Capacity building in Planning and Management of Marine Protected Areas play an important role in supporting the conservation process and sustainable usage of the marine natural resources. This has been among PERSGA priorities that triggered establishing a Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas (PERSGA MPARN). This is also one of the main objectives of the Regional Project of Strategic Ecosystembased Management of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, that PERSGA implements in collaboration with the World Bank supported by GEF. Within the Project’s activities PERSGA held this regional training workshop on MPAs Management and Planning in the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden during the period February 22nd -24th 2015 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Workshop was attended by about 25 participants of MPA managers, local communities, and relevant institutions in PERSGA countries. An International and a regional consultants in addition to PERSGA coordinator of Biodiversity, coordinator of Component 1 in the SEM Project facilitated the discussions during the workshop. The program included a combination of background information on MPAs planning and management, plenary discussions and work group exercises. Principles of MPAs planning and management as well as processes of data gathering and participatory mapping of habitats were discussed. At the end of the workshop, the participant were trained on the evaluation of MPAs management effectiveness. The Scorecard Method developed by the World Bank was used for this purpose. Participants were given the chance to through this training to evaluate the management effectiveness of their relevant MPAs.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden