MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS AND HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE RESULTS IN THE FUTURE
On June 9, ANATOLIKI S.A. (lead partner) – Organization for Local Development, organized the final event of the Tune Up project in Thessaloniki, Greece. The aim of this event was to disseminate the project’s results to an international level and enhance the concept of Local Environmental Contracts as tools for a more efficient management for Marine Protected Areas (MPA). Crucial element of the work carried out by the TUNE UP project’s partners was to present the Policy Recommendations for effective MPA Management. A large variety of stakeholders participated in the event, including experts, representatives of institutions involved in environmental governance and biodiversity protection and members of the scientific community interested in Protected Areas from several Mediterranean countries.
During the project implementation, the Local Environmental Contracts were tested in 10 pilot MPA in 7 countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Actions at local and regional scale aiming to further promote the Methodology of Environmental Contracts in Marine Protected Areas were among the main outputs of the project. Identification of governance and stakeholder engagement challenges to Environmental Contracts procedures and design as well and their integration at Regional Policy level, emerged as particularly important, in the framework of the Tune Up project.
Recommendations for future common actions were identified and discussed by the project partnership. These are summarized below:
- The engagement of the maximum possible number of stakeholders either directly or indirectly dependent on the marine environment and the efforts to keep their interest active for as long as possible through the participatory process.
- The Environmental Contracts must be part of the legislative framework
- The efficient regional cooperation with Mediterranean MPAs must be encouraged.
- The exchange of know-how among Mediterranean MPAs administrators is vital.
- The processes that are based on transparency and the continuous communication of the stakeholders can create confidence-building relationships.
- The fact that each MPA is unique, and MoU is an effective tool to overcome institutional and legal competence conflicts.
- The value of territorial labs on the local level was underlined, since it enables the participants to express their own view of the area and therefore it is considered as a very successful method to address challenges in MPA.
- The maintenance of best practices database promotes the collaboration among the various stakeholders and acts as a self-regulating mechanism of the participatory process.
The maintenance of best practices database promotes the collaboration among the various stakeholders and acts as a self-regulating mechanism of the participatory process.