which harms its effectiveness and its recognition. The financing provided by numerous international projects has made it possible to set up important conservation and communication actions. But these must be strengthened, in a context of high attendance where 500 000 tourists visit the reserve each year.

The objective of this MedPAN small project is to raise the awareness of 3 main targets (students, schoolchildren and women) and to encourage them to become ambassadors of the reserve. Today, 7 volunteers collaborate with the small management team in place and will provide support to implement these communications actions. Conducted in partnership with INNODEV, the project will consist in defining a framework for the engagement of volunteers, train them, involve them in an exchange visit with the Jabal Moussa Nature Reserve (expert in communication); in a second step, tools will be produced to disseminate the messages of the reserve (new logo, awareness material, website, videos, thirdly volunteers will be involved to produce a mural, to put on a show at the visitor centre, or produce handicrafts, in the case of rural women, which will be sold to tourists.

Total budget: 20 000€

MedPAN financing: 15 000€

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Lebanon – Environment Protection Committee

Palm Islands nature reserve

Title of the project: Assessment of management priorities and development of a business plan for the Palm Islands Nature Reserve

Theme : Sustainable financing

Objective of the project:

The Palm Islands Nature Reserve was established in 1992 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Very close to the urban center of Tripoli District, it is a popular destination with an average of 20,000 visitors during the summer opening season.

The reserve is today in a difficult situation insofar as its management plan is obsolete and the available financial means insufficient. This small MedPAN project therefore aims to assess the management priorities of the reserve and to define a sustainable long-term financing strategy based on innovative financing mechanisms. This strategy will be presented in the form of a business plan thanks to the MedPLAN tool developed a few years ago by MedPAN.

Management priorities will be assessed along 3 axes: conservation, recreation, science / environmental education. The business plan will focus on creating a favorable legal and policy environment to improve the financial sustainability of the reserve, develop sources of revenue, and provide the reserve with adequate institutional and individual capacity to support management and financial sustainability.

These studies will be based on the needs of the different stakeholders with surveys and workshops, the results of previous projects as well as the expertise of 2 consultants, one specialized in management plan and the other in finance. The business plan includes working with the local community to identify traditional products that have been abandoned over time and to evaluate the feasibility of their reintroduction.

Total budget: 23 400€

MedPAN financing: 17 000€

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Lebanon – Lebanese Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development

Palm Islands nature reserve

Title of the project: Create the basis of a communication system for the Palm Islands Nature Reserve and raise awareness of its biodiversity and importance.

Theme: Strengthening of communication

Objective of the projet:

There is little information available on Palm Islands Reserve, and even when the information exists, it is rarely communicated. A situation that does not encourage public support for the management objectives of the reserve.

This small MedPAN project aims to put in place a number of activities and tools to develop the support of the local community for conservation efforts and its participation in the effective management of the reserve and to promote responsible behaviors of visitors and fishermen.

A workshop will be organised with identified stakeholders to raise their awareness to the pressures and possible solutions; a database on the biodiversity of the reserve will be developed with photos taken by a professional and a collation of the studies already carried out by the country’s research centers, as well as 2 digital tools will be produced: an update of the website of the reserve with the database data and a smartphone application that will highlight the biodiversity of the reserve.

Total budget: 20 000€

MedPAN financing: 15 000€

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Albania – Albanian Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development

Karaburun-Sazan Marine National Park and the Torre-Guaceto Marine and Coastal Protected Area

Project title : Strengthen collaboration between the MPAs of the Adratic Sea, while adapting the successful experience of fishermen’s involvement in the management of the MPA of Torre Guaceto to the MPA of Karaburun-Sazani

Topic : Sustainable management of fisheries

Objective of the project :

The Karaburun-Sazan Marine National Park, created in 2010, is the 1st MPA established in Albania. Fishing is only allowed in certain areas and only fishers holding a permit issued by the marine area management authorities are allowed to access it. In the last 3 years, management measures have been expanded and MPA managers want to improve fishers-management collaboration and strengthen the involvement of fishers in the management of the MPA. They plan to strengthen the effectiveness of management measures and fisheries monitoring activities in the territory. Albanian managers expect to build on the experience of the Italian MPA of Torre-Guaceto, also located in the Adriatic Sea, which is a success story of small-scale fisher’s involvement in the management of fisheries in an MPA.

Indeed, the Torre-Guaceto MPA succeeded in overcoming the crisis between fishers and local authorities concerning the ban on fishing in the MPA when it was established in 2001. With the support of scientists, an agreement between fishers and managers was found to open certain areas to a regulated fishery co-managed by fishers and local authorities. Today, MPA fishers are key players in the definition of management measures and the effects on the resource are visible.

