Projects supported

Monk seal conservation in Cyprus - Phase III

Monk seal conservation in Cyprus - Phase III

April 2024 - March 2027 / 3 years

Touristic and other recreational activities are the main threats to the Mediterranean monk seal in Cyprus. In order to better understand those pressures and their impacts on the species, the project will study the physical disturbance and noise pollution that is primarily caused by touristic boats…

In progress
Recolonization of the Monk Seal in Lebanon

Recolonization of the Monk Seal in Lebanon

April 2024 - April 2026 / 25 months

In Lebanon, the project coordinated by IndyAct aims to implement a national consultation in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the University of Balamand that will engage experts, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders in forming a national monk seal coalition. Interested…

In progress
Preparing the ground for the monk seal's return to the Israeli coast

Preparing the ground for the monk seal's return to the Israeli coast

April 2024 - March 2027 / 3 years

This project, led by Delphis, seeks to address the critical lack of suitable habitats for these endangered marine mammals and foster a new generation of conservationists through an integrated educational program. Since 2010, over 100 sightings of Mediterranean monk seals have been recorded along…

In progress
Contribution to the surveillance of the National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades and the recording of human activity and marine megafauna in the area

Contribution to the surveillance of the National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades and the recording of human activity and marine megafauna in the area

March 2024 - December 2024 / 10 months

The National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades, the first marine area in Greece to be designated as a protected area in 1992. Its surface is 251 440 hectares, making it the largest park in the Mediterranean. It aims to protect, conserve, and manage the area's natural heritage and valuable…

In progress
Gyaros II - Mainstreaming best practices and lessons learned from Gyaros MPA work into the national MPA system of Greece

Gyaros II - Mainstreaming best practices and lessons learned from Gyaros MPA work into the national MPA system of Greece

January 2024 - December 2025 / 2 years

The project aims to integrate the successful model of the Gyaros marine conservation initiative into the Greek Marine Protected Area (MPA) system, aligning with the EU Biodiversity strategy for 2030. The strategy calls for 30% of European marine areas to be well-managed MPAs by 2030, with 10%…

In progress
Med-Monk seal Project: Enhancing knowledge and awareness on monk seal in the Mediterranean

Med-Monk seal Project: Enhancing knowledge and awareness on monk seal in the Mediterranean

December 2021 - December 2024 / 37 months

The overall objective of the Project is to support the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention to implement the Priority Goals stated in the newly updated Regional Strategy for the Conservation of Mediterranean Monk Seal. This will be done in synergy with the IMAP and the Ecosystem Approach…

In progress
Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project, Phase II

Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project, Phase II

April 2021 - March 2027 / 6 years

This project aims to prepare countries of the Eastern Adriatic for the return of the monk seals by creating structures and capacities for the protection of the species. The preparation for the project started in 2017 when MOm, supported by EuroNatur (EN), carried out a monitoring of the population…

In progress
Mediterranean monk seal conservation status surveillance in the Madeiran archipelago

Mediterranean monk seal conservation status surveillance in the Madeiran archipelago

April 2021 - November 2024 / 44 months

The project aims to improve the conservation status of the species in the region, to survey the full archipelago to identify potential monk seal habitats and mitigate negative interactions with humans. It also focuses on removal of marine litter in caves and awareness-raising activities to inform…

In progress
Mediterranean monk seal conservation program at Cap Blanc

Mediterranean monk seal conservation program at Cap Blanc

January 2021 - December 2026 / 6 years

Over the past 20 years, concerted efforts have seen the Cabo Blanco monk seal population soar from a mere 100 individuals to over 350, with annual pup production rising from 26 to an impressive 80 births. These achievements, made possible through meticulous conservation strategies, underscore the…

In progress