MAPAMED (Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean) is a GIS database that gathers information on marine protected areas of the Mediterranean, and more generally on sites of interest to the conservation of the marine environment.

It is developed and jointly administered by the MedPAN association and SPA / RAC.

MAPAMED data are validated by all the Focal Points for Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity (SPA/DB) of the SPA/RAC, the centre coordinating the implementation of the SPA/DB Protocol of the Barcelona Convention. As a result, the sites included in the database are only those of the 22 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey and the European Union.



The development of the MAPAMED database arose from the need to have a resource center collecting and structuring information on Mediterranean MPAs. It builds on the first MPA in the Mediterranean database that was developed by MedPAN in 2008.


  1. facilitates the access and the sharing of data on Mediterranean MPAs,
  2. allows the analysis and the evaluation of the status and trends of the MPA network and
  3. identifies ecological and management issues at a supra-AMP scale.

MAPAMED is regularly updated. A simple visualisation of the Nov. 2017 release is now available; a more advanced visualisation will be part of our new web site soon.  In the meantime, if you need access to data sets, please contact Mr. Reda Neveu (data management officer from the MedPAN secretariat) to request for the latest version :