Community of Practice

Welcome to the Community of Practice of the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit. 

The Community of Practice has been designed to create and support a network of MPA managers who are actively managing, are aware of, or wishing to ensure marine mammals are effectively managed through MPA management frameworks and policies. By building upon and supporting the resources and tools provided by the factsheetsself-assessment tool, and good practices the Community of Practice promotes important collaboration and knowledge exchange opportunities between its members, strengthens and builds members’ capacities all which contribute to the better management and conservation of marine marine mammals through local, national and transboundary MPAs. 


The Community of Practice brings together MPA practitioners from around the globe with the common goal of ensuring that marine mammals are effectively managed within marine policy frameworks. Members are able to identify and network with fellow MPA and marine mammal experts, access the Toolkit’s technical resources and obtain support and guidance from mentors, ultimately sustaining the growth of the Community of Practice. 

The map displays current members and mentors of the Community of Practice.  To learn more about each member and mentor click on the marker and follow the links. In the map mentors are displayed in green, and members in blue. 


Global MPA Network

Members will join a network of MPA practitioners, managers and experts all working towards the conservation of marine mammals through policy frameworks, which critical opportunities for networking and collaboration, thus facilitating transboundary cooperation.

Technical Support

Members will have access to support with the use of the Toolkit and access to MPA and marine mammal technical resources thus enhancing the technical capacity and knowledge, resulting in greater management and conservation.


Members will have access to mentors which are MPA managers and project partners who helped create, test, and apply the toolkit – successfully and effectively conserving marine mammals within their MPA frameworks.

Join the Community of Practice

Joining the Community of Practice is voluntary, with members committing to participating in the community by sharing knowledge, resources and good practices regarding the management of marine mammals and MPAs,  fostering collaboration with fellow members, thus sustaining the Community of Practice. 

To join perspective members will be asked to use, and complete the Self-Assessment Tool to understand how well marine mammals are considered within their MPAs management plans, and share the results with the Marine Mammal Twinning. 

If you are an MPA manager, practitioners and/or expert working with marine mammals and would like to join the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit Community of Practice,  and be part of this global network of MPAs, click the button below.  You will be directed to a complete a form and consequentially be contacted by the Marine Mammal Twinning. 


Through knowledge sharing, capacity building, networking and mentorship the Community of Practice aims to:

  1. Increase effective MPA management of marine mammals
  2. Facilitate transboundary MPA management
  3. Build technical capacity of its members and their ability to manage challenges in respect to MPAs and marine mammals
  4. Create a global network of MPA practitioners
  5. Ensure marine mammals are better protected within the policy framework
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