Co-managed MPA / No-take Zones

Scaling up co-managed and financially sustainable No-take Zone and Marine Protected Area.

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The project aims to develop co-managed and financially sustainable AMP NTZ across the Med.


• Rebuild Mediterranean fish biomass and protect key habitats through co-managed No-Take Zones and effective MPAs, replication and scaling-up, financial sustainability, and adequate regulatory frameworks. 

• Make a difference in the field by creating new no-take zones and improving the management of MPAs 

• Build legacy and scale-up by building the capacity, exchanging lessons learned and promoting networking among other MPA managers and fishers around the Mediterranean 

• Increase the financial sustainability of local conservation initiatives. 

• Empower future by working with decision-makers to replicate and sustain local solutions and developing an ambitious and effective policy plan to protect the Mediterranean marine biodiversity within the Barcelona Convention.

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Anna Barbanti
Anna Barbanti
Anna is a conservation scientist specialized in wildlife ecology, genetics to improve species conservation and conservation genetics of sea turtles. She is the Regional Coordinator of MPAs at the WWF Mediterranean and project coordinator of the Co-managed MPA/NTZ project.


WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
LIFE platform
Notre Grand Bleu

The marine resources of the Mediterranean have been exploited for thousands of years and, as such, today the Mediterranean is in “burn out”. Over the past 50 years, populations of Mediterranean marine mammals have fallen by 41% and around 75% of fish stocks are overfished (FAO/GFCM 2020). More than half (53%) of its sharks are at risk of extinction and the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica, one the important nursery habitat for many species, a carbon sink habitat, and a sea acidification buffer, has decreased by 34%.

Recovery of species population and improvement of marine habitats have been recorded, notably in marine protected areas (MPAs) and in no-take zones (NTZs) that are well managed and enforced.

However, out of the more than 1,000 existing Mediterranean MPAs, very few have shown an increase of fish biomass and biodiversity with benefits for local communities, and only 0.04% (815 km2) of the basin is covered by NTZ's. To make a difference, the project is focusing on the creation of new NTZs and deliver a set of solutions to improve the management and governance of existing NTZ and MPAs.

Budget (total) : 6,272,231€
Fish make a comeback in the MPA of Gyaros MPA

Fish make a comeback in the MPA of Gyaros MPA

The effectiveness of MPAs in rebuilding fish stocks and biodiversity - the Gyaros success story!

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