MedPAN, in partnership with Port-Cros National Park and Miraceti just organised a hands-on 5-day training on the conservation and monitoring of cetaceans across Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
MedPAN, in partnership with Port-Cros National Park and Miraceti just organised a hands-on 5-day training on the conservation and monitoring of cetaceans across Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It was held in Cavalaire, France, with the support of the Observatoire marin du Golfe de St Tropez. This session represents one of the most important activity under the MPA NETWORKS project and is part of the mobile species training cycle of the MedPAN Regular Training Programme which started in 2019, addressed to build MPA operational capacity on targeted topics. Despite the challenging conditions dictated by the epidemics, 4 MPA practitioners were able to join the training, representing Brijuni and Mljet National Parks as well as Telascica Nature Reserve in Croatia and Plemmirio MPA in Italy. Two days in class and 3 days at sea onboard a sailing boat, in a real-life observation campaign situation, were originally planned, but the windy weather only allowed the crew to spend 2 days at sea.
The Frech NGO Miraceti was in charge of delivering the training, organizing a highly interactive fashion. In-class sessions followed a logical sequence successively addressing the different steps required for the development and implementation of an adaptive management strategy (context, objectives, needs and constraints, methodology, protocols, financing, logistics, implementation of monitoring and measures, evaluation, adaptation). At sea sessions reproduced the conditions of a real life observation campaign with observers roles and positions on the boat as well as reporting duties.
The overall objective of this operational training was to provide trainees with sufficient background, expertise and experience to design and implement a cetacean management strategy adapted to their needs and resources in an integrated global context.
The training also includes two half-day webinars with the trainees, scheduled 6 months and one year from now, in order to assess the implementation of monitoring and management measures in the MPAs of the 4 trainees, and to help resolve issues and difficulties if relevant.
This training has been organized also with the financial support of the OFB and the COGITO project.