Improving the management of the marine environment through international cooperation and dialogue between MPA managers and stakeholders lie at the core of the EU Ocean Governance project. The Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), taking place from 3-9 February 2023 in Vancouver, provides a platform for fruitful exchanges between ocean conservation professionals, high-level officials, local communities and indigenous peoples. Driven by the goal to protect 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030, which is also enshrined in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, IMPAC5 will facilitate knowledge transfer and the exchange of best MPA practices across countries and generations.
The EU Ocean Governance team will have a prominent presence at the event and host several sessions (see list below) about its work, more specifically about the importance of MPA manager networks, of support for marine mammals in MPAs, as well as Resilience Management. The sessions on MPA networks are focused on knowledge-sharing around topics such as innovation and transformational change and how to maintain institutional financial coordination. Further, the speakers will talk about how to incorporate the aspect of climate change resilience into MPA management plans, while another session will explore methodologies to monitor progress towards the 30×30 goal and the UN SDGs.
IMPAC is held every four years and organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the host country, which in 2023 is Canada. Originally scheduled for autumn 2022, the IMPAC5 Secretariat had to postpone the event in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ocean Governance team is all the more excited to dive into the preparations to contribute with their project to an inspiring and impactful congress, and to network with old and new partners.
The congress can be attended in person or virtually – register here and get to know the EU Ocean Governance project in Vancouver!
- IMPAC5-IS-1966 – The Value of Networks of Field Managers in South East Asia and the Atlantic: EU Ocean Governance for MPAs
04.02.22 – 16:00-17:00h
- IMPAC5-IS-1938 – Ecosystem Restorations in South East Asia: EU Ocean Governance for MPAs
05.02.22 – 11:30-12:30h
- IMPAC5-IS-1978 – Innovative Tools for Coastal Resilience and Marine Mammals for Managers: EU Ocean Governance for MPAs 05.02.22 – 16:00-17:00h
- IMPAC5-IS-1970 – Transboundary Cooperation in South East Asia: a Path for Peace and Regional Development across the Sea. EU Ocean Governance for MPAs
06.02.22 – 11:30-12:30h
IMPAC5-LCS-1326 – MPA Management Effectiveness: Networks of Marine Protected Areas Managers Making the Difference (a three-part series of knowledge-sharing sessions).
04.02.22 – 16:00-17:30h
IMPAC5-LCS-1839 – Resilient MPA Networks: Networks of MPA Managers Making The Difference (a three-part series of knowledge-sharing sessions).
06.02.22 – 14:00-15:30h
IMPAC5-LCS-1873 – Regional Networks of MPA Managers in the Mediterranean, Latin America, Caribbean and West Africa: how to Learn from Each Other Experience
07.02.22 – 14:00-15:30h
IMPAC5-LCS-1742 – Long-Term Sustainability: Networks of MPA Managers Making the Difference (a three-part series of knowledge-sharing sessions)
07.02.22 – 16:00-17:30h
IMPAC5-LCS-1492 – Effectively Managing MPAs: New Toolkits For Resilience And Marine Mammal Management
04.02.22 – 16:00-17:00h
To achieve post 2020 MPA targets, beyond creating new marine protected areas (MPA) and stronger protection for them in the future, it is also crucial to ensure their effective management at a local level – through adequate human and material capacity as well as skills – and ensuring they have adequate and sustainable financing. Networks of MPA managers are considered a cornerstone to achieve management effectiveness and have the potential to accelerate the implementation of MPA strategic targets with direct impact on ocean conservation at every scale.
Networks of MPA managers are platforms that address common management and conservation challenges. They can take advantage of existing initiatives and partnerships and help to connect people acting on the ground while providing them with a global framework and the “big picture” of marine conservation. By gathering stakeholders for an effective management of marine biodiversity and creating linkages with actions on the ground, they facilitate relevant decision-making processes, at local, national, regional and international levels. Networks of MPA managers exist at national and regional levels, interacting and joining forces between regions and at a global level. The side event showcased cooperation among Transatlantic national and regional networks of MPA managers, their achievements from working together and the support they can provide to the implementation of national MPA policies and objectives, regional seas conventions strategies, and the CBD action plan.
You can find the presentations from the side event at the following links:
Organised by: MedPAN | NAMPAN | CaMPAM | OFB | Fundación Biodiversidad
Puri Canals leads the presentation at the SBSTTA24
Presentation from Foro Patagonico
Presentation of the Global Alliance
In December 2021, the Ocean Governance Project had an intensive agenda in the Mediterranean MPA Forum, hosted in Monaco. Our experts Francis Staub (leader of the Marine Mammals Twinning Project) and Jean-Jacques Goussard (leader of the Coastal Resilience Twinning Project) presented the Self-Assessment Tools created in each twinning project at Mediterranean Marine Protected Area 2020 Forum and a side event following the event.
