Advanced Seminar on Protected Areas Management and local development in the mediterranean context

Première publication : 14 December 2003
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1 December 2003

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[this document is available in french - file to download] The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, within the framework of the Azahar Programme (development cooperation programme on sustainable development, environment protection and conservation of nature resources in the Mediterranean region) is organizing this seminar with the collaboration of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.

Objective of the seminar

The seminar will promote the perception of protected areas as an opportunity, rather than a limitation for local development

The protection and conservation of Mediterranean protected areas and the empowerment of the local population in the decision-making is one of the priorities that of the IUCN Mediterranean strategic plan and the Azahar programme, and vital for an integral and sustainable management of nature areas in the region.

Moreover, the linkages and common activities among countries, organisations and Mediterranean entities imply that the principles of Regional participation, Conservation and Eco-regional vision are strengthened. These collaboration measures are essential in adding value, force, coherence and efficiency to the sustainability concept, as well as to the socioeconomic well-being and long-term environmental strategies (Agendas 21) at the regional level.

The seminar will highlight the importance of giving consideration to Mediterranean protected areas at all levels of decision-making and on all issues relevant to sustainable development.

The specific objectives of the seminar are:
-  Present the keys for the development of training programmes
-  Promote participatory approach decision-making at the local level
-  Initiate sustainable management pilots projects

Target Group

This seminar is aimed at managers, experts and personnel working in protected areas and setting development models of these areas from Morocco, Mauritanie, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro and Albanie. The languages of the seminar will be Spanish, English and French. Knowledge of these languages will be valued in the selection of candidates. Simultaneous translation will be provided.


The seminar will take place at the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Technological Park of Andalucia ( Málaga ) and will be given by experts in protected areas management from public and private sectors. The seminar will be held over a period of two weeks, from 1 to 14 December 2003. The sessions will be distributed over the morning and the afternoon, and the course will also include field trips.

IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía. Sede Social
Tel: 34-952028430
Fax: 34-952028415
e-mail: uicnmed@iucn.org
Web page: www.uicnmed.org


Application forms should be submitted to the embassies and consulates of Spain and Technical offices of cooperation though the official channels in the respective countries. Candidates should send the completed application form, accompanied by a detailed CV, stating degree, diplomas, experience and reasons for applying to the seminar. The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 September 2003.

Characteristics of the seminar

The programme includes seminar fees, flight tickets, accommodation and meals, as well as internal travel and the simultaneous translation.

Pedagogical organization

The seminar will require the participants to develop a project about the relationship of the participant and his/her protected area. The seminar includes lectures, round tables, field trips and case studies.


-  Opening session: Mr. Antonio Pérez-Hernández, General Director of Cooperation with Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe (AECI).

-  1. The Protected Areas in the mediterranean context: Social, economic, environment and participation aspect. (14 h).
1.1 The socio-economic reality in the Mediterranean protected areas
1.2 International Support Programmes
1.3 The participation concept and its aspects: gender, religion, participation models
1.4 Development stakeholders
1.5 New Social, economic and environment sectors

-  2. Legal and Juridical framework and Priorities’ identification (14h.)
2.1 Agreements and International Conventions in the Mediterranean
2.2 National specificities
2.3 New proposal of actions: SPAMI, Natura 2000, Emerald Network
2.4 Local Actions

-  3. Training Tools (14 h.)
3.1 Experiences
3.2 Best Practices, human resources, materials, administrative and economic aspects, documentation centre.

-  4. Participation Tools (14 h.)
4.1. Protected Areas as participation space: declaration, planning and management
4.2. Agendas 21 as participatory tool
4.3. Regional governments: case studies
4.4. Spanish Case.

-  5. Capacity Building and Participation Action Plan (7 h.)
5.1. Actions and recommendations
5.2. Shared vision
5.3. Case Studies

-  6. Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (7 h.)
6.1. Mediterranean Experiences
6.2. New models

-  7. Round Tables with managers and experts from Spanish and regional governments

-  8. National Parks and Protected Areas Field Trips.

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