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2011 Edition



SESSION 1 : Political Leaders discuss Marine Protected Areas
Moderator: CEO of Concordia 21 and former President of Costa Rica José Maria FIGUERES

SESSION 2 : Implementation and Benefits of Marine Protected Areas
Moderators: Enric SALA, National Geographic Fellow and marine ecologist and Pierre ERWES, President and Founder of BioMarine.


SESSION 1. "The Deep Ocean: an unknown biodiversity to be protected"
Moderator: Lisa SPEER, Director of the International Oceans Council of the US Natural Resources Defense Council

SESSION 2. "Large Marine Animals: keystone species crucial to ocean health"
Moderator: Philippe CURY, Director of the Mediterranean and Tropical Halieutic Research Center of France’s IFREMER

The Context

Nine years ago the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development pledged to establish Marine Protected Areas covering 10 per cent of the world's oceans by 2012. That deadline has now been pushed back to 2020. So far only an estimated 1.17 per cent of the world's oceans are protected, with just a fraction of those designated as "no-take" zones.
Obstacles to reaching marine protection goals range from the legislative and geopolitical to the economic and social. With the MBI 2011 Mission Statement as a basis for discussion, the panel and delegates addressed issues of development and management of MPAs from political, scientific, conservation and business perspectives.