Strategies & action plans

Effective conservation can only be considered successful when the needs of species and people are balanced.

Biodiversity conservation is increasingly understood as key to human well-being. Strong partnerships have become critical to halt the decline of species and support the conservation of landscapes, hence strategies for Mediterranean species conservation actively build and maintain effective partnerships as a key part of their planning process. 


How We Act

Bringing people together to catalyze positive conservation change.


Action plans and strategies

Monk Seal Conservation

It's estimated that around 250-400 Mediterranean Monk Seals remain in the Mediterranean. IUCN-Med is coordinating efforts with Greece, Cyprus and Turkey to build a knowledge base to identify the main threats in the region as well as the population structure. See the ongoing project: Monk seal conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Shark Conservation

Currently, experts estimate at least 53% of sharks, rays and chimaeras from the Mediterranean to be at risk of extinction. IUCN-Med focuses on bringing together experts to find ways to reverse the threat against sharks in the Mediterranean.

Cuvier’s Gazelle

IUCN-Med has published a Conservation Strategy and Action Plan for 2017-2026 to help stop the decline of this Cuvier's Gazelle (Gazella cuvieri) a highly emblematic species in North Africa.

Great Bustard

The Moroccan Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is a Vulnerable species according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. For urgent conservation action, IUCN-Med created a Conservation Strategy and Action Plan for 2016-2025 that describes how to better manage areas where the Great Bustard survives.

Barbary Macaque

The Barbary Macaque was once widespread in the Mediterranean. Today it survives with only small populations in the forests of Morocco, Algeria and the Rock of Gibraltar. IUCN-Med developed a Conservation Strategy and Action Plan to protect this species in Algeria.

Barbary Sheep

The Barbary Sheep or Aoudad is a mountain ungulate endemic to North Africa. The species is classified as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In collaboration with Tunisian authorities and CSOs, IUCN-Med created a Strategy and Action Plan for 2018-2027 species conservation.