Success of Marine Protected Areas emphasized in Istanbul Declaration

01 Jan 2014

The emphasis on the conclusions of Marine Protection Areas (MPA) Forum in Antalya in 2012 drew attention in the İstanbul Declaration, which was approved in the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention.


It showed the international importance of the “Strengthening the System of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey Project” once again that the conclusions of the Forum, which was supported by the project, were referred in the Declaration.

High international representation

Representatives from 21 Mediterranean countries and the EC participated in the meeting which was held on 3-6 December in İstanbul.

In the Istanbul Declaration, signed at the end of the meeting, the significance of the regional cooperation framework established through the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) since 1975 was underlined.

Cooperation for the protection and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources in the Mediterranean was also agreed on.

Success of the project reaffirmed

The emphasis on the conclusions of Marine Protection Areas (MPA) Forum made in Antalya in 2012 drew attention in the İstanbul Declaration.

The forum was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, UNEP-MAP/RAC-SPA, MedPAN, WWF and UNDP Turkey with the support of the “Strengthening the System of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey Project”.

The emphasis on the outputs of the Forum showed the international success of the project once again.

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