Thursday, 10 February 2011

Big Ocean Launch: creating a network of the world's large-scale marine managed areas

Following the UNESCO meeting on marine World Heritage in Hawaii in December 2010, Papahanaumokuakea and the Phoenix Islands, with Conservation International support, convened the first meeting of the managers for five of the world’s largest MPAs – four of which were established in just the past two years. Joining the two convening MPAs, managers for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Chile’s newly authorized Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park surrounding Salas y Gómez Island east of Easter Island, and the
Marianas Trench Marine National Monument came together to discuss the many unique management challenges and opportunities posed by large MPAs. The group is in the process of finalizing a communiqué summarizing the discussions, and will continue to meet and share experiences. The next meeting is planned in conjunction with the IMCC in May.

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