Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
OAPN, the Spanish National Park Network includes a Mediterranean node – Cabrera National Park – and directly manages another Mediterranean MPA, Chafarinas Game Reserve. The role of OAPN is to act as a framework of support of the National Parks in Spain. It is not directly involved in their management – National parks are directly managed by the governments of the regions- but it supports aspects of National Park linked to national relevance. OAPN works on the internal coherence of the network in formal aspects as well as on common management issues, scientific research, activities with volunteers, and the international image of the network; it also provides financial support in times of crisis or covers particular investments relevant to the network as a whole. As an example, this presentation will highlight the scientific projects OAPN has financed until now for Cabrera, and present Marine National Parks Ecological Monitoring project, that for Cabrera, for example, produced a bionomic map of the marine area.
Contact: Pep Amengual, OAPN, Spain (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)