Fort de France and Les Trois Ilets, Martinique
7 to 11 November 2011

FINAL PROGRAM – Please click here to consult it

This program is temporary. Evolutions are still possible in particular in the order and the subjects of the workshops.

Monday 7 November: Panel Sessions

Plenary sessions at “Atrium*” on Monday and Tuesday
*Atrium Convention Center, 6 rue Jacques Cazotte, 97200 Fort-de-France

8.30 – 10.00 Opening and official talks
Sponsorship – Albert Falco, Captain of “La Calypso”, with JY Cousteau, sponsorship, France
Ville Fort de France, Raymond Saint-Louis-Augustin, Mayor of Fort-de-France
MPA Agency, François Gauthiez, Deputy Director, France
NOAA, Ryan Wulff, United States Deputy Commissioner to the IWC, USA
CBD, Jihyun Lee, Environmental Affairs Officers for marine and coastal biodiversity and the ecosystem approach
UICN – Dan Laffoley, IUCN, Word Commission on Protected Areas, UK
Conseil Général, Mme la Présidente, Josette Manin
Conseil Régional, Mr. le Président, Serge Letchimy
Préfet, Mr. Laurent Prévost
10.00 – 10.30 COFFEE BREAK
10.30 – 11.00


Australian policy
Tony Burke, Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Protecting the High Seas vs. protecting marine mammals (but keep the legal stuff in mind)
Christophe Lefèbvre, French MPA Agency, UICN, France

Closing address: Thinking Big — But Not Forgetting Small: The ICMMPA 2 “Take Home” Vision
Erich Hoyt, Critical Habitat/MPA Programme, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, UK

11.00 – 12.30 Panel 1 – Special considerations for particularly endangered marine mammals (How to manage MPAs for particularly endangered marine mammals)
Coordinator : Lorenzo Rojas Bracho,
Coordinador de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Mrinos, Instituto Nacional de Ecologia (INE), México.Using MPAs to Save Endangered Small Cetaceans: Is this the Right Tool?
Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho and Randy ReevesOptimizing the value of MPAs for conservation of sirenians
Benjamin Morales Vela, Investigador Titular, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, México
John E Reynolds IIIDesign Elements for Endangered Pinnipeds Marine Protected AreasDennis Heinemann, Director of Science Marine Mammal Commission, USA
Timothy J Ragen Executive Director Marine Mammal Commission, USA

Strengths and weaknesses of the MPA approach for endangered large whales
Greg Donovan, Head of Science International Whaling Commission (IWC), UK

Small odontocetes
Lorenzo Rojas Bracho, Instituto Nacional de Ecologia, México
Randall Reeves Chair, Cetacean Specialist Group (IUCN-SSC) and Okapi Wildlife Associates, Canada

14.00 – 15.30 PANEL 2 – Refining our understanding of marine mammal critical habitat and hotspots, wading through large, heterogeneous masses of data, to inform MMPA designation (include High Seas)
Coordinators : Kristin Kaschner, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany and Rob Williams, University of St Andrews
Cetacean data: gaps and challenges for systematic marine conservation planning
Rob Williams, University of St. Andrews, UKApproaches to defining critical habitat
Jessica Redfern, SWFSC, USAConservation planing tools available for MMPAs: Assumptions, strengths and weaknesses (Marxan, Marzone, Zonation, ResNet, C-Plan etc).
Sandra Pompa, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoWhere do we go from here: filling gaps and building models to predict densities in unsurveyed areas, and validating predictions with new data
Kristin Kaschner, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany
15.30 – 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00 – 16.30   KEYNOTE 2 -Marine mammals that have already been lost — lessons learned ?
Randall Reeves, Chair, Cetacean Specialist Group (IUCN-SSC) and Okapi Wildlife Associates, Canada
18.00 Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday 8 November: Panel Sessions

