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4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the People and Ocean Together

5-9 September 2017 | La Serena – Coquimbo and Valparaíso, Chile

Highlights for Thursday, 7 September 2017

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IMPAC 4 The third day of the fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) met in La Serena, Chile, on Thursday, 7 September 2017. The day saw many events taking place, addressing the theme, ‘Effective/Successful Management.’ A plenary session took place in the morning, followed by a number of symposia and workshops throughout the day.

The morning’s plenary session saw a panel discussion on the day’s theme, with panel members discussing key issues around successful management of marine protected areas (MPAs), while also noting different management models. Key issues considered by the panel included: enforcement versus education for compliance with MPAs; addressing “intense public use” within MPAs; community engagement and bottom-up approaches to management; and, monitoring and evaluation. Panelists also highlighted the recent publication of the IUCN guidelines on MPA management, as well as management issues around large-scale MPAs.

Highlights from the symposia included discussions on: The role of MPAs in achieving ocean health and sustainable blue economies; building regional public-private alliances for sustainable financing of long-term conservation actions in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the Caribbean Sea; the role of MPAs in achieving ocean health and sustainable blue economies; and, promoting innovative approaches to marine conservation and encouraging sustainable patterns of development by deploying a wide scope of actions.

Workshops addressed: harnessing citizen behaviour change to support marine conservation; MPAs and promoting small-scale enterprises that support on complementary marine conservation strategies; monitoring, evaluation and reporting for MPA management; and, solutions for MPA financing. Other topics included ocean noise, ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), and sustainable financing.

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Opening plenary session

John Tanzer, WWF

Alain Barcelo, Port-Cros National Park, France

Aulani Wilhelm, Conservation International

Luz Angarita, National Parks, Colombia

Solutions for MPA financing – success stories and their potential for broader application

Laure Katz, Conservation International

Patricia Ruiz, GIZ

Participants during a "fishbowl" discussion

Building regional public-private alliances for sustainable financing of long-term conservation actions in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the Caribbean Sea

Sonia Castañeda Rial, Fundación Biodiversidad, Spain

María José González, Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Fund

Participant during the discussion

(L-R): María José González, MAR Fund, Sonia Castañeda Rial, Fundación Biodiversidad, Spain, and Pamela Castillo, Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre

Using international law and media to improve management and protection of MPAs
and ecosystems in the Americas

(L-R): Gladys Martínez, Asociación Interamericana para Defensa del Medio Ambiente (AIDA), Florencia Ortúzar, AIDA, Camilo Thompson, AIDA, Yendery Cerda, Comité Pro Defensa de la Fauna y Flora (CODEFF)

Camilo Thompson, AIDA

Yendery Cerda, CODEFF


The role of MPAs in achieving ocean health and sustainable blue economies

L-R: Miriam Fernández, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Jean Harris, Wild Oceans, Laurence McCook, James Cook University, and Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Participant in the audience posing a question on non-monetary values

Laurence McCook, James Cook University

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN


Monitoring, evaluation and reporting for MPA management:
innovative ideas to progress current approaches

Steffan Howe, Parks Victoria, Australia

Kate West, Fauna & Flora International

Participants in a breakout group discussion


Marine wilderness or peopled seas? Insights from research on the
human dimensions of large-scale marine protected areas

Jaime Aburto, Universidad Católica del Norte

Rebecca Gruby, Colorado State University

Jon Day, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia


MPAs and promoting small-scale enterprises that support on
complementary marine conservation strategies

Glenn Ricci, University of Rhode Island

Presentation during the session

Marine biodiversity of Chilean Patagonia: discoveries, threats and conservation

Vreni Haussermann, Huinay Scientific Field Station

Claudio Campagna, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Participants during the session

Carlos Molinet, Universidad Austral de Chile

Günter Försterra, Huinay Scientific Field Station

Harnessing citizen behaviour change to support marine conservation

Participants taking part in breakout groups

A global SMART approach to improving effectiveness of marine protected areas

Drew Cronin, Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) Partnership

Zafer Kizilkaya, Mediterranean Conservation Society


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