In the framework of the Aichi targets given by the International Convention for Biological Diversity, countries bordering the Mediterranean have renewed their commitment in 2010 to protect, by 2020, 10% of coastal and marine areas with national and regional systems of Marine Protected Areas that are comprehensive, effectively managed and ecologically representative.
During the Forum held in Antalya (Turkey, 25th – 28 th November 2012), the Mediterranean MPA community reviewed the status of MPAs in the region and identified the actions needed to establish an ecological network of MPAs which is effectively and sustainably managed. They elaborated a roadmap calling for urgent action to achieve the 2020 targets established in the framework of international, Mediterranean and European commitments. The Roadmap calls on all stakeholders in MPAs (managers, policy makers, scientists, private actors, civil society) to implement the key actions at the local, national and Mediterranean level for structuring and pragmatic results.
This Roadmap thus intends to contribute to the improvement of decision-making processes and programmes already established within several conventions, policies and agreements (Barcelona Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, European policies, etc.). The Roadmap was formally adopted by the Parties to the Barcelona Convention early 2016 to strengthen the Regional Programme of work for Coastal and Marine Protected Areas approved in 2009 by the Barcelona Convention.
All involved stakeholders are invited to adopt the vision developed during the Forum, to adhere to the roadmap and to actively contribute to achieving its four Strategic Objectives:
This second Forum of Mediterranean MPAs is an opportunity for a mid-term assessment (4 years before the 2020 deadline) of the implementation of the Roadmap. This will also be the opportunity to update the Roadmap by integrating the issues of the Convention on Climate Change and taking into account the new international agreements adopted since 2012 such as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.