Projects supported

Allowing coexistence of Monk seals with tourism in the inner Ionian Sea archipelago through science-based management

Allowing coexistence of Monk seals with tourism in the inner Ionian Sea archipelago through science-based management

March 2021 - February 2024 / 3 years

The Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, occupying 866 km2 along the west coast of Greece, offers critical habitat to a complement of coastal marine mammals - the common dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, and the Mediterranean monk seal – all subjected to variable levels of threat. Despite…

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
Mediterranean monk seal conservation status surveillance in the Madeiran archipelago

Mediterranean monk seal conservation status surveillance in the Madeiran archipelago

April 2021 - April 2024 / 37 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
Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project, Phase II

Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project, Phase II

April 2021 - March 2024 / 3 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
Monk seal protection in the Eastern Mediterranean

Monk seal protection in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 2021 - March 2023 / 2 years

The Mediterranean monk seal is catalogued as endangered by the IUCN and its estimated population worldwide is ca. 700-800 animals. Greece, Cyprus and Turkey still maintain a large population of the species, with around 350-450 individuals. Even if considered as one, the reality is that this…

In progress
Conservation of monk seal & its habitats along Muğla and Antalya provincial coasts in turkey through concrete actions

Conservation of monk seal & its habitats along Muğla and Antalya provincial coasts in turkey through concrete actions

April 2021 - September 2023 / 30 months

The Project aims to enhance and strengthen the nation-wide participatory "Mediterranean Seal Information & Rescue Network" AFBIKA, to obtain seal sighting data and mitigate negative interactions between humans and monk seals, especially illegal cave penetrations. Monitoring…

In progress
Conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal at the wider area of the National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades (NMPANS)

Conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal at the wider area of the National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades (NMPANS)

February 2021 - December 2023 / 35 months

The project is taking place in the National Marine Park of Alonissos N. Sporades (which is considered one of the “friendliest” areas for the Monk Seal in the Mediterranean) and in the neighboring areas of Skopelos, Skiathos, Pelion and Evia, and Lichadonisia islets. MOm works on…

In progress
Mediterranean monk seal conservation program at Cap Blanc

Mediterranean monk seal conservation program at Cap Blanc

January 2021 - December 2023 / 3 years

The main objective of the Monk Seal Conservation Program developed at Cabo Blanco peninsula is to improve the conservation status of this endangered species in the region and globally. The main and most essential element to provide protection to the monk seal colony is the permanent surveillance of…

In progress