The 2016 MPA Status

Spotlight on the 2016 Mediterranean marine protected areas Status in 2016..

The aim of this brochure is to present a highlight of the 2016 assessment of where we stand with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the Mediterranean, what progress has been made since the 2012 assessment and especially what is left to do to reach international marine conservation objectives by 2020.


In its last section, this document also explains what the terms MPAs and OECMs cover and the complexity of the whole array of designations in the Mediterranean at national, regional and international levels. MPA figures provided in this document come from the October 2016 release of MAPAMED, the database on Sites of interest for the conservation of the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea, developed by MedPAN and  UNEP/MAP-RAC/SPA. The core data found in MAPAMED has been validated by RAC/SPA national focal points.