Interesting Links

Here you will find a list of Mediterranean research, management, and conservation networks and projects. If you know of other interesting links that should be added to this list please contact us.

Mediterranean Networks

CIESM – The Mediterranean Science Commission, with headquarters in Monaco, has grown from the eight founding countries of its origin to 23 Member States today. These support a network of several thousand marine researchers, applying the latest scientific tools to better understand, monitor and protect a fast-changing, highly impacted Mediterranean Sea. Structured in six committees and various taskforces, CIESM runs expert workshops, collaborative programs and regular congresses, delivering authoritative, independent advice to national and international agencies.

MedArtNet – The Mediterranean Platform for Artisanal Fishers is a group of professional artisanal fishermen, sons of several generations of fishermen from different countries of the Mediterranean Sea (Greece, Italy, France and Spain), concerned about and committed to the future of the sea, the fisheries and the fishermen.

MedPAN - MedPAN is the network of Marine Protected Areas managers in the Mediterranean.It gathers today more than 80 institutions and NGOs that either have direct responsibility for managing Marine Protected Areas (MPA) or are involved in the development of MPAs in the Mediterranean.

MedWet – The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative is a forum of 27 Mediterranean countries, specialized wetland centers and international environmental organizations that collaborate to support the conservation and wise use of Mediterranean wetlands within the framework of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

MIO ECSDE - The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture, and Sustainable Development is a non-profit Federation of over 128 Mediterranean Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the fields of Environment and Development in 25 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area.

International Organizations - Mediterranean Programs

EEUCC – The European Union for Coastal Conservation is an association with 2700 members and member organisations in 40 countries. Founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting coastal conservation by bridging the gap between scientists, environmentalists, site managers, planners and policy makers, it has grown since then into the largest network of coastal practitioners and experts in Europe, with 15 National Branches and offices in seven countries. Our working area is Europe, the Mediterranean and Black Sea and other neighbouring regions.

IUCN Med - The IUCN Mediterranean Office was inaugurated in 2000 in Malaga, with the financial support of the Andalusia government and the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.

Oceana Europe – Oceana is an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.

WWF Mediterranean – The goal of the WWF Mediterranean Programme is to conserve the natural wealth of the Mediterranean and to promote sustainable environment-friendly practices for the benefit of all.

The Mediterranean Action Plan and Regional Centers

UNEP MAP - The Mediterranean Action Plan is a regional cooperative effort involving 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the European Union. Through the MAP, these Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols are determined to meet the challenges of protecting the marine and coastal environment while boosting regional and national plans to achieve sustainable development.

BP/RAC - The objective of the Blue Plan/RAC is to contribute to raising awareness of Mediterranean stakeholders and decision makers concerning environment and sustainable development issues in the region, by providing future scenarios to assist in decision-making.

MedPartnership - The UNEP/MAP GEF Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (MedPartnership) is a collective effort of leading organizations (regional, international, non-governmental, etc.) and countries sharing the Mediterranean Sea towards the protection of the marine and coastal environment of the Mediterranean.

PAP/RAC - Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC), is one of six Regional Activity Centres within the MAP, the PAP/RAC has built up a global reputation due to its expertise in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).

RAC/SPA - The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) was established by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols in order to assist Mediterranean countries in implementing the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean.

SCP/RAC - The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is a Centre for international cooperation with Mediterranean countries on development and innovation in the production sector and civil society, based on more sustainable consumption and production models.

REMPEC - The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) assists the Mediterranean coastal States in ratifying, transposing, implementing and enforcing international maritime conventions related to the prevention of, preparedness for and response to marine pollution from ships.

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