13th Training of Trainers Workshop on Marine Protected Area Management

Barbados | April 16-26 2018

Update 24/04/18:

On days 3 and 4, instructors lectured, and facilitated exercises and discussions on important subjects of MPA planning, namely:

  • Biophysical and socioeconomic monitoring by Steve Nimrod (St. Georges’ University, Grenada, Maria Pena and Jehroum Wood, UWI-CERMES)
  • Marine spatial planning, participatory GIS with ecosystem-based aoproach by Dr. Kim Baldwin
  • The process for managing MPAs effectively and the world situation of international commitment to develop effectively managed MPAs, by Dr. Jose Courrau, IUCN-ORMMAC-BIOPAMA
  • Communication tools by Carmel Haynes (Haynes Consulting)

It was my first time hearing about Marine Spatial Planning, I must say I was quite impressive, the presentation was very well illustrated; it was very informative, it had me thinking throughout the presentation where in my country I can possibly implement such. I am of the opinion this would work well in Saint Lucia and I was quite elated to hear that Saint Lucia is part of OECS CROP that will funded in carrying out MSP in the various countries. It can really help in building capacity amongst the relevant authorities, it dwells heavily on stakeholder engagement it made my re-think strategies that we commonly use but with spatial planning you should not only consider conservation or any independent component but it should really be a collaborative effort. Great presentation Dr. Kim looking forwarding to working with you.” said Rita Straughn, from the Saint Lucia Fisheries Dept. working with the Soufriere Marine Management Area.


Update 18/04/18:

Here are some highlights of the second day:

Topics such as mangrove clearing, coral bleaching, fishing spawning aggregations, depletion of grazers such as parrotfish and top predators such as sharks, and lionfish invasions were discussed. It was a lively session of knowledge acquisition, setting the pace for the modules more related to MPA planning and management.

“The second day has been so knowledgeable and enlightening to me. Learning specifically about the ecology and the importance of a flowering plant on the reef, (commonly starnley.jpgcalled sea grass) and its connectivity to the mangrove ecosystem and the coral reef ecosystem was an eye-opener. Let us be advocate in letting developers, fishers, beach users, etc. understand the significant role of this plant and have a greater appreciation for it. We need to understand that our ecosystems/environment can survive without us human, but we cannot survive without the ecosystems/environment. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves and to future generations to be more responsible in our actions and seriously protect and conserve the marine ecosystem for our survival. Mr. Stephen Nimrod, an experience lecturer, was very skillful and energetic in his presentation” said Sternley Walker, Park Ranger of the National Parks Rivers and Beaches Authority in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“The in-depth overview of Caribbean coastal ecosystems over the first two days, was an ideal introduction to the marine protected areas management course.  This served to set the pace, enhance my stewardship and broaden my appreciation for Laughing Bird Caye National Park.  I now understand the relationship between the ecosystems and the importance of the sustained health of all three ecosystems which enhances the life of our coral reef.  Additionally, the opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of regional partners has been extremely valuable” said Arreini Palacio Morgan, Director of the Southern Environmental Association, Belize.



Update 17/04/18:

Here are some highlights of the first day:

  • Participants introduced themselves (position, education background), their MPA (map, zoning and online communication tools) as well as their 3 main expectations from this course, perfectly presented in a 3-slide PowerPoint slide show that proved their skills in summarizing information in a short presentation.
  • They are assisting CaMPAM with the updating of the Caribbean Regional MPA Database, by reviewing and editing the MPA datasets  (we already got the first 9 edits).
  • Participants from Jamaica, Grenada, Belize and others stressed the needs of learning from instructors  and course mates on the participation of fishermen in the MPA planning and management process.


Original Post [09/04/18]:

Under the EBM project, the next 12 day regional course for MPA practitioners will be held in April (16-26) 2018 and will emphasize topics such as:

  • promoting sustainable financing, business planning and alternative livelihoods;
  • evaluating and restoring coastal ecosystem services (fisheries, shoreline protection, tourism);
  • application of Decision Support Systems (DSS) in the coastal environment context;
  • the development of effective communication tools;
  • training on effective enforcement practices; and
  • the involvement of community stakeholders in MPA management.

This course will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados and is expected to have 15 countries in attendance.

To download the Logistic Note and Agenda, click here.