Who we are
The MPA NETWORKS partnership is made of 10 Partners from 7 countries as well as 21 Associated Partners.
The MedPAN organization was created at the request of some Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas managers in 2008 with the mission to coordinate the MedPAN network, the network of Marine Protected Areas managers that exists since the 90s. The non-profit organization was created in 2008 and its permanent secretariat is in place since the end of 2009. MedPAN aims to promote the establishment, the operation and the sustainability of a Mediterranean network of MPAs.
The Marine Protected Area of Portofino extends around the homonymous Promontory in the municipalities of Camogli, Portofino and S. Margherita Ligure. It was establish with a decree of the Italian Ministry of Environment in 1999, it is a SPAMI site since 2005 and an LTER site since 2007; it is divided into three zones A, B and C with different level of protection. The management Consortium is made up of: the Metropolitan City of Genoa, the Municipalities of Camogli, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, the University of Genoa.
Created in the 14th December in 1963, the National Park of Port-Cros is among the oldest french national parks and the first marine park, whose cores occupy about 1700 ha lands and 2 900 ha marines surfaces. Since 1999, the Park is also working on a cooperation mission for the establishment and the monitoring of the International Sanctuary of the Marine Mammals, which is the result of a tripartite agreement between Italy, the Principality of Monaco and France.
The AMP of Torre Guaceto is managed by a Consortium. The Management Consortium was established by the Municipalities of Brindisi and Carovigno and the Italian Association for WWF for Nature Onlus in December 2000. The purpose of the Consortium is to manage the protected area, both land and sea, called "Torre Guaceto". It was established by Decree of the Ministry of the Environment and Territory Protection 04.02.2000 (G.U. n. 124 of 30/05/2000) and the surrounding areas.
Torre del Cerrano MPA was established in 2009 by a decree of the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea. It extends up to 3 nautical miles from the coast and develops for 7 km, with a total surface of about 37 square km. The management is entrusted to a Consortium made up by the municipalities of Pineto and Silvi, the Province of Teramo and the Abruzzo Region.
Along the coast of western Istria, there are several groups of islands among which the most interesting, the largest and the most indented is the Brijuni group of 14 islands and islets. The total surface area of the Brijuni National Park is 3,395.00 ha, of which there is 2,651.70 ha of sea, while the surface of the islands is 743.30 ha. The length of all island coastlines amounts to 46.82 km, while the length of the sea border amounts to 22.93 km. The shores are mostly low and rocky but easily accessible due to the horizontal stratification of the rocks, and in some bays gravel and sand can be found. The Brijuni National Park includes 14 islands.
Landscape Park Strunjan covers 428.6 ha and includes the longest section of natural coastline in the Gulf of Trieste and a geologically active flysch cliff rising above it. The area of the Park embraces the Strunjan Peninsula with 200 meters long belt of the sea and the inner part of Strunjan Bay. The Park was established in 1990, in order to conserve valuable natural features, biodiversity and landscape diversity within it. It is part of the European network of ecologically significant Natura 2000 sites and in 2019 was listed as SPAMI (Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance).
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos (N.M.P.Z.) was established by a Presidential Decree in December 1999 (Government Gazette 906D, December 22, 1999), and is the very first institutionally established National Park area in Greece administered by a Management Agency. The National Park is, of course, the site of a variety of human endeavours, with tourism and agriculture as the main activities. The area of the N.M.P.Z. is well known as one of the most important rookeries of the Loggerhead sea turtleCaretta caretta in the Mediterranean. The area of the N.M.P.Z. is also characterized by the presence of the endangered monk seal Monachus monachus, the rich migrant avifauna and endemic flora, as well as the habitats of European and Mediterranean interest like sand dunes and halophile vegetation systems and meadows of the sea grass Posidonia oceanica.
It is a no-profit foundation dedicated to the conservation of the Balearic Sea and coast and it believes that healthy marine ecosystems can be reconciled with economic prosperity. Its core costs are covered by Adessium Foundation so every euro donated to Marilles supports live projects directly linked to the conservation of the Balearics
The Institute of Nature Conservation in Albania -INCA is a Non-Governmental and non-profitable organization (NGO), established in July 2000. INCA has its main office in Tirana, but operates with its staff at national level. From December 2009 INCA had been approved as a member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and represent the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) in Albania having a continuous contact with their regional structure and also efforts for implementing joint projects. Since December 2008, INCA is also member of the Global Water Forum (GWF). From the last three years INCA is leading the network of the NGOs for "Nature Protection" that include for the moment 8 organizations placed in all the country.