Monday, 29 August 2011

Report on Caribbean MPA Capacity Assessment now online‏

The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) is pleased to announce the completion of the Caribbean MPA Management Capacity Assessment, which is now available online at the CaMPAM website http://campam.gcfi.org/CapAssess/CapacityAssessmentReport2011/index.html.

An initiative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (NOAA CRCP) in partnership with CaMPAM, the report provides the results of an assessment of
management capacity at 27 MPA sites in 10 Caribbean countries and territories, including the Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Honduras, Mexico, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Turks and Caicos. The objectives of the project were to build on previous capacity assessments by identifying gaps in those projects and addressing them through a self-directed questionnaire and on-site and telephone interviews by the consultant team with MPA site managers. The assessment addressed criteria ranging from MPA management planning and governance to monitoring and education, fisheries management and resilience to climate change. The report also includes feedback from participating MPA site managers about priority capacity needs and their desired approaches to capacity building.

The findings of the report are already forming the basis of a peer-to-peer summit that will be held by CaMPAM in partnership with NOAA CRCP and The Nature Conservancy at the meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute in Mexico in November (for general conference information see http://www.gcfi.org/Conferences/64th/Mexico.html). The MPA Capacity Assessment will also be of potential interest to other donors and support agencies working in marine conservation in the region. At the program and site level, we hope that it will contribute to the future sharing of important experience between MPAs in the Caribbean.

We extend our thanks to those of you who kindly collaborated with CaMPAM and with consultants Ms Meghan Gombos and Dr Alejandro Arrivillaga to participate in the assessment.

For more information about the MPA Capacity Assessment please contact Emma Doyle at CaMPAM (emma.doyle@gcfi.org).