Joint Management Action of the European Community with the United Nations Environment Programme / Mediterranean Action Plan for identifying and creating Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance in the open seas, including the deep seas

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Identifying priority conservation areas in the open seas, including the deep seas, likely to contain sites that could be candidates for the SPAMI List

The delivery of spatial data, planning tools, science-guidelines, and socioeconomic and ecological assessments in a decision support framework are essential in designing marine protected areas networks, and for informing decision-makers.

In November 2009, the Project Steering Committee examined and compiled data and information from the documents prepared by the experts. The main result of the discussion was the identification of priority conservation areas in the open seas, including the deep seas, likely to contain sites that could be candidates for the SPAMI List.

Then, on the 1st June 2010, RAC/SPA convened in Istanbul (Turkey) an Extraordinary Meeting of the Focal Points for Specially Protected Areas to present the results. The Meeting examined the results of the project’s first phase and retained 12 priority conservation areas identified in the Mediterranean open seas, including the deep seas.

This Meeting was a step to consult the countries and to measure their involvement in the process of the project‘s second phase which will lead to the preparation of the SPAMI presentation reports.

 

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A: Alborán Seamounts
G: Northern and Central Adriatic
B: Southern Balearic
H: Santa Maria di Leuca
C: Gulf of Lions shelf and slope
I: North-eastern Ionian
D: Central Tyrrhenian
J: Thracian Sea
E: Northern Strait of Sicily (including Adventure and nearby banks)
K: North-eastern Levantine Sea and Rhodes Gyre
F: Southern Strait of Sicily
L: Nile Delta Region
(§: Pelagos Sanctuary declared as SPAMI in 2001)



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