8.30 – 10.00 COMBINED PANEL 3 & 4 – Using Marine Spatial Planning and Ecosystem-based Management to address broad threats to marine mammals
Coordinator : Tundi Agardy, Sound Seas, USA
Broad scale impacts and the use of MPAs and MSP to advance EBM in the service of conservation, Tundi Agardy, Sound Seas, USAThe REMMOA survey
Vincent Ridoux, Observatoire Pelagis, FranceMSP, zoning, and adapation to climate change,
Brian Smith, WCS, BangladeshMarine Bioregional planning and ecosystem-based management
Ms Christine Schweizer, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia
10.00 – 10.30 COFFEE BREAK
10.30 – 12.30  PANEL 5 – Managing MMPAs for localised threats and mitigation by spatial protection and other means.
Coordinator : David Mattila, NOAA-ONMS, IWC Commission
Special tribute to Alexandre de LichterveldeAddressing the effectiveness of management alternatives for reducing collisions between large ships and large whales in marine mammal protected areas.
Scott M. Gende, National Park Service, Alaska, USA; A. Noble Hendrix, Resource Consultants, USA. ; Karin R. Harris Webb, National Park Service, Alaska, USA. Marine mammal bycatch: how big is the problem and how can mmpas play a leading role in its solution?
David Mattila, NOAA-ONMS, technical advisor to the International Whaling Commission


Oil spills and marine mammals: findings from the recent spill in the gulf of mexico

Teri Rowles, NOAA-OPR, director of the (US) marine mammal health and stranding response program.


Marine mammal protection in Mexico
David Gutierrez Carbonell, Commission National de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), Mexico


Using ecosystem approach to fisheries management that also helps marine mammal conservation

14.00 – 15.30 PANEL 6 – Regional cooperation for MMPA scientific and technical networking
Coordinator : Martine Bigan, French Ministry of Environment, MEDDTL, France
General considerations, Martine BiganProtection of areas for cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea –key issues, tools, possible solutions, Ana Stbrenac, ACCOBAMS
Towards a network of PAs for Black Sea cetaceans
Alexei Birkun, Jr. Black Sea Council for Marine Mammals, ACCOBAMS, UkraineUsing the MedPAN network to further marine mammal conservation and using marine mammals to improve MPA management, Chloë Webster, MEDPAN, FranceStrenghthening collaboration and capacity for an effectuve regional marine mammals protected areas network: The Pacific Islands experience
Tiare Turang Holm, Director, Sustainable Decisions, Palau
15.30 – 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00 – 17.30 PANEL 7 – Development of Marine Mammal PAs in the Wider Caribbean Region.
Coordinator : Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri, UNEP-Caribbean Environment ProgrammeFrom a regional treaty to an Action Plan to conservation efforts at the national level Hélène Souan, SPAW Regional Activity Center (SPAW/ RAC)The MM Sanctuary for the Dominican Republic: Twenty-Five Years of learning by doing
Peter Sanchez, Ministry of Environment and Patricia Lancho, FUNDEMARThe Agoa Sanctuary for the French Antilles,
Nicolas Maslach, Agoa, FranceTowards a Sanctuary for the Dutch Netherlands: a partnership effort
Paul Hoetjes, Caribbean NetherlandsBuilding capacity and networking of Marine Protected Areas: a platform for the conservation of Marine Mammals
19.30 Side event 1. REPCET Navigation, whales and ship strikes. Toward a collaboration between Mediterranean and Caribbean actions ?
Pascal Mayol, Souffleurs d’Ecume, France, France
Gaële Vandersarren, CAR/SPAW, Guadeloupe
Marie-Christine Grillo-Compulsione, ACCOBAMS, Monaco

Wednesday 9 November: Workshop Sessions

Workshop sessions at “Les trois îlets*” on Wednesday and Thursday
*on the other side of the of the Fort-de-France Bay. Each workshop is linked to one Panel

8.00 – 12.30 COFFEE BREAK @ 10.00
WORKSHOP 1 Monk seal conservation issues
Coordinator: Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Tethys Research Institute, ItalySupporting the peaceful coexistence between human communities and monk seals in Greece
Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Tethys Research Institute, ItalyMediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) and Marine Protected Areas in Greece
Eleni Tryfon, Ministry for the Environment, GreeceConservation of the Mediterranean Monk Seal monachus monachus in Turkiye and the role of coastal & marine protected areas
Cem Orkun Kıraç, SAD-AFAG, TurkeyMediterranean monk seals. Are Marine Protected Areas the panacea for the conservation of the species in Greek seas ?
Vangelis Paravas, Mom, Greece

The case study of the Desertas islands nature reserve – a home for the Mediterranean Monk Seal, Monachus monachus,
Rosa Pires, Parque Natural da Madeira, Portugal

Marine protected areas as a tool for Hawaiian monk seal recoverymonachus
Charles Littnan, NOAA Fisheries, Hawaii

Monk seal protection in the Saharan coast
Pablo Fernandez de Larrinoa, Med Monk Seal Program, Mauritania/Morocco

