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The promotion of MPAs is a difficult job, as many stakeholders are still reluctant to change and winning the support of key decision makers and the public seems almost impossible.

Hopefully, the following case study of a successful MPA in the Mediterranean will encourage you to swim against the raging tide and rally behind the establishment of MPAs on your local coasts.

The Cap Négro-Cap Serrat Marine and Coastal Protected Area (MCPA) is a picturesque cape located within the Jebel Chitana-Cap Négro National Park situated on the north coast of Tunisia.  Spread across the two provinces of Beja and Bizerte, the MCPA is a preservation venture. 

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The promotion of MPAs is a difficult job, as many stakeholders are still reluctant to change and winning the support of key decision makers and the public seems almost impossible.

Hopefully, the following case study of a successful MPA in the Mediterranean will encourage you to swim against the raging tide and rally behind the establishment of MPAs on your local coasts.

Capo Carbonara is a promontory of southeastern Sardinia, Italy, which forms the eastern end of the Gulf of Cagliari, a long outcrop running into the sea like a sharp spear. The area covers Capo Boi and Punta Porceddus, in the tract of coastline that looks out onto the Serpentara Island and surrounds the Cavoli Island.

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The promotion of MPAs is a difficult job, as many stakeholders are still reluctant to change and winning the support of key decision makers and the public seems almost impossible.

Hopefully, the following case study of a successful MPA in the Mediterranean will encourage you to swim against the raging tide and rally behind the establishment of MPAs on your local coasts.

Cap de Creus Natural Park is a peninsula and a headland located at the far northeast of Catalonia, Spain, approximately 25 kilometers south from the French border.  Spanning 190 square kilometers, the peninsula boasts an extraordinary landscape with wind beaten cliffs and a deep blue sea.  That sea plays host to fascinating marine life, including fish species showing complex reproductive strategies and sex-changing species.

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The promotion of MPAs is a difficult job, as many stakeholders are still reluctant to change and winning the support of key decision makers and the public seems almost impossible.

Hopefully, the following case study of a successful MPA in the Mediterranean will encourage you to swim against the raging tide and rally behind the establishment of MPAs on your local coasts.

Located in Greece’s Laganas Bay, the Zakynthos National Marine Park was founded in 1999 to protect the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), the most common sea turtle in the Mediterranean. The park, part of the Natura 2000 ecological network, covers an area of 135 square kilometers, and the island’s beaches are the most important nesting grounds for the species in the Mediterranean.  Despite its status as a marine protected area, the Zakynthos National Park is still facing very strong pressure from tourism.

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The promotion of MPAs is a difficult job, as many stakeholders are still reluctant to change and winning the support of key decision makers and the public seems almost impossible.

Hopefully, the following case study of a successful MPA in the Mediterranean will encourage you to swim against the raging tide and rally behind the establishment of MPAs on your local coasts.

Created in 2004, the Al Hoceima National Park (AHNP) covers 190 km along the Mediterranean coast of Morocco and is seen as the country’s most important MPA. The protected area shelters the endangered Mediterranean forest woodlands and conserves populations of unique fish and a species of eagles.

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Over the last several years, MPAs have proven to be the backbone of Marine conservation, restricting human activity more effectively than any previous methods.  Organizations maintaining MPAs around the world have achieved great things, and we have seen quite a few successes right here in the Mediterranean.  The benefits to nature and man increase exponentially as more marine and maritime stakeholders become exposed to idea of MPAs.

Still, the promotion of MPAs is a difficult job, as many stakeholders are still reluctant to change and winning the support of key decision makers and the public seems almost impossible.

Hopefully, the following case study of a successful MPA in the Mediterranean will encourage you to swim against the raging tide and rally behind the establishment of MPAs on your local coasts.

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Representatives of various NGOs who have come together to form the Mare Nostrum Network (MNN) held the network’s first workshop, on the occasion of the closing conference of the Mare Nostrum Project, held in Valencia, Spain on November 24-26, 2015.

“We believe that creating collaboration opportunities between the MNN members is crucial to the successes of the network conservation goals and its sustainability. For this purpose we were able to organize a launch meeting and workshop with the network members, discussing the future collaboration of the MNN,”.

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Adriatic Sea with is a popular tourist’s destination with its islands, clear water, old Mediterranean towns and villages.  Over 3.5 million people living by the coastline depend on its ecosystem. Because of its geographical features (semi-enclosed area and relatively slow water circulation) Adriatic Sea is considered ecologically vulnerable. Nevertheless, it is very rich in biodiversity with some endemic, rare and endangered species.

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Dear Friends,

If you have been following our news feed, you know that the Adriatic, but particularly the Croatian Adriatic, soon may never be the same. However, since the Croatian Government is using this moment in time, during the unfortunate refugee crisis to quietly do its work on the Adriatic drilling plans, there has been almost zero media reports, except for a couple small exceptions, which you can find in our twitter feed. The Croatian Government is apparently ready to sign Adriatic contracts w/ INA, ENI, & MedOilGas, in addition to onshore contracts THIS Thursday 24.9.

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The European Environment Agency provides independent scientific assessments and advice to the European Commission and European Parliament. It's recent European Environment — State and Outlook 2015 (SOER 2015) report highlights some worrying issues and trends, particularly for the marine environment (see briefing), e.g.

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