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Developing a Network of Marine Protected Areas under the Mediterranean Action Plan: Lessons for the South China Sea

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This chapter reviews developments relating to marine protected areas (MPAs) and a network of MPAs under the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), the oldest of UNEP Regional Sea Programme to draw applicable lessons for enhancing regional cooperation in the South China Sea (SCS) in the same issue-area. It also overviews the general characteristics of the Mediterranean such as its geography, biodiversity and socio-economic situation, and current unresolved maritime disputes in this region. The chapter discusses the current context of regional cooperation for the protection of the marine environment and resources and the differences between this context and that of the SCS. It also discusses the regime of Specially Protected Areas (SPAs) and Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMIs), commitments under MAP towards the establishment of MPAs and networks of MPAs and measures implemented at the regional level by the Meetings of the Contracting Parties to support the establishment.

Keywords: marine environment; Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP); regional cooperation; South China Sea (SCS); SPAMIs; Specially Protected Areas (SPAs)



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