Marine Protected Areas


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International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a conservation tool designed to adequately manage and protect marine resources threatened by human activity, by addressing both biological and socioeconomic needs.


This report, produced within the PHAROS4MPAS project, proposes a set of recommendations on how public and private stakeholders in the Mediterranean can collaborate in order to prevent or minimize the impacts of maritime traffic in Marine Protected


This document, produced by Pharos4MPAs project, aims to explore how Marine Protected Areas could be affected by the offshore wind energy sector, and provides a set of practical recommendations to avoid or minimize its environmental impact.


The study analyses the national regulatory frameworks for MPAs in the Celtic Seas. It investigated the existing frameworks for marine conservation present in the Celtic Seas countries (France, Ireland and United Kingdom) and the differences betwee


The AMAre Geoportal was developed within the Interreg-MED project AMAre, to provide a spatial database to store, manage and share data on four MPAs involved in the project (Sporades, Malta, Balearic Islands and Torre Guaceto).

Ecological Modelling 361, 2017, Pages 1-13

This practice summarizes the results of the scientific paper "Integrating natural capital assessment and marine spatial planning: A case study in the Mediterranean sea" by F. Picone, E. Buonocore, R. D’Agostaro, S. Donati, R. Chemello, P.P.

MARISCA - Maritime Spatial Planning for the protection and conservation of the biodiversity in the Aegean Sea

A big amount of data about the ecological and socio-economic features of the Aegean Sea was collected by the MARISCA project through a wide range of sources, in order to map the spatial distribution of vulnerable habitats and species as well as of

MED PAN (Network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean)

Handbook for managers of MPAs in the Mediterranean with step-by-step guidance to carry out a visitor use monitoring project.


This guide aims to provide MPA managers and national authorities with tools and a step-by-step approach for the development and implementation of financial strategies.

Sea meets land (hav möter land)

This guide shows which geo-data are available and indicates their characteristics as well as limitations. One finding was that there are more geodata available for marine areas than expected.


This set of practical information shows essential fish habitats and fish migration patters in the Northers Baltic Sea