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2016 Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Forum - Tangier Declaration

The Tangier Declaration: a boost for Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean.

Coming from 35 countries, over 300 key players involved in the marine environment met from 28 November to 1st December 2016 in Tangier, Morocco.

They released the Tangier declaration that will be used to update the 2020 Mediterranean MPA Roadmap elaborated at the 2012 MPA Forum in Antalya. This Roadmap aims to support the achievement of the international objective set by the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect 10% of the Mediterranean Sea through an effective network of MPAs by 2020 as well as climate change challenges and UN SDG 14.5.

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The aim of this brochure is to present a highlight of the 2016 assessment of where we stand with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the Me

diterranean, what progress has been made since the 2012 assessment and especially what is left to do to reach international marine conservation objectives by 2020.

In its last section, this document also explains what the terms MPAs and OECMs cover and the complexity of the whole array of designations in the Mediterranean at national, regional and international levels. MPA figures provided in this document come from the October 2016 release of MAPAMED, the database on Sites of interest for the conservation of the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea, developed by MedPAN and UNEP/MAP-RAC/SPA. The core data found in MAPAMED has been validated by RAC/SPA national focal points.