The project MSP4BIO – ‘Improved Science-based Maritime Spatial Planning to Safeguard and Restore Biodiversity in a Coherent European MPA Network’ – has established the Community of Practices (CoP) in six pilot sites in five European Sea Basins, with PAP/RAC involved in the North-Western Mediterranean basin.
Each of these test sites has been selected in order to showcase and operationalise the Ecological-Socio-Economic (ESE) management framework for the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems, by reflecting the national, sub-and-supranational processes which are taking place at different geographical scales and focus on distinct socio-economic and environmental challenges.
As site-specific stakeholders, the CoPs reflect the local context and needs (such as MSP local planners, MPA managers, etc) through a series of interviews and focus workshops with the aim to conduct participatory mapping and co-develop and validate project progress and outcomes.
Preparations for the first interviews kicking off CoPs involvement in the MSP4BIO are now in the final stage. To stay updated and find out more about the project, you can visit the official MSP4BIO website.