The objective is to draw a synthesis on large-scale analysis of environmental and socio-economic knowledge in order to assess the Mediterranean network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and achieve a holistic approach to environmental protection.
The MPAs Challenge aims to:
- Analyze the existing Mediterranean network of MPAs
- Determine whether the network constitutes a representative and coherent network as described in article 13 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
This Challenge contributes in parallel to the data collection framework for checkpoint information and report assessment results in the literature survey and data adequacy reports.
The Mediterranean network of MPAs will be assessed through adequacy, representativity and coherence as MSFD states. The criteria adopted in 2009 by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention will be also taken into account. A GIS-based tool to visualize the main outcomes of the assessment is used.
The production of Targeted Products was accomplished applying the following methodology:
- The necessary input characteristics and the available databases were identified
- The accessibility/availability of the data sets was analyzed and the data policy of all the sources was strictly followed.
- The data sets were downloaded and processed to be in the appropriate format for their conversion into GIS layers.
- Each GIS layer corresponds to one data set and contains all the relative information. For instance, for the MPAs, an excel table is associated.
- For each Targeted Product an individual workflow was created in a GIS (mxd) file. In this way, the Targeted Product layers can be optionally combined and visualized.
A wide range of data sources were assessed and reviewed for the challenge. Primary sources of the datasets for Marine Protected areas were: MedPAN, IUCN, EEA, CoCoNET, MEDISEH, IRIS-SES, EMODnet Seabed Habitats, EMODnet Bathymetry, Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). Scientific review articles on Mediterranean biodiversity.
|Name of Targeted product||Short description||Format|
|MEDSEA_CH2_Product_1||Med protection initiatives (management and conservation areas). Collated data set (excel file) containing information on MPA extension areas and different protection levels for each of them||excel files|
|MEDSEA_CH2_Product_2||Med conservation areas, biological zones, fisheries restricted areas. Shape file with the layers containing the information as in MEDSEA_CH2_Product_1 and depth zones.||shapefile|
|MEDSEA_CH2_Product_3||Proposed regional conservation areas in the Mediterranean. etc.||shapefile|
|MEDSEA_CH2_Product_4||Qualitative analysis of connectivity between MPAs. Combination of MPA, temperature, currents seasonal GIS layers||shapefile|
|MEDSEA_CH2_Product_5||Representativity of habitats/species/other features. Combination of bathymetry, MPA, seagrass distributions, Cetaceans, light, habitats substrate, Natura sites||shapefile|
|MEDSEA_CH2_Product_6||The monitoring capacity of biodiversity in MPAs. Combination MPA and monitoring stations for biodiversity elements||shapefile|
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Sofia Reizopoulou (HCMR), Chara Kyriakidou (HCMR), Simona Simoncelli (INGV), Nadia Pinardi (INGV), Isidora Katara (HCMR), Marianna Giannoulaki (HCMR),, Laura Bray (HCMR)