Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
The recent Law 4519/2018 for the Management Agencies of Protected Areas in Greece, combined with the recent extension of already existing Natura 2000 sites and the establishment of new ones (December 2017), has, as an immediate consequence, the extension of territorial competences of all Management Agencies to all Natura 2000 sites in Greece. Regarding managing fisheries in Natura 2000 marine sites, it implies new responsibilities for Management Agencies that should be compatible with both the general fisheries legislation and the environmental legislation, especially regarding the implementation of the Habitat, the Marine Strategy Framework and Marine Planning Directives. Therefore, the main challenges of MPA management in Greece is now to immediately address issues such as governance, needed material and human resources and the immediate planning and implementation of effective management measures.
Contact: Laurent Sourbès, Zakynthos National Marine Park, Greece (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)