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Enhance integrated and sustainable management of coastal, insular and marine protected areas in the Mediterranean – 2018-2021 

Project led by: MedPAN, Conservatoire du littoral, PIM initiative, WWF Mediterranean.

Financed by: FFEM and co-financing by several other donors.

Overall objective: contribute to the support and consolidation of the integrated management and resilience process of Mediterranean coastal, island and marine areas, for the benefit of ecosystems and local communities, while integrating the challenges of co-management of targeted territories, in order to reproduce them, in the long term, on a larger scale.

Specific objectives:

  • Consolidate the pilot initiatives of the previous project and support new pilot sites for the co-management of coastal, island and marine territories.
  • Strengthen the capacities of institutions, site managers and their partners.
  • Develop advocacy and awareness for integrated co-management of territories at the national, regional and international levels.
  • Develop and enhance scientific knowledge for management and policy.
  • Optimize synergy between partners and coordinate project actions.

The project targets specific pilot sites:

  • The 7 sites already supported in the previous project:
    • Taza National Park in Algeria,
    • La Galite, Zembra Archipelago, Cap Bon Peninsula, Kuriat Islands and Monastir Bay in Tunisia,
    • SEPA of Kaş-Kekova in Turkey,
    • Essaouira Archipelago in Morocco.
  • In addition to these sites, there are 10 new sites:
    • Gouraya and El Kala National Parks in Algeria,
    • Gremdi, Roumadiya, Sefnou, and Tabarka Islands in Tunisia,
    • Palm Islands in Lebanon,
    • Sazani Island, Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park and Vlora Bay, and Cap Rodonit and Lalzi Bay in Albania,
    • Djebel Moussa and Nador Lagoon in Morocco,
    • Datça Peninsula SEPA in Turkey.
Map of the COGITO project pilot sites
Map of the COGITO project pilot sites

The first annual Steering Committee of the project was conducted during the MedPAN regional workshop in Spain in Palma in November 2018.