SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Putting Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) on the Global Map
Friday 14 November 2014, 8:30 — 9:00 AM
IUCN World Parks Congress Ocean + Pavilion
A special event presented by the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force in collaboration with IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and Species Survival Commission (SSC), the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, Tethys Research Institute and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) will be featured at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, on Friday 14 November, at 8.30 AM.
The session will present the work of the Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force to put “Important Marine Mammal Areas” (IMMAs) on the world map. The talks will highlight the contribution of marine mammals in Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs), Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and explain the rationale for developing IMMAs. IMMAs are scientific tools leading to MPAs, and useful in MSP exercises and in consideration of areas for reducing noise, areas to avoid or take caution for shipstrikes, and areas to monitor in terms of climate change. The presentation will focus on various regions of the world ocean to show the effort of identifying IMMAs and linking them functionally into Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and EBSAs. Emphasis will be made to demonstrate: a) the importance, political and ecological, of the EBSAs, and how KBAs and in particular IMMAs will support the EBSA process and the attainment of Aichi Target 11; and b) how the Task Force thinks that marine mammal conservation and wider marine ecosystem conservation will be mutually reinforcing. The talk will conclude by pointing out ways forward, by identifying gaps that obstruct progress and suggest solutions. An attractive poster map showing EBSAs, marine mammal MPAs and potential IMMAs will be distributed to participants.