• MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTED AREAS
    TASK FORCE

IUCN MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTED AREAS TASK FORCE

The Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (MMPATF) has been created by the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA), the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Marine Vice Chair, and members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) to help support a stronger global profile for the role of marine mammals in protected areas, and to provide a stronger voice for the MMPA constituency within IUCN.

The goal of the MMPATF is to facilitate mechanisms to encourage collaboration, sharing information and experience, accessing and disseminating knowledge and tools for establishing, monitoring, and managing MMPAs. The MMPATF promotes effective spatial solutions and best practices for marine mammal conservation within MMPAs.

From 2016-2021, the Task Force is and will be focusing on setting up a series of regional workshops to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs), beginning with the Mediterranean in 2016, followed by the Pacific Islands (2017), the North East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas (2018), the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas (2019), Australia-New Zealand waters and South East Indian Ocean (2020) and the South East Tropical and Temperate Pacific Ocean (2021).

Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs)

Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) are defined as discrete portions of habitat, important to marine mammal species, that have the potential to be delineated and managed for conservation.

IMMAs consist of areas that comprise a potential marine mammal layer for consideration of conservation measures by governments, intergovernmental organisations, conservation groups, and the general public.

In 2016-2021, the MMPAs Task Force is rolling out a tool to apply criteria to identify and potentially protect Important Marine Mammal Areas. To find out more about the Task Force’s progress please use the IMMA e-Atlas.

UPCOMING EVENT

Workshop: Important Marine Mammal Area Identification in the Southern Ocean

Best, France, 15 – 19 October 2018

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Task Force Officers

Co-Chairs

Erich Hoyt

Erich Hoyt

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara

IMMA Coordinator

Michael J. Tetley

Michael J. Tetley

IMMA Coordinator