On the occasion of the International Day of Biodiversity, UNEP / MAP has dedicated several articles in order to mark the 2021 edition of this event.

It is essential to have a good understanding of the nature before developing strategies, action plans and other conservation measures. Collecting data on marine and coastal ecosystems and processes, in an integrated methodical manner and according to harmonized standards, is a prerequisite to achieve and maintain a Good Environmental Status.

Since the adoption of the Ecosystem Approach (EcAp) roadmap in 2008, several initiatives have been undertaken to mainstream the implementation of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) in the Mediterranean. This has led to significant progress in decision-making regarding biodiversity conservation . IMAP-MPA and EcAp MED III, two EU-funded projects implemented by UNEP/MAP and two of its Components, namely SPA/RAC and MED POL, are bolstering action in this field. UnderstandToProtect.jpg

Another project, denominated GEF Adriatic, have been  implemented by UNEP/MAP, two of its Regional Activity Centres (PAP/RAC and SPA/RAC) and the national Institutions from Albania and Montenegro.  This project was instrumental in the development of national Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programmes in the two countries. The first integrated assessments in selected areas led to a better understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems and to propose appropriate conservation measures.

Surveys in Boka Kotorska Bay (Montenegro), conducted by PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC, the Institute of Marine Biology with the public enterprise Morsko Dobro, the National Agency for Nature and Environment Protection and the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism, have provided the basis upon which the protection of the Sopot and Drazin Vrt sites was initiated. These sites host a rare species of coral that, with a lifespan of 2,700 years, is among the oldest living organisms on the planet.

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published on 2021/07/20 15:01:43 GMT+0 last modified 2021-07-13T14:37:48+00:00