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progetto PHAROS4MPAs

Programme: INTERREG MED - Capitalising

Priority Axis 3: Protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources

Project title: Blue Economy and Marine Conservation: Safeguarding Mediterranean MPAs in order to achieve Good Environmental Status

Acronym: PHAROS4MPAs

Duration: 2017 - 2019

EU contribution: EUR 1,002,572.08

ISMAR budget: EUR 142,785.05

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The development of Blue Economy and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) represents a transnational challenge for marine protected areas (MPAs). Maritime sectors have started to operate more and more frequently inside and in the vicinity of MPAs with expected growing environmental impacts, while at the same time, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires to reach Good Environmental Status of the European Seas by 2020. Many EU projects and other initiatives have published results and recommendations concerning MPAs and their interactions with economic sectors but a Mediterranean integrated approach is lacking. By capitalizing on these results, the PHAROS4MPAs project will deliver an integrated framework for recommendations on the necessary practical collaboration between Mediterranean MPAs and the maritime sectors adapted to appropriation by the project’s targets. The expected change originating from the project is an enhanced management effectiveness and networking for Mediterranean MPAs, which will ultimately contribute to the conservation of marine biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Approach and outputs include delivering common capitalization baselines, recommendations and policy tools adapted to appropriation by the MedPAN network, MSP Authorities, the European Commission, the Barcelona Convention and the various maritime sectors.

Contact person in ISMAR:


  1. World Wide Fund for Nature (France)
  2. Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (Croatia)
  3. Regional Development Funds for North Aegean Region (Greece)
  4. Regional Agency of the Administration of Protected Areas in Albania (Albania)
  5. Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (Slovenia)
  6. National Research Council (Italy)
  7. WWF Med
  8. Girona University (Spain)
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