The Networks twinning project will improve cooperation between networks of MPA managers in the Atlantic region. Partners include the Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Managers Network and Forum (CaMPAM), Mediterranean Network of Marine Protected Areas Managers (MedPAN), Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas in West Africa (RAMPAO), and North American Marine Protected Areas Network (NAMPAM), plus two European institutions working with national networks in France and Spain: the Agence française pour la biodiversité (AFB) and Fundación Biodiversidad. Other regional and national networks, as well as MPAs that are not part of any network, will be invited to participate.
The twinning project will undertake the following activities:
- Identify key actions that networks are doing to support effective management of MPAs;
- Showcase the value of working at a transatlantic scale, raising the profile of what they do, and contribute to mobilising resources for future networking;
- Draft and develop a joint action plan and/or strategy;
- Connect with MPAs that are not yet linked to any existing network; and
- Reinforce national MPA networks and promote new regional MPA networks.
CALL FOR JOINT ACTION BY MPA NETWORKS
The third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3), in 2013, was the opportunity for four regional MPA networks – CaMPAM in the Caribbean, MedPAN in the Mediterranean, NAMPAN in North America and RAMPAO in West Africa – to begin to exchange ideas on how to collaborate to share experiences and maximise resources. This collaboration is currently reinforced by the European Union project, Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension through MPAs, which aims to stimulate exchange and the sharing of good practice to improve MPA management effectiveness. It was further strengthened at the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017.