What synergies can be found between stakeholders working for the conservation of island biodiversity? How can we draw inspiration from the small actions being carried out on islands across the Mediterranean for the conservation of endemic species or achieve economical sustainability? Why build and implement a common vision across the Mediterranean basin?
A group of organisations working across the Mediterranean basin has gathered to tackle these questions and set up a partnership to develop a common strategy followed by an action plan to be implemented after 2022 for the protection of biodiversity on Mediterranean islands. The Mediterranean Islands Collective (MIC) Project brings together the teams from the Conservatoire du Littoral, IUCN Mediterranean, Marilles Foundation, Conservation Collective, WWF Greece, PIM Initiative and MedPAN. Our aim is to create a joint vision through a consultation mechanism at different levels to ensure engagement and participation of Mediterranean islands’ stakeholders. This will be done through a consultation process with online regional and some national meetings and more in-depth local and subnational workshops.
Identifying common threats and challenges including priorities, are the stepping-stone to drafting the strategy. The later will also build on the analysis of the existing strategies and policy framework as well as consideration of on-going initiatives and existing practices that have a potential to be replicated. As for the action plan, it will be made of priority areas of interventions aimed at identifying actions that can be done simultaneously in different Mediterranean islands and which will enable scaling-up, networking, capacity-building, sharing of good practices and solutions between different islands.
Additionally, the MIC project is supporting several pilot projects across the Mediterranean that are small, innovative, replicable, and scalable. These projects lie under four categories namely actions to mitigate invasive species impact, actions addressing ultra-endangered endemic species, landscape restoration and island economical sustainability. The objective is to capitalise on the outcomes of these projects within MIC’s action plan.
This initiative, which started in May 2021 and ends in September 2022, benefits from the financial support of the MAVA foundation.