Within the framework of the 2022-2027 Management Plan and related Action Plan of the Pelagos Agreement, formally adopted during the 8th Meeting of the Parties (Rome, December 15-16, 2021), an inclusive and participatory approach has been established to pursue the objectives of the Agreement and implement its activities.
Stakeholders are called upon to collaborate in a concerted manner, following the provisions outlined in the aforementioned documents, in order for each to contribute to the co-management of the Pelagos Sanctuary area and the concrete achievement of the Agreement’s objectives: “Parties at national level, the Permanent Secretariat, institutional representatives of maritime user categories, private entities operating within the Sanctuary, local and international non-governmental environmental organizations, the research sector, territorial authorities, and citizens in regions involved in the Agreement are all integral elements of the system and, as such, instrumental in its success”.
The strengthening of cooperation with entities operating within and beyond the Sanctuary area is emphasized also through the revision of the Pelagos Agreement’s internal regulations and, notably, of the new Partner status (9th Meeting of the Parties, …. Nice).
Furthermore, through the Pelagos Partnership Charter, the Agreement has established concrete collaboration with Municipalities and Coastal Municipal Unions, actively contributing to the attainment of the Agreement objectives based on their competencies and priorities as identified by the Parties.
In this context, it is essential to reinforce cooperation with relevant organizations. Below, we provide a brief overview of entities that have historically collaborated with the Pelagos Agreement and whose objectives are complementary.