The CaMPAM Network and Forum: A regional Mechanism for Enhancing Management Effectiveness
Increasing Marine Protected Area effectiveness by enhancing communication and strengthening the network of managers, researchers, planners, and educators in the region.
The use of MPAs has become increasingly popular in the wider Caribbean region as a tool to conserve biodiversity, enhance fisheries, and achieve other management goals. This has resulted in substantial knowledge gained on optimal site selection and design, successful outreach approaches, effective management strategies, and appropriate methods to evaluate their effectiveness. Difficulties in exchanging information on lessons learned continue to constrain informed decision-making due to the geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural complexities of the Caribbean region. At the same time, communication among professionals has become progressively more vital given the increasing scientific interest in the examination of biophysical connectivity across the region. As MPAs continue to be proposed and implemented, the efficient exchange of information is now more critical than ever.
This initiative brings together MPA researchers, administrators, managers, and educators from governmental entities and non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector in an inclusive network to exchange ideas and lessons learned through a variety of mechanisms. Under the umbrella of the GCFI, the CaMPAM Network and Forum will meet at least annually to address critical and timely issues related to MPAs. Additional activities that the CaMPAM Network and Forum will implement, include the following:
- Create a Steering Committee (SC) comprised of the partners and managers of MPAs
- Manage an electronic list-serve in order to enhance communication and experience sharing
- Develop web-based tools for dissemination of up-to-date information
- Provide technical assistance through the UNEP/SPAW Small Grants Fund
- Build additional capacity through the UNEP MPA Training of Trainers Programme
- Provide exchange opportunities and site visits through ICRAN and other initiatives
- Develop a comprehensive database on MPAs and their effectiveness
PARTNERS - Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), United Nations Environment Programme - Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Environmental Defense (ED), World Resources Institute (WRI), NOAA-NOS International Programs Office, IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas - Marine, and The University of Puerto Rico, Caribbean Conservation Association, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.