The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation works to bridge gaps between science, policy, management and action in order to conserve nature and accelerate the transition towards sustainable development in the Mediterranean.

The main strategic lines of IUCN-Med aim to address biodiversity loss and climate change impacts through innovative and targeted initiatives represented in the following six new working areas and key topics:

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The Mediterranean: a biodiversity hotspot

Despite being the world's second largest biodiversity hotspot, the Mediterranean stands as one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change.  In a region where temperatures are rising 20% faster than the rest of the world, human activity is rapidly increasing the pressure on natural resources and ecosystems.

The Mediterranean is also a unique example of international governance and cooperation supported by a rich diversity of cultures, countries and voices. 


235 members


including 11 states, 22 governmental agencies, 13 international NGOs and 170 national NGOs.
1760 experts from the Mediterranean are members of IUCN Commissions.

6000 species


assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, of which 25% have been listed as 'threatened'. We have also identified 1,150 Key Biodiversity Areas.



We promote Nature-based Solutions, as an unprecedented opportunity to increase the resilience of Mediterranean societies and nature.


A specific programme
for the North Africa region


Ever since its opening 2001, IUCN-Med has developed the cooperation between with the countries in North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia). Throughout a variety of initiatives, we advise governments on best practices to conserve nature. Likewise, we are working with civil society organisation in North Africa, to strengthen their role in national strategies for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.

Since 2009, a specific IUCN programme is created for the region and implemented every four years, in consultation with IUCN members and partners.

Meet our members and partners in the region

IUCN harnesses the knowledge, resources and reach of approximately 1300 Member organisations. These include States and government agencies, NGOs large and small, Indigenous Peoples' organisations, scientific and academic institutions and business associations.

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Identification Guide Of Vulnerable Species Incidentally Caught In Mediterranean…

BYCATCH - The Med Bycatch Project has just issued a practical guide to help fishing communities and on board observers identify and monitor vulnerable marine species potentially bycaught in the Mediterranean, such as cartilaginous fish …