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The Marine Mammals Management Toolkit

Marine mammals play a crucial role in marine ecosystem function, providing valuable ecosystem services. However, many continue to be adversely impacted by human activity and are often underrepresented in Area-Based Management Tool (ABMT) management plans, including Marine Protected Areas (MPA) , commonly as a result of low capacity and lack of resources to effectively implement management plans.

To address this, the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit was designed and created to develop the technical capacities of managers, policy makers and marine practitioners for the inclusion of marine mammals into ABMTs, facilitating and guiding their effective management whilst also supporting countries in the implementation of international agreements including the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. 


The Toolkit aims to:

Activities & Results

The key components of the project are:

Further refine and develop the products created in the previous phase: a self-assessment tool (for the integration of marine mammals into ABMT management plans) and a checklist, testing the self-assessment tool at larger scales.

Promotion and uptake of the toolkit to become a reference tool for marine mammals managers, policy makers and those interested int he conservation of marine mammals.

To host and deliver workshops and capacity-building events for ABMT managers to strengthen, monitor and evaluate management actions.

Promote and share results and tools with the other twinning projects in order to multiply and maximise the learning, feedback and results.

the 4-page Project Summary Flyer

An earlier phase of this project/programme was funded/co-funded by the European Union

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