The 4th Conference

The 4th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas was held November 13 – 17, 2016 at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort Resort and Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MÉXICO.

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The 4th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas focused on the role of effective partnerships and planning strategies for managing and monitoring protected areas with marine mammals. The primary goal of this conference was to provide a forum for sharing information on successful and not so successful approaches to using protected areas for marine mammal conservation. The conference featured panels, workshops, talks, and posters to highlight “lessons learned” in partnerships involving government, NGOs, industry, and conservation groups. Special emphasis was placed on effective strategies and emerging technology for marine spatial planning and monitoring MPAs. The conference built on initiatives generated from the first three conferences to advance our understanding of science, management, and effective biodiversity conservation in protected areas.


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