BUILDING MARINE PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT CAPACITY AT PRIORITY CORAL REEF SITES IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION
Over the past five years, a successful capacity building partnership has been established between 30 ecologically-connected marine protected areas (MPAs) in the wider Caribbean region, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. The initiative began with the selection of 10 Caribbean countries to participate in an assessment of MPA management capacity. The assessment applied a new tool for a guided self-evaluation of management capacity by MPA managers covering 25 aspects of MPA management and systematically assessing capacity on a three-tiered scale. Our approach to capacity building has been to facilitate peer to peer learning, strategically targeting the highest priority management needs identified in the capacity assessment. We have formed a learning network of MPA managers and professionals to address needs identified by each MPA through a variety of means, including regional peer to peer workshops, direct technical support, site to site learning exchanges and competitive grants. To date, the partnership has addressed sustainable financing, enforcement, strategic management planning and implementation, outreach and communications, and socio-economic monitoring, while establishing a close-knit network between coral reef MPA managers and organizations with MPA management expertise. Exchanges between the Caribbean and Pacific, and cooperation with other donors and expert partners, have been effective in further building capacity. Site-specific follow-up is helping MPAs increase their management capacity on top priority needs.
Doyle, E., Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wusinich-Mendez, D., NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, USA, email@example.com
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