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The Transatlantic MPA Networks project was presented during the III Latin America and Caribbean congress of protected areas

The III Latin America and Caribbean congress of protected areas (CAPLAC3) took place at the Conventions Centre of Lima, Peru from 14 to 17 October 2019. The topic of this year’s event was “Solutions for wellbeing and sustainable development”.

The Transatlantic MPA project was presented by its coordinator and moderator of the MPA Networks twinning, Ms. Maria Purificació Canals Ventín and the moderator of the Resilience twinning, Mr. Jean-Jacques Goussard. Three presentations were made focusing on each of the three twinning projects: MPA networks of mangers, resilience and marine mammals and were included in the following sessions: Protected areas as guarantors of nature services for the economy, ecological integrity and culture and Marine Protected Areas and Resource management.

A special parallel event “Transatlantic exchange experiences in management of marine protected areas: Benefits for the Latin American area and the Caribbean” was organised by the Transatlantic MPA project. During the event a general overview of the project was made. A discussion was held as well with the participants about the interest of the transatlantic exchanges for Latin American managers.

The congress is an initiative of IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) that brings together societal actors to strengthen their capacities as a mean of promoting protected areas as nature-based solution to the challenges facing society.  Around 2500 people attended the large number of events included in the programme.

The CAPLAC 3 concluded on October 17 with the ”Lima Declaration”, a call to the governments of the region to increase their ambition against the protection of their natural wealth. The representatives of the 33 governments that signed the Declaration of Lima outlined in it the lines of action for the next decade that will be of “vital importance” in the face of the environmental crisis and in which the agendas of climate change, sustainable development and nature should be articulated.