The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) is gearing up for the end-of-year events and is entering the final stretch before the project’s closure.
The end of 2022 promises to be a busy time for Plan Bleu and the partners of the MBPC project with two events to be held in October and November. The MBPC is also involved in the organisation of sessions during the COP 27 from 7 to 18 November in Egypt under the guidance of the Interreg MED programme in the framework of the Med pavilion.
During the third edition of the MPA Forumorganised in Monaco in December 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Pelagos Secretariat and the MBPC partners. A technical workshop will be organised on 4 October 2022 from 9:00 to 13:00 (CET) to present the results of the activities carried out so far and to discuss the next steps in this collaboration. This includes data and the state of knowledge about the impact of shipping traffic, the application of guidelines for the sustainability of cruising and recreational boating in the Mediterranean region in relation to cetacean disturbance, and the transfer of knowledge and experience for the integration of Marine Protected areas (MPA) into the broader Pelagos Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). During this workshop, Céline Dubreuil, Director of Programmes at Plan Bleu, will present the guidelines that have recently been published.
Finally, after 6 years of collaborative work, the MBPC, which brings together over 300 nature conservation actors (and sector representatives) working together for environmental conservation and biodiversity protection, is organising a final three-day event to celebrate the work done by its community and to share tools and experiences, as well as lessons learned and best practices that feed into the regional biodiversity and climate agendas. The event will take place in Brussels from 2 to 4 November. The aim of the final event will be to present the results of the MBPC, to demonstrate their effectiveness in protecting biodiversity and reducing environmental pressures in the Mediterranean coastal and marine areas, to show their potential for transfer to other Mediterranean regions and to encourage their adoption by local actors, different economic sectors and decision-makers at different levels.
Registration for the online technical workshop on 4 October can be done here.
More information on the final MBPC event will be available soon.
For more information about the events or the project, please contactGloria Lázaro