A new Mediterranean partnership for biodiversity protection action and policy is born
Marseille, 17 March 2017 - The PANACeA project, a regional initiative to channel common efforts towards an effective protection of natural resources in the Mediterranean, has brought together in Marseille major regional players to establish a roadmap for concerted actions over the next 3 years.
Led by the European Topic Centre of Malaga University (ETC-UMA), this new endeavour co-funded by the EU Interrreg Med Programme has gathered around 60 representatives from Mediterranean institutions such as UNEP PlanBleu of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), WWF Mediterranean, the Barcelona Convention and IUCN together with research universities and public authorities, to put on the table the various projects underway and agree a joint framework of action to tackle common challenges related to biodiversity protection in the Mediterranean and establish priorities for an enhanced Mediterranean-wide and EU environmental policies affecting the Mediterranean.
Guillaume Huet, Head of International and Mediterranean relations at Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, highlighted the importance of territorial cooperation and the involvement of private and public institutions: "We have to prepare a scheme of ecological coherence and involve other authorities". Francesca Marcato, Project officer from the Interreg Med Programme Joint Secretariat, highlighted that "this innovative approach to integrate all projects in new biodiversity protection community will create a critical mass to influence environmental policy in the Mediterranean." Dania Abdul Malak, the PANACeA coordinator at ETC-UMA, explained the importance of working together and stimulating collaboration and communication among major environmental organisations, policy makers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scientific community particularly in Mediterranean protected areas as the key to protecting biodiversity in the region.
Hosted by Villa Méditerranée, nine thematic projects involving more than 100 entities and a total investment of nearly € 18 million over three years, have worked for two days to agree on collaborative actions dealing with governance and management of coastal and marine areas, biodiversity monitoring, the sustainable use of natural resources, climate change and scientific methodologies and innovation.
PANACeA pursues the capitalization and transfer of key project findings within and beyond the Mediterranean and the establishment of an Interreg Med Biodiversity Protection Platform and Community towards an effective management and protection of Mediterranean ecosystems.
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