2012 Marine Protected Area (MPA) Conference

Event date: 25 November 2012 - 29 November 2012

Venue: Hotel Kabuki
City: San Francisco
Country: USA
Organiser: WildAid
Website: 2012 MPA Conference

Description: Currently, many Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are poorly managed and their scarce resources are being employed ineffectively. When MPA authorities are able to carry out patrols and apprehend a poacher, the perpetrator is rarely fined due to outdated laws, corruption, or nonexistent judicial follow-up. In addition, when vessels, personnel, and equipment are available, few are operative due to lack of routine maintenance.

With the growing number of MPAs around the world, the need for effective law enforcement and compliance efforts also rises. The management of MPAs is a participatory process requiring the input of all stakeholders in the planning, implementing and monitoring of management plans – including the private sector, NGO’s, academic institutions, and other stakeholders. In absence of a framework, open access and marine resource conflicts will only continue to promote increased polarization and unsustainable resource use.

Distinguished speakers from around the world, spanning 6 continents and 20 countries, will explore common obstacles to MPA management, as well as potential solutions to the following challenges: weak legal frameworks, insufficient budgets and financing mechanisms, poor surveillance capacity, inadequate training programs, lack of community buy-in, and limited political will.

WildAid invites you to our first-ever global marine protected area (MPA) enforcement conference. Join fellow marine experts in the city by the bay: San Francisco, California, and learn about the most innovative strategies being used in MPAs around the world. Presenters will explore common obstacles to MPA management, as well as potential solutions to the following challenges: weak legal frameworks, poor surveillance capacity, insufficient budgets, inadequate training programs, lack of community buy-in, and limited political will, among others.

ABOUT WILDAID:

WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection. We have success- fully developed a model that strengthens the key elements of the law enforcement chain: surveillance, interdiction, prosecution, and sanction, in several MPAs throughout the developing world. We work with governments in the design of strategic control and vigilance strategies that use the power of technology to increase efficacy while lowering patrolling costs. Given weak judicial systems, we also work with partners to develop innovative fining mechanisms that ensure compliance.