On Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, the Pelagos Agreement signed the Declaration “Ecosystem-based approaches for biodiversity protection and management”.

This approach considers the full interactions within an ecosystem rather than single issues and includes the human activities as part of the system.

The Declaration’s key points are the following:

  • recognize the value of, and the threats in, the Mediterranean;
  • engage the dialogue and the cooperation with all the stakeholders;
  • exchange good practices and experiences;
  • activate cooperation mechanisms for an effective biodiversity conservation;
  • the importance of transboundary actions.

 Citizens can also sign it up! To access the Declaration, click on the following link: https://form.jotform.com/91842264469971

 

The deadline for the public consultation on the final draft of the Management Plan (2022-2027) of the Pelagos Agreement is extended until Monday, May 31st, 2021.

You can fill-in and modify the questionnaire by clicking here

You are not obliged to respond to all the questions.

Click pdf here to download the Management Plan and Action Plan (2022-2027) of the Agreement (in French and Italian version).

Your contribution is important for the future of the Pelagos Sanctuary! 

The Extraordinary meeting of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Pelagos Agreement will be held on Monday, July 5th and Friday, July 9th, 2021 by videoconference.

Observers wishing to take part to the meeting are invited to contact the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement at the following address: secretariat@pelagos-sanctuary.org no later than Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. 

The results of the Public consultation on the Pelagos Sanctuary, conducted in November 2020 and carried out in the framework of the assessment on the current Management Plan (2016-2022) and the new Management Plan (2022-2027) of the Agreement, are online.

After two weeks of consultation, more than 180 persons responded to the questionnaire: from representatives of the Parties to the Agreement to researchers, to sea users and International Organizations, the responses demonstrated a real interest in the Sanctuary and a strong desire to contribute to the achievement of the Agreement's objectives.

Click pdf here to download the results of the Public consultation on the Pelagos Sanctuary. 

The consultation for the assessment of the 2016-2022 Management Plan and the drafting of the 2022-2027 Management Plan of the Pelagos Agreement reached its conclusion.

You can give your opinion and formulate suggestions on the final draft of the Management Plan (2022-2027) of the Pelagos Agreement by clicking here to fill-in the questionnaire.

This questionnaire can be filled-in and modified until May 24th, 2021. You are not obliged to respond to all the questions.

The data gathered will be confidential and will furnish suggestions to further refine the Management Plan of the Agreement.

Click pdf here to download the Management Plan and Action Plan (2022-2027) of the Agreement (in French and Italian version).

Participate to the consultation! Your contribution is important for the future of the Pelagos Sanctuary.

On Tuesday April 27th, 2021, a young individual of Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) has been observed off the ligurian coast.

This is an extraordinary event because the Grey whale is not one of the regularly observed species in the Pelagos Sanctuary.

In order not to generate disturbances, it is of major importance to respect the ACCOBAMS/Pelagos Code of good conduct: https://www.sanctuaire-pelagos.org/en/raising-awareness/code-of-good-conduct

It is recalled that it is possible to convey the values promoted by the Agreement for the protection of cetaceans in the Sanctuary. To become a Pelagos Ambassador, click here

The Pelagos Agreement is an associated partner of the Interreg Med - Plastic Busters MPAs project, which aims to preserve the biodiversity of natural ecosystems through actions to fight against marine litter.

It is within this framework that one virtuous Italian and French municipalities, signatories of the Pelagos Partnership Charter and located in the area where the monitoring had been carried out, are given the opportunity to apply one or more management measures identified in the project.

The Municipalities of Vecchiano (Italy, Pisa Province) and Saint-Florent (France, Haute-Corse) have expressed their interest in participating to the project and will thus be able to benefit from the expertise of a Consultant made for a free implementation of the above-mentioned management measures during the summer 2021.

The Pelagos Agreement congratulates the Municipalities of Vecchiano and Saint-Florent for their commitment! 

For more information on the Interreg Med - Plastic Busters MPAs project: https://plasticbustersmpas.interreg-med.eu

The International Whaling Commission Secretariat is recruiting a Lead for Program Fevelopment to direct the development and implementation of IWC Work Programmes.  Applications are open until Wednesday, April 21st, 2021. 

For more information, click on the following link: https://iwc.int/vacancies

The Pelagos Agreement took part in the 12th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative, held at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Among the thematics addressed this year were:

  • the role of international negotiations for better ocean governance;
  • the integration of Ocean issues and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility strategy;
  • the role of the financial sector in managing risks related to biodiversity loss and financing the sustainable blue economy.

For more information, click on: https://www.monacoblueinitiative.org/en/ 

The Final meeting on the Management Plan of the Pelagos Agreement took place on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, by videoconference. 

This meeting allowed a first exchange on the draft of the next Management Plan (2022-2027) of the Pelagos Agreement between the representatives of the Parties to the Agreement and the national experts, in the presence of the Heads of Delegation to the Scientific and Technical Committee. The document will be submitted to a public consultation during the month of April 2021.

The Management Plan (2022-2027) will be proposed for consideration to the Extraordinary Scientific and Technical Committee and approved during the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement.