(September 2016) Special issue of Aquatic Conservation journal on MPA networks
A special issue of Aquatic Conservation journal on marine protected area networks was published in September 2016, in conjunction with the World Conservation Congress. The issue, entitled Building Networks of MPAs: The Legacy from the 2014 Sydney World Parks Congress, includes 15 peer reviewed articles on a wide range of topics, including one on the Green List (Using the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas to promote conservation impact through marine protected areas), co-authored by Francis Staub. All articles are available for free download.
(March 2016) France and Madagascar: incoming hosts of the ICRI Secretariat 2016-2018
On 1 June 2016, the ICRI Secretariat will be changing hosts, with its reins being passed from Japan and Thailand to France and Madagascar. The Government of France has hosted ICRI twice in the past (1999-2000; 2009-2011) and will become the first Government to host ICRI for a third time. Madagascar is situated in the western rim of the Indian Ocean, and its southwestern coast is home to the third largest coral reef system in the world. Madagascar has been involved with ICRI over the years and will be joining the secretariat team for the first time. Francis Staub will provide technical assistance to the French government for the management of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat. Learn more about ICRI.
(January 2016) First meeting of the Task Force on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures
Francis Staub attended the first meeting of the Task Force on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge. The aims of the meeting were to i) consider the framework paper and other relevant documents pertaining to definition of OECMs, ii) engage in a broad discussion on the elements and criteria for defining "other effective area-based conservation measures", iii) consider and review a range of site-based initiatives (terrestrial and marine) that might be proposed as OECMs, and iv) look ahead to the SBSTTA-20 and the next meeting of the Task Force in Vilm. Learn more.
(January 2016) Expert on the "Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)" project
Francis Staub was selected as an expert for the implementation of the "Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)". This 2-year project was awarded to B&S Europe. The aims is to promote EU's role in the international arena by providing elements necessary for the Commission and the EEAS for effective policy formulation and programming vis-à-vis the wider Atlantic region. To achieve this objective the project will stimulate broader transatlantic cooperation, centered around a new comprehensive concept of Atlanticism underscoring the growing importance of Africa and Latin America as actors in the Atlantic space.
(December 2015) Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) expert for the Pacific region for the BEST 2.0 Programme
Francis Staub has been appointed as a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) expert for the Pacific region for the BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas – 2.0 Programme supported by the European Commission DG DEVCO. The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate projects received within the calls for proposals under the BEST 2.0 Programme. Projects to be funded will promote i) the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, ii) the sustainable use of ecosystem services and natural resources, and iii) the ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in EU Overseas Countries and Territories. Learn more.
(December 2015) 30th ICRI General Meeting
Francis Staub will attend the 30th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), in Thailand, from the 1st to the 4th of December 2015. ICRI is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. Learn more.
Experts Declare Expected Reductions in Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions will not be Enough to Save Coral Reefs
Coral reef scientists have concluded that the greenhouse gas emission reduction pledges submitted to date by the international community for consideration at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP21), to be held at the end of next month in Paris, fall well short of what is required to avoid this biodiversity catastrophe. Learn more
Scientists Confirm Global Coral Bleaching Event for 2015
A consortium of ocean scientists, reef mappers and community-based monitoring teams, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), XL Catlin Seaview Survey, The University of Queensland, and Reef Check, today confirmed a “global coral bleaching event” is underway. Increased ocean temperatures due to climate change, combined with the warming effects of an El Niño pattern and a Pacific warm water mass referred to as “The Blob”, are driving temperatures to record levels and threatening to severely deplete the coral reef ecosystems that support fish habitats, shoreline protection and coastal economies. Learn more
Launch of a Massive Open Online Course on Protected Areas Management (MOOC-GAP)
This course will help you learn about conservation challenges in Africa and how protected areas can help face them, from local to global level. Management, governance, sustainability etc., all these topics will be explored using best practices from the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and case studies coming from all over the African continent. Watch the teaser or Subscribe for free to the Mooc.
Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change Scientific Workshop
The next Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December 2015. There is more and more argument in favour of addressing strongly ocean conservation issues at the UNFCCC, accordingly to IMPAC3 recommendations and the Sydney Promise (WCC). In that context, Francis Staub attended a Scientific Workshop on Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change. He also co-chaired the session on "Adaptation – science to action".
Protected area management training in West and Central Africa: impacts and recommendations
Capacity building in “Protected Areas Management" remains a priority for the management and conservation of parks and reserves in West and Central Africa. Since 2008, over 150 stakeholders (government, NGOs, private) and young graduates of more than 15 countries have successfully completed one of the two courses offered by IUCN in collaboration with Senghor University (University Diploma and Master). The assessment of the learning outcomes and their implementation shows very encouraging results and underlines the relevance and usefulness of such training. The document is also available in French. Download the report.
A practical (and useful!) guide to organize trainings
Simon Mériaux (former FIBA) and Francis Staub (Biodiversité Conseil) collaborated on the publication of the following guide: "Prepare, conduct and evaluate a training - Practical Guide." This guide is intended for anyone who wants to organize, lead and / or evaluate trainings (from one to several days) for a group of adults. It can be applied to trainings, important meetings, or workshops. The purpose of this guide is to provide practical support to people who organize and facilitate trainings. It stresses the idea that good training is always the result of careful preparation. This guide is based on the practical experiences from several trainers. Learn more.
