The Workshop on Management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for Small Cetaceans was postponed from April 2020 owing to COVID-19 pandemic. Now the workshop is going ahead online, on 18 May and 7-9 June 2021.
The workshop, mandated by the 25th Meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee, is jointly organized by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, WWF Germany, WWF Sweden, Coalition Clean Baltic, and ASCOBANS.
The workshop aims to review and share experiences on best practice approaches to MPA management, taking them beyond being merely ‘paper parks’, in order to make recommendations to ASCOBANS Parties. The workshop will be highly interactive and led by a facilitator. The objectives are to:
Discuss and make recommendations on criteria and clear options for well-formulated conservation objectives for small cetacean MPAs, and
Discuss and make recommendations on a toolbox of ambitious and innovative practical conservation measures for small cetacean MPAs
Due to limited seats, participation to the workshop will be by invitation only. Nominations were sought from ASCOBANS National Coordinators early 2020.
What is ASCOBANS?
ASCOBANS was concluded in 1991 as the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS or Bonn Convention) and entered into force in 1994. In February 2008, an extension of the agreement area came into force which changed the name to “Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas“. ASCOBANS is open for accession by all Range States (i.e. any state that exercises jurisdiction over any part of the range of a species covered by the Agreement or whose flag vessels engage in operations adversely affecting small cetaceans in the Agreement area) and by regional economic integration organisations. To know more about it.