Organisers : ACCOBAMS & RAC/SPA
Moderator: Patrick VAN KLAVEREN
For the last 20 years, ACCOBAMS and UNEP/MAP-RAC/SPA have been working together to achieve and maintain a favorable conservation status for cetaceans..
The Mediterranean Sea is indisputably a global biodiversity hotspot; the richness and diversity of its marine wildlife, in particular, are exceptional. The region, regularly or occasionally, hosts more than 20 species of cetaceans, half of which being considered as endangered and being protected by international and Community law. Under significant pressure from human activities, cetacean species receive continuous attention from the Mediterranean riparian countries, which are keen to coordinate their activities, particularly in the framework of the various regional cooperation instruments.
For the last 20 years, ACCOBAMS and UNEP/MAP-RAC/SPA have been working together to achieve and maintain a favorable conservation status for cetaceans, in the spirit of the recommendations of the Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties at their COP 14 (Portoroz, November 2005) concerning the relation between the implementation of ACCOBAMS and the SPA/BD Protocol. This side event will be an opportunity to highlight the effective collaboration established between both Organizations. Main challenges of cetacean conservation in the Mediterranean deal with the improvement of knowledge about the state of cetaceans, the reduction of human pressures on cetaceans, the reinforcement of national capacities of organizations and experts, and the enhancing of effective conservation of cetacean critical habitats.