Marine Protected Areas

"MPA" is an umbrella definition for protected areas that include some area of marine landscape and/or biodiversity, but each specific area still falls under the methods of categorisation applied to protected areas which is a way of allotting the management tasks for regions which require will conservation of different scope and detail. The IUCN defines a marine protected area as: "Any area of the intertidal or subtidal terrain, together with its overlying water and associated flora, fauna, historical and cultural features, which has been reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment.". The work done by Biodiversité Conseil on MPAs includes:

    Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    This contract has been drawn up in the context of the activities carried out in collaboration with the European Commission for the mission Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The global objective of the assignment 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. The specific objective of this action is to broaden the discussion on the effective management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on both rims of the Atlantic with a view to protect marine biodiversity.

    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Client: B&S Europe

    Development of a Capacity Building Strategy to Enhance the Management of RAMPAO MPAs

    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.

    • Report: in French (PDF File) - in English (PDF File)
    • Topic: Marine Protected Areas
    • Client: Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA) / Réseau régional des Aires Marines Protégées en Afrique de l'Ouest (RAMPAO)

    Technical assistance to the UNESCO world Heritage Marine Programme

    Launched in 2005, the mission of the world Heritage Marine 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. Today, 46 sites are inscribed on the World Heritage List specifically in recognition of their exceptional beauty, geology, ecosystem processes, biodiversity and habitat. They are located in 35 countries and cover about one quarter, by area, of all marine protected areas (MPAs) on the planet. Since April 2012, Biodiversité Conseil is providing technical assistance to the programme coordinator. Read more about the world Heritage Marine Programme .

    Design of a long-term capacity building to enhance the management of MPAs in the Mediterranean region

    The goals of this study were to:

    a. Assess current capacity building needs and priorities at both the national and the MPA levels;
    b. Analyse existing capacity building programmes and activities in the region;
    c. Evaluate current capacity building achievements;
    d. Formulate a capacity building strategy that responds to the management needs of the Mediterranean MPAs at the regional, national and local levels and
    e. Develop integrated and feasible delivery mechanisms with the collaboration of regional and national actors. Read more.

    Development of 2 educational modules on MPAs

    Assistance in the development of 2 modules (one on Marine Protected Area Networks and the other on Marine Conservation Biology). Each module includes a synthesis document that brings together key background information and references for a topic, an easily modified visual presentation with notes and discussion questions, and a practical exercise for laboratory or field use, with accompanying solutions. These modules were designed for the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) which is part of the American Museum of Natural History.

    Development of "Score Card to Assess Progress in Achieving Management Effectiveness Goals for Marine Protected Areas"

    This publication developed for the World Bank, allows managers of Marine Protected Areas to report on the effectiveness of various management practices and to track progress made towards achieving management goals. The purpose of the Score Card is to help marine protected area managers and local stakeholders determine their progress along the management continuum. It is a short, straight-forward self-assessment tool to help managers identify where they are succeeding and where they need to address gaps. The first edition was published in 2003 and a revised edition (in three languages: English, French, and Spanish) was published in 2004. Read more.

    Development and animation of a workshop on Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and communication strategy

    Read more.

    Francis Staub is also a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He is also member of the French IUCN Commission on Protected Areas, and the French Working Groups on the Sea and on the World Heritage.

    He was and abstract reviewers for the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (October 2013) for the “Regional Initiatives” theme. He was also member of the organizing committee of the 3rd and 4th International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium (ITMEMS), Cozumel, October 2006. He also co-chaired the "Information and Knowledge Management" session (1) Data Collection &Analyses, and 2) Online Information & Learning Networks)