Western Indian Ocean Certification of Marine Protected Areas Professionals (WIO-COMPAS), in conjunction with local partners WWF South Africa and Kenya Wildlife Service, have successfully conducted two Level 1 Certification Assessment events, resulting in eleven experts in Marine Field Operations from South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania being certified as MPA PRO Level 1. WIO-COMPAS congratulates James Wood of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife; Vuyani Mapiya of Eastern Cape Parks Board; Owen Govender,
Victor Cunningham and Robert Milne of South African National Parks (SANParks); Sergeants Mwanapili Hamisi and Kitsao Tinga; Corporals Said Shee Mohamed, Hamisi Chuma and Ntindi Kassim Mwabilo of Kenya Wildlife Service and Ms. Besta Msumange, of Mafia Island Marine Park for attaining MPA PRO Level 1 Status.
WIO-COMPAS, the first program of its kind in the world to certify Marine Protected Area Professionals, was engendered by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association and the Coastal Resources Center, at the University of Rhode Island. The aim of WIO- COMPAS is to provide an opportunity for MPA professionals working in the region to be assessed on their skills and knowledge of MPA management. Being certified as an MPA PRO signifies that an individual has reached certain standards of performance and has specific skills related to a set of competences gained not only through a course of study/training but through practical on the job experience, application and testing. The Program promotes core competences, professional growth and ethical conduct. WIO-COMPAS is endorsed by IUCN WCPA- Marine, WWF South Africa, The Game Ranger Association of Africa and the International Ranger Federation.
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