Available Initial Assessment MSP oriented – Western Mediterranean

Thanks to the collaboration of all the Member States involved in the SIMWESTMED Project, the Report related to the sub-task C.1.1.1, “Develop a basin-scale analysis/initial assessment strongly MSP orientated” is available.

The Report established by CORILA, collects and describes all the relevant information related to the project marine area, Western Mediterranean, about the main aspects that have to be considered in the MSP context. Starting from the national jurisdictions and the state of the implementation of MSP processes at country level, the Report describes the main aspects in terms of physical characteristics of the area and the marine environment by considering the representative habitats and species of the West Med.

All the main maritime uses and activities present in the area are described in their socio-economic aspects. Conflicts and synergies among uses, and among uses and environment, are listed and described to ensure the adoption of the Ecosystem-based approach. Land-sea interactions have been identified and characterized according to their intensity, localization and scale of interaction.

The Report ends with the relevant trans-boundary issues identified by the different partners in order to favour the beginning of cross-border collaboration in the West Med.

This document is the output of the collective effort of the partners of all countries involved within the SIMWESTMED Project. It was thought and developed for being the first step towards the common understanding of the Western Mediterranean area in the perspective of enhancing transboundary cooperation in the area.

The Initial Assessment report is available on SIMWESTMED website.