The creation of new no-take zones is at the heart of this ambitious project bringing together eight direct partners (WWF – project leader, AGIR, HCMR, LIFE, MedPAN, Notre Grand Bleu, SPA/RAC, BlueSeeds), four indirect partners, and four associate partners.

The partners will provide a set of solutions to the pilot sites to improve the management and governance of existing no-take zones and MPAs in order to rebuild fish biomass and protect key habitats in 29 marine and coastal sites in the Mediterranean.

The project will combine in-depth fieldwork to support participatory management, as well as capacity building, networking, advocacy and financial transition at a regional level to amplify impact and increase reproductive potential, improve financial sustainability and ensure an adequate regulatory framework and effective implementation.

This 6-million-euro project is mainly financed by the MAVA Foundation and co-financed by:

  • WWF Network
  • WWF SSF project 
  • Nestle Cereal Department in Turkey
  • Agence française de développement (AFD) 
  • EU projects (Odyssea, Fishforward, MPA Networks /Interreg MED)
  • EU-funded IMAP-MPA project (Towards achieving the Good Environmental Status of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast through an Ecologically Representative and Efficiently Managed and Monitored Network of Marine Protected Areas)
  • FFEM-funded project (COGITO)
  • Fondation Albert II de Monaco
  • The MedFund
  • CEPF Kuriat
  • Municipality of Monastir
  • Marilles Foundation (Stewards of the sea)
  • LIFE in-kind contribution
  • HCMR institutional funding
  • EU Data Collection Framework (MEDIAS)
  • University of Athens
  • Office français de la biodiversité
  • MTF: Mediterranean Trust Fund (Trust Fund for the Mediterranean Action Plan)
  • Pelagos Sanctuary
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Conservatoire du Littoral
  • WWF Greece
  • IUCN Med

Discover all pilot sites on the project page.