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The 2016 Forum of Marine Protected Areas


Tangier, Morocco, 28 November – 1 December 2016

Every 4 years, the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean triggers a unique process during which all interested parties tackle the challenges MPAs face in the region. The high point of this Forum process is a 4-day event to assess the progress made and what’s left ahead according to the ‘MPA Roadmap’ developed at the 2012 Forum and now adopted by the Barcelona Convention:

  • What should still be done to conserve by 2020 at least 10% of the Mediterranean Sea through effectively managed MPAs and other area-based conservation measures?
  • How to address MPA issues with a long-term and integrated vision?

Beyond the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the 2016 Forum has the ambition to consider other challenges that MPAs face, related to climate change in particular, and therefore will also echo the COP22 of Marrakech. The Forum that will be held just after the COP22 will be the first opportunity to share the results with Mediterranean actors, especially regarding the role of oceans and MPAs in the fight against climate change.

Registrations open in September, you can visit the Forum website here: http://www.medmpaforum.org/

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