MAPAMED (Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean) is a GIS database that gathers information on marine protected areas of the Mediterranean, and more generally on sites of interest to the conservation of the marine environment.

It is developed and jointly administered by the MedPAN association and SPA / RAC.

MAPAMED data are validated by all the Focal Points for Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity (SPA/DB) of the SPA/RAC, the centre coordinating the implementation of the SPA/DB Protocol of the Barcelona Convention. As a result, the sites included in the database are only those of the 22 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey and the European Union.



The development of the MAPAMED database arose from the need to have a resource center collecting and structuring information on Mediterranean MPAs. It builds on the first MPA in the Mediterranean database that was developed by MedPAN in 2008.


  • facilitates the access and sharing of key data on Mediterranean MPAs
  • allows the analysis and evaluation of the status and trends of the MPA network.

The database was updated in 2020 and published as the “MAPAMED 2019 edition.” This edition takes into account all sites officially designated by December 31, 2019. This represents 1,320 sites in total, of which 1,126 are Marine Protected Areas. Among these MPAs, 257 have national designation status. For detailed information, please see the MAPAMED Release Notes (2019 edition).

MAPAMED data and associated documentation can be downloaded from the website. To do so, click on the “Download” link and fill in the form. If you have any questions about the MAPAMED database, please send a message to