The MPA Networks Twinning is one of the projects who has grew the most within the EU Ocean Governance Project. The Twinning welcomes since 2020 and 2021 a total of 14 new partners who join the initial six of 2017.

The initial regional partners were CaMPAN (UNEP/CEP & SPAW-RAC), MedPAN, NAMPAN, and RAMPAO. In this new phase of the Ocean Governance project, we welcome as well OSPAR, HELCOM, RedParques, Patagonian Forum and Red Golfo.

As for the national partners, the first two agencies we welcomed in the Transatlantic Partnership of MPAs were the French Biodiversity Agency and the Spanish Fundación Biodiversidad. Now we are happy to count as well on NOAA (USA), CONANP (Mexico), National Natural Parks of Colombia, Dominican Republic, Department of Rocha (Uruguay), Océanos Sanos (Uruguay), National Parks of Senegal, Community MPAs Senegal and Parks Gabon. In upcoming weeks, we will learn more in detail about the new partners.

Exchanges of experiences

The MPA Networks Twinning has among its objectives sharing information, knowledge, and tools; and also building network capacities. Among the examples of topics tackled in its activities we could highlight the exchanges done in marine turtles, financing instruments, climate change, ocean and health, and of course, management effectiveness. On another line, the Twinning project works as well in policy support, advocacy, and financing. The project has contributed to the CBD Post 2020 process, other EU and International frameworks, it has established links with other important related initiatives (such as IMPANA, MPAAP, regional trust funds, trust fund networks), it is closely working with Regional Seas Conventions, and it is developing new fundraising strategies, showcased at the Global Alliance for Marine Protection.

This comes together with the inter-regional activities, such as the exchanges with South East Africa, and the participation in the other twinning projects activities. More activities to come in 2022!