Date / Time: Oct 9, 2019, 8:00am US PDT / 11:00am US EST
Presented by: Kate Hogg, Independent Consultant & Nathan Bennett of the University Of British Columbia
Description: This webinar which is part of the closure activities of the FishMPABlue2 project will provide participants with an overview of lessons learned about governance of SSF in Mediterranean MPAs. The project utilised a participative approach to apply and test a ‘governance toolkit’ in 11 MPAs throughout the Mediterranean. In this webinar we will begin with a general introduction to governance and management in the Mediterranean, but also have input from Nathan Bennett about a more international and global perspective. We will briefly introduce the “ins and outs” of the toolkit and how it was and can be applied, with examples from the project case studies. We will wrap up with a description of how the innovative participative approach applied in FishMPABlue2 helped create positive collaborations between fishers, MPA managers and researchers in advancing MPA governance and improving overall perceptions and MPA support. The webinar is targeted at MPA practitioners, fisheries managers and NGOs alike.
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In recent years, stakeholder engagement has been widely recognized as integral to effective marine conservation, marine ecosystem-based management, and marine spatial planning. There are many different definitions of the term ”stakeholder”, but at its most inclusive, it is any “person, organization, or group with an interest (professional or societal) or an influence on the marine environment or who is influenced directly or indirectly by activities and management decisions.” The list of stakeholders engaged in any marine conservation or management process depends on the context of the specific project, but, in practice, typical stakeholders engaged in marine conservation and management processes include local industries, coastal residents, management agencies, and conservation organizations.
The world is changing rapidly though. New information and technologies, new forms of social interaction (often fostered by social media), increases in tourism around the globe, shifting economies, globalization, global climate change, and other factors make it critical to continually reexamine traditional views of who ocean stakeholders are, their relative importance, and how we engage them.
In this issue of The Skimmer, we feature three recent studies that highlight new (or often underrepresented) voices in ocean management processes, as well as thoughts on how these voices can be brought into decision making for marine ecosystems.
- One of these studies found the value of marine stewardship activities is greater than the revenues from commercial finfish and whale watching activities in the US state of Massachusetts.
- Another study presents the concept of “extra-local ecosystem services” – ecosystem services provided by coastal and marine ecosystems that are distributed beyond the ecosystem itself, including regionally and globally.
- A third study – of place attachment to the Great Barrier Reef – found a community of people with strong attachment to the reef who do not necessarily have ongoing direct experience with it.