Development of a Mediterranean marine and coastal protected areas network (MedPAN)

Project Duration
2009 - 2014
€3.6 million (EC contribution)

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

Assists countries to expand, and strengthen the management of, the Mediterranean marine protected areas (MPA) network
Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Turkey

Actions in brief

  • Technical assistance, exchange programmes and training activities; setting up of an online capacity building platform for remote tutoring and information sharing;
  • Implementation of MPA management plans in the pilot countries;
  • Work on the characterisation of marine sites suitable to become new protected areas, and the identification of related actions (the identification of stakeholders group, partnerships, etc.) needed to promote their creation;
  • Demonstration activities for marine areas creation, including ecological surveys, ecological characterisation reports, and the collection of geo-referenced data;
  • Communication efforts on improving the perception of stakeholders and governments on the benefits of MPAs, on securing stakeholder and government commitment to the goals of the convention on biodiversity and on reducing user conflicts at the national and local level;
  • Preparation of training and information material as needed 
Environment & Climate change