Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
The creation of a Marine Protected Area in Collo is the initiative of a collective of local associations active in the various fields of artisanal fishing, underwater activities, tourism and ecology.
This initiative is considered a first in Algeria and other countries of the Mediterranean basin, since it is usually the administration (fisheries, forests, environment…) that takes care of the whole process, from creation and classification to decree publication.
But the Collo association faces various difficulties: the status of the association as a project leader and the co-management of the MPA with partner administrations, including the main actors of civil society.
Several actions have been undertaken in order to find solutions with a legal basis: among these preparatory communication and engagement actions, various meetings (seminars and workshops…) have been organised for more than a year between several administrations directly or indirectly involved in the process of creating the MPA (General Directorate for Fisheries, General Directorate for the Environment…) and the associations that initiated the creation project, not to mention the inclusion of an operation to draw up the management plan as part of the DIVECO2 programme, a €15 million financing agreement signed between the Algerian government and the European Union aimed at increasing the country’s economic diversification through sustainable development and improving the economic performance of the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Contact: Mohamed Lamine Baaziz, AMP de Collo / association Rhummel Underwater, Algeria (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)