It’s in Monaco, just ahead of the 3rd Forum of Mediterranean MPAs, that MedPAN held its 14th General Assembly, for the first time in a hybrid format. This important event in the life of the network was attended by 60 members and partners in person and 30 online.
The Assembly was an opportunity to review the achievements of the network in 2021, which were numerous despite the difficult situation due to the pandemics. The 2022 action plan was also presented and approved.
Two new partners were approved during the General Assembly: the NGO Marevivo from Italy and the NGO Marine Life Conservation Society from Turkey. Welcome! The membership of 4 existing partners was also renewed: INCA – Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania, 20000 Leagues – Marine Explorers Society from Croatia, WWF Greece and AGIR from Morocco. For memory, partner membership needs to be renewed and approved by the General Assembly every 3 years. The network now brings together 78 members and 49 partners from 21 Mediterranean countries. See the full list of members and partners.
The Board of Directors also saw some changes since Brijuni National Park, who was an outgoing board member this year did not choose to seek re-election. Brijuni National Park will nonetheless continue to be actively invested in MedPAN’s activities. The 4 other outgoing members were re-elected: the Balearic Government – General Directorate of Natural Areas and Biodiversity, Spain, the APAL in Tunisia, the Consortium of Management of Portofino MPA in Italy and Port-Cros National Park in France. Public Institution for Management of protected areas in Sibenik-Knin County in Croatia was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors. See the full composition of the Board of Directors.