Aerial view of Salt River Bay.
Aerial view of Salt River Bay. Croix. St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Credit: Mr. Sean Linehan, NOAA, NGS, Remote Sensing

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Conservation Connections: Species and Places, NOAA's Partnerships for Transboundary Protection Program

Date: March 8, 2018 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers: Lisamarie Carrubba of NOAA Fisheries and Vicki Wedell, Acting Chief for Policy and Planning, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Abstract: The Partnerships for Transboundary Protection (PTP) Program was established by NOAA's Office of Protected Resources and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to better connect conservation efforts directed toward marine species and their habitats. Through collaborative conservation that aligns sanctuary management plans, species' recovery plans, and habitat protection, the PTP Program is working to improve internal coordination and management of threatened and endangered species and their habitats, as well as other NOAA resources such as key fishery species in sanctuaries. The PTP Program is also working on expanding collaboration with other marine protected areas and external partners in order to further support conservation and recovery of species such as whales, corals, and Nassau grouper. 


Two perspectives on evaluating MPA management effectiveness: lessons learned from Australia's Great Barrier Reef and India

Date: March 13, 2018 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: John C. Day, ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia

Abstract: The term ‘Management Effectiveness Evaluation’ (or MEE) is well recognized as an important part of adaptive management for any protected area. Differing assessment methodologies have emerged around the world, many of them building upon the Framework agreed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for assessing management effectiveness. In this talk, Jon will discuss some of the lessons learned when applying the IUCN/WCPA framework to assess MEE in a large and complex marine protected area (MPA) like the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Jon will compare and contrast this with a similar, but simpler, use of the same IUCN framework that he developed, working in conjunction with GIZ India, for Indian MPAs.