[MARMAM] Reminder - Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in Freshwater Environments SMM Workshop

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Fri Sep 8 06:41:36 PDT 2017


*Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in Freshwater Environments SMM
Workshop*


22nd Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) Biennial Conference, Sunday
October 29th 2017, Halifax N.S., Canada (Venue TBA)

Point of Contact - Michael J. Tetley IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal
Protected Areas Task Force (IUCN-MMPATF)  www.marinemammalhabitat.org
(email: immacoordinator(a)gmail.com)

Maximum Number of Participants: 30

The IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
(IUCN-MMPATF) is seeking registrations of interest from participants
for the upcoming workshop on Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in
Freshwater Environments Workshop to be held at the 2017 Society for
Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference this October.


The IUCN-MMPATF is in the process of identifying a global network of
Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs). IMMAs are an area based
management and conservation tool for identifying discrete portions of
habitat, important to marine mammal species, that have the potential
to be delineated and managed for conservation.


Across 2016-2021 a series of regional workshops of assembled experts
to identify IMMAs is underway. Marine mammal species recognized by the
Society for Marine Mammalogy Committee on Taxonomy which occur in
freshwater ecosystems, such as River Dolphins, Sirenians, and
Pinnipeds, present a different scenario and application of the current
IMMA Users Guidance. The IMMA Selection Criteria therefore requires
further consideration and consultation with leading experts before
their application in these freshwater environments. In comparison to
purely marine environments, freshwater habitats (large estuaries,
rivers, river basins, lakes, and inland seas) are subject to differing
ecological drivers, research considerations, and conservation
management.


The aim of the Workshop on IMMAs in Freshwater Environments is to
initiate a discussion with experts on the identification and
utilisation of the IMMA tool for enhancing protection efforts for
marine mammals utilising freshwater areas (including Marine Protected
Areas, RAMSAR sites, Key Biodiversity Areas, and other area based
measures). This will be achieved through a combination of symposium
and technical sessions with key experts in the field of research and
conservation for these species; gaining recommendations on the
integration of marine mammal species in freshwater areas into the Task
Force Regional Expert Workshop series; and collecting an early Areas
of Interest (AoI) list which can serve to create future candidate IMMA
submissions.

Please be advised that the registration process for attending the
workshop is processed alongside registration for the main SMM
Conference Programme (http://www.smmconference.org). In addition,
participants who are not registering for the main SMM Conference
Programme will also need to pay an additional

registration fee to attend the workshop ($40 USD).

Please contact the IMMA Coordinator (immacoordinator(a)gmail.com) if
you would like to register your interest to attend the IUCN-MMPATF
Workshop on IMMAs in Freshwater Environments. At this time there is no
additional support available to assist potential participants with
travel, accommodation, or other associated costs for participating in
the workshop.

For additional information about the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected
Areas Task Force, and the global effort to identify Important Marine
Mammal Areas,
please visit www.marinemammalhabitat.org

Sincerely

Dr Michael J. Tetley - IMMA Coordinator

IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (IUCN-MMPATF)
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