Rehabilitation of Mediterranean monk seals (Monachus monachus) as part of an integrated approach to its survival
Lenie Hart, eal Rehabilitation and Research Centre, Netherlands

  WORKSHOP 2 River dolphin, estuary and coastal dolphin conservation
Coordinators: Fernando Trujillo, Fundación Omacha, Colombia; Miguel Iniguez, Fundación Cethus and WDCS, Argentina; Erich Hoyt, WDCS, UKAssessing freshwater ecosystem degradation in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins using river dolphins as ecological indicators, flagships and sentinel species
Catalina Gómez-Salazar, Fundacion Omacha (Colombia) and Dalhousie University (Canada)The South American River Dolphin Protected Area Network SARDPAN
Marcela Portocarrero-Aya, Fundacion Omacha (Colombia) and Hull University (UK)The Action Plan for South American River Dolphins and major human stressors that impact river dolphins directly: interactions with fisheries and killing of dolphins to be used as bait
Fernando Trujillo, Fundacion Omacha, ColombiaConservation of aquatic freshwater species in protected areas: Mamiraua as a case study.
Miriam Marmontel, Mamiraua Sustainable Reserve, Brazil

River dolphin conservation in Asia: climate change
Brian Smith, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA.

River dolphin conservation in India
Ravindra Sinha, University of Patna, India

Protected areas and Conservation of the franciscana dolphins in Argentina
Mauricio Failla, Argentina

  WORKSHOP 4 Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements to Facilitate Partnerships between MMPAs: Making Them Work and Lessons Learned.
Cordinators : Brad Barr, Senior Policy Advisor, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, USAA Bilateral Agreement between Similar MMPAs: Francisco Coloane Coastal and Marine Protected Area (Chile) and Glacier Bay National Park (USA).
Scott M. Gende, National Park Service, USABilateral and Multilateral Agreements between Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and MPAs in the Caribbean: Lessons Learned.
Nathalie Ward, PhD, NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, USA
  WORKSHOP 5 North East of South America, Regional cooperation for a MMs conservation strategy
Coordinator: Marion Brichet, French MPA’s Agency
Co-chairs: François Gauthiez French MPA’s Agency, Hélène Souan, CAR/SPAW
Reporter: Marion Brichet and Gaëlle Vandersarren, CAR-SPAW, GuadeloupeA new consideration for marine issues in French Guiana.
Marc-Henri Duffaud, Environmental Regional Direction, French GuianaDolphin Program Monitoring and Research Program in Suriname.
Monique Pool, Suriname Environmental Advisory Services, SurinameConservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: A Focus on Marine Mammals in Guyana
Oumardatt Ramcharran. Environmental Protection Agency, GuyanaCetacean Critical Habitat Assessment in the Central-Northeast Coast of Venezuela
Lenin Enrique Oviedo Correa MSc. University of Hong Kong, JapanConservation of freshwater dolphins in South America: A regional cooperation initiative among countries, stakeholders and policy makers
Marcela Portocarrero-Aya. University of Hull (UK) and Fundación Omacha, ColombiaAquatic mammals as ecological indicators to integrate monitoring programs and assessments with management practices
Catalina Gómez-Salazar. Dalhousie University, Canada, and Fundación Omacha, ColombiaWorkshop to be continued in the afternoon
  COFFEE BREAK @ 16.00
14.30 – 18.30 WORKSHOP 7 Bycatch and MMPA
Coordinator: Arne Bjorge , Institute of Marine Research, NorwayMarine mammal bycatch in Norway: Assessment and management actions,
Arne Bjorge, Institute of Marine Research, NorwayBycatch initiatives in a newly created MPA in Brittany (Iroise Sea),
Sami Hassani, Oceanopolis, FranceAn overview of attempts to reduce bycatch of the Vaquita,
Oscar Ramirez, CONANP, MexicoA new capacity building and bycatch mitigation initiative from the IWC,
David Mattila, NOAA-NMSP, USAAn overview of US efforts to reduce marine mammal bycatch globally, Nina Young WORKSHOP 4B: Broad-scale Marine Spatial Planning of Mammal Corridors and Protected Areas in Caribbean
and Southeast & Northeast Pacific, including identifying Ecological and Biologically Significant Areas
Convener: UNEP
Co-chairs: Ole Vestergaard, UNEP Marine & Coastal Ecosystems Branch; Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri, UNEP- Caribbean
Environment Programme & Patricio Bernal, GOBI Secretariat, IUCNIntroduction – Broadscale marine spatial planning for transboundary management of MM corridors and
critical habitats.

