Around 150 MPA managers, scientists, NGOs and other MPA practitionners are expected next week in Akyaka, Turkey, to participate in the regional experience-sharing workshop of the MedPAN network. This year, participants are gathering from 12 to 14 November to exchange on the management of highly mobile species across Mediterranean MPAs.

The programme of the workshop is almost final. Feel free to take a look. A dedicated webpage was also set up for the workshop, please check it for specific event communication.

The workshop will be preceded on 11 November by the 12th General Assembly of the MedPAN network (please note that only MedPAN members and partners can attend the GA).

The overall purpose of the workshop is to allow MPA managers and stakeholders to pool and share information, expertise and experiences and take stock on the current challenges for the conservation of highly mobile species. The workshop thus provides an opportunity for MPA managers, project leaders, and stakeholders to meet, discover initiatives, be inspired and build long-term approaches to implement solutions together.

Specific objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the strategies, policies, projects and programmes for the conservation of highly mobile species in the Mediterranean in order to highlight what can be practically achieved in line with existing initiatives.
  • Help MPA managers understand how they can effectively contribute to the conservation of highly mobile species at the broader Mediterranean scale.
  • Help MPAs identify targeted measures to ensure the effective management of highly mobile species.
  • Foster monitoring and management network-based approaches for the conservation of highly mobile species in their different habitats.
  • Demonstrate how species can be an effective way of motivating stakeholder engagement in MPA management.
  • Contribute to identify gaps and needs at the national and regional levels, in particular concerning important areas that should be protected through MPAs or other effective conservation tools.

In addition to the introductory plenary session, which is intended to provide a regional overview of the challenges of managing highly mobile species across Mediterranean MPAs, the workshop consists mainly in 18 90-minute discussion sessions held in parallel. Each of these 18 sessions focuses on a specific issue and will be illustrated with case studies to provide a basis for discussion. The overall purpose of discussion sessions is to collectively produce practical recommendations responding to the workshop expected outcomes:

  • Practical recommendations for MPA managers and related stakeholders on how they can effectively contribute to the conservation of highly mobile species at the broader Mediterranean scale through targeted measures and/or monitoring and management network-based approaches
  • Recommendations from MPAs to institutions on what is achievable in line with existing large scale plans and programmes and what should be done to help MPAs achieve their targets.
  • Recommendations from MPAs to targeted institutions and the economic sector to contribute to effective conservation of highly mobile species.
  • Identification of needs in terms of knowledge, management tools, capacity building, and support to which the MedPAN network and other partners could contribute › Recommendations for collaborations, especially transboundary cooperation, between MPAs, through twinning and peer to peer exchanges.

Key recommendations from the discussion sessions will be shared during the closing plenary session of the workshop.