The Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected (UNEP/MAP RAC/SPA) organized a workshop on climate change and marine protected areas (MPA) next 1-4 April in Cadaqués (Spain). The workshop will be organized in partnership with the Generalitat of Catalunya and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and with the support of the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency as well as the MAVA Foundation.
This workshop aims to foster and shape the role of MPAs as sentinel sites for climate change effects in the Mediterranean. Mostly focused on practical training, the workshop includes a 2-day field training (diving/snorkeling) on simplified monitoring protocols for managers and technicians of protected areas. Thus, it is intended for managers bodies who are likely to be in charge of MPA monitoring programmes or for national correspondents who represent several MPAs and can implement activities in the field.
The workshop will bring out many of the aspects highlighted in the IUCN publication “Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change”, published in 2013. This guide examines the threats and effects of climate change on Mediterranean marine biodiversity and provides MPA managers with tools to monitor and mitigate changes in their own MPA.
For further info: Mar Otero