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More marine protected areas for marine biodiversity

The century begins for us with two celebrations to highlight. On one hand, there are more monk seals breeding at the colonies of Cabo Blanco and Madeira in the Atlantic. An encouraging result that had its origin in the proposal, in 1999, of Luis Mariano González, from the Spanish Ministry of Environment, to the Scientific Council of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS / UNEP) of creation of an Action Plan for the Recovery of the Monk Seal at the Eastern Atlantic. Which was consolidated in 2007 with the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) Action Plan in Tenerife by the relevant ministers of the four countries subscribing it: Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

On that Plan there were declared 15 Special Areas of Conservation for the recovery of the monk seal, (SACMS), creating a network and coincident with coastal marine protected areas in the four countries involved. Of which 5 are at the coast of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

To which sums and reinforces the recent statement of the Ministry of Environment of Spain, the Site of Community Interest (SCI) of the European Union to increase the Natura 2000 network with the marine area ESZZ15002 at the east and south of Lanzarote-Fuerteventura


A proposal result of the research and conservation project INDEMARES that will increase for Spain the surface of the marine area inside Natura 2000 network to over 14,000 km2, achieving  the protection of 8% of its marine areas and thus contribute to the enhancement of marine biodiversity.Reunión Plan Fuerteventura 2014 M.Cedenilla.  (77)


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