For the week 10 April 2017
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Join us Thursday, April 20 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Capacity Shortfalls Hinder the Performance of MPAs Globally, presented by David Gill of Conservation International and George Mason University.
Over the past two decades, marine protected areas (MPAs) have become a prominent tool to conserve marine ecosystems globally. Many unanswered questions remain regarding the ecological impacts of MPAs and the linkages between MPA management and resulting impacts, however. Using a global database of management and fish population data (433 and 218 MPAs, respectively), the authors of a major new study published in Nature found that most MPAs positively impact marine fish populations and that the magnitude of these impacts are strongly associated with available staff and budget capacity. Despite the critical role of MPA management, only 35 percent of MPAs globally reported acceptable funding and only 9 percent globally reported adequate staffing. While the global community focuses on expanding the current MPA network, these results emphasize the importance of meeting capacity needs in current and future MPAs to ensure the effective conservation of marine species.
For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar130.
Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, Allie Brown, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team