A core aim of the Marine Mammal Twinning was to “provide MPA managers with a toolbox (a self-assessment tool to ‘track’ the integration of marine mammals into MPA management plans and a checklist)” whilst “building the technical capacities of MPA managers by sharing knowledge, expertise and good practice”. By creating a peer network to aid other MPA managers, the Twinning has continually supported and engaged with Twinning Partners, key collaborators, and managers, to support the application of the Toolkit, and namely the Self-Assessment Tool. Since the Twinning’s inception, the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit has been disseminated to a wide range of managers, practitioners, and stakeholders through technical workshops, international events and online webinars. Through these efforts, the Toolkit was showcased across 50 dedicated sessions to over 2,500 attendees, leading to the uptake of the Self-Assessment Tool in over 25 MPAs across 19 different countries. And this uptake continues to increase, which in turn requires support and resources to aid managers in the use of the Toolkit, and the Self-Assessment Tool.

Online tutorial videos as permanent supporting resources

Much of this support to date has been provided directly by the Twinning. However, with a recognition of the need for legacy and permanent supporting resources, the Twinning has developed a series of online tutorial videos that aim contains several individual modules (videos) that function as a guide to the use of the Toolkit, with a specific focus on the application and interpretation of the SAT and SAT-LITE:

  1. Introduction to the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit ​

Module 1 introduces the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit, its four core components (Factsheets, Self-Assessment Tool, Community of Practice and Good Practices) and why it is important – highlighting the benefits of its use to MPA and marine mammal practitioners.

  1. The Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)​

This instructional video guides users through the use and implementation of the self-assessment tool, otherwise known as the SAT. The SAT has been designed and created for the use of MPA managers and stakeholders, to understand the extent to which marine mammals are included in marine management plans.

  1. Understanding and Interpreting Your Results

This video guides users through the results from the self-assessment and provides guidance and support on how to understand and interpret such results, including the use of factsheets and other resources from the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit.

  1. The SAT-LITE

The SAT-LITE has been created for MPA managers, stakeholder and any other relevant parties to preliminary assess the extent to which marine mammals are included in their management plans. The SAT-LITE can be used as a pre-assessment before undertaking the full-version of the Self-Assessment Tool, or as an intermediary step throughout the Monitoring and Evaluation process of an MPA’s management plan. The module demonstrates the usability of the SAT-LITE, defining its linkages with the SAT and other components in the Toolkit.

All the videos are hosted on the ‘Supporting Resources’ page and link via ‘The Help Desk’ central page

Final Partner’s Workshop

In October 2023, the Marine Mammal Twinning hosted its final Partner’s Workshop in collaboration with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (MA, USA).

 

Future of the Marine Mammals Toolkit

Beyond these online resources, and with the continued legacy of the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit, the Toolkit will continue to be supported, updated and disseminated due to its vital role for not only managers and practitioners, but as a mechanism for countries to implement their international commitments including the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. The Toolkit will be hosted via its central platform at www.marine-mammals.info and those interested in learning more, utilising the components of the toolkit, or require support to apply the Self-Assessment Tool, can use the “Contact Us” page to contact the Toolkit developers.