Towards 2020 and beyond
In the continuity of the 2012 Mediterranean MPA Forum (Antalya, Turkey), MedPAN, RAC/SPA, the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification and several partners (1) organise the second edition of the Mediterranean MPA Forum from 28 November to 1 December in Tangier, Morocco. Four hundred participants are expected at this event taking place at the Mövenpick Malabata hotel in Tangier.
Every 4 years, the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean triggers a unique process during which managers, policymakers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scientific community tackle the challenges MPAs face in the region. The high point of this Forum process is a 4-day event to assess the progress made and what's left ahead according to the MPA Roadmap developed at the 2012 Forum and now adopted by the Barcelona Convention. What should still be done to conserve by 2020 at least 10% of the Mediterranean Sea through effectively managed MPAs and other area-based conservation measures? How to address MPA issues with a long-term and integrated vision?
The first forum took place in 2012 in Antalya, Turkey, where about 300 key players in the areas of activity involved in the marine environment gathered to share their experiences and develop a joint program of work to advance the network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean.
(1) IUCN Med & IUCN ROWA, WWF Mediterranean, Conservatoire du Littoral, FAO CGPM, ACCOBAMS, Agence française des Aires Marines Protégées, European Commission / UNEP/MAP, MAVA Foundation, Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, MedWet, Plan Bleu, Tour du Valat, AGIR, WWF France - These organisations are part of the Steering Committee of the Forum..