Improving Sanctuary policy and management practice

Published: 03 June 2016
Last edited: 28 November 2016
As the concerned governments started implementing the Agreement during successive Meetings of Parties, it had become clear that the countries had no intention of creating a proper management body for the Pelagos Sanctuary, and that, as a consequence, management action was insufficient to contrast the existing threats to the area’s cetaceans (shipping, disturbance, noise and chemical pollution, etc.). This stimulated the NGO and scientific communities in France and Italy to exert pressure on government agencies and promote awareness action through the media and other means, the communication of scientific results, and the dissemination of a petition to increase the Sanctuary conservation effectiveness.


Legal and policy frameworks, policy advocacy
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

Engaging NGO community

Lessons learned

political will for MPA designation is not necessarily followed by sufficient commitment on ensuring that the MPA achieves its goals; dropping the initial Biosphere Reserve proposal was a mistake.