The MEDPAN North project will contribute towards the efficient management of Malta’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
This project is a continuation of the Interreg 3C MEDPAN project in which MEPA participated between 2004 and 2007. MEDPAN has brought 23 organizations from 11 countries to form a network of managers of MPAs in the Mediterranean region. Partners had the opportunity to share experiences and good practices amongst each other, suggest solutions to management problems of marine protected areas, and improve their capacity.
It is the aim of MEDPAN North to utilize this network to facilitate the exchange of expertise on the management of Mediterranean MPAs in order to protect and conserve the biodiversity and ecosystems. The project partners aim to come up with common approaches to meet international, European, and national commitments in terms of MPAs networks. They also intend to improve the management efficiency of MPAs and to ensure the sustainable protection of the marine environment while at the same time promoting sustainable economic activities.
The project was approved for funding under the MED programme in April 2010 and it will be implemented over a period of 3 years. The partnership is led by WWF France. The total budget allocation for MEPA is € 142,000, 15% of which will be provided by MEPA as co-financing.
Locally, MEPA’s participation in this project will result in the following deliverables:
A report on marine invasive species and MPAs in Malta;
A monitoring study to establish the growth rate of Pinna Nobilis at the Rdum il-Majjiesa MPA;
An interpretation manual for Natura 2000 sites in Malta;
A study which identifies the financing requirements for Natura 2000 sites in Malta, including recommendations for self-financing options;
The implementation of an underwater trail at the Rdum Il-Majjiesa MPA;
Communication and awareness measures including workshops, and other publicity material.
Within MEPA, this project is managed by the Ecosystems Management Unit, with assistance from the EU & Multilateral Affairs Unit.
Programme MED – MEDPAN North
Cohesion Policy 2007 - 2013
Europe in the Mediterranean
This project is part-financed by the European Union
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Co-financing rate: 85% EU Funds; 15% National Funds
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