The Post-2020 Roadmap and Forum provided an excellent opportunity for the Ocean Governance project and its twinning projects, thanks to the large number of MPA managers, policymakers and stakeholders from the Mediterranean area who were present.
On 30 November, Jean-Jacques participated in the DS26 session: Community-based approaches to MPA governance for natural resource management, at which the Director of Community Marine Protected Areas of Senegal (Mr Mamadou Sidibé) also spoke. His presentation was complemented by Jean-Jacques’s intervention on the ongoing experiences of the Resilience Assessment Programme (started in early 2021).
Francis, meanwhile, participated in several networking opportunities, such as the “NS03: A showcase of initiatives for monk seal conservation“, as well as the side event organised by the Pelagos Sanctuary on the evening of 2 December.
Dedicated training courses
Following the conclusion of the Forum, the Marine Mammals Twinning, Resilience Twinning and MPA Networks Twinning hosted a 3-hour workshop for MPA managers entitled, “Training on Two Innovative Toolkits for MPA Managers to Assess MPA Marine Mammals Management and MPA Resilience-based Management“.
Around 20 MPA manangers enjoyed the training course organised back-to-back with the Forum. There was a “unanimous response” regarding the value of the tools presented and how the managers will use them to create the management programmes of the areas that attended the training course.
Some of the managers attending the course.
Francis Staub, coordinator of the Marine Mammals Twinning Project.
Jean Jacques Goussard, coordinator of the Coastal Resilience Twinning Project.
Jean Jacques Goussard, coordinator of the Coastal Resilience Twinning Project.
Participants in the Marine Mammals and Coastal Resiliance Trainings
Francis Staub, coordinator of the Marine Mammals Twinning
The Marine Mammal Twinning has submitted the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit as a voluntary commitment for the implementation of SDG14 – Life Below Water – within the 2030 Agenda of The UN Ocean Conference. The voluntary commitment recognises the importance of marine mammals, their continued and surmounting threats and the need to take actions for their conservation. Detailing the three core components of the toolkit (Factsheets, Good Practices, and Self-Assessment Tool), four key deliverables are committed by the end of 2023, including supporting MPA Managers to generate a global network of MPA managers effectively considering and protecting marine mammals.
You can check all the information at the Marine Mammals info site, by clicking here
The Networks Twinning of the Ocean Governance project is laying the groundwork for establishing a prominent presence at the upcoming IMPAC5 Congress. In all, the Twinning partners have submitted 3 proposals together for the organisation of Knowledge Sharing sessions. Another great example of the positive collaboration that has been established between us.
The 3 proposals presented were the following: “Long-Term Sustainability: Networks of MPA Managers Making the Difference”; “Resilient MPA Networks: Networks of MPA Managers Making the Difference”; and “MPA Management Effectiveness: Networks of Marine Protected Areas Managers Making the Difference”. On these proposals, Ms. Puri Canals, coordinator of the twinning and of the Ocean Governance Project itself, noted: “we really pushed to show the diversity of institutions and geographic origins that composes our twinning”.
The sessions proposed by the twinning project primarily aim to explore innovation and transformational change. Specifically, the session on ‘Long-term Sustainability’ will focus closely on sharing experiences of maintaining institutional financial coordination among and within the networks, as well as the need to consider long-term financing plans. The session aims at providing an opportunity to disseminate resources which would support planning for sustainability.
The second session, ‘Resilient MPA Networks’, will focus on the need to incorporate elements of resilience into the planning of MPA networks. We talk here about climate change, restoring damaged and degraded ecosystems, and implementing management strategies to build more resilient ecosystems. Participants will learn about successful solutions, and share information on the materials and resources used.
The final session, ’MPA Management Effectiveness’ will look at the targets established in CBD (such as 30×30) and the UN SDGs. We will explore how having an MPA is not sufficient to ensure an improvement in the protection of habitats and species living in these sites: these areas need effective management, budget, and enough resources to ensure success. In this session we will also work on the monitoring of progress, and the assessment methodologies shared among the MPA networks.
IMPAC5 will take place on 2-8 September 2021, and the agenda (and, by extension, whether our proposals have been selected) will be tentatively known during Spring 2022. This event will also represent an opportunity for many of us to finally meet in person after 2 years, and to join other parallel meetings where we will discuss further possible exchanges.
We hope we can all meet there for these 3 sessions and many more!