MedPAN, SPA/RAC, WWF, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and their partners, are pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean.

This time, the 2020 MPA Forum process will be composed of two major steps: An online consultation process, including Virtual Forum Sessions from 1st to 5th February 2021. A face-to-face Forum event to be held in 2021 or 2022. In fact, due to the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 epidemic situation, the face-to-face event initially planned in 2020, cannot be held and will be postponed to 2021 or 2022 (dates to be confirmed).

Two previous editions of the Forum were the culmination of a process aiming at developing (Antalya, 2012), evaluating and updating (Tangier, 2016) a Roadmap for Mediterranean MPAs to boost the implementation by 2020 of the CBD Aichi Target 11 / Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  This third edition process aims at developing a Post-2020 Roadmap for Mediterranean MPAs.

The 2020 MPA Forum, will be a unique opportunity to bring together the wider MPA community, such as managers, policy makers, scientists, economic players, regional and international organisations, NGOs and donors from all Mediterranean countries and beyond, to take stock of the current status of MPAs and share a vision on the priority challenges to be addressed in the Mediterranean, in the coming years.

The goal of this multi-stakeholders Forum process is to deliver an operational and concrete Post-2020 Roadmap for Mediterranean MPAs to achieve their targets in line with international MPA commitments and especially the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, that will be agreed upon in 2021 by CBD COP 15.

As mentioned above, the 2020 MPA Forum process will be carried out in two major steps: An online consultation process in 2020/2021 with two stages: A preparation stage with a series of online working groups made of a panel of stakeholders, that will be held in November to prepare a first draft of the Post-2020 MPA Roadmap. Exchanges of those groups will be fed by the results of a short questionnaire that will be widely disseminated in October among the large MPA community to identify the main limiting factors that Mediterranean MPAs face. An advanced stage with Virtual Forum Sessions scheduled from 1st to 5th February 2021 to discuss with the wider MPA community the preliminary draft and issue a pre-finalised Post-2020 MPA Roadmap. A face-to-face event in 2021 or 2022 to finalise the Post-2020 MPA Roadmap (dates to be confirmed). Whether you act at a local, national, or Mediterranean level, your contribution to this process will be decisive for the future MPA Roadmap.

We, therefore, invite you to take note of the dates of the Forum Virtual Sessions from 1st to 5th February 2021. We will provide you with a programme and information on how to participate in due course. We also invite you to contribute to the short questionnaire that you will receive shortly to help us identify the main limiting factors that face Mediterranean MPAs.

If you have any questions, please send an email to contact@medmpaforum.org. You will soon find related information on www.medmpaforum.org.

Forum co-organisers

Forum partners:
ACCOBAMS, Conservatoire du littoral, European Commission (DG Environment), European Topic Centre/University of Malaga (ETC-UMA) /Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC), IUCN Mediterranean Cooperation Center, French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), The MedFund, the Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative (PIM)

With the financial support of:
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, European Commission (through the IMAP-MPA Project), the MAVA Foundation, The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), INTERREG-Med MPA NETWORKS project, INTERREG- Med Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community, French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), City of Marseille, Department Bouches-du-Rhone