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Governance and capacity building

Social participation is one of the cornerstones of LIFE INTEMARES, it is key element in progressing towards a new management model for marine protected areas. Since the beginning of the project we have involved more than 7,293 participants and more than 770 organizations within 265 participation spaces.

We have started nine participatory processes to actively involve socio-economic sectors and citizens in the development of strategies and management plans that aim to make uses and activities compatible with the conservation of the natural values found in marine protected areas.

An example of this are the nine participatory workshops that have been held in the Canary Islands to update the Management plans of 24 Special Areas of Conservation(SAC).The objective of updating these plans is to establish appropriate measures that make the uses and activities carried out in these areas compatible with the maintenance, or restoration to a favourable conservation status , of the values under protection.

Another example of a participatory process is the one that has already been initiated, preparing the management plans for the Marine Protected Area of El Cachucho and for 9 areas of the Natura 2000 network, off the Levante coast, and under the jurisdiction of the Central Administration, as well as the 46 Special Protection Areas for Birds (SPA) spread throughout all the demarcations.

Participatory processes have also been carried out in order to prepare the future Master plan for the Spanish Network of Marine Protected Areas (RAMPE), which establishes the criteria for the inclusion of areas into this network, its objectives, guidelines and action programs.

Also, governance and capacity building strategies will allow progress towards more inclusive models in the management of marine protected areas. For the development of a Capacity building strategy, we have launched a participatory process involving 290 participants.

15 training sessions for Public Administrations have already been held, focusing on the management of the Natura 2000 network and marine biodiversity, and aimed at the Civil Guard and the Navy. These sessions have already been attended by more than 1,800 participants. This action has been carried out thanks to the lines of collaboration established with the Ministries of Interior and Defence.

We have also strengthened institutional relations with other ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda.

Furthermore, we have strengthened cooperation mechanisms for the joint management of the marine protected areas of the Natura 2000 network with autonomous coastal cities and communities. Within this framework, 29 meetings have been held at a political and technical level.

More agreements

We have entered into an agreement with the marine citizen science portal Observers of the Sea. Coordinated by three institutes of the Higher Council for Scientific Research - ICM, CEAB and IMEDEA and made up of citizens, scientific researchers and professionals, the objective of this new collaboration is to promote this benchmark program in all the Spanish marine demarcations, hence strengthening the scientific research network. It aims to be a tool that provides and validates data related to the impacts, habitats and species found within the spaces of the marine Natura 2000 network. More than 2,000 citizens, 70 scientists and close to 300 entities form the community of Observers of the sea.

Lastly, we have held three project Social Participation committees, which have brought together more than a hundred participants. The objective being to integrate all the actors in the sea within the framework of the project and to validate the first set of results in order to elaborate the capacity building strategy and the bases of the governance strategy.

Associated publications

  • Capacity building strategies.