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SAPBIO

Strategic Action Programme for the Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean Region

Strategic Action Programme for the conservation of Biological Diversity (SAP BIO) in the Mediterranean Region

Confronted with the complexity and size of the pressure on marine and coastal biological diversity, the Contracting Parties judged that they needed a concerted strategy. In 2004, RAC/SPA launched the implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SAP BIO).

This was a process of diagnosis, consultation and assessment at national and regional level, backed by the GEF. It was designed as twin-track:

  • The first track analyses the state of biodiversity in the Mediterranean and stresses the main problems, lacuna and activities to plan for.
  • The second track involves 30 concrete strategic actions to guide countries over the fifteen following years in planning and implementing protection activities.
The strategic actions aim to :
  • Protecting species and habitats,
  • Improving knowledge about marine and coastal biodiversity,
  • Reducing negative impacts on biological diversity ,
  • Promoting sector-based policies that encourage biodiversity (tourism, agriculture, etc.),
  • Adopting institutional and legal measures ,
  • Coordinating the biodiversity activities of the MAP centres.

Adopted by the Contracting Parties on 2003, these actions should guide countries over the following fifteen years in planning and implementing protection activities; this will have repercussions for the whole of the Mediterranean.

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