Save the date: Siggen Seminar 2024 on Marine Protected Areas

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EUROPARC’s Siggen Seminar is a free of charge training event organised annually by EUROPARC. In 2024, we will focus on Management Effectiveness in Marine Protected Areas.

  • 4.03. – 06.03.2024
  • Gut Siggen, Heringsdorf, Germany.
  • Save the date!

Registration has opened – please go here for all info.

Catching the wave: How to achieve more effective management in Marine Protected Areas

To protect the EU’s seas, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 set the target that, by 2030, at least 30% of the sea area should be legally protected (with 10% of the sea area to be strictly protected). This is also in line with the Global 30×30 objectives. As such, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will have an important role to play in these policy frameworks.

Management effectiveness is crucial to achieve both these global targets, and the conservation objectives that MPAs are designated for. The assessment of management effectiveness of MPAs has proved to be a key component of MPA management. To support our members, the EUROPARC Siggen Seminar will focus on this topic in 2024.

We are currently working on a detailed programme. Registration will open in the following months. For now: save the date!

Seminar objectives

With this seminar, we aim to:

  • Increase participant’s knowledge on why management effectiveness is at the core of EU conservation strategies;
  • Share experience on main challenges that undermine effective management of MPAs;
  • Acquire knowledge on some of the most common/recommended indicators to assess management effectiveness.

For whom?

Our target audience is Marine Protected Area managers from Europe. If you are already working on a Management Plan, or implementing one, we would love to hear from your experience! We will ask participants if they have any interesting case studies that they can share with the group. We estimate 15 – 20 participants.


  • Arrival on Monday 4.03. The seminar starts in the evening.
  • Tuesday 4.03: full day seminar
  • Morning of Wednesday 5.03: seminar. After lunch: departure.


The Siggen Seminar is free of charge for EUROPARC members. This includes participation in the Seminar, accommodation, and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Non-members may register, but if chosen, a small fee would be charged.

EUROPARC’s Siggen Seminar is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation. The support of Alfred Toepfer Foundation is highly appreciated by EUROPARC Federation and the continuation of the annual seminars will ensure that all members can actively contribute to the ongoing strategic development of the Federation.