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Starting MPA4Change to ensure Mediterranean MPAs long-term sustainability and capacity


23/01/2024 -

In January 18 and 19th Juan Bueno traveled to the Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC) in Barcelona to attend the Kick-Off-Meeting of the project “MPA4Change stands for “Enhancing Marine Protected Areas as Nature Based Solutions for adaptation to climate change: from local actions to Mediterranean basin strategy” funded by the Interreg MED program with a budget of almost €1 M.

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most severely affected areas by climate change. In this region, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) represent the pillars of a climate change adaptation strategy. For that reason, MPA4Change aims to enhance the role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and restoration as nature based solutions for climate change adaptation. Building on previous projects and in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy objectives, this capacity and transfer project will result in the development of an Action Plan for Mediterranean MPAs to ensure its long-term sustainability and capacity. To do so, MPA4Change  will transfer of ready-to-use toolkits, create a roster of experts to support their effective implementation and the integration of its principles into effective public policies at Mediterranean and EU level. By joining forces with key EU and regional actors, MPA4Change aims to put MPAs at the front line of climate change adaptation.

The project MPA4Change is led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar from Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and counts with a solid partnership, made of organisations and people that have fruitfully worked together in the past to achieve a common goal. These are the organisations that conform MPA4Change: Consortium of management of Portofino Marine Protected Area, Italy; Public Institution Brijuni National Park, Croatia; University of Vigo, Spain; DAN Europe Foundation, Malta; Federation of Nature and National Parks of Europe (EUROPARC Federation), Deutschland; University of Algarve, Portugal;  AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd, Cyprus.

The FOL-Team in CIM-University of Vigo will be coordinating the tasks for fine tuning of the set of toolkits and training sessions, and leading the task on Carbon footprint assessment to guarantee a low carbon footprint when it is possible. Moreover, FOL will have a key role in the most of the activities within the project collaborating in dissemination actions targeting stakeholders all over the Mediterranean thanks to a mapping of stakeholders and potential takers, capitalising on the mappings and databases of previous projects and existing Project Partners’ networks.

From FOL, we want to thank Joaquim Garrabou and his team for the excellent organization and all colleagues for a great exchange of ideas and future collaboration opportunities.

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