Marine Protected Areas: Strengthening Management Effectiveness and Supporting Coastal Community Resilience
Operational Plan: 2015 - 2016
The project will develop a North American approach to marine protected area (MPA) management effectiveness and coastal community resilience, building on existing efforts within the three countries and taking into account climate and other related pressures and their impacts on species, ecosystems, and people. This conservation approach recognizes the critical role that MPAs can play in helping to sustain the benefits that these special places provide to indigenous and local economies and communities, while recognizing the critical role of sustainable economic activities in helping to maintain and restore species and ecosystems. This project will promote conservation of marine biodiversity and economic prosperity of coastal communities by advancing best management practices for the ecologically sustainable management of marine protected areas.