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MPAs for Sharks and Rays

In this webinar Andy Cornish talks about the new guide on MPAs for Sharks and Rays and the importance of community involvement. During this webinar, Andy presents the new guide - developed by WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University - and works on two case studies together with the participants.  

You can download the guide here

Marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

The webinar will address the current situation of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, including challenges and opportunities. WWF has been supporting a number of Mediterranean MPAs in advancing towards effective management, coherent planning and capacity building for staff. WWF also founded MedPAN, the regional MPA network that today counts 100 members and partners from 18 countries. The webinar will present the complexity of the MPA system in the Mediterranean, highlight success stories and define immediate needs to achieve Aichi Target 11. 

Geographic Information Tools for Ocean Advocacy

Geographic information tools are increasingly important for advocating for and conducting ocean conservation and marine spatial planning. There are many tools available, but applying them effectively can be challenging. For example, many tools require a lot of technical knowledge to apply them. Others only address aspects of an issue which needs to be communicated to the lay public and decision makers. In this webinar, you will learn about several tools – including the Campaign Tracker and an AIS/VMS big data analysis of ships to understand fishing patterns - and how to assess the usability of a tool – including how they can be used and what their limitations are.

The slides of the presentations can be found here

Protecting the high seas

This 1.5-hour long webinar provided a background briefing on the negotiations currently underway towards a new treaty to protect the biodiversity of the high seas, the role of MPAs, and the relevance of the UN bottom trawling resolution under review in August 2016. Panelists include Kristina Gjerde of IUCN, Peggy Kalas of the High Seas Alliance, Duncan Currie of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, and others. Webinar co-sponsored by the MPA Action Agenda, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and

MPAs, What have we learned?

On the 22nd of March we started with a kick-off webinar planned to be presented by WWF’s Marine Director John Tanzer. Due to unforesen circumstances, John coudln't attend as announced and therefore the webinar focussed on the story of Robecca Jumin sharing her experiences with Tun Mustapha Park (TMP), which is nearing its final gazettement. She presented on the journey that she has taken to build stakeholder support for the proposed Park.

We invite you to look back at this webinar. To prepare yourself optimally for the, you can find background materials here, further details regarding the webinar can be found in the flyer. The slides presented by Robecca can be downloaded here

Socio-Economics for Marine Protected Areas

In our work to establish or improve the management of MPAs, we all face the complexity of proving the value of the area and its ecosystem services towards stakeholders such as government and industries. As our societies are driven by socio-economics it can be most helpful to bridge the gap and present the socio-economic value of a marine area. By speaking the language of the government and sectors active in the area, you can make the case for ocean protection. During the WebEx seminar three cases will be presented on how ecosystem approaches such as ecosystem valuations can provide tools and knowledge for conservationists to implement actions responding to local policy issues. The following examples will be presented; the scenarios of sustainable tourism development of the Galápagos Archipelago, the interdependence of Chilean salmon aquaculture company on ecosystems, and the economic value of the St. Eustatius MPA spatially. WWF representatives will comment on the value of these approaches.

International Advocacy

To effectively protect our oceans in national and international waters, international advocacy is needed to  ensure legislation, regulatory frameworks, management measures are put in place. Getting international stakeholders to collectively decide on, for example, the establishment of an international MPA, requires international lobbying skills. Two experts with a long-standing track record in lobbying the international community have agreed to share their valuable knowledge and experience with those who would be interested in learning the tricks of the trade. In this training international advocacy tricks of the trade will be applied to emerging EBSA opportunities to protect open-ocean waters and deep-sea habitats under the Convention of Biological Diversity. Join this training if you want to improve your international advocacy skills and if you want to learn more about EBSA opportunities. 

Sustainable Financing

Sustainable Financing - also called Conservation Finance or Environmental Finance - are long-term (multiple-year or even permanent) sources of revenue to cover the costs of MPAs or full MPA networks. Our governments often lack the finances to cover the management costs, so engagement with the users or interested investors is essential. Moreover, many stakeholders benefit from a protected status: we need to build the business case to allow for financial mechanisms that support management activities in the MPA. Sharing the good practices will help you to better understand how sustainable financing works and what forms of mechanisms could be applicable for your MPA. This webinar will be led by Melissa Moye, Senior Director of WWF’s Conservation Finance program.  Some MPAs are able to cover management costs through tourism-based revenues – dive or entry fees – and others address financing gaps through national or regional level financing mechanisms.  Sound financial planning is key to any sustainable financing strategy.  This webinar will present best practice case studies from around the world, i.e. Meso-American Reef, Mediterreanean, Netherlands Antilles, Mozambique.

In addition to the webinar, we invite you to have a look at the slides from the WWF organized 2014 Sustainable Financing training held at World Parks Congress 2014