news STAKEHOLDER: MedPAN network of Mediterranean MPA managers website

Marseille, France

Since 1990, the MedPAN network has brought together the managers of Mediterranean MPAs and has supported them in their management activities. In 2008, MedPAN became a legally independent organisation with international governance and a permanent Secretariat based in Marseille. Currently, the MedPAN organisation counts 61 MPA managers and 39 partners in 18 Med countries. MedPAN has developed, through a partnership approach, a 2013-2017 strategy with 3 main axes:
-Being a network for knowledge, information, anticipation and synthesis: knowledge helps to reinforce MPA capacity to improve their management and to give support to policy making on a local, national or regional level. MedPAN has developed together with the RAC/SPA, the Mediterranean MPA database (MAPAMED) and the Mediterranean MPA status, the scientific watch and the monitoring resources center to enable managers to be kept abreast of the last science for management achievements.
-Reinforce the vitality of the network, interactivity between members and building their capacity for an effective management of MPAs: in relation with the long-term capacity-building strategy for Mediterranean MPAs developed with the RAC/SPA and WWF Mediterranean, MedPAN organises thematic annual workshops, exchange visits and trainings, produces operational tools to capitalize on and spread lessons learnt, brings direct support to MPA managers through calls for small projects.
-Reinforce the MedPAN network’s sustainability, prominence, governance and resources: bringing the voices of managers at the European, Med and international level is key to facilitate a bottom-up approach and strive to emphasise local level issues during decision-making processes. In 2012, MedPAN together with the RAC/SPA, organised in 2012 the first Med MPAs Forum that brought together over 300 participants. The 2012 Forum achieved its ambition to develop a common vision and set a new strategic roadmap to achieve the Aïchi targets in the Mediterranean.
Geographical working areas
  • Mediterranean (widespread)
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  • Clusters
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