The 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas was held November 9-11, 2014 at the Stamford Grande Adelaide Australia. It was a parallel event of the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), held over three days right before the WPC begins.
To promote marine mammal conservation through marine protected areas and other area-based management measures, informed by the best available science, ICMMPA holds periodic MMPA conferences focused on networking and collaboration, communication, capacity-building and training.
The theme of the 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3), “Important Marine Mammal Areas – A Sense of Place, A Question of Size” will give attention to developing and refining criteria for the identification of important marine mammal areas and to addressing the challenges and strategies of managing very large and very small marine mammal protected areas. Like the first two conferences ICMMPA 3 will highlight new developments in science and management, offer training and capacity-building sessions, and provide a forum for sharing information on approaches to marine mammal management and conservation including knowledge products developed by the newly formed IUCN MMPA Task Force.
The 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas invites you to join the conversation using Twitter in the lead up to, during and post-conference.
The conference organizers have established a Twitter hashtag to encourage comment and feedback on the conference. Just by adding the hashtag #ICMMPA3 to your tweets and following this hashtag during the conference you will be able to be in direct contact, not only with the conference organisers, but also other conference delegates. We hope you take the opportunity to tell us about your experience at the conference, what you like and feel could be improved as well as what you’d like to see at future conferences, special events and initiatives that could be hosted by the Committee, and anything else that contributes to improving and enhancing the marine mammal protected area “community of practice”. Please spread the word about this Twitter feed, and use it respectfully… our only goal is to provide a way to get your feedback and to give the delegates a way of connecting with each other through social media. Remember – all you have to do is use the hashtag #ICMMPA3 on your tweets!
With thanks to our local host sponsors:
(3rd Conference Image: Australian Sea Lions photographed at South Australia’s Hopkins Island © Michael Patrick O’Neill)