The Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) signed in 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Med) for the “Assessment and support to Adriatic countries’ priority needs for legal, policy and institutional reforms to strengthen the creation processes and the management of marine protected areas (MPA)”. One of the first outcomes of this collaboration has been the “Stakeholder Participation Toolkit for Identification, Designation and Management of Marine Protected Areas”.
The production of this stakeholder participation toolkit adaptable to each country is a way to fulfill one of the major targets aiming at providing strategic orientations for stakeholders’ participation in MPA management and planning with view to improving good governance of MPAs.
The publication tries to explain why is important a stakeholder perspective. Adopting a participatory approach is crucial to ensuring the participation of key stakeholders, when planning, identifying, creating and managing Marine Protected Areas.
The RAC/SPA has produced the toolkit in the framework of the MedMPAnet project which is a Regional Project for the Development of a Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Protected Areas (MPAs) Network through the boosting of MPAs creation and management. This project started in 2009 and is led by RAC/SPA as part of the MedPArtnership GEF full size project “Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Ecosystem”.
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