This declaration is one of the results of a large participatory process involving all MPA practitioners in the Mediterranean..
This declaration, and the roadmap from which it stems, are the result of a large participatory process involving all stakeholders (scientists, managers, decision-makers, private sector, civil society) engaged with Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean. They were developed under the overall coordination of the MedPAN organisation and the RAC/SPA secretariat with the support of two consultants, David de Monbrison of BRL Engineering and Chedly Rais of Okianos.
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 (RAC/SPA 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 Forum.
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.