The pollution that affects coastal and marine areas knows no boundaries. This is why the challenge for MPA managers and relevant stakeholders to tackle the issue lies in the implementation of integrated management at spatial (land-sea), sectoral and governance levels of the territories.

This important subject will be the focus of the 2017 experience-sharing workshop of the MedPAN network that is set to take place from 28 November to 1 December 2017 in Izola, Slovenia. It is organised in in association with the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation and the Landscape Park Strunjan. The workshop is entitled : “MPAs facing pollution in the Mediterranean: thinking beyond boundaries”.

The workshop will be held back to back with the intermediate conference of the ACT4LITTER project (Interreg MED Programme) in which MedPAN and several MPAs of the network participate. ACT4LITTER aims to develop effective targeted measures to tackle marine litter in Mediterranean MPAs.

The programme of the workshop and the format of the sessions are built around the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the strategies, policies, projects and programmes to address marine and coastal pollution in the Mediterranean;
  • Raise awareness on the importance of local integrated management mechanisms involving MPAs and relevant stakeholders to effectively address pollution issues;
  • Help MPAs identify suitable management measures to address pollution issues they are facing;
  • In connection with the Act4Litter project, contribute to define a common framework of measures to tackle marine litter.

The format of the session will aim at fostering interaction time between participants. Much of the workshop will therefore take place in small discussion sessions that will be based on concrete MPA case studies. Indeed, fifteen discussion sessions will constitute the heart of the exchange. These sessions will be complemented by plenary sessions to share information, discuss and compile recommendations.

In addition to technical exchanges on management measures, this workshop will be an opportunity for MPA managers to capitalise on and share their field experience in local integrated management mechanisms related to pollution. Against this backdrop, we will not lose sight of the political frameworks in which pollution is addressed.

The preliminary programme of the workshop can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop and have not been in contact with MedPAN yet, please get in touch with Pierre Vignes at the MedPAN secretariat.