The main aims of the Permanent Secretariat are to:

  • Coordinate the different bodies within the Agreement, and assisting the Scientific and Technical Committee and the Meeting of the Parties
  • Ensure that the Agreement’s aims and resolutions are implemented
  • Manage the Agreement’s budget according to the decisions made by the meeting of the Parties
  • Represent the Pelagos Sanctuary when dealing with local, regional and international bodies

The Permanent Secretariat, composed of an Executive Secretary and an assistant, receives administrative support from the Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM), with offices in the Monte-Carlo provided by the Principality of Monaco.

The contact details of the Permanent Secretariat are: 

Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement

Tour Odéon B1 – 36, avenue de l'Annonciade  MC – 98000 Monaco
Landline: +377 92 16 11 55
Cellphone: +33 (0)7 81 17 45 42
Email: secretariat@pelagos-sanctuary.org  

Costanza Favilli
Executive Secretary
Email: costanzafavilli@pelagos-sanctuary.org

 

Website: www.pelagos-sanctuary.org

Tripartite working groups were formed in 2007:

  1. Knowledge and means of gestion
  2. Communication and prevention
  3. Governance

The aims of these working groups are to:

  • Examine the situation and study problems and challenges
  • Establish immediate and long-term objectives
  • Explore the general context and the degree of urgency for measure implementation
  • Identify the partners and organizations involved as well as the range of scenarios that may arise
  • Propose concrete measures that meet shared aims and respond to practical management issues for the different scenarios
  • Set out clear recommendations that include a summary of the aims, the forecasted cost, financing, schedule and evaluation criteria


COP5-2013The Meeting of the Parties (MOP) is the decision-making authority within the Agreement – it adopts recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC).

The Meeting of the Parties consists of a Chairperson, delegations from the three party countries, members of the Permanent Secretariat and observers. Each delegation consists of a delegation leader and a maximum of five members, alongside any specialist of their choosing, as required.

The Meeting of the Parties takes place every two years, rotating between whichever of the Agreement’s signatory countries is Chair.

The Seventh Meeting of the Parties took place in Monaco on December 12 and 13, 2017, chaired by the entering presidency of Monegasque M. Cyril Gomez. The next one will take place on December 2019.

The scientific and technical Committee (STC) is the part of the organization that works alongside the Permanent Secretariat and the National Focal Points (France, Italy and Monaco). Is is composed by a President, a Head of delegation, five members  for each member of the Agreement and experts. It gives the parties its views and advice on implementing the Agreement. It helps the Permanent Secretariat to prepare resolutions, recommendations, strategy decisions, work programs and international priorities. The Meeting of the Parties formally approves the STC’s proposals with regard to the management plan and priority measures.

The first meeting of the Pelagos Agreement’s STC took place at Monaco’s Ministry of State on October 6, 2006, at the kind invitation of the Government of the Principality of Monaco.

In order to improve the governance of the Agreement, such as established at the VI meeting of the Parties, that took place in Hyères (France) from the 15th to the 16th of December 2015, the STC's Presidency, which was a prerogative of the Principality of Monaco is, every two years and from that moment a rotating one between whichever of the Agreement’s signatory countries. The Presidency of the STC is currently assured by France, in the person of M. Alain Barcelo, Chief in the "Protection of ecological Heritage Service" of the National Park of Port-Cros.

PELAGOS : une Aire Spécialement Protégée d'Importance Méditerranéenne

La liste des Aires Spécialement Protégées d'Importance Méditerranéenne (ASPIM), est établie par le Plan d'Action pour la Méditerranée (PAM) dans le cadre du protocole « Biodiversité » de la convention de Barcelone, sous l'égide du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement (PNUE).

Les ASPIM constituent le noyau d'un réseau ayant pour but la conservation efficace du patrimoine méditerranéen . Pour atteindre cet objectif, les parties développeront la coopération plurilatérale dans le domaine de la conservation et la gestion des sites naturels, notamment par la création d'ASPIM transfrontalières.

La liste des ASPIM est tenue par le Centre d'Activités Régionales pour les aires spécialement protégées, localisé à Tunis. Les sites qui peuvent figurer sur la liste des ASPIM doivent :
  • présenter une importance pour la conservation des éléments constitutifs de la diversité biologique en Méditerranée
  • renfermer des écosystèmes spécifiques à la région méditerranéenne ou des habitats d'espèces menacées
  • ou présenter un intérêt particulier sur les plans scientifique, esthétique, culturel ou éducatif

L'annexe I au protocole fixe les lignes directrices et les critères communs pour l'inscription sur la liste des ASPIM. La démarche d'inscription implique de préciser les mesures de protection et de gestion envisagées pour ces territoires. Les 21 pays du pourtour méditerranéen, signataires de la convention de Barcelone, s'engagent ainsi à respecter les mesures de protection et de gestion mises en œuvres dans les ASPIM.

C'est pourquoi l'élaboration d'un plan de gestion s'inscrit également dans les obligations des Parties qui ont proposé l'inscription de la zone en question sur la liste des ASPIM. PELAGOS dispose dès à présent d'un tel document, qui constitue une approche importante pour la mise en place d'une gestion intégrée.

L'inscription du Sanctuaire PELAGOS depuis Novembre 2002 sur la liste des ASPIM dans le cadre de la convention de Barcelone lui confère une reconnaissance officielle des pays Méditerranéens en tant que tel. Les ASPIM constituent le noyau d'un réseau ayant pour but la conservation efficace du patrimoine méditerranéen.