This small project will thus make it possible to finance several meetings between fishers and managers of the two MPAs. The exchanges between these players will enable the sharing of knowledge and will give Albanian players the opportunity to study in the field the management and monitoring methods implemented in the Italian MPA. Albanian protagonists will be able to adapt these experiences to Karaburun-Sazan MPA in order to build a management and sustainable development strategy for fisheries. These exchanges will also strengthen the links between the playes of these two MPAs in the Adriatic, which will enable them to work together on common issues, such as invasive species for example.

This project is also a continuation of a project entitled “Developing Co-management Approaches for Sustainable Fisheries in the Karaburuni-Sazani Marine Protected Area”, funded by MedPAN in 2015. This project had notably promoted the preservation of fish species in the MPA and had established data exchange practices between fishers and managers.

 

Project duration : 12 months

Start date : May 2018

Total budget : 27 500€

MedPAN financing : 20 500€

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Cyprus – Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre

Kakoskali marine protected area project

Project title : Enhancing participation from stakeholders in the Kakoskali Marine Protected Area

Topic : Stakeholders involvement in marine protected areas management

Objective of the project :

The Chersonisos Akama Natura 2000 site, located in northwestern Cyprus, is an area of ​​great importance for Cypriot marine biodiversity. However, it currently doesn’t have an effective management system. The Kakoskali marine protected area project, which has been under discussion for more than five years, aims to establish a zoning for restricting access to fishing and recreational activities in this territory. The project, initially supported by the NGO Enalia Physis environmental research centre and supported by fishers, must be validated by the Cypriot government authorities in charge of MPA management. Faced with the many changes in the project’s boundaries and the difficulty in communicating with the government authorities, fishers are reacting more and more negatively to the project and are withdrawing from discussions, like other players. However, fishers will be most concerned by access restrictions and their absence from discussions would weaken the effectiveness of management measures, or even question the feasibility of the MPA project.

This project, led by the NGO Enalia Physis, aims to remobilise local stakeholders, especially fishers, in the MPA project. To achieve this, Enalia Physis expects to improve communication with government authorities and allow significant involvement of local stakeholders in the management of the future MPA. Several consultation meetings will be organised with government authorities to better understand the perception of local players and find an agreement regarding the perimeter of the different areas of the MPA. This project will also lay the foundations for the establishment of an MPA management committee, made up of local stakeholder’s representatives, which would be a first for Cypriot MPAs where there is no consultation instances of this kind.

Project duration : 12 months

Start date : June 2018

Total budget : 26 650 €

MedPAN financing : 20 000 €

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Montenegro – Mediterranean Center for Environmental Monitoring (MedCEM)

Future MPA Platamuni, future MPA Katič, future MPA Ratac, future MPA Stari Ulcinj

Title of the project : Empowering legal fisheries in future Montenegrin MPAs

Topic : Sustainable management of fisheries

Project objective :

Montenegro is one of the last European countries that does not have marine protected areas. The government wants to formalise the establishment of 2 or even 3 MPAs by 2020. However, the authorities are aware that they must win the support of local stakeholders and especially fishers to make these future MPAs effective. Indeed, local players have little confidence in government interventions and fisheries regulations are poorly respected due to the lack of control and sanctions.

This project aims to raise the awareness of fishers and local players to Marine Protected Areas and the benefits they can draw from it in order to win their support. This project, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro, is supported by the MedCEM organisation which has been present for several years in the field and whose position is perceived as neutral by the players. Thus, several workshops will be organised, in the presence of scientists, in order to allow the players to better know the MPAs. Exchange visits in other MPAs in the Adriatic will allow Montenegrin fishers to interact with other fishing communities and MPA managers. A “community voice video”, a video that will give fishers the opportunity to present their individual perception of the MPA project and the issues concerning fishing, will also be produced. This video is based on a methodology developed by the English association Marine Conservation Society and which has already proven its efficiency. This video will give local authorities the opportunity to establish appropriate management measures to direct their actions to gain the adhesion of the local fishers.

