MedFund gives 1.8 mln for Tunisian, Albanian marine areas

For effective 5-year management

03 April, 18:20

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, APRIL 3 - The Board of Directors of MedFund approved the funding of €1.8 million for the Marine Protected Areas in Tunisia and Albania for the next 5 years. This financial support, granted to local civil society organisations and national agencies in charge of protected areas, contributes to the sustainable financing of effective management of these natural areas, the institution announced in a press release Wednesday.

    Thus, the marine protected areas of Kuriat, Galite, Kneiss, Zembra and Zembretta islands in Tunisia and the Karaburun Sazan Marine Protected Area in Albania will benefit from the MedFund support until 2024 in order to preserve the marine ecosystems and the populations that depend on them.

    The MedFund benefits from the financial support of the Government of Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and Agence française de développement (AFD).

    The initiative is a Mediterranean cooperation platform which currently has 15 members including 6 Mediterranean countries as well as regional civil society organizations. The MedFund is composed, on the one hand, of States with an ambitious policy in favour of the creation of MPAs and having explicitly expressed their support for the initiative.

    To date, member countries are France, Tunisia, Monaco, Morocco, Albania and Spain.

    The MedFund is also composed of several organizations such as the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute - Prince Albert 1st of Monaco Foundation, as well as regional organisations involved in the conservation of the marine and coastal ecosystems of the Mediterranean such as the Specially Protected Area Regional Activity Centre - UN Environment -MAP, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, MedPAN network of Mediterranean MPA Managers, WWF Mediterranean, IUCN Mediterranean, the French coastal protection agency Conservatoire du Littoral and the Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative.(ANSAmed).

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