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Ocean Pavilion 21/04/2017

This event will showcase added value of Regional MPA networks with some success stories.

Networks of managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) are indeed essential catalysts and facilitators for the development of the well-managed ecological networks of MPAs.

They often are the only regional platform dedicated to provide financial and technical assistance to MPAs, so they can share lessons and best marine areas management practices. Regional MPA networks do this by creating and managing comprehensive capacity building programmes, including communication and training tools, that build synergy among sites, allowing for more effective resource management.

Regional MPA Networks:

  • Increase the visibility of MPAs and advocate for their needs .
  • Shape a common language, encourage harmonization and coherence by offering knowledge development and capitalization tools.
  • “Regional MPA communities” by gathering managers, local and regional management authorities, local stakeholders as well as donors toward the same overall goal.
  • Support both top-down and bottom-up governance processes; hence providing a meeting place between MPAs objectives and national, regional, international targets.

There are several examples of Regional Networks MPA managers such as: MedPAN in the Mediterranean, RAMPAO in West Africa, CaMPAM in the Caribbean, NAMPAN in North America.

Success stories that will be showcased will be:
-  Sharing of experience and expertise from National Park of Port-Cros in France with the Islas Choros-Damas Marine Reserve in Chile to develop the 1st management plan that was then used as basis for the Isla Chañaral marine reserve, and all areas currently working on their management plans, including Parque Marino Nazca-Desventuradas, the largest MPA in Latin Ámeria.

-  MedPAN workshop on enforcement in MPAs with participation of several MPA managers in the Mediterranean as well as the National Park of Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania; MedPAN guide on enforcement; MedPAN exchange visit on basic of management for rangers in MPAs.

-  CaMPAM training on sustainable financing. In 2015-2017, CaMPAM (UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme) facilitated the sharing of human and financial resources of The Nature Conservancy, IUCN ORMA and others to organize exchanges and regional trainings for MPA practitioners from the insular Caribbean. The beneficiaries in turn used the services of instructors and funding from all three organizations in conducting MPA planning processes and recommending revenue generation plans. This synergy building was possible thanks to CaMPAM extensive networking and long-lasting collaboration and partnering with regional programs with similar goals.

-  RAMPAO’s Capacity Building for MPA managers RAMPAO and its partners have developed a series of tools and materials to improve the capacities of MPA managers and organizations. RAMPAO has developed a capacity- building strategy towards tackling the most urgent needs throughout the sub-region. This process started with an evaluation of the needs, which made it possible to identify existing gaps in terms of capacity, highlight specific gaps at the national level and common needs for training around the region, and assess the existing resources including the training possibilities, the tools and experts available.

- RAMPAO’s "MPA– Fishing Task Force" : Several MPAs in the Network have demonstrated a strong dynamism around fishing, where fishery resources are addressed with the management plan. RAMPAO in collaboration with SRFC (Sub-regional Fisheries Commission ), IUCN and IRD (French Institute for Development) initiated the AMP - Fishing Task Force. The purpose of AMP-Fisheries Task Force of RAMPAO is advising and supporting the network and AMP members, with a view to strengthening the contribution of Protected Marine Areas Sustainable management of fishery resources. About twenty representatives of MPAs and the fishing sector from five countries in west Africa have taken part to this initiative. The MPA-Fishing Task Force organized field missions to some AMPs, which had expressed to RAMPAO specific requests by putting its skills at the service of the managers of these MPAs.

- NAMPAN’s Guidance on Managing MPAs in a Changing Climate. Since 2012, NAMPAN has worked closely with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation on CEC projects to provide scientific and management guidance to MPA programs on building networks that are resilient to climate change, assessing vulnerabilities, and integrating adaptive management into MPA management plans.

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