The Coordinator of the Transatlantic MPA Project, Ms. Maria Purificació Canals Ventín, participated in series of international events linked to the three twinning projects – MPA Networks, Coastal Resilience and Marine Mammal’s protection.
A number of items of importance for the Transatlantic MPA Project were discussed during the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA22), held in Montreal, Canada, from 2 to 7 July 2018. Among them were the updated scientific assessment of progress towards selected Aichi biodiversity targets and protected areas and other measures for enhanced conservation and management. Other topics presented and linked to the project were the marine and coastal biodiversity and the Second Work Programme of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The Subsidiary Body considered a set of information documents to prepare recommendations for Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting in November 2018.
During the discussions around the protected areas, a statement was presented taking advantage of the accreditation of MedPAN at the Convention on Biological Diversity. It underlined the value of networking between MPA managers and the experience in the context of the Transatlantic MPA Project as an effective way to contribute to the achievement of qualitative aspects of Aichi Target 11.
Prior to the official opening Ms. Purificació Canals participated in the Pre-SBSTTA22 Workshop on the outcomes of the sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The aim of the meeting was to consider the findings of the IPBES assessments to enable their effective use at the national and regional levels as well as to inform discussions at SBSTTA22 and SBI 2.
The project was also presented at the High Seas International Conference in Boulogne sur Mer, France, on 27-28 June 2018. The main goal of the meeting was to raise public awareness and mobilise civil society on the challenges of the High Seas. The Transatlantic MPA Project was invited to present its experience of cooperation across the Atlantic space, together with other stakeholders that provided their insight about the High Seas governance, the Blue Society, and the legal challenges regarding the conservation and the sustainable management of marine resources.
All the events were an opportunity to informally exchange with participants from different countries and institutions about the Transatlantic MPA project and its future development.