Abstract


SUCCESSES, CHALLENGES, AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM A DECADE OF CAPACITY BUILDING FOR IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

With some 9,000 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) designated globally (Spalding et al, 2013), only a small fraction of these are considered effectively protected. At the same time with the array of capacity development programs offered around the globe, there is now more than ever the need to assess the progress made by marine resource managers in meeting their management objectives; establish and set staff competency standards; and communicate results in terms of the return on these investments. NOAA's International MPA Capacity Building Team strives to improve marine and coastal resource management by bring together different MPA management models from around the world and sharing experiences and lessons learned amongst marine and coastal resource managers. After a over a decade of work, we have developed a successful model for improving the capacity of coastal and marine area managers to ensure successful management. As part of this, we recognize a key element in comparing the success of capacity building program is ensuring there's a standardized means for defining what are we trying to achieve as well as outlining common benchmarks for “success”. Additionally, we need to consider standardizing indicators of success. A systematized set of standards and indicators for results-based capacity development would provide a means to measure and compare the effectiveness of capacity development efforts across a region and globally in moving towards effective marine and coastal area management.

Authors

Johnson, G. L., NOAA-ONMS-MPA Center, USA, gabrielle.johnson@noaa.gov

Wenzel, L., NOAA-ONMA-MPA Center, USA, lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov

Walton, A., Consultant, USA, annehugginswalton@gmail.com

Nelson, A., NOAA-ONMS-MPA Center, USA, anne.nelson@noaa.gov

Brancato, M. S., NOAA-ONMS-MPA Center, USA, mary.sue.brancato@noaa.gov

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:57
Date: 06/23/2016
Time: 15:30
Location: 303 A/B

Presentation is given by student: Yes