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

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 07:53:16 PDT 2017


**Final Reminder - 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(at)gmail.com)


*Maximum Number of Participants: 20*


The IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
(IUCN-MMPATF) is seeking final 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
environments, such as River Dolphins, Sirenians, and Pinnipeds, present a
different scenario and application of the current IMMA User Guidance
(available at
www.marinemammalhabitat.org/downloads/imma-guidance-document-october-2016).
The IMMA Selection Criteria therefore requires further consideration and
consultation with leading experts before their application in 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.


In addition – the IUCN-MMPATF is mindful that not all experts can attend
the workshop or SMM conference in Canada. Therefore, should you wish to
still assist the workshop participants in their assessment of the IMMA
selection criteria and process please complete the following survey link
provided below:


*IUCN-MMPATF Survey - Suitability of the IMMA Selection Criteria for the
identification of marine mammal areas of conservation importance in
freshwater environments* www.formpl.us/form/5125618767233024


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). Participants who are not registering for the
main SMM Conference Programme will need to pay a standalone registration
fee to attend the workshop (of $40 USD).


Please contact the IMMA Coordinator (immacoordinator(at)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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