A Partnership Between
Regional Peer-to-Peer Learning
Over the past six years, GCFI and NOAA have implemented a series of regional workshops for peer-to-peer learning, focused on the network’s highest priority management needs – sustainable financing, law enforcement, socio-economic monitoring, outreach/education and bio-physical monitoring.
Follow-up Site-Specific Technical Support
The regional peer-to-peer learning activities have been backed up by site-specific technical support, learning exchanges and regional and international networking opportunities coordinated by MPAConnect. These activities have addressed the desired follow-up identified by participants at the regional workshops to build capacity on the ground at their sites. Site-specific projects have also helped to address other individual capacity building needs of particular MPAs. The following StoryMap details these follow-up projects, many of which have been successfully completed by the participating MPAs, some are currently underway and yet others remain desired by the MPA managers to fill gaps identified in management capacity (potential partners and donors please take special note of the latter!).
A Tool for Prioritizing Capacity Building Needs for Effective MPA Management
The capacity building initiatives by MPAConnect are founded on a management capacity tool that translates day-to-day management challenges into targeted capacity building approaches to help MPA managers meet conservation commitments.
- MPAConnect is based on a practical, locally-relevant and needs-driven capacity building approach to support effective MPA management.
- MPAConnect developed a specialized tool that facilitates the self-evaluation of management capacity needs and strengths relating to some 20 distinct elements of MPA management.
- The MPAConnect capacity tool helps our partnership and participating MPA managers to better understand and address local and regional MPA management capacity needs by guiding strategic peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge between MPA managers in the Caribbean.
In 2011 the partnership undertook the first assessment of Caribbean MPA management capacity using the MPAConnect capacity tool. See the 2011 report for more information.
Six years after the first capacity assessment, in 2017 we invited the members of MPAConnect to review their management capacity and update us on their highest priority needs for capacity building, networking and future support. See the StoryMaps below for the latest findings on MPA management capacity in the Caribbean.