Improving MPA management: Capacity building and support

WWF is working with fishers, local communities, the tourism industry, and park managers to improve management of MPAs and adjacent or overlapping fishing grounds.
This includes making sure that park managers are well equipped, informed, and trained, and that they can easily assess the effectiveness of their work. It also involves implementing the principles of ecosystem-based management into the use of marine resources in and adjacent to MPAs, such as fisheries and tourism developments.

We are also working with national governments and regional and international policy makers, pushing for new and better agreements on management practices. In addition, we cooperate with scientists to establish the baseline knowledge necessary for effective management.

Examples of work:

  • WWF has helped provide patrol boats and other equipment to MPAs around the world
     
  • WWF has helped train MPA staff and field rangers
     
  • WWF is promoting sustainable fishing practices in MPAs that allow fishing activities
     
  • Similarly, WWF supports various projects to reduce the impacts of tourism on MPAs
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  • And we work to incolve local communities and business in park management.
Logo of MedPAN - The network of managers of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean / ©: MedPAN
Logo of MedPAN - The network of managers of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean
© MedPAN
MedPAN is a network of MPA managers in the Mediterranean. The aim of the network is to facilitate exchange between Mediterranean MPAs in order to improve the efficiency of the management of these areas.

How is your MPA doing?

If park managers are to successfully improve the management of MPAs, they must be able to measure the effectiveness of their work so that they can adapt and improve their techniques. 

To help with this, WWF joined forces with IUCN-The World Conservation Union, the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce (NOAA) to develop a methodology to assist park managers, planners, and decision-makers with their myriad tasks.The methodology was tested in 18 MPAs around the world to ensure that it would meet the needs of modern-day managers. 

The resulting guidebook (published by IUCN) offers an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process for the evaluation of management. It also offers a structured way to learn from management successes and failures so that activities can be adapted and management continually improved.

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