Regional Initiative for Streamlining Management Efforts in Protected Areas for Enhanced Nature Conservation in the Mediterranean (PANACeA)

Regional Initiative for Streamlining Management Efforts in Protected Areas for Enhanced Nature Conservation in the Mediterranean (PANACeA)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

INTERREG Mediterranean Programme

Consortium members

ETC University of Malaga (Spain), Plan Bleu (France), Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (France), Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy), Barcelona Metropolitan Area as MEDCITIES Secretariat (Spain)

Overall project value

EUR 50,000


November 2016 – October 2019

Beneficiary countries

Albania | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Croatia | Montenegro | Slovenia

Number of staff


The PANACeA project, coordinated by the European Topic Centre of the University of Malaga, is one of eight horizontal projects approved from the first call of the Interreg MED programming period 2014 to 2020.

The project belongs to Interreg MED Priority Axis 3: “Protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources”. It contributes to Specific Objective 3.2 of the programme: “To maintain biodiversity and natural ecosystems through strengthening the management and networking of protected areas.”

The Interreg MED Programme is a transnational European Cooperation Programme for the Mediterranean area. It is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, an instrument of EU regional policy and of its new programming period.

The objective of the PANACeA project is to streamline networking and management efforts in Mediterranean protected areas, as a mechanism to enhance nature conservation and protection in the region.

PANACeA is a science-policy interface that fosters the exchange of experience and knowledge to influence behavioural and policy change in the Mediterranean region. The project will build a community of nature conservation stakeholders in the Mediterranean and functions as the Communication and Capitalisation instrument of projects dealing with the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Through its Spatial Data Platform, PANACeA ensures the transfer of synthesised project outcomes and their dissemination across and beyond the region.

PANACeA will:

  • engage stakeholders in the tailoring of their outcomes as synthesised, evidence-based tools that support multi-level management and policy;
  • provide a series of recommendations based on the results of the Interreg MED modular projects, emphasising the importance of increasing protected areas and implementing management strategies in the Mediterranean region and beyond;
  • ensure means to reinforce regulations and enhance the effectiveness of protection awarded by legal channels in the Mediterranean, supporting the efforts made so far to prevent deterioration and enhance the conservation of both natural and cultural resources;
  • guide legal management measures on natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea that protect biodiversity, but the main purpose of which is not strictly biodiversity conservation; and
  • address transboundary cooperation and the integration of protected areas in territorial development strategies to achieve interconnected protection measures capable of tackling current and future pressures on coastal and maritime ecosystems in the Mediterranean.

REC Montenegro has a vital role in disseminating information and ensuring communication to all stakeholders in South Eastern Europe, via the REC network, on activities related to the management of protected areas and biodiversity protection in the Mediterranean. 

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  • Information dissemination
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Drafting recommendations
  • Support to policy making