Last 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 in the framework of the Mediterranean Marine Protected Area 2020 Forum and a side event organised after its finalisation the Self-Assessment Tools created in each twinning project.

The Post-2020 Roadmap and Forum provided an excellent opportunity for the Ocean Governance Project and its twinning projects, thanks to the high concentration of MPA managers, policymakers and stakeholders from the Mediterranean area.

On November 30th, Jean-Jacques actively participated in the DS26 session: Community-based approaches to MPA governance for natural resource management, on which the Director of Community Marine Protected Areas of Senegal (Mr Mamadou Sidibé) was a speaker. His presentation was complemented by Jean-Jacques’s intervention on the ongoing experiences of the Resilience Assessment Programme (started in early 2021).

Francis, on his side, 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 December 2nd.

Dedicated training courses

Following the conclusion of the Forum, the Marine Mammal Twinning, alongside the Resilience Twinning, and MPA Networks Twinning, hosted a 3-hour workshop for MPA managers titled “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 to the Forum. There was a “unanimous response” of 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.