Marine Protected Areas of the MedPAN network in September 2014
Marine Protected Areas of the MedPAN network in September 2014 © MedPAN

MedPAN is the network of Marine Protected Areas managers in the Mediterranean.

It gathers today close to 100 institutions and NGOs that either have direct responsibility for managing Marine Protected Areas (MPA) or are involved in the development of MPAs in the Mediterranean.

These players manage over 90 MPAS in 18 Mediterranean countries.

The MedPAN network's mission is to promote, through a partnership approach, the sustainability and operation of a network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean which are ecologically representative, connected and effectively managed to help reduce the current rate of marine biodiversity loss.

The activities of the network revolve around 3 strategic components

  1. Be a network for knowledge, information, anticipation and synthesis
  2. Develop the life of the network, the exchanges between its members and their capacity to effectively manage their MPAs in link with the other players in their territories.
  3. Reinforce the sustainability, prominence, governance and resources of the MedPAN network.

The activities carried out by the network are the result of a strong coordination between its members and partners so as to ensure effectiveness and reach.

Key players in the Mediterranean such as RAC / SPA of the United Nations Environment Programme, WWF, the Conservatoire du Littoral, IUCN Mediterranean, the French Agency for Marine Protected Areas, ACCOBAMS and GFCM are partners of the network and are working together to synchronise their activities. The MedPAN organisation, which coordinates the MedPAN network has a unifying and dissemination role and also has its own activities on certain themes. Some key actions:

  • MAPAMED, the Mediterranean MPA database
  • Mediterranean MPA status every 4 years
  • Scientific watch
  • Exchange of experiences between managers
  • Call for Small Projects
  • Newsletter and website
  • MPA Forum every 4 years
  • Network representation in European, Mediterranean and international conferences.

The network exists since the 90s. It is run since 2010 by the MedPAN organisation, a permanent structure with dedicated funds established in late 2008.