What we do
The pilot sites will develop their own local climate change adaptation action plans and will work on their integration into existing management practices.
We have developed the project activities through three main components (mostly running in parallel):
This phase involves the climate change adaptation testing process in five pilot MPAs by assessing biodiversity and socio-economic vulnerability to climate change, testing the implementation of protocols and common methodologies to understand impacts and exploring cooperation options through workshops and seminars with different stakeholders. The pilot sites will develop their own local climate change adaptation action plans and will work on their integration into existing management practices.
This adaptation process will then be evaluated by assessing the degree of methodological advance in terms of monitoring procedures, capacity building and adaptation.
The activities on-site will include the installation of semi-permanent monitoring devices improving the capacity of MPAs to identify climate change effects on the sites, introducing climate change monitoring indicators into existing programmes, conducting local capacity building seminars to strengthen knowledge and building their capacity in the identification of potential effects of climate change. Pilot areas will also initiate local science-based stakeholder dialogues to communicate current and up-to-date regional climate information. Discussions and feedbacks from local stakeholders on the results achieved from different assessments and scenario planning will help to provide applicable and realistic advice for implementing further adaptation options in the management.
Summary of the main actions:
1. Development of preliminary climate change adaptation action plans for pilot MPAs
2. Integration of action plans in pilot MPAs
- Local vulnerability assessments
- Technical events with research institutions and local agencies
- Local seminars with stakeholders
- Integration into monitoring protocols
- Evaluation of monitoring activities
3. Evaluation of integration of the actions plans in pilot MPAs
This phase includes the development of several trainings for partners and invited stakeholders, which are developed by project and associated partners as well as invited speakers from different networks. The capacity building aims to improve MPA capacities to undertake common monitoring protocols and develop key climate change indicators, assess vulnerabilities to climate change in their areas and develop and integrate adaptation strategies into management plans and activities.
We are also working on building common monitoring tools and digital training videos in order to highlight effective measures for improving the integration of research and monitoring outputs into conservation projects as well as the identification of unsolved problems and further research needs. Monitoring protocols will be prepared to maintain, improve and extend the ongoing monitoring initiatives in different MPAs seeking the data homogenization to help in the readability and analysis across scales from local to regional.
An online platform will be developed as a repository of all the results, capacity trainings, tools and pilot actions testing experiences to ensure a longer and wider implementation and transfer of results to local sites and a wider MPA community in the Mediterranean.
Finally, the results and experiences from the project will help us to develop a regional framework plan for long-term monitoring of the impacts of climate change in Mediterranean MPAs.
Summary of the main actions:
1. Capacity building for pilot MPAs
- Training on climate change adaptation
- Training on vulnerability assessments
- Training on monitoring protocols
- Exchange visits and sessions with local administrations
2. Development of monitoring protocols for climate change effects
3. Transferring knowledge on tools for monitoring climate change effects
- MPAs climate change e-platform
- Training materials on implementation of monitoring programmes for climate change
4. Development of a regional framework plan for long-term monitoring of the impacts of climate change in Mediterranean MPAs
With the aim of creating a community of key stakeholders (such as MPA managers, local authorities, fishermen) that is well informed about climate change and thus able to make local responsible choices, we will develop a comprehensive communication and dissemination plan for the project.
Special attention will be put on the promotion of MPAs as nature-based solutions for climate change-related challenges, by highlighting the benefits of each pilot MPA at local level as well as on a regional scale. Pilot MPAs will be developing their own climate change awareness raising events that will target both the general public and especially concerned stakeholders, such as fishermen and divers.
Summary of main actions:
1. Development of a project communication strategy
2. Dissemination of project information and results
- Communication materials (brochures, posters, videos)
- Social media and websites
- International climate and marine environment portals and databases
- Interreg Med Programme and PANACeA horizontal project
3. Development of climate change awareness raising activities in pilot MPAs