Join us in person or online at IUCN’s global event for the conservation community

Find out how managers of marine protected areas around the world are working together through the EU Ocean Governance project to share experiences and build knowledge and skills to protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems and to build sustainable economies.

Our project will host several events at the forthcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress, in Marseille, France, 3-11 September 2021, with many sessions available live-streamed for those unable to attend. We hope you can join us.

4 September:

16:00-17:00, H3 European Union

Ocean Governance: Promoting knowledge exchanges between the Atlantic and South-East Asia basins to restore marine habitats and improve MPA management

This session will present the global project, which focuses on protecting and restoring marine ecosystems as catalysts for building peace and security, and fostering sustainable economies in South-East Asia and the Atlantic Ocean basin.


19:00-22:00, Rowing Club

Presentation of the Global Alliance for Marine Protection between MPA networks of managers and trust funds. Special evening event.

An evening reception to launch a new initiative developed by the project’s Networks twinning for an alliance between regional networks of MPA managers and conservation trust funds. The aim is to strengthen cooperation between MPA networks and managers and leverage support for their current and future sustainability.

This event is by invitation only. Please contact us if you wish to attend.


5 September

10:00-10:45, H3 Central Stage C

A Congress session to present the new Global Alliance between networks of MPA managers and trust funds (see above).


15:15-16:15, H3 Ocean and Islands Pavilion

Networks of Marine Protected Area managers

Presentation of the Networks twinning project and work developed during the Atlantic phase of the project and in the context of the current Ocean Governance project.

Livestream with Chat interaction

Youtube Webstream

7 September

14:00-15:30 H8-Pyrenees (WCC and virtual)

Photo: Giustiliano Calgaro / Pixabay

Rapid changes and rising risks: how marine protected areas contribute to coastal resilience

A session organised by the Resilience twinning will discuss how marine protected areas can play a role in bringing together stakeholders to develop effective responses to coastal resilience challenges, such as climate change impacts, severe weather events, urbanisation and other coastal planning issues.

Visual display

Integrating resilience in the criteria used for MPAs’ management effectiveness evaluation

The project’s Resilience twinning will present a tool it has developed to assess MPA resilience, using criteria and indicators to assess effectiveness. The twinning partners are experienced managers whose MPAs face particular challenges related to coastal pressures (tourism development, urban expansion, extraction activities and climate change).

More about the congress including details of how to register for a virtual pass (EUR 130):