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Formation « GRAMP, studies, analyses and perspectives in the context of great marine areas protected » at CRIOBE in Moorea.

Formation « GRAMP, studies, analyses and perspectives in the context of great marine areas protected » at CRIOBE in Moorea.

This training was composed of two seminars in Moorea:  « Large marine protected areas and connectivity of coral species », and « Large marine protected areas and indigenous governance of coral reefs ». This training was attended by senior speakers from Fiji, Australia, Hawaii to synthesize knowledge about the connectivity and its use as a tool for governance of large oceanic MPAs as well as the participation of indigenous peoples in the governance of large Pacific MPAs.

The first seminar « Large marine protected areas and connectivity of coral species » was intended to respond to operational issues of the GRAMP LITEAU III project on the governance of large marine protected areas. High-level experts were gathered to enlighten the current debate on the establishment of large marine protected areas in connection with the latest scientific knowledge on the phenomena of connectivity. Many subject were discussed such as the notion of species self-sufficiency perimeter, SLOSS controversy (« i.e. Single Large vs. Several Small), the use of knowledge about the connectivity of marine populations for the integrated management of those large perimeters of management in order to consider new ways of sustainable management of areas / resources. On this occasion, we are pleased to welcome two leading experts in connectivit: Dr. Peter Doherty and Dr. Serge Planes.

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Conférence régionale des Aires Marines Protégées

The goal of the second seminar « Large marine protected areas and indigenous governance of coral reefs » was to bring the issue of a project on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of wide perimeter, to broader themes directly related to governance of coastal / marine areas. This « anthropological » sounding seminar focused on the role of Pacific anthropology and its recent developments in terms of development, use and protection of the marine environment and the relationship between cultural identity , standards and local and traditional usage in large marine areas. The anthropological purpose of this seminar was to understand and compare the ways in which traditional societies ownership, integrate and participate in the management of large protected areas. Finally, beyond countries and traditional societies, other non-governmental components contribute through their lobbyist and scientific action in the conceptual development of customary norms, especially with regard to environmental protection. Interactions between countries-societes and NGOs are now part of the exchange « forum » that determines the governance of large MPAs.

This seminar focused onthe different components of societies in the context of coastal / marine environments: the implemented processes, their normativity, their efficiency. The seminar allowed discussions and exchanges between all disciplines involved in the project on the major MPAs. Governance issues are largely based on fundamental scientific questions. The seminars have helped to focus intensively on these issues and to contribute to the growth and enrichment of the GRAMP project.

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