* A video presenting the methodology, conducted by the Marine Conservation Society, is available at this link

Project duration : 12 months

Start date : June 2018

Total budget : 26 000 €

MedPAN financing : 19 500 €

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Italy – Municipality of Lampedusa And Linosa

Marine protected area of Pelagie islands

Project title : Monitoring and management of nesting sites in the MPAs Pelagie Islands

Topic : marine turtle preservation ; impacts of climate change

Project objective :

The MPA of Pelagie Islands in Italy is an important nesting site for sea turtles and in particular for loggerhead turtles. The success rate of the turtles’ nesting activities and certain physiological characteristics (sex, shape of the carapace for example) are determined by environmental factors of the nest (temperature, humidity, distance to the sea, sand’s granulometry). These parameters are likely to change with climate change, which can have an impact on the success of the nests. There are currently few studies on the relationship between the evolution of these environmental parameters and their impact on the success of the nests and the morphological characteristics of individuals, and no such study has been conducted in Italy. This project, which brings together all the MPAs of the Pelagie Islands, therefore plans to develop protocols and monitor nests’ environmental parameters and study the morphology of young turtles. The results will provide a better understanding of the relationship between these parameters and the effects of climate change on turtle laying. The results will also help to identify and implement appropriated measures for nests’ protection in order to mitigate the effect of climate change.

Project duration : 18 months

Start date : June 2018

Total budget : 26 000 €

MedPAN financing : 19 500 €

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Lebanon – Palm island natural reserve

Palm island natural reserve

Project title : Sustainable management of marine turtles in Palm Islands Nature Reserve and its surroundings through elimination of threats and promotion of community benefits

Topic : marine turtle preservation

Project objective :

Although the Lebanese coast has environmental characteristics conducive to sea turtles nesting, the degradation of beaches (sand extraction, presence of waste …) has greatly decreased their use by these animals. In 2001, the Lebanese government, in partnership with SPA/RAC, launched a major campaign to identify and monitor potential spawning sites, with the aim of establishing a national action plan for marine turtle conservation. However, the Palm island natural reserve is not included in this plan. This project will allow MPA managers to monitor, protect sea turtles and laying sites and to raisethe awareness of the local population. The project aims to allow a better involvement of the local population in conservation actions and to communicate on the benefits, including for tourism activities, that the presence of the turtles can generate, so that inhabitants become ambassadors of their protection. This project focuses both on the Natural reserve’s laying sites and on those of the mainland beaches facing the reserve, which are used by the same turtle population.

Project duration : 16 months

Start date : May 2018

Total budget : 27 400 €

MedPAN financing : 20 000 €

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Croatia –Ruđer Bošković Institute

Krka Mouth Natura 2000 site

Project title : Nautical Tourism Ecological Footprint in MPAs

Topic : Sustainable management of tourism

Project objective :

The Krka estuary, in Croatia, is particularly famous for its landscapes. The waters of the estuary are protected in a Natura 2000 site, while a national park covers all the river’s banks. The beauty of the estuary’s landscapes attracts many tourists and sea traffic has increased significantly in recent years. This large number of visitors induces many pressures on the environment, such the release in water of copper, a component of antifouling paints. Facing the current lack of monitoring, the Ruđer Bošković Institute plans to study through this project the site’s nautical use and concentration changes of chemical pollutants, in particular copper. This study will highlight the potential relationships between nautical activities and pollutant concentration variations, develop monitoring indicators and make recommendations for the sustainable management of nautical activities and pollution prevention. This project will also enable the Ruđer Bošković Institute to report the results to national and international authorities.

Project duration : 18 months

Start date : mai 2018

Total budget : 28 000 €

MedPAN financing : 19 500 €

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Spain – University of Girona

Cap de Creus Natural Park

Project title : Benefits and risks of marine protected areas to human health and wellbeing: marine recreational activities in Cap de Creus as a case study

Topic : Supporting the development of business plan and MPAs’ sustainable financing mechanisms

Project objective :

It is scientifically proven that contact with nature and the practice of recreational activities in a natural environment encourages physical activity, improves mental health, reduces disease prevalence and increases life expectancy. The research that led to these results focused mainly on terrestrial natural areas, but recent studies show that the marine environment and the practice of recreational activities related to this environment (diving, boating, etc.) have also very positive effects on well-being and human health. These interactions with the marine environment can also present health risks (production of toxins, exposures to pathogens …) that it is necessary to anticipate. This new scientific discipline, which explores the relationship between the marine environment and human health, remains to be explored. This project, led by the University of Girona, goes in this direction by studying the benefits of leisure activities practiced in marine protected areas for well-being and human health. The chosen case study is the Cap de Creus Natural Park, which hosts many leisure activities and for which data already exist on this topic. The University will thus reinforce the knowledge on this subject and raise managers and stakeholders’ awareness on these topics. These actions will help initiate a dynamics to promote these leisure activities in a view to improving population health and well-being while ensuring the preservation of the environment.

Project duration : 18 months

Start date : juin 2018

Total budget : 27 000 €

MedPAN financing : 20 000 €

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