Regional Seas Conventions

Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance

Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMIs) are marine and coastal sites of the Mediterranean, created under the Barcelona Convention Protocol for Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol) to conserve: “the components of biological diversity in the Mediterranean, ecosystems specific to the Mediterranean area or the habitats of endangered species, are of special interest at the scientific, aesthetic, cultural or educational levels"

Since the 19th ordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols (COP 19, Athens, February 2016), there are 34 SPAMIs are declared in the Mediterranean Sea.

For more information visit the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance on the Biodiversity A to Z or visit the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance page of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA).

Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance in the WDPA

To see a list of all Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMIs) in the WDPA click here.