MedPAN supports small projects in Mediterranean MPAs
Supporting Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is at the heart of MedPAN's mission.
To this end, the network has set up a small projects scheme that aims to help MPAs provide a sustainable protection of biodiversity, while ensuring the sustainable economic development of human based activities.
These small projects provide direct support to MPA managers for the implementation of concrete actions, which will improve management effectiveness, test pilot schemes or put in place tools that can be useful to other MPAs.
2015 Call for Small Projects
A new Call for Small Projects will be launched in February 2015. This Call is only open to the non-European Mediterranean MPAs and their partners.
The eligible countries are: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.
More information soon.
Eligibility criteria for the Calls for Small Projects
Unless otherwise specified in the ongoing Call for Small Projects (CSP).
Funding will be awarded to:
- European Union countries: Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus and Malta
- As well as non-EU countries: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Monaco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.
Eligible project leaders
To be eligible to CSP part A:
- Project leaders must be MPA manager or must be an organization responsible or involved in the MPA management.
- They must be or become members of the MedPAN Association before the project's implementation or be MedPAN partners when the CSP is launched.
In accordance with the MedPAN's Charter, new members must be approved by the MedPAN Board of Directors. Download here the MedPAN member application form.
IMPORTANT: New partners must be validated by the MedPAN Board of Directors and approved by the MedPAN General Assembly. If your organization is not an official approved partner during the 2014 MedPAN General Assembly, you are not eligible to the current CSP.
Members of the MedPAN Board of Directors or of the Advisory Committee are not eligible for CSP A and cannot be involved as a consultant in the selected small projects. See the lists.
To be eligible to CSP part B:
- Project leaders must be organizations (NGOs, private companies, scientific institutions, and so on...) whose main activities revolve around sustainable fishing or tourism activities in order to preserve the environment in or around MPAs. These organizations must have had previous collaborations with the MPA management authority and must enclose a letter of support from the MPA management authority with their application. Each submitted project must provide a justification of the action in relation to the added value that it will bring to the MPA.
- The organizations must collaborate with the MPA managers who are MedPAN members or partners. See the list.
- The organizations must have a legal status that allows them to receive grants.
Members of the MedPAN Advisory Committee are not eligible for CSP B and cannot be involved as a consultant in the selected small projects. See the list.
2014 Call for Small Projects
MedPAN launched a new Call for Small Projects (CSP) to support the actions led in Mediterranean MPAs.
The MedPAN Secretariat received a total of 58 project proposals. 11 new projects were selected by the MedPAN Board of Directors. Read more.
3 Calls for Small Projects between 2011 and 2013
Three Calls for Small Projects were launched between 2011 and 2013 and 17 projects were funded around five main themes (Sustainable management of tourism, reinforcement of ecological monitoring, communication and environmental education actions, sustainable management of fisheries, consultation and mediation with stakeholders).
The scheme was widely mobilised for pilot and innovative actions that can be replicated in other MPAs.
For more information on the projects financed, we invite you to: