In the continuity of the 2012 Mediterranean MPA Forum (Antalya, Turkey), MedPAN, RAC/SPA, the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification and several partners (1) organised the second edition of the Mediterranean MPA Forum from 28 November to 1 December in Tangier, Morocco. Over three hundred participants joined this event that took place at the Kenzi Solazur Hotel.

2016 MPA Forum

Every 4 years, the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean triggers a unique process during which managers, policymakers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scientific community tackle the challenges MPAs face in the region. The high point of this Forum process is a 4-day event to assess the progress made and what’s left ahead according to the MPA Roadmap developed at the 2012 Forum and now adopted by the Barcelona Convention. What should still be done to conserve by 2020 at least 10% of the Mediterranean Sea through effectively managed MPAs and other area-based conservation measures? How to address MPA issues with a long-term and integrated vision?

The discussions culminated in the Tangier Declaration, the result of a broad participatory process, which aims to be an impetus for Mediterranean MPAs.

The participants released this Tangier Declaration after having reviewed the MPA progress achieved in the last 4 years, discussed the remaining challenges to 2020, considered recent global, regional and sub-regional marine policy developments regarding the ecosystem approach, sustainable development and climate change issues, and considered the recommendations from the different sessions of the Forum.

The Roadmap will be updated with the most recent institutional framework and a new strategic objective related to the role of MPAs as a marine spatial management tool in supporting ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation to climate change.  Key operational and action-oriented steps, will also be considered, to improve and help achieve the Roadmap objectives by 2020.

Spotlight on the 2016 MPA Status

In addition, the Forum was also the opportunity to share the main results of the 2016 Status of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean conducted by MedPAN and RAC / SPA. A brochure and a poster were published for the occasion. The full report will be available during the first quarter.

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