Mediterranean MPA Roadmap (updated in 2016)

Roadmap elaborated following the 2012 MPA Forum and updated after the 2016 MPA Forum in Tangier ..

This roadmap is the result of a large participatory process including all stakeholders involved with Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean. It was developed in 2012 under the overall coordination of the MedPAN organisation and the SPA/RAC secretariat with the support of 2 consultants, David de Monbrison of BRL Engineering and Chedly Rais of Okianos.


It was updated in 2016, under the coordination of the MedPAN organisation and the SPA/RAC secretariat thanks to the support of the consultant Arturo Lopez.


The Roadmap elaboration process was conducted using a step by step approach. Ahead of the 2012 Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean that took place in Antalya, Turkey, from 25 to 28 November 2012, input was sought from the Forum Steering Committee, members and partners of the MedPAN network, the main European Mediterranean and international institutions, the Ministries in charge of MPAs (SPA/RAC focal points in particular) and all the participants of the Forum (scientists, managers, fishermen representatives, NGOs, donors ....).


The roadmap was in a second phase enriched with the results of all discussions and exchanges that took place at the Forum. It was approved by all the participants during the last day of the 2012 Forum.

The Roadmap was revised in 2016, taking into account the midterm evaluation process of the MPA Roadmap implementation carried out in 2016, and the recommendations issued from the 2016 MPA Forum held in Tangier, Morocco, from 28 November to 1 December 2016, with key operational and action-oriented steps inspired from the Tangier Declaration of the 2016 Forum, complementary to the Antalya Declaration of 2012, to improve and help achieving the MPA Roadmap objectives by 2020.


A fifth strategic objective related to climate change has been added to the Roadmap; the institutional framework has been also updated.


The Roadmap is not today a document committing countries formally but it makes it possible to define the steps that Mediterranean countries, relevant organisations and other stakeholders could individually and/or jointly undertake to achieve the 2020 objectives set for the MPA network in the Mediterranean.