The Mediterranean Sea climate will undergo rapid changes over the next decades. Direct evidence of climate change is already being observed in the Mediterranean coast and in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). MPAs play an important role in climate change mitigation and adaptation and can contribute to building resilience for both coastal communities and marine biodiversity.

The Climate Change Platform for Mediterranean MPAs gathers available tools and materials for climate change adaptation in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), as well as updates on knowledge and efforts from the region. It’s a unique online resource for MPA managers, researchers, and national and regional administrations that are interested in get knowledge, tools and experiences on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in MPAs.

This platform helps users to access and share data and information on:
• Climate change projections in the region
• Vulnerability assessments and climate change monitoring
• Adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options
• Tools that support adaptation planning.

The platform organizes information under the following main entry points:
• Scientific Adaptation information (Observed impacts and scenarios and risks)
• A Map viewer for Early Warning Alerts for different marine groups of fauna and flora
• Tools and examples for adaptation measures in protected areas

MPAs will be strongly impacted by climate change in the coming decades and adaptation mechanisms and actions are needed to reduce the number and intensity of threats. The platform aims to facilitate the integration of adaptation actions into current management frameworks in and around Mediterranean MPAs.


The platform was developed by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation in the framework of the Interreg Med project MPA-Adapt (“Guiding Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas through the climate change era: Building resilience and adaptation ”), in collaboration with the Project Partners.

IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation received the co-financial support from MAVA Foundation.