Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions

Event Starts In
Fr, 1 July 2022

Quality Matters:
Enhancing Governance, Effective Management and Resilience of Marine Protected Areas for Multiple Co-benefits


Lisbon, Portugal

Room: Altice Arena,

Conference Venue, Side Event Room 1


Friday (11:30 – 12:45) 1 Jul, 2022

Dive into effective MPA implementation globally (Galápagos and Eastern Tropical Pacific), explore innovative planning and finance tools and strategies, and celebrate the 2022 Blue Park Awards.

Event Program


11:30 - 11:40 Opening Remarks

UNEP and TNC will set the stage to discuss the importance of enhancing governance, effective management, and resilience, and the role of knowledge and tech innovation in MPAs. We will highlight the importance of synergies and collaboration to achieve 30x30 commitments including new innovative tools to support MPA managers.


Jennifer Morris, The Nature Conservancy

Ole Vestergaard, United Nations Environment Program


11:40 – 12:00 Enhancing governance, management and resilience in Galapagos and the Eastern Tropical Pacific

The Government of Ecuador and key partners will present the progress made so far on the implementation of the newly designated “Hermandad” Marine Reserve in Galapagos, and its complementarity and connection with the MPAs of Galapagos and Cocos Island in Costa Rica, as well as ongoing efforts to preserve and strengthen ecological connectivity and marine conservation in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region.


Gustavo Manrique, Minister of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition, Ecuador

Ambassador Luis Vayas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador

Dona Bertarelli, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

Eliecer Cruz, Director of the Galapagos Program, Jocotoco Foundation

Dr. Inti Keith, Senior Marine Scientist, Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands


12:00 - 12:15 The 2022 Blue Park Awards

Marine Conservation Institute will announce three Blue Park Award recipients -- marine protected areas that meet science-based standards for outstanding conservation effectiveness as determined by an international council of marine conservation experts.


Dr. Arthur Tuda, Executive Secretary, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Dr. Lance Morgan, President, Marine Conservation Institute

Blue Park Award Recipients

Brigitta Gunawan, OceanEcho 30x30 Fellow, EarthEcho International


12:15 – 12:45 Q&A Session

Facilitated by moderators

Participants will discuss barriers and opportunities to enhance governance, effective management and climate resilience within MPAs based on lessons learned around the world.

Key questions to be explored include:

  • How can new and existing tools and technologies enhance the effectiveness of MPAs in the face of escalating threats?

  • What insights have been gleaned from practical pilot applications?

  • How can we guide innovation to better meet the needs of marine and coastal stakeholders?

  • What role can the private sector play in supporting marine conservation?


Organizing Partners

Relaciones Exteriores
Gobierno 2
The Nature C
Marine Conservation I

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