Improving MPA management: Capacity building and support
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
- And we work to incolve local communities and business in park management.
How is your MPA doing?
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.