MedPAN is Launching Call for Small Projects on Sustainable Management of Marine Turtles

MedPAN is launching a Call for Small Projects to support the actions led in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Mediterranean. The Call for Small Projects aims to reinforce MPA management. Please note that the call has specific eligibility rules. You'll find all the details below.

The MedPAN Calls for Small Project is open to:

  • Organisations that are in charge of the management of a Mediterranean MPA,

  • Other organisations (NGOs, private companies, scientific institutions, etc.) working with authorities that are responsible for the management of Mediterranean MPAs.


Thematic Call for Small Projects on Sustainable management of marine turtles

The Call targets the sustainable management of marine turtles by MPAs.

The eligible MPAs have to demonstrate recurrent or occasional presence of marine turtle nesting sites.

The MPA management authorities and the organisations who wish to participate will need to send the Grant Application Form to the MedPAN Secretariat before September 30, 2019.

You will find all the details regarding participation eligibility, the type of projects that are required and the selection process in the Rules document of the thematic Call for Small Projects.

To submit a grant request:

  1. Carefully read the Rules and assess whether your structure and project are eligible.
    Download the Rules of the thematic Call for Small Projects on marine turtles.

  2. Fill in the Grant Application Form.
    Download the Grant Application Form.

  3. Send it with all the necessary documents to by September 30, 2019 midnight.

Don't hesitate to contact MedPAN for any question about this Call for Small Projects.

This Call for Small Projects is made possible through the support of the MAVA Foundation.

Conservation International Establishes Ecuador Azul Endowment Fund to Strengthen Ecuador’s Marine Protected Areas

Story from Conservation International

Arlington, Va. (March 29, 2019) – Conservation International today announced the Ecuador Azul fund, a $6 million endowment fund supporting the conservation, management, and long-term sustainability of Ecuador's marine protected areas (MPAs).

Ecuador Azul will initially fund five MPAs spanning nearly 200,000 hectares (494,211 acres) of diverse marine, coastal, and estuarine ecosystems that comprise Ecuador's Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Network. The five MPAS include: Galera-San Francisco Marine Reserve, Pacoche Marine Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Machalilla National Park, Puntilla Santa Elena Marine Coastal Fauna Production Reserve, and Manglares El Morro Wildlife Refuge. These areas contain a range of biodiversity, from the world's largest cluster of manta rays to one of the most extensive mangrove areas along the Pacific coast. 

For further details on the Ecuador Azul Fund please see the full story on the Conservation International Website.

Photo credit: The Coral Reef Image Bank / The Ocean Agency

POFP Request for Expressions of Interest: Improving Large-Scale Marine Protected Area Finance

The Pacific Ocean Finance Program is supporting the analysis and development of several ocean finance mechanisms including a Pacific Ocean Bond, Pacific Ocean Insurance, and a Replicable Community Managed Marine Area Finance Mechanism. This terms of reference (TOR) supports the analysis and development of finance for large-scale marine protected areas (LSMPA).

Expression of interest and supporting qualification documents must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax or by e-mail) on or before 4pm Solomon Islands time on 11 February 2019. Procurement questions may also be addressed to this contact.

For full background and details on the consultancy please download the full ToR here.

Webinar: An Introduction to Business Planning for Protected Areas

The NOAA National MPA Center, the EBM Tools Network co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO, and MPA News are pleased to announce that they will host a webinar on: An Introduction to Business Planning for Protected Areas with Andrew Rylance, Technical Advisor to the GOS-United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility. 

Presenter: Andrew Rylance is the Technical Advisor to the Government of Seychelles-United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) Protected Area Financing Project (2016-2021). 

Description: A workshop on business planning was recently held to support the financial future of protected areas in Seychelles. Outputs developed under this project have global application. This presentation will outline the importance of business planning for protected areas and how business plans can be used as tools to leverage financial support for conservation management. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the components of business plans and a database of protected area business plans where users can access over 45 examples of protected area business plans and guidelines. 


The presentation will be on Thursday Nov. 9, at 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC. 

Register at:

New OECD Publication on the Use of CTFs for Marine Protected Area Financing

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published a book on barriers to effective biodiversity policy reform. It includes a chapter on the use of conservation trust funds in funding marine protected areas, in Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau, through a mechanism akin to international payments for ecosystem services (chapter prepared by Fabien Quétier and Ariane Amin of Biotope).

The publication is currently available in e-book form, here. The print version should be available in the coming days. 

CFA in MPA News

In the latest issue of MPA News there are several exciting mentions of CFA, including an interview with Sylvie Goyet about how MPA Practitioners can benefit from CFA. To view this interview and read other articles from MPA News, please check out the latest issue.