The kick-off meeting of the Interreg Mediterranean TUNE UP project held in Arles on 28 and 29 January brought together 12 partners from 7 Mediterranean countries (Albania, Montenegro, Italy, Greece, Spain, France and Slovenia). The objectives of this project are to experiment a collaborative approach that has already been successfully tested in other environments, promoting the implementation of voluntary management contracts.
The Interreg Mediterranean TUNE UP project responds to the need for a strategic and collaborative approach to the management of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean. The project aims to improve the protection of biodiversity by experimenting and capitalizing on a multi-actor and multi-level management tool based on the experience of river and wetland contracts previously tested during the INTERREG MED WetNet project.
TUNE UP will build on the results of the WetNet project, by exploiting the flexibility and feasibility of the methodology of river and wetland contracts for the management of Marine Protected Areas, and by evaluating its effectiveness through the implementation of Marine Protected Area contracts.
TUNE UP aims to create a shared vision and joint management through the collaboration of different stakeholders. This integrative approach should lead to better coordination between stakeholders and decision-makers, thus limiting conflicts between conservation and economic issues, and strengthening the objective of protecting biodiversity.
In summary, the project aims to achieve the following results:
- Increased, coordinated and proactive participation of key stakeholders in the management of Marine Protected Areas.
- Improved effectiveness of the management of Marine Protected Areas by integrating multi-level governance tools into national and regional policy instruments.
- Intensification of transnational cooperation and networking of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas.
The partnership involves different types of actors involved in the management of Marine Protected Areas. It will therefore enable TUNE UP to ensure a high transferability of the main products to Mediterranean countries.
During the kick off meeting the Tour du Valat organized a technical seminar featuring the experience of the Camargue Delta Contract with the Natural Regional Park of Camargue. This seminar was the opportunity for the project partners to share experiences concerning the history, challenges and successes of environmental contracts in France. The participants also had the opportunity to visit the Former Salt works of Camargue with the local site managers. This site was chosen as the pilot site for France to test the Marine Protect Area contract methodology.
- ANATOLIKI SA (Greece) (Lead Partner)
- Andalusian Federation of Towns and Provinces (Spain)
- Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (France)
- Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation (Italy)
- Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Slovenia)
- Tour du Valat Foundation (France)
- Amvrakikos Gulf Management Agency (Greece)
- Department of Architecture – University of Roma Tre (Italy)
- AQUAPROGRAM srl (Italy)
- Spanish Ornithological Society (Spain)
- Ministry of Tourism and Environment (Albania)
- University of Montenegro – Institute for marine biology (Montenegro)
Project duration: November 2019 to June 2022