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Before the 6th World Parks Congress takes place, the 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA) is taking place from 9th November to the 11th November 2014 at the Stamford Grand Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia. The ICMMPA is an informal group of international experts dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats.
Members of ICMMPA come from various geographic regions, as well as a wide range of expertise within the fields of marine mammal biology, ecology and the design and management of marine protected areas and other marine planning initiatives. Members include scientists, representatives of governmental agencies and NGOs.
This year the major theme of ICMMPA 3 is conservation through MPAs large and small’ and will:
One of the major accomplishments of ICMMPA is the IUCN - WCPA Task Force on Marine Mammal Protected Areas. This task force has been created to help support a stronger global profile and to provide a stronger voice for the Marine Mammals Protected Areas (MMPA) constituency within IUCN. Its main objective is to facilitate mechanisms to encourage collaboration, sharing information and experience, accessing and disseminating knowledge and tools for establishing, monitoring, and managing MMPAs and promoting effective spatial solutions and best practices for marine mammal conservation within MMPAs.