The Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of the Adriatic, gathered in the AdriaPAN network, were recently featured in Parks journal, the International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation published by IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
The article aims to provide a panorama of how MPAs around the world are coping with the consequences of the COVID 19 pandemics and the transformations this may induce in the future. Among the 14 case studies presented in the article, a focus is made on the Mediterranean region and more specifically on the Adriatic sea.
Croatian MPAs report on dwindling revenues from tourism and budget cuts from the government that translated into an adaptation of activities and plans that sometimes led to positive outcomes, for example with the fisheries sector. Italian MPAs highlight the work done in relation to the conservation of the Kentish Plover, an endangered flagship species that nested on the empty beaches during the first lock-down but that is strongly impacted by mechanical beach cleaning practices. A large mobilisation of actors at all levels made it possible to protect the nests after the lock down. Talks are now underway, with the support of the Interreg MED MPA NETWORKS project, to improve beach cleaning processes.