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A workshop for the transfer of achievements and challenges between the 'MED Biodiversity Protection Community' and national stakeholders will take place in Madrid (Spain) next July 4, 2019.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Sub-Directorate for the Protection of the Sea (Directorate General for the Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea) of the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition (MITECO) with the aim of sharing the achievements and progress made during these last three years by the Biodiversity Protection Community (BPC) of the European Interreg MED Programme, through its Spanish partners, as well as bringing closer to this community the results of the efforts undertaken by other national actors and the challenges and strategic priorities foreseen for the coming years seeking to establish synergies and optimize efforts aimed at the protection of biodiversity. The first round of projects is now closing (2016-2019) and a new one will open in November 2019 which makes especially adequate to share progress made and priorities settled for the time being.

The BPC brings together aproximately 200 European Mediterranean institutions through 11 modular projects and one horizontal project, PANACeA, which are geared towards the protection of biodiversity and focused on protected areas of coastal and marine nature. Among these, 32 are Spanish: 15 partners, 10 pilots in protected areas and the rest are associated organisations to the different projects.

The BPC projects intend to improve the management of concrete challenges such as pollution, including marine litter, the destruction of Posidonia oceanica plantlife, artisanal fishing, adaptation to climate change and the governance of marine protected areas and wetlands through innovative tools and the improvement of monitoring, storage and use of data systems (geospatial platforms) as well as management plans and governance agreements. The community consists of a total of three working groups:

  • Management and protection of biodiversity
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Monitoring and integrated management ecosystems

All this information is consolidated and capitalised through the Interreg 'Mediterranean Biodiversity Knowledge Platform'.

Last December, representatives of European and Mediterranean insitutions active in the fields of science, management and policies related to the protection of biodiversity, summoned by PANACeA on the occasion of the public hearing with members of the European Parliament on 'Endangered Mediterranean Ecosystems: Improving the European policy response', with the support of the SEARICA group in Brussels, agreed to adhere to the Declaration 'Ecosystem-based approach for biodiversity protection and management: A consensus statement towards understanding and managing transboundary and cumulative impacts in Mediterranean ecosystems' as an agreement of priorities for the future.

The workshop aims to convey these messages in a concise manner and identify common priorities for the upcoming years.