The 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas – “Celebrating A Decade of IMMPA” was held at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, Messinia Greece on April 8-12th 2019.
Main sessions that were featured in conference agenda include:
- Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs): Transiting from Science to Management
- Vaquitas: Assessing conservation and Rescue efforts
- Marine mammal movement: towards a greater appreciation of movement within Marine Mammal Protected Area Networks and Place-based Conservation Planning
- The ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative (ASI): lessons learnt and future plans
- Mitigating the impact of shipping on cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea: Opening the dialog in search of feasible solutions
- Conflict resolution in coastal Marine Mammal Protected Areas: focus on interactions between MM and small-scale fisheries
- Incorporating marine mammal conservation needs in MPA management plans
- The Inspiring Story of the Monk Seal (n. 2) – a critical assessment for the future
- Improve enforcement and compliance within Marine Mammal Protected Areas with new technologies
- Co-Management: Improving the governance and management effectiveness of MMPAs by empowering and actively involving stakeholders
- Linking regional MPA managers’ networks to strengthen marine mammal conservation
- Beaked whale strandings: effect of underwater noise to marine mammals and the role of Marine Protected Areas
- Story Maps: new ways to promote the engagement of IMMAs with the marine conservation community
- Oil and gas exploration in key marine mammal habitats: key emerging challenges
- Incorporating marine mammal conservation in Marine Spatial Planning efforts in Europe
- The identification of new ACCOBAMS Critical Cetacean Habitats: a threat-based management approach
- MMPAs in the Polar Regions: Habitat Identification and Protection in the Presence of Emerging Threats and Transformative Change
- Where is whale watching going in existing and future MPA?
- Sustainable financing of MMPA: Tackling Inter-related environmental threats with a mix of strategic funding initiatives
- IUCN MMPA Task Force Regional Groups First Informal Summit
Further information are available here.