As noted in the Conservation on paper section, Action Plans can be powerful conservation tools, but they are rarely used and implemented.

The Conservation Plan for common dolphins, for instance, has so far failed to produce meaningful action.

While region-wide Conservation Plans would be an important management tool in an ideal world, unfortunately they tend to be perceived as wishful thinking in the specific Mediterranean reality, and may end up in drawers after being welcomed.

It is vital that warnings by scientists (whether expressed in Action Plans or otherwise communicated) are carefully considered and that anthropogenic threats are addressed at both local and regional levels.


Conservation Plan for common dolphins in the Mediterranean

This was the first comprehensive action plan for any cetacean at the Mediterranean scale. The Plan was "strongly welcomed" at the 1st Meeting of the Parties of ACCOBAMS.

Bearzi G., Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Reeves R.R., Canadas A., Frantzis A. 2004. Conservation Plan for short-beaked common dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea. ACCOBAMS, Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area. 90 pp. (2 Mb)