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Introduction push projects

With the push projects small scale funding is provided for projects that primarily address local and regional bottlenecks for the establishment and effective management of MPAs (namely significant technical or political barriers that impede the declaration or creation of MPAs). The results and outcomes of the projects are highly visible and demonstrate the measurable benefits of MPAs, in particular for food security and livelihoods of coastal communities. Push projects have also helped communities and management authorities develop long-term sustainable financing mechanisms. The map below shows the geographical location of all the push projects and more background detailed background information on each of them. A push project is not a stand-alone project, but relates to a larger strategic marine programme and has a relative short timeline (maximum 1 year) and limited budget (EUR 10,000-20,000).  

Apply for funding

If your organisation encountered a bottleneck in the establishment or management of an MPA, or another issue resulting in a project that meets the requirements above, we encourage you to apply for funding. To receive the application form and for any questions, please contact the programme manager of the MPA Action Agenda: Malou van Kempen.


All push projects

The information below provides an overview of push projects implemented and currently being implemented. By selecting a project on the map, you will find more information about the project such as partners involved, the project overview, goals and results. For more detailed information, please get in touch with the contact person indicated.