Scientists and government professionals participated in the “First Workshop for the Identification of Argentina’s Marine Ecosystems”, which was held virtually on December 15. The main goal of the process, which would conclude in 2021, is the development of a map of Argentina’s marine environments. This contribution will guide management and conservation actions and evaluate the ecological representativeness of the ecoregions within the Marine Protected Areas of the Argentine Sea.read more
Strengthening the implementation of Argentina’s National System of Marine Protected Areas is fundamental to reach its objectives. A necessary condition is the integration of updated knowledge and the systematization of recommendations from all the actors involved. Under this premise, the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea convened representatives from various sectors to discuss and provide input on fishing in Argentina’s national Marine Protected Areas, within the framework of a virtual technical workshop held on December 3.read more
Marine Protected Areas: A view on the future of the Patagonian Sea’s biodiversity
During the third and last meeting of the cycle (“Challenges for the conservation of the Patagonian Sea”), we reflected on the future of Marine Protected Areas of the Patagonian Sea, in the context of both socio-environmental changes and climate change. The Chilean Secretary of Science, Andrés Couve, took part at the beginning of the seminar, together with representatives of the public and cientific sector, and the civil society.read more
Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas on the conservation and management of biodiversity
Over 200 people took part in the second webinar of the cycle: “Challenges for the Patagonian Sea’s conservation: Chile and Argentina’s outlooks on the planning and implementation of MPA systems”. There were presentations and a round table to discuss the challenges and opportunities in order to achieve effective and representative Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) systems.read more
The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea launched a series of webinars. This cycle aimed to encourage the dialogue on what the challenges are in order to achieve Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that effectively represent the sea’s varied ecosystems and that are able to stand their ground in the face of climate change. The webinars focused on Chile and Argentina as case studies to showcase the vastness of the Patagonian Sea.read more
Strategic alliance strengthening will be the main focus of the 2020 cycle of the School for MPAs’ Managers
The 2020 programme was specifically designed in response to the common needs of all three countries, and it will cover 3 crucial areas of knowledge for the design and forging of MPA management alliances: institutional and legal knowledge, communication, and participatory processes. Work will continue with MPA managers from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, most of whom have participated in previous instances.read more
Isla Guafo is a relevant site for the wildlife, culture and spirituality of the Mapuche Huilliches communities in southern Chiloé (Chile) and is also a key point for the conservation of marine biodiversity in Patagonia. The wonderful cultural and natural attributes of Guafo have motivated a group of ten indigenous communities in Chiloé to promote the “Wuafo Wapi, ancestral territory for conservation” initiative that seeks the declaration of a Marine Coastal Area of Native Peoples (ECMPO) in Guafo, a proposal that was declared admissible by SUBPESCA, after being officially presented with the technical support of WWF Chile, and the support of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Oceans5. In 2013, the area of the Gulf of Corcovado – Isla Guafo was identified by the Forum as one of the Lighthouses of the Patagonian Sea for its outstanding ecological and oceanographic conditions.read more
What is the risk of extinction of the Patagonian Sea fish? Although many species are key to the structure and functioning of the ecosystem, there are no indicators on the conservation status of most of them. Therefore, a team of experts was part of the Regional Workshop on the Evaluation of the State of Conservation of Bone Fish of the Patagonian Sea, convened by the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea, with the collaboration of IUCN-South and the support of WCS Argentina and Oceans 5.read more
Science and Management, tensions and opportunities for the management of Marine Protected Areas
What reasons underlie the tension between the scientific world and the management world, in relation to the management of Marine Protected Areas? How could the cooperation between the MPAs management authorities and the scientific sector be strengthened in order to increase the knowledge transfer applicable to management? These and other questions lead the round table promoted by the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea during the XVIII Latin American Congress of Marine Sciences. In front of more than one hundred people, Forum members together with members of the National Parks Administration of Argentina and of the Mar de Juan Fernández and Islas Desventuradas National Park in Chile presented their experiences along with the challenges and results of their joint work.
With the participation of more than one hundred people, representatives of the National Park Administration of Argentina and the Mar de Juan Fernández National Park and Desventuradas Islands of Chile, together with the Forum, presented their experiences and demonstrated the challenges and results of the joint work.
Argentina, Chile and Uruguay renew their commitment to the joint development of capacities for the effective management of Marine Protected Areas
Government members from the three countries and the civil society signed a letter of intent to continue working integrally in strengthening the capacities of those responsible for the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
The declaration aims at the continuity of the networking and the regional approach proposed within the framework of the School for the Management of MPAs in the Southern Cone, and proposes the same approach in all Latin America.
This commitment was reflected at the end of an event organized by the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea, Argentina Wildlife Foundation, WCS Chile, WWF Chile, the National Parks Administration of Argentina, the Ministry of Environment of Chile and the Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment of Uruguay, within the framework of the III Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean (IIICAPLAC) held from October 14 to 17 in Lima, Peru.