Webinar Archives

This webinar was presented by Souha EL ASMI, Programme Officer at the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA – UNEP/MAP).

Advancing marine conservation, particularly through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been an important priority agenda in the Mediterranean, particularly for the past two decades. The Barcelona Convention in particular played a convening role and an important umbrella for a multitude of MPA initiatives in the region, with several actors increasing their efforts to support the achievement of the global 2012 MPA target and the subsequent Aichi Target. In this regard, its Contracting Parties have adopted in 2009 a “Regional Working Programme for the Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Sea including the High Sea”, and in 2016 a “Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent network of Well-Managed MPAs to Achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean”.

The webinar will introduce these regional strategies and tools and highlight the efforts made in terms of marine and coastal protected areas establishment and management in the Mediterranean region.

This webinar was presented by Giuseppe di Carlo of WWF.

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. 

Webinar co-sponsored by the Mare Nostrum Network, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

This webinar was presented by Jean-Luc Solandt (Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer, Marine Conservation Society) and Catherine Weller (Lawyer, ClientEarth). Over 100 European Marine Sites (EMS) have been designated in the UK under EU laws since 1994. Yet historically there has been no effective system in place to manage destructive fishing practices in these sites. This webinar will describe how the Marine Conservation Society (MCS, www.mcsuk.org) and ClientEarth (www.clientearth.org) have collaborated for seven years on a national campaign to protect EMS from destructive fishing, and how UK authorities and regulators have responded. That response includes several promising new initiatives to deliver improved protection for EMS, developed with fishing communities. Jean-Luc and Catherine suggest that the UK experience is adaptable to other EU member states that also face destructive fishing in their own EMS. This webinar is co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network and MPA News.

This webinar was presented by Karly McIlwain, Engagement Manager; and Erik Lindebo PhD, Senior Consultant for Environmental Defense Fund EU Ocean Program. In March, Environmental Defense Fund released the first ever user-friendly guide to help EU fishermen, fishery managers and Member State regulators find ways to successfully implement the landing obligation. In this Webinar, two of the Discard Reduction Manual’s key developers will discuss the management tools presented in the document and how they can best be practically applied on the water, drawing on success stories such as the UK North Sea and English Channel Discard Pilot Projects, which across the fleets reduced discarding to a rate of 0-6%.The webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

This webinar was presented by James Hardcastle of IUCN and Sue Wells of WCPA-Marine. The IUCN Green List is a new and progressive initiative that encourages and celebrates the success of protected areas, both terrestrial and marine, that reach excellent standards of management. Protected areas that are well-managed fulfill their promise of conserving biodiversity and essential ecosystem services that benefit everyone and sustain life on earth. For protected area managers or agencies, the IUCN Green List will provide direct and indirect benefits from listing including: 1) International recognition for the listed areas and their management authorities for the high quality of management; 2) Political and financial support for areas that achieve listing, or to address issues that will facilitate listing of new areas; 3) Motivation of protected area managers and their agencies to meet and maintain high standards of management; 4) Opportunities for listed areas and their agencies to receive financial and project support; 5) Recognition by the tourism industry and visitors that the area will offer a quality visitor experience; 6) Acknowledgement by communities and stakeholders that the area addresses issues of involvement and benefit sharing; and 7) Further motivation to establish routine methods for measuring management effectiveness. This webinar discussed the origins and implementation of the IUCN Green List including standards that protected areas must meet to be listed and how marine and coastal sites are engaging in the process. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, the EBM Tools Network, and MPA News.