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The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

Editor's note: The goal of The EBM Toolbox is to promote awareness of tools for facilitating EBM processes. It is brought to you by the EBM Tools Network, a voluntary alliance of tool users, developers, and training providers.

By Sarah Carr

A year ago in this column, I noted a shift in computing from powerful, multifunctional desktop tools to "apps" - easier-to-use, limited-functionality tools appropriate for handheld devices. I asked, "Is there an app for EBM?"

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Global targets for the percentage of oceans to be protected serve two general purposes: as a goal for MPA efforts to pursue, and as a measure of those efforts' progress. Unfortunately, over the past decade, some of the high-profile targets for MPAs have proven too difficult to reach, at least in the near term.

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Editor's note: Graeme Kelleher AO is former chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and serves as senior advisor to the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. The lessons here, some of which have appeared previously in MPA News, are drawn from:

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International summit of MPA agencies held in February

In February 2012, senior officials from MPA agencies of 16 nations gathered in San Francisco, California (US), to discuss how to use their combined influence and efforts to increase the value and success of MPAs worldwide. The participating agencies committed to becoming a permanent informal group, and to finding ways to share their experience and lessons learned.

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The protectedplanet.net website serves as a searchable interface for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), compiled by the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Each protected area in the database has its own page on protectedplanet.net with details such as its IUCN category, year of designation, and more. The following list reflects which protected areas with a marine component have been viewed the most times on the website, as measured by unique page views.

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

It was May 2011 and at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, Canada, a special panel discussion was underway on global negotiations for ocean issues. The panelists had many years' experience in international policymaking, and they talked about the advances being made - or not being made - on issues ranging from whaling to climate change and more. When it was time for the audience to ask questions, a young woman stood up.

"You have talked about the frustratingly slow progress in international negotiations on ocean issues," the young woman said to the panel. "In light of the instrumental role that social media tools like Facebook and Twitter played in the recent 'Arab Spring' movement in the Middle East, could the same tools be harnessed somehow to advance ocean negotiations?"

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

In the Philippines, the Coastal Conservation Education Foundation (CCEF) runs programs to sustain coastal and marine biodiversity and improve the quality of life for local communities (www.coast.ph). CCEF uses its website and social networking platforms (YouTube and Facebook) to communicate its work to the general public, both in the Philippines and abroad.

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

The December 2011/January 2012 issue of MEAM examined how detailed mapping of the sea floor has informed marine EBM (MEAM 5:3). Because benthic habitat maps show where particular plants and animals are likely to live, such maps can be invaluable for conserving certain species or for assigning specific uses to compatible areas.

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

[Editor's note: Jennifer McCann is a principal investigator and management team member of Rhode Island's Ocean Special Area Management Plan. She directed a training workshop in May 2011 on marine spatial planning in Rhode Island.]

By Jen McCann, Rhode Island Sea Grant Program and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

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