January 12, 2017
Harnessing Ecological Spatial Connectivity for Effective Marine Protected Areas and Resilient Marine Ecosystems: Action Agenda & Scientific Synthesis
Publisher(s): Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee's (MPA FAC) "Scientific Synthesis" paper addresses topics fundamental to understanding the role of ecological spatial connectivity in MPA effectiveness and to incorporating that understanding into the successful design, use and management of MPAs in a complex and dynamic marine environment. In addition, incorporating knowledge about connectivity into ecological MPAs best equips them to achieve their conservation goals as the marine environment undergoes significant changes due to climate change. The second product is an "Action Agenda", which recommends six specific actions for the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior and also puts forth a set of guidelines for use by any MPA program on incorporating connectivity into MPAs.