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