The UNEP-CEP/SPAW CaMPAM contribution to the 70th GCFI "MPA Science and Management" session

Held in Merida, Mexico | 6-10 November 2017

The session was coordinated (for the 13th time, since 2004) by the UN Environment Programme in the Caribbean as the forum of information exchange of the Caribbean MPA Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM). The session were moderated by Dr. Georgina Bustamante (CaMPAM coordinator) and Dr. Martha Prada (member of CaMPAM Expert Group).

The UN Environment Programme in the Caribbean awarded travel support for presenters after a process that included a call for application on CaMPAM and GCFI networks, the selection of awardees and the arrangement of logistics of the 4 participants jointly by UNEP and GCFI.
The announcement of the priority topic for this session was disseminated via CaMPAM List and GCFI networks on August, 2017. From a total of 18 abstracts submitted, 11 were selected for oral presentation and 7 were recommended for poster presentation.

The papers covered a varied of themes and countries. Some of them addressed topics that related to the biophysical and socioeconomic features of individual MPAs, management tools such as tourism regulations, and fishermen involvement, the impact of management on a ecosystems services and community livelihoods. There were presentations related to individual MPAs in the following countries: Cuba, Grenada, Guatemala, and Colombia, one related to national or regional issues (Mexico, the Caribbean). The papers on general entailed the following subjects: CaMPAM MPA database structure and usefulness evaluation, marine spatial planning in three islands, change in management capacity after 6 years, etc.

Several presenters were graduates of CaMPAM Training of trainers program on MPA Management, as a demonstration of CaMPAM approach of combining training and networking with financial and technical assistance.

Below a few moments of the session:-

Silja Ramirez, (a graduate from CaMPAM 2007 Training of Trainers program on MPA management) describes the results of a network of recovery areas in the Caribbean Guatemala as a tool for management and conservation of marine and coastal resources and ecosystems.

Barbara Reveles, former deputy director of Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve in Mexico and an active participant of GCFI and CaMPAM collaborator, poses a question to a presenter.

Osmani Borrego, a presenter supported by UN Env CEP/SPAW CaMPAM , presented on the strategies and regulations for a sustainable tourism in Guanahacabibes National Park (a SPAW listed site) in western Cuba.

Roland Baldeo, a graduate of CaMPAM 2011 Trainers of trainers program and former National Coordinator of MPAs in Grenada, delivers a magnificent presentation (as he always does) on the impact of supporting fishermen alternative livelihoods in the Moliniere Beausejour MPA (a SPAW listed site) in Grenada, partially supported by the ECMMAN project of which SPAW RAC was participant as coordinator of the CaMPAM-ECMMAN Small Grant Program.


Dr. Georgina Bustamante (CaMPAM coordinator, on the left) and Dr. Martha Prada (member of CaMPAM Expert Group, center) moderated the session, while Chris Corbin (UN Environment-CEP program officer) intervened on the commitment of his organization to build MPA capacity and contribute to the GCFI conferences.

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For information about CaMPAM participation, contact Dr. Georgina Bustamante at