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Workshop on MPA resilience to climate change - (St Martin 28-29 Nov. 2013)

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How Marine Protected Areas networks can improve marine ecosystem resilience in the Caribean Region?

This question was at the center of the discussions during a 2 days workshop organised by IUCN and the SPAW-RAC / UNEP in St Martin, which gathered several Marine protected area managers and relevant stakeholders of the EU overseas territories in the Caribbean.

Based on the exchanges of experiences and best practices, this workshop aimed at building MPA local and national capacities to increase the resilience of the coastal marine environments to climate change through the strengthening of regional cooperation, and at exploring the development of regional action plan to that purpose. Download the report:


You will find below several presentations of MPAs managers, that supported the discussion amongst participants on their respective experiences, the lessons learnt and the gaps to be bridged.

- Introduction- overview of climate change and its expected impacts on marine and coastal biodiversity in the Caribbean

IUCN Introduction - CC and MPAs Workshop
Potential impacts of sea level rise on the 10 insular biodiversity hotspots
Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean and Role of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

- Experiences sharing between MPA managers for addressing the impacts of climate change in their MPAs

Presentation of the French National Climate Change Observatories Network IFRECOR
Reserve de Petite Terre - Guadeloupe
Caribean Netherlands Science Institute
Vulnerability and Resilience in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Turks and Caicos Islands - MPA resilience to climate change
Anguilla MPA resilience and climate change
MPA resilience to climate change - Réserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin
MPAs, Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Building a Resilient Network of Partnerships
Climate Change Adaptation Policy - Virgin Islands
MPAs and Climate Change - Dutch Antilles
Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance