The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) is pleased to announce the completion of the Caribbean MPA Management Capacity Assessment, which is now available online at the CaMPAM website http://campam.gcfi.org/CapAssess/CapacityAssessmentReport2011/index.html.
An initiative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (NOAA CRCP) in partnership with CaMPAM, the report provides the results of an assessment of management capacity at 27 MPA sites in 10 Caribbean countries and territories, including the Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Honduras, Mexico, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Turks and Caicos. The objectives of the project were to build on previous capacity assessments by identifying gaps in those projects and addressing them through a self-directed questionnaire and on-site and telephone interviews by the consultant team with MPA site managers. The assessment addressed criteria ranging from MPA management planning and governance to monitoring and education, fisheries management and resilience to climate change. The report also includes feedback from participating MPA site managers about priority capacity needs and their desired approaches to capacity building.
For more information about the MPA Capacity Assessment please contact Emma Doyle at CaMPAM ([email protected]).