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Recommendations for the management of MPAs

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Recommendations for the management of MPAs


Defra have recently announced an extension to the UK Blue Belt with the designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones.  However, designation is just the first step.  This conference will unveil a new collaborative approach to managing Marine Protected Areas.   It aims to launch a long-term sustainable management plan that represents a cost-effective and realistic way forward.

The conference will be based on our recently published study ‘One Voice for Marine Conservation’ , sponsored by the North Sea Marine Cluster and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.  It demonstrates there is an as yet untapped opportunity to use the creativity and ingenuity of the private sector in the long-term management of MPAs.

The conference is expected to attract key players with a vested interest in the marine economy. These will include business leaders, senior politicians and policy-makers, alongside world class marine scientists. The event, which will hear from a number of distinguished speakers, is to be held at the Assembly House in Norwich on 21st April 2016. The main conference will be followed by a separately ticketed evening reception.

Rodney Anderson, Chair of the Board of the North Sea Marine Cluster says “The Government has promised a ‘Blue Belt’ of marine protected sites around the UK and the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories. However designation is just the first step. We need a long-term sustainable management plan in place and this event aims to be the launchpad for this.”

Gregory Darling, Chairman Gardline Group and Managing Director AST Ltd says “The health of the marine environment is critical to our economy, with direct marine related activities contributing £46bn and supporting over 890,000 jobs. This event will promote and facilitate the cross-sectoral cooperation that will be necessary to effectively manage marine protected areas.”

Professor Peter Liss CBE FRS, University of East Anglia says “UK seas are home to over 8000 species, many vital unique habitats and provide a range of ecosystem services. With an increasing global emphasis on valuing natural capital the UK has a real opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable management of the seas. This event will acknowledge the barriers, offer solutions and provide a cost-effective and realistic way forward.”

Tickets for the event, including information on confirmed speakers to date, are on sale now here. Sponsorship packages are available and details are available here. Earlybird tickets are on sale until 29th February- numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  Delegates will be invited to apply for a short speaking slot at the conference.

Posted by on Mon, 30 Oct 2017

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