The workshop presented the result of the EPPA study developing initial proposals for establishment of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Adriatic Sea basin. The study has come up with set of scientific, legal, institutional and procedural recommendations in regards to designation and effective management of the MPAs in Adriatic Sea. The findings of the study contribute to fulfilling the obligations of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to meet the targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity in terms of ecosystem approach and Aichi targets as well as the Barcelona Convention and relevant EU environmental acquis. The study is in the final stage of consultations and will be published in upcoming weeks.
The workshop has provided know-how and latest best practices on management of already existing MPAs in Albania, Italy, Romania and Slovenia with the MPAs’ managers sharing with the EPPA Beneficiaries challenges faced, monitoring guidelines, future tasks and benefits of investment in MPAs. The importance of adopting management plan, setting priority conservation objectives and ecological education were emphasized. The European Commission – DG Environment and the UN Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (SPA/ RAC) have contributed to the workshop with valuable remarks on the assessment of the status of MPAs in the Mediterranean and post-2020 Strategy for MPAs and OECMs.