The 5th Conference

The 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas will be held April 8 – 12, 2019 at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, in Messinia, Greece.

The International Committee of Marine Mammal Protected Areas announces three Awards to be distributed to any presenter (oral presentation, short talk, poster) at the 32nd European Cetacean Society (ECS) conference in La Spezia, Italy. View or download complete information on the ICMMPA5 Awards.

Visit the Conference Website for information on registration, accommodations, and more. View or download the Save the Date Postcard


The 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas will evaluate the progress made over the last decade to meet ICMMPA’s long-standing goal of bringing the MMPA community closer together. A primary goal of this conference, held for the first time in the Mediterranean, is to focus on the challenges ahead to examine concrete and practical steps towards achieving effective place-based protection and management for marine mammals and to identify a path forward that will lead ICMMPA into its second decade.

The conference will feature interactive panels designed to allow participants to engage in discussions with speakers, focused workshop sessions to provide concrete outputs, training sessions, and additional opportunities to share the considerable and extensive expertise and experience of MMPA practitioners and those who guide, advise, and support the implementation of these initiatives. Special effort will be made to support conference participation not only from the Mediterranean and Europe, but also from previously underrepresented regions (e.g. Black Sea, Middle East, Red Sea and tropical Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean countries and islands of West Africa). The conference will build on initiatives generated from the past four conferences to advance our understanding of science, management, and effective biodiversity conservation in protected areas. In addition, the conference will provide updates on plans for the worldwide Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) initiative (

Call for themed abstracts coming soon. For more information and to view proceedings from past conferences visit To receive a sponsorship package, or for more information, contact: Naomi McIntosh, Chair, ICMMPA or Amalia Alberini, Conference Co-Host, WWF Greece (

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