Ole Vestergaard and Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri, UNEPIntroducing the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative andCBD process to establish MPA networks in the
High Seas.
Patricio Bernal, GOBI Secretariat, IUCN, SwitzerlandChallenges in implementing marine mammal spatial planning and management in the Eastern Pacific.
Fernando Felix, CPPS, Ecuador

Mapping large-scale spatial patterns of cetacean density – preliminary work to information systematic
conservation planning and MPA network design in the greater Caribbean.
Rob Williams, Univ. St Andrews, UK

Towards the identification of EBSAs for marine mammals in the Tropical Western Atlantic.
Kristin Kaschner, Univ. Freiburg, Germany

Mapping ecological and socio-economic factors for marine mammal management in Caribbean.
Helene Souan, SPAW/RAC, Guadeloupe

Development of management plan for the Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic: from
practice to planning.
Peter Sanchez, Ministry of Environment, D.R and Patricia Lancho, FUNDEMAR

Twinning of ‘sister sanctuaries’ – connecting the Agoa, Silver Bank and Stellwagen Sanctuaries.
Nathalie Ward, NOAA, USA

18.30 Side event :
2. The International Whaling Commission’s Five Year Strategic Plan for Whalewatching, Australia


Thursday 10 November: Workshop Sessions

8.00 – 12.30 COFFEE BREAK @ 10.00
WORKSHOP 8 Sirenians
Coordinator: John Reynolds Mote Marine Laboratory, USA: Conservation of Sirenians

Conservation of manatees in the wider-Caribbean: vision, initiatives, momentum, and transferability
Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri, United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme, Jamaica

The LifeWeb Program as a potential tool for sirenian conservation in Mesoamerica
Helene Souan, SPAW-Regional Activity Centre, GuadeloupeThe establishment and challenges of the Chetumal Bay manatee protected area
Benjamin Morales Vela, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, MexicoThe reintroduction of manatees to the waters of Guadeloupe
Herve Magnin, Parc National de la Guadeloupe, GuadeloupeEvolving MPA monitoring into marine spatial planning: Aligning science and policy to conserve dugongs and their habitat. Ellen Hines, PhD, Marine & Coastal Conservation and Spatial Planning Center, San Francisco, USA WORKSHOP 9 What kinds of scientific information on marine mammals can be inserted in MSP processes to ensure that conservation goals are attained
Coordinator : Tundi Agardy, Sound Seas, WOO, USAExperiences from Bangladesh, Brian Smith, Asian Freshwater and Coastal Cetacean Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, USAMediteranean EBSAs, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Tethys Research Institute, ItalySpecies distributions and critical areas, Kristin Kaschner, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Germany

Marine mammal corridors Christine Gejier, University College London,UK

MSP in the Alboran Sea Ana Cañadas, ALNILAM Research and Conservation, Spain

Scientific information to improve management of Pelagos Marine Sanctuary, Aurélie Tasciotti, WWF, Italy

EBSAs in the Arctic, Patricio Bernal, IUCN, GOBI, Switzerland,

WORKSHOP 10 Management of whale watching in MMPAs
Coordinators : Jose Palazzo and Miguel Iniguez

Ms Christine Schweizer and Mr Artie Jacobson , Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia

Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri UNEP, Caribbean Environment Programme, Jamaica

Marie Christine Grillo, Executive Secretary of ACCOBAMS, Monaco

Pascal Mayol, Souffleurs d’Ecume, France


WORKSHOP 6: GOBI-LifeWeb Technical Session: Identifying EBSA’s in Wider Caribbean and East Pacific
Conveners: Patricio Bernal, GOBI, IUCN, Switzerland
Co-chairs: Patricio Bernal, GOBI Secretariat, Ole Vestergaard, UNEP Marine & Coastal Ecosystems Branch; Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri, UNEP- Caribbean Environment Programme

Technical session focusing on methodologies, data and challenges for the identification of important marine mammal habitats and large-scale EBSAs

Overview of CBD Regional workshops (past and future) – Pat Halpin, Duke University


15.00 – 17.00 Conclusions, recommendations, next steps
17.00 – 17.30

17.30 – 18.00

Inspirational keynote – Closing inspirational address

Special Event: Stellwagen Bank – Agoa partnership celebration

18.00 – 18.05 Formal closing
20.00 Cultural Evening – Fort St. Louis