Sunday, 29 August 2010

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance

World Wildlife Fund’s Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance

Date: November 5th, 2010

For more information and Pre-registration details: http://www.worldwildlife.org/science/fellowships/fuller/fuller-symposium-2010.html

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC



WWF is proud to announce the 5th annual Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Symposium, Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: new perspectives on a familiar topic. Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been an integral component of local, national, and international strategies for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation for decades, yet many aspects of MPA implementation and impacts remain uncertain. WWF is hosting a 1 day international symposium on November 5, where we will review the state of the science of Marine Protected Areas as a foundation for both science-based policy and policy-relevant science.

As the conservation community strives to ensure ecological and social effectiveness of MPAs, WWF will promote an honest discussion on what works, what doesn’t and why. We will host leading scholars and practitioners in the field to both provide insights for conservation action and identify gaps in areas requiring further research, by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the latest cutting edge research. We will delve into and illuminate areas of uncertainty on three major topics: 1) Ecological frontiers such as spillover, connectivity, and MPAs for pelagic species; 2) Social frontiers, such as the role of governance in implementation and socioeconomic impacts of MPAs; and 3) Opportunities to push the MPA scientific frontier through impact evaluation, particularly in the Coral Triangle.

In so doing, we will provide state-of-the-art scientific information on a core marine conservation strategies, both during the Symposium and through follow-up papers and policy briefs summarizing key insights, knowledge gaps, and rules of thumb for moving forward despite those gaps.

Interested in attending? Pre-register now or visit: http://www.worldwildlife.org/science/fellowships/fuller/fuller-symposium-2010.html