Management of “mega” marine protected areas in Australia and Latin America

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On 2 November 2021 the Presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama announced in the margins of the Glasgow Conference of Parties to the Convention on Climate Change the formation of one of the world’s largest marine protected areas: the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR). The initiative is intended to protect and preserve the unique marine ecosystems and commercial fish populations in the area against encroachment by illegal and unregulated activities. Australia’s experience regarding marine protected areas, including in particular the establishment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, provides certain parallels and lessons of relevance to CMAR. Join us in a webinar to explore some of the legal, scientific and practical implications and practices of establishing and implementing MPAs in Australia and the four CMAR countries.



Noel Campbell (Co-Director, Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, ANU)



Cynthia Barzuna Guitierrez (Deputy Minister, Water and Seas, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica)

Richard Kenchington (Professor, Marine Environment and Resources Management Australian National Centre for Oceans and Security)

Walter Schuldt (Director of Environmental and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ecuador)

Jon Day (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University)

Paula Sanmiguel (Coordinator of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia) 


3-Questions & Answers 


4-Concluding remarks

Patrick Smallhorn-West (Postdoctoral Fellow, Small Scale Fisheries Resilience and Equity, James Cook University)



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Date & time

Fri 03 Dec 2021, 9–10.30am




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