The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The Mediterranean already carries about 15% of global shipping. The increased capacity of the Suez Canal has doubled the number of cargo ships which pass through the Mediterranean with its continuous flow of noise and gas emissions.
In line with the global expansion of seaborne trade, shipping activity in the Mediterranean is growing in terms of the number of routes, traffic intensity and size of ships. And with this growth come increasing environmental impacts, such as chemical pollution, noise pollution and collisions with marine mammals.
Vulnerable areas are by definition at greater risk of such impacts, and as far as possible traffic needs to be routed to avoid them, particularly MPAs. Clean technology should be promoted to minimise pollution. Cross-border and regional cooperation is needed given the geographical scale over which the shipping sector operates.
Annual density of cargo vessels crossing and / or passing MPAs and other conservation areas of the Mediterranean