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Integration of marine mammals into management plans for MPA

Workshop outlined roadmap for guidelines

The first workshop of the twinning project “Marine mammals’ protection, a way to enhance Transatlantic cooperation between MPAs” was held on 4-6 February 2019, in La Martinique and was hosted by the DEAL Martinique. The meeting was organized in partnership with the CARiMAM project and the French Biodiversity Agency.

Under the new phase of the Transatlantic MPA project the main objective of the twinning is to develop “guidelines” on how to integrate marine mammals into management plans (for MPA). The aim of the first workshop was to develop the roadmap and timeframe for the development of the guidelines. In addition, the participants explored how the twinning can contribute to the sessions to be held at the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas – “Towards building a global networking mechanism of MPA managers & practitioners: Promoting ecological solidarity” and “Incorporating marine mammal conservation needs in MPA management plans”.

The Resilience Twinning project, its main findings and key messages were also presented during the workshop.

The meeting gathered representatives from CARiMAM, the National Directorate of Environment of Cape Verde, Reserve Naturelle de St-Martin / Agoa sanctuary, University of Iceland, Marine Park of the Azores, “Yarari” marine mammal and shark sanctuary, NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Megaptera.