A Partnership Between
Regional Peer-to-Peer Learning
Since 2012 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.
2021 MPAConnect Small Grants Program
MPAConnect, with funding from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, will be providing grants of up to $15,000 to support follow-up activities on earlier MPAConnect peer-to-peer learning exchanges. Recipients of the grants are MPAConnect member sites in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, The Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. The grants represent an investment of more than US$75,000 in Caribbean MPA management and will allow on the ground implementation of best practices for effective MPA management. Aiming to offer the small grants program on an annual basis, MPAConnect welcomes additional support from donors who seek to have a tangible impact on marine conservation through targeted support to Caribbean MPAs.
|Country||MPA Supported||Organization||Project Title|
|Mexico||Parque Nacional Arrecife Alacranes||CONANP and Partner||Fortalecimiento de Capacidades Para el Monitoreo de la Salud Arrecifal en el Parque Nacional Arrecife Alacranes|
|Belize||Port Honduras Marine Park||Toledo Institute for Development and Environment||Improving Fisheries Resilience in Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize Through Communication on Managed Access and Coral Disease Monitoring and Response|
|Honduras||Turtle Harbor-Rock Harbor Special Environmental Protection Zone||Bay Islands Conservation Authority – Utila||Creando Respuesta Comunitaria Ante la Llegada de la Enfermedad de Pérdida de Tejido en Corales Duros, Utila, Honduras.|
|Monumento Natural Marino Archipielago Cayos Cochinos||Fundacion Cayos Cochinos||Monitoreo y Tratamiento de la Enfermedad de Pérdida de Tejido del Coral Pétreo en el Monumento Natural Marino Archipiélago Cayos Cochinos|
|Sandy Bay/West End Special Environmental Protection Zone||Roatan Marine Park||Sustainable Financing for Roatan Marine Park|
|The Bahamas||Moriah Harbour Cay National Park||Bahamas National Trust||Establishing New Financing Mechanisms for Moriah Harbour Cay National Park, Exuma, The Bahamas|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Tobago Cays Marine Park||Tobago Cays Marine Park||Implementing an Online Payment System to Improve Sustainable Financing Within Tobago Cays Marine Park|
|Grenada||Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area
Moliniere Beausejour Marine Protected Area
|Grenada Coral Reef Foundation||Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) Preparedness for MPAConnect MPAs in Grenada|
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.
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!).