The Mediterranean Sea is changing rapidly due to global warming and other pressures caused by human activity. Managing this change is a priority for the future of our sea and the survival of the people who live on its shores.
MPA-Engage project aims to be a management tool in marine protected areas (MPAs) to improve their resilience to climate change.
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Our slogan “Act local, think Mediterranean” translates into the need to take urgent action in Marine Protected Areas, because our solutions are in nature.

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are actions that sustainably protect, manage and restore natural and/or modified ecosystems, thus preparing them to face the challenges of our society. NBSs provide us with a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits, and are essential in both mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Climate change doesn’t stop!

The 2010–2020 decade has been the warmest ever recorded on Earth. Average annual temperature of our planet’s atmosphere today is 1.1°C higher than in the pre-industrial era in the second half of the 19th century.
Although greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions slowed down during COVID-19 pandemic, they have increased again now that the post-pandemic recovery has begun. In any case, due to climate inertia, the global temperature will continue to rise in the following years.

© Lluís Mas Blanch 


According to the MedECC report, prepared by 85 scientists from 20 countries of the network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change, the Mediterranean is warming 20% faster than the global average and 90% of its commercial fish stocks are already overexploited. It predicts that in two decades more than 250 million people will suffer from water shortages, the average annual temperature will rise to 2.2°C by 2040, agricultural productivity will decrease by 17% and the increased acidification of sea water will cause mass mortality in marine species.


© Lars von Ritter Zahony. PN Cap de Creus

Building resilience with marine protected areas (MPAs)

MPAs can restore ocean health by preserving habitat integrity: they improve ecosystem resilience, support fisheries productivity, protect biodiversity and safeguard unique cultural traditions historically linked to the sea.

© Anja Mares. PN Cap de Creus 

MPA-Engage project

The MPA-Engage project, led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar (Institute of Marine Sciences – ICM) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), is financed by the Interreg MED programme with a budget of around 3 million euros. It took place over a period of 32 months (from November 2019 to June 2022) and its main objective was to place the marine protected areas of the Mediterranean at the forefront of adaptation to climate change. 

MPA-Engage in Catalonia

In Catalonia, the project has been implemented and developed in the Cap de Creus Natural Park and in the Natura 2000 area of Litoral del Baix Empordà.

© Generalitat de Catalunya

© Generalitat de Catalunya

Marine protected areas of the Mediterranean contribute to fight climate change.

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