On 13 May, MedPAN and partners held an online event with the Intergroup on “Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development” of the European Parliament.

With a about 100 participants registered, the goal of this event was to provide the opportunity to discuss the EU marine ambition with the idea of a One Blue Belt boosting international cooperation between networks of MPA managers across the globe to achieve Post 2020 marine conservation targets

This event inaugurated a series of three events to highlight the technical and strategic role of networks of MPA managers that support MPA management effectiveness and showcase their ecological, social and economic contributions to marine biodiversity conservation challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It brought together members of the European Parliament, networks of MPA managers from across the globe and experts. MedPAN , Brijuni National Park, the Spanish network of MPAs (RAMPE), presented the work done within the Interreg-MED MPA NETWORKS project and its valuable support to MPA networks in the Mediterranean region. Two members of the European parliament, two representatives of the European Commission (DG ENV, DG Regio), one representative of the European Committee of Regions, one representative of the Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD), the French MPA Forum and Puri Canals, on behalf of the Ocean Governance project, made also valuable contributions to this event.

Presentations and recordings can be found on the website of the event.

The 2nd event will be focused on the strategic role of networks of MPA managers at European, regional and global level. The 3rd event will be focused on networks and their cooperation as tools for EU foreign policy.

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