Save The Med aims to help the government to develop an effective and well-managed network of carefully selected MPAs. A properly designed network will have environmental, economic, cultural & social benefits for the Balearics.
To identify the optimal locations for new MPAs we work closely with a devoted team of experienced marine scientists, various scientific institutions and the local government. Our MPA-team conducts scientific surveys and studies possible new MPA sites, supplies survey data from dive expeditions and creates proposals and outlines required for the selection, declaration and management of new MPAs.
Technical criteria need to be followed when choosing the number, location, design and management of new MPAs in order to optimise their potential benefits and the financial resources allocated to them. To maximise positive results it is crucial that new MPAs are selected based on objective scientific data and that the connectivity between selected areas is considered.
To create a positive spill over effect in the in-between areas, the distance between MPAs is determined by taking into account important factors such as the distance of larvae dispersal. This will enable optimal selection of new MPAs, allowing marine ecosystems to recover and eventually resulting in a significant increase in biodiversity and fish stocks in the Balearic Sea.
By basing MPA locations on scientific data, we ensure protection and preservation of the most valuable and vulnerable species and ecosystems.