History

MedReAct was founded in 2014 by a group of senior marine campaigners, experts, and nonprofit organizations originally working together to achieve a substantial reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

The group was part of the coordination team of OCEAN2012, a coalition created to advance the reform of the CFP in the European Union. By leading national campaigns that often involved local organizations and international NGOs, they secured public and political support for the reform. Finally, in 2013, the European Parliament reformed the CFP and ruled that overfishing activities would have stopped by 2020 in the EU.

Realizing that fishing activities and biodiversity loss in the Mediterranean had been a marginal part of the reform debate, the group decided to create MedReAct and refocus their actions and expertise on the recovery of the Mediterranean Sea ecosystem.

Today, MedReAct works to ensure the effective implementation of the CFP in the Mediterranean Sea and campaigns for sustainable fisheries and rapid ecosystem recovery. 

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation is a nonprofit NGO committed to protecting the biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands.

Fundació ENT is a private research center dedicated to the elaboration, analysis, and implementation of public environmental policies.

Stephan Beaucher led OCEAN2012 for the Pew European Marine program as a policy adviser on the CFP reform in France. From 2006-2008 he coordinated the Ocean Campaign of Greenpeace France. 

Lydia Chaparro is a marine ecologist working as an environmental consultant at Fundació ENT. She was head of fisheries at Ecologistas en Acción and outreach coordinator for OCEAN2012 in Spain.

Serena Maso is an ocean campaigner at Greenpeace Italy. She was national policy coordinator for Pew European Marine Program and outreach coordinator for OCEAN 2012 in Italy. She is Chair of MedReAct.

Anastasia Miliou is a hydrobiologist and scientific director at Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation. She was the country coordinator for OCEAN2012 in Greece and Cyprus. 

Miquel Ortega led OCEAN2012 in Spain. In 2012, he published the book “Analysis and action proposals to the Common Fishery Policy reform. Sustainability at the heart of Spanish fisheries future”.

Domitilla Senni led Greenpeace Italy for seven years before joining Pew European Marine Program as senior policy adviser working on the reform of the CFP and on IUU fishing. She is the CEO of MedReAct.

Mediterranean Recovery Action