Current Projects

Mediterranean Ecosystems Management Programme


The main goal of this project is to halt the loss of cultural practices that benefit biodiversity in cultural landscapes.


This project represents an ambitious initiative to develop plant conservation actions in the South and East of the Mediterranean region (including north Africa, middle east and Balkans) combining the experience and expertise of Plantlife International and IUCN.


The Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) project aims to improve the sustainability and the rationalization in distribution of the tourism sector in the Mediterranean region. This strategic project involves 10 countries of the Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta, Cyprus, Greece and Tunisia.



Protection of key ecosystem services by adaptive management of Climate Change endangered Mediterranean socioecosystems.


Mediterranean Ecotourism Destination: joint planning, monitoring, management and promotion for a governance system in Mediterranean protected areas - DestiMED



Mediterranean Species Programme





Life INVASQUA - Especies exóticas acuáticas invasoras de agua dulce y sistemas estuarinos: Sensibilización y Prevención en la Península Ibérica.





Evaluación del impacto ambiental de especies introducidas en España: análisis de viabilidad del sistema de clasificación EICAT de la UICN.


Training in the preparation and implementation of Species Conservation Strategies in three Maghreb countries.


Responding to gaps in knowledge in the Mediterranean region.


Mediterranean Marine Programme

This project represents an ambitious and innovative initiative to quantify  blue carbon and protect coastal habitats in Andalusia.

POSBEMED will look at the management, conflicts and opportunities of the Mediterranean coast, particularly coastal protected areas and Natura 2000 habitats where interdependence between seagrass meadows, dunes and beaches occurs in order to provide a Mediterranean strategy and governance model for enhancing the management effectiveness of these protected areas and beyond.


MPA-ADAPT’s goals are to develop collaborative and site-specific adaptation plans for MPAs that enhance their resilience to climate change impacts. This will be achieved through capacity building workshops for an effective management, development of risk assessments and an investigation of the potential actions and priorities needed to ensure the adaptability and the resilience of biodiversity and local communities, including fishermen and other stakeholders.


 Small scale fisheries and environmental conservation have a long history in the Mediterranean basin, with many common features but also numerous conflicts on the use and management of the marine resources. This project is the follow up of FishMPABlue 1 project which developed a regional-based toolkit for small scale fisheries governance in and around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In this second phase, FishMPABlue will test the toolkit with a bottom-up approach in order to explore its actual application in different MPAs settings and  involvement process with stakeholders.


To combat Marine Invasive Species, a better linkage between politics and science is necessary, as well as increase of awareness and or the participation of all stakeholders involved in coastal and marine activities. With the support of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) managers and their secretariat (MedPAN), as well as experts and volunteers from different countries, IUCN implements the Strategy for Marine Alien Invasive Species in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a powerful tool in this fight.


North Africa Programme

The Small Initiatives for Civil Society Organisations in North Africa (PPI-OSCAN, its acronym in French) is inspired by the Small Initiatives Programme funded by the French Global Environment Facility  in sub-Saharan Africa since 2005 with which it has a strong similarity in approach, technical content and institutional and operational procedures. The relevant authorities of these countries have given the approval to the PPI-OSCAN guidelines and have underlined that the objectives and actions to be implemented by the programme are in line with their national priorities.


The project “Promoting the value of key biodiversity areas through the involvement of civil society organizations in their conservation and management in North Africa” is a subregional project aimed at improving the management and governance of protected areas and key biodiversity areas in the hotspot of the Mediterranean region. The project is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the framework of its strategic direction "Improving the conservation and the protection status of 44 Key Biodiversity Areas”. This project involves four countries, namely: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.


IUCN-Med and the Tunisian Direction Générale des Forêts established a collaboration agreement to improve the Protected Areas governance and more specifically to evaluate and test the instalment of co-management initiatives in the National Parks of Zaghouan and El Feija in Tunisia. The project is financed by the IUCN-Med with the support of the MAVA foundation, will set up the basis for the future implementation of specific actions in the country, with the objective of improving territorial governance as an instrument for the management of natural resources in Tunisia.


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