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19.02.2018 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Local knowledge for sustainable use of marine resources

Participants in the meeting on 20 February 2018 in Facinas, Spain.

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), with the support of the Regional Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning of Andalusia, the Autonomous Local Entity of Facinas and the Council of Tarifa, will meet on 20 February 2018 with local actors of the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) - Morocco and its area of influence, as part of UNESCO’s MAB Programme and the European Union’s AQUACROSS project on knowledge, assessment and management of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services through public policies.

The meeting will be attended by national and international experts and a delegation from Facinas invited by UNESCO to represent the socio-economic sectors most related to the topics to be discussed.

The overall aim of the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) - Morocco is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of resources by local populations, while also bringing together two territories that, despite their physical division, share various aspects of their natural and cultural heritage.

The geographical scope of the Reserve includes some of the most emblematic natural areas of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in Andalusia (Spain) and the provinces of Tangier, Tétouan, Larache and Chefchaouen in northern Morocco. Facinas is part of the Reserve between the Natural Parks of Los Alcornocales and El Estrecho.

In Andalusia, the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean consists of the Natural Parks of Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, El Estrecho and Los Alcornocales; the Natural Sites of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja, Sierra Crestellina, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and Playa de Los Lances; and the Natural Monuments of Duna de Bolonia, Pinsapo de las Escaleretas and Cañón de las Buitreras.

In Morocco, the Reserve consists of the National Park of Talassemtane and Sites of Biological and Ecological Interest of Jbel Bouhachem, Ben Karrich, Jbel Moussa, Koudiet Taifour, Côte Ghomara, Cirque de Jebha and Lagune de Smir.

UNESCO expects the meeting to encourage local actors to help identify ecosystem-based solutions through the creation of green and blue infrastructures in the planning and management of marine ecosystems and biodiversity, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

According to the definition of the European programme INTERREG, “Green and blue infrastructures are a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas (coastal, marine and maritime for the blue infrastructures) with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services.”

Green and blue infrastructures are intended to:

  • Improve the functioning of the ecosystem and the promotion of ecosystem services;
  • Promote the welfare and health of local communities;
  • Support the development of a green economy and the sustainable management of land and water. (INTERREG 2014)

For more information, please contact: aquacross.ip(at)unesco.org

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