Final conference, 30-31 January 2018

The final conference of the project will be held in Brussels on 30-31 January 2018. The aim of the conference is to share the results and experiences of the twinning projects and the impact(s) of MPAs networking activities at the Atlantic level. Experts will present the main findings about MPAs in the Atlantic region summarized in the Scoping Study, developed over the course of the project, including a shared vision about marine conservation for the Atlantic Ocean. See Agenda

Selected photos from the conference are now available on the Photos page.


Transatlantic MPA project at IMPAC4, Chile

The Transatlantic MPA Partnership project will be attending the International Marine Protected Areas Congress in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, on 4-8 September 2017.

Come and meet us at the following events:

Tuesday 05/09, 14:00 @ Salon Bahia 2: Towards a transatlantic partnership of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Wednesday 06/09, 15:30 @ Oceans Pavilion: The Transatlantic MPA Network

Friday 08/09, 10:00 @ Terraza Spa: Twinning and Partnerships, Tools to enhance collaboration between MPA

We are also taking part in several other events. See our flyer for more details.

Cruise ships docked at Cozumel, Mexico

Resilience twinning project workshop: 9-11 May

A first workshop of the Resilience Twinning project will take place at Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research reserve, New Jersey, USA, on 9-11 May 2017.


The objectives of this first workshop may be summarized as follows:

• Presentation of the participants and specific problematic and resilience approach of each MPA
• Scientific updates related to MPAs and Resilience
• Identification of twinning focus, target and best practices that can be shared
• Identification of relevant experiences in relation with MPAs and resilience in the Atlantic Basin
• Define methodology, time frame and responsibilities for the next steps
• Define strategic approach and steps for the development of a transatlantic resilience twinning initiative after the EC project
• Identification of relevant external partners to be invited for the 2nd workshop


9 May
08:30-9:00 Opening (JC NERR and NOAA)

09:00-09:30 Review of Workshop Objectives
Short presentation and interactive discussion

09:30-10:00 Overview of Transatlantic Partnership Project and other twinning projects
Short presentation and interactive discussion

10:00-10:30 Presentation of main results of the Atlantic basin scoping study
Short presentation and interactive discussion

10:30-11:00 What Do We Mean By Resilience? Definition of terms and basic concepts
Short presentation and interactive discussion

11:00-15:30 Building Resilience: Presentation of each MPA’s issues, challenges, initiatives, lessons learnt and discussion to identify relevant initiatives and practices to be developed and shared (including lunch) – 30 minutes for each MPA see below.
Presentations and interactive session

15:30-17:00 Scientific and technical updates on resilience, presentation of other experiences (NOAA, IUCN Coastal Specialist Group, other interlocutors)
Short presentations and interactive discussion

17:00-18:00 Identification of twinning focus, target and best practices that can be shared
Interactive session

18:00-18:30 Conclusions of the first day

10 May

08:30 -10:30 Climate and other drivers and impacts affecting MPAs and coastal areas in the Atlantic Basin and related challenges for MPAs sustainability
Interactive session

10:30-13:00 Define methodology, time frame and responsibilities for the next steps including plan of presentation, papers, and agenda for the 2nd twinning workshop. Presentation of good practices characterization template.
Interactive session

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-17:00 Strategic approach, partners and steps for the development and enlargement of the transatlantic resilience twinning initiative after the EC project (including IMPAC 4 visibility approach)
Interactive session

17:00-17:30 Identification of relevant external partners to be invited for the 2nd workshop
Interactive session

17:30-18:00 Conclusions of the second day

11 May

08:30-14:00 Field visit

14:30-16:30 Preparation of conclusions and findings, synthesis, recommendations
Interactive session

16:30-17:00 Closing the workshop

Presentation of each MPA’s experience:
These 30 minutes presentations should focus on the following points:
• Brief description of each MPA
• Main issues linked with rapid changes regarding development (urbanization, tourism, other economic activities and related impacts), climate change.
• Strategy and approach implemented for addressing these threats.


Workshop for MPA managers, Brussels | 17-18 November 2016

The workshop will be one of the project’s first milestones, bringing together managers, authorities and stakeholders from MPAs around the Atlantic. Participants will include those who have experiences of good practice in MPA management that they can share for the benefit of the wider region, as well as potential participants in the twinning projects.

The event will be the first opportunity for the twinning projects to start their work and establish a roadmap and milestones up to the latter phase of the project in late 2017.

You can sign up now for this workshop here: Workshop registration

The Workshop agenda can be found here: Workshop agenda

For further information:


IUCN World Conservation Congress | 1-5 September 2016

Project team leader Puri Canals will attend the WCC. She will present the project at two sessions:

Ocean Pavilion

3 September – 13:00-14:30 “Regional MPA Networks: their contribution to global challenges” (#WCC_12269)

5 September 10:00-10:30 “Regional MPA Networks: Contribution to Aichi Target 11 in Regional Seas and sub-regions, and other challenges” (#WCC_17819)

More info: