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From March 18 to 22 2013 a workshop on a Marine Mammal Conservation Corridor for Northern South America (MaMa CoCo Sea) will be organized by SPAW-RAC-SPAW and hosted by Green Heritage Fund Suriname (GHFS) in Paramaribo, Suriname, This workshop will build on discussions and lessons from the 2010 national Coastal Zone Management and Marine Protected Areas workshop in Suriname and the 2011 International MaMa CoCo Sea workshop in Martinique.

The goal of this workshop is to formulate an action plan for the effective management of the marine areas and mammals in the Eco region of Northern South America to support the protection of the marine biological diversity in the region. This action plan will be finalized by April 2013.

Workshop objectives

  • Familiarize Workshop Participants with Regional Initiatives for Marine Mammal Conservation and the proposed Marine Mammal Conservation Corridor for Northern South America

  • Familiarize Workshop Participants with work done by the French Marine Protected Areas Agency

  • Introduce and familiarize workshop participants with the Ecoregion of Northern South America

  • Introduce Marine Ecosystem-Based Management

  • Examine existing data and knowledge on marine mammals (species and critical habitats) in the Ecoregion of Northern South America (country by country)

  • Identify data gaps on the distribution and abundance of marine mammals in the Ecoregion of Northern South America

  • Determine potential data sources and partners

  • Establish current threats (country by country)

  • Establish current legal management framework (country by country)

  • Formulate an action plan (including inter alia capacity building through training courses, regional surveys, stranding network).

  • Provide an update on Suriname’s marine protected areas process, including objectives

    For presentations and documents please go to:

    MaMa CoCo Sea Project

CAR-SPAW                                                                                  AgenceAireMarineProtegees

The marine mammal fauna of the Wider Caribbean Region is diverse with 32 species of marine mammals, which have significant ecological, aesthetic and economic value to the countries and territories of the regions. For many of these species, these tropical waters serve as primary habitats for feeding, mating and calving. They also serve as important corridors ‘stop-over points’ connecting habitats in distant waters via long-ranging north-south migration routes in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

The LifeWeb project “Broad-scale marine spatial planning of mammal corridors & Protected Areas in Wider Caribbean & Southeast & Northeast Pacific” led by UNEP and funded by the government of Spain will assist countries develop and apply cross-sectoral ecosystem approaches to management of marine mammals. Initial activities have included mapping of critical mammal habitats and regional-scale migration routes, including plus socio- economic information on human activities to inform development of broad-scale spatial planning of marine mammal Protected Areas. The project also assists planners and managers develop management plans for selected sites via technical guidance, training and learning exchanges, good practices on transboundary governance and equitable sharing of MPA benefits. The project, due to close at the end of 2013, is expected to end with the development of scenarios for transboundary management of marine mammals, in particular in the Wider Caribbean. The SPAW-RAC is identified as a partner on several actions of the Lifeweb project and in particular for the development of scenarios in the Wider Caribbean Region. The area from Venezuela to Brasil is one of the area identified in that regard.

The Green Heritage Fund Suriname was established in October 2005 and is a non-profit. The GHFS vision is to create a society of people who consciously work towards the continued improvement of their environment, and the promotion of a green, clean and healthy Suriname. The GHFS through its Dolphin Program works on marine (mammal) protected areas in Suriname to contribute to a national agenda on ocean protection. This initiative is specifically designed to provide local support and accelerate regional and national marine protected areas establishment efforts, as well as promote regional collaboration.

The workshop was organized by the organizer's team of CAR-SPAW, the French Marine Protected Areas Agency and the Green Heritage Fund Suriname and financed by the Lifeweb program and WWF Guianas.

Financed by: 

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