2016 MPA Forum - objectives, programme and list participants

Take a look at the objectives, the program and the list of participants of the Forum in Morocco!






In the continuity of the 2012 Mediterranean MPA Forum (Antalya, Turkey), the Network of Managers of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean (MedPAN), the Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD) and several partners (IUCN Med & IUCN ROWA, WWF Mediterranean, Conservatoire du Littoral, FAO GFCM, ACCOBAMS, Agence française des Aires Marines Protégées, European commission / UNEP/MAP, MAVA Foundation, Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, MedWet, Plan Bleu, Tour du Valat, AGIR, WWF France) organise the second edition of the Mediterranean MPA Forum from 28 November to 1 December in Tangier, Morocco.


Every 4 years, the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean triggers a unique process during which managers, policymakers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scientific community 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 adress MPA issues with a long-term and integrated vision? 




The Forum invites key MPA players and stakeholders that committed in 2012 to the Roadmap towards 2020 to pursue a constructive dialogue to assess the progress and the road left ahead to conserve 10% of the Mediterranean with effectively managed MPAs and other spatial conservation measures by 2020 (Aichi Target 11), and to tackle the challenges faced by MPAs, especially those related to climate change, with an integrated and long term 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, especialy regarding the role of oceans and MPAs in the fight against climate change. The Forum has been officially labeled by COP 22.

By choosing Morocco and Tangier for the 2016 edition of this Mediterranean Forum, the organisers also want to promote the initiatives and support the dynamics in motion in these territories. Besides the link with the Marrakech Conference on Climate Change (COP22), the issues of conservation and sustainable development that are locally at stake will therefore be promoted in the framework of the Forum, in particular through a field visit to the site of the future MPA of Djebel Moussa (on 28 November) and a special Morocco session.


The Mediterranean recommendations expected from this Forum and the evaluation of the Roadmap will lead to the Tangier Declaration, and will be communicated at various international events, including the World Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC4) and the Conference of Parties of the CBD in 2017.





The Forum programme is built around the four strategic objectives of the Mediterranean MPA Roadmap:


Objective 1: Establish an ecological network of MPAs which is representative and connected. 

Objective 2: Achieve an effective, efficient and sustainable management and a good governance in Mediterranean MPAs. 

Objective 3: Develop a territorially and sectorially integrated governance of Mediterranean MPAs while promoting the sharing of environmental and socio-economic benefits. 

Objective 4: Increase the allocation of financial resources to establish and maintain an ecological network of effectively managed MPAs.


The cross-cutting issue of climate change will be weaved into these four major Forum themes. The Forum programme highlights the most relevant actions implemented on Mediterranean MPAs since 2012 at the regional, national, local levels as well as experiences carried out in other regional seas. Moreover, innovative ideas and solutions brought by different actors will be promoted. The case studies, experiences, ideas and innovative solutions that will be promoted and shared in Tangier are currently being selected by the Forum Steering Committee.


Programme components

The programme combines several complementary session formats that favor exchange and together contribute to the constructive dialogue and the expected concrete recommendations of this forum:

• Plenary sessions: these sessions aim at sharing critical information and key issues with all Forum participants. In particular, the purpose of plenary sessions will be to report the conclusions and recommendations that came out of the Roadmap evaluation and Forum workshops to be considered in the Tangier Declaration. Plenaries will consider updates of the Roadmap regarding new international framework and new challenges (in particular climate change).

• Workshops: these multi-stakeholders round tables have the objective to open a constructive exchange of information and views on the 4 strategic objectives of the Roadmap to provide concrete recommendations. Workshop dicussions will be based on specific case studies identified through the Roadmap evaluation.

• Focus sessions: still in line with the objectives of the Roadmap, focus sessions offer a spotlight on initiatives addressing priority issues. The presentations followed by a discussion are also intended to complement the recommendations from the workshops.

• Special sessions: three sessions highlight conservation and sustainable development challenges at the local level (MPAs in Morocco), share experience of Regional Seas and MPA networks to achieve Aichi Target 11 and focus on climate change as a critical global challenge for MPAs.


• Side events: on the margin of the Forum’s main objective and topics, side events are participative sessions to share specific experience, new ideas / solutions and increase opportunities for dialogue among participants.


• Stands and informal exchanges: a dedicated space hosting of Forum partner organisations stands and short informal sessions


• Field visit: A visit to the «Site d’Intérêt Biologique et Ecologique (SIBE)» of Jbel Moussa is scheduled for 28 November. This site, of remarkable biodiversity, should become a Marine Protected Area in the near future. We will also take advantage of this trip to visit the Tanger Med harbour, a deep-water port facility. These two visits will give us an overview of the challenges related to the development of this territory and the conservation of its biodiversity. Please remember to take your passport with you for the duration of this visit, it may be requested. The weather being uncertain, please bring good shoes and a rain jacket! If it rains too heavily, an alternative programme will be proposed.