The NAPA (News from African Protected Areas) newsletter
The 83rd edition of the NAPA (News from African Protected Areas) newsletter is dealing with capacity building issues: first it presents an assessment of ongoing trainings then it suggests new ways for training protected areas managers and partners such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), 2 projects implemented by Francis Staub. The newsletter (in English and French) can be downloaded on the IUCN-PAPACO website .
Nomination on the board of experts of Foundation Ensemble
The board of experts gives recommendations during the selection process of the projects, and, when necessary, at every stage of their implementation. Fondation Ensemble is a private, state-approved Foundation, set up in 2004. The Foundation is a member of various international networks for the exchange of expertise and experience. Further details can be found on the Foundation website .
Conference on Building Capacity for Conservation & Resource Management in Africa
At the conference (to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 27 - 30 July, 2015), over 300 delegates will discuss how to meet the huge challenge of building the capacity (skills, knowledge and information) of individuals, communities and organisations to undertake conservation actions effectively. The ‘capacity building’ problem is the major issue facing the environmental sector in the 21st century, and there is a desperate need to exchange ideas, solutions and best practice. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for you to meet and discuss cutting edge issues in capacity building. Four key themes will be addressed in relation to finding the best methods for: building effective leadership and strong organisations, achieving better community engagement, employing technology for professional e-learning, and strengthening capacity in protected areas and national parks. Francis Staub is a member of the International Support Committee (ISC). Further details can be found on the conference website .
CCNet Europe Adaptive Management Workshop Vilm Germany February 2015
The workshop offers an in depth training on the Open Standards for the practice of conservation, an adaptive management approach to conservation projects and programs that is practiced and has been developed by leading international conservation organizations. The Workshop also covers the supporting software MIRADI, that helps to capture and share results and supports implementation.
The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA)
The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) aims to promote sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation worldwide. Francis Staub is a member of the Working Groups: Environmental Funds, African Environmental Funds Committee and Protected Areas Financing (learn more ).
(October 2014) 29th ICRI General Meeting
Francis Staub attended the 29th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), held in Okinawa, Japan, from the 20 to the 23rd October 2014. ICRI is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. Learn more.
(September 2014) Development of a concept note on a MOOC on Protected Area Management
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are highly interactive online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access to all on the World Wide Web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community of actors. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education, which began to emerge in 2012. MOOCs have the potential to enhance online education in developing countries by facilitating collaboration between people, places and technology. Francis Staub developed a concept note on the challenges and the opportunities to develop a MOOC on management of Protected Areas in West and Central Africa.
(August 2014) Evaluation of IUCN trainings on Protected Area
The IUCN PAPACO developed two trainings in protected area management: a Master’s degree (two years)and a university diploma (8 weeks) on protected area management. These courses are aimed at protected area managers (and their scientific, NGO or private sector partners). They provide them with the tools and specific technical skills required to improve the way parks are managed and to ensure their actions are sustainable. The university diploma (8 weeks) is organised in modules combining theory and practical field work where the different tools can be applied. To date, more than 150 persons have been trained. The study assessed the impact of the trainings and provided recommendations.
(February 2014) Release of the Analysis of skills gaps of the actors of the Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas in West Africa and recommendations
Capacity building has been identified as a priority in several regions and in many international assessments regarding biodiversity conservation. To respond to this need of RAMPAO members and partners and after several months of hard work, the RAMPAO released the report entitled "Analysis of skills gaps of the actors of the Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas in West Africa and recommendations." This document presents us with comprehensive information on the needs for capacity building and current priorities at the RAMPAO MPA network level, information on the programs and activities of existing capacity building efforts in the region and the relevant successes in this area. It represents a first attempt to strengthen the synergy around this activity by better understanding regional needs in order to harmonize capacity building programs within the sub-region.
(November 2013) Participation in the General Assembly of the RAMPAO
As part of its current work on the development of a capacity building strategy to enhance the management of RAMPAO MPAs, Francis Staub attended the 5th General Assembly of the RAMPAO in Dakar (Nov. 22-24, 2013). The RAMPAO (West African Network of Marine Protected Areas) was created in 2007 to preserve and strengthen the marine eco-‐region of West Africa, by maintaining and effectively managing an ecologically coherent set of critical habitats.
(October 2013) The 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress
Every four years, the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) brings together major maritime stakeholders from around the globe, beyond national or sectoral boundaries, to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans. Participants represent public management and planning agencies, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, coastal or island communities, and sea-related industries, from fishing to cable laying, mining, shipping and tourism. Conclusions of IMPAC 3.
(October 2013) 28th ICRI General Meeting
The second General Meeting under the Australia-Belize Secretariat will be held from the 14th to the 17th of October 2013 at the Radisson Fort Hotel and Marina in Belize City. The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. Learn more.
(March 2013) Technical assistance to the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme
Since April 2012, Francis Staub is providing technical advices to the Marine Programme. The mission of the Programme is to establish effective conservation of existing and potential marine areas of Outstanding Universal Value to make sure they will be maintained and thrive for generations to come. Learn more about the World Heritage Marine Programme.