Highly Protected Mediterranean Initiative launched

The Mediterranean Sea is threatened by numerous anthropogenic pressures that lead to ecosystem degradation, significant drops in fish populations – 85% of which are overfished – and a decline in emblematic species, such as the monk seal and marine turtles.

Various scientific studies have shown that Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) with strong protection are effective tools for protecting biodiversity, provided that they have sustainable human and financial resources.

However, many MPAs in the Mediterranean are not effectively managed and do not benefit from strong protection measures.

Guided by science and encouraged by the commitments of several leaders to increase the number of highly protected MPAs in the Mediterranean, The MedFund has decided to create a new fund dedicated to MPAs with a high degree of protection called the Highly Protected Mediterranean Initiative.

MAVA, which has been involved for many years in the conservation of the Mediterranean, will support this initiative and is the first partner to join the Fund.

MedFund and MAVA officially launched the Highly Protected Mediterranean Initiative on 7 September 2021 on the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress organised in Marseille on the shores of the Mediterranean, and in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The MedFund will launch a call for expressions of interest dedicated to Highly Protected MPAs at the end of 2021 for support as from 2022.

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