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  • XII EDITION OF THE TRAINERS OF TRAINERS COURSE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS IN THE CARIBBEAN

    PUERTO PLATA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 7, 2016

    FINAL REPORT

    By Martha C. Prada T., PhD

    Reef Check Dominican Republic

    Santo Domingo, October 31, 2016

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    Table of Contents

    1. Background ......................................................................................................................... 2 2. Coordination team .............................................................................................................. 3 3. Instructors ........................................................................................................................... 3 4. Participants ......................................................................................................................... 3 5. Course planning .................................................................................................................. 4 6. Course Implementation ...................................................................................................... 4 7. Course press communication ............................................................................................. 9 8. Follow-up Phase.................................................................................................................. 9 9. Course Evaluation ............................................................................................................. 10

    List of Figures Figure 1. Group pictures of the XII edition of the ToT............................................................ 5 Figure 2. Photograph collection of several aspects regarding the implementation of the XII edition of the ToT course. ...................................................................................................... 7 Figure 3. Example of the course participation certificate ...................................................... 9

    List of Tables Table 1. List of selected instructors/ invited speakers in the 2016 ToT course .................... 3 Table 2. Written responses received from the course general evaluation. ........................ 12 Table 3. Written responses received from the course logistic evaluation .......................... 13

    Appendices Appendix 1. Course agenda ................................................................................................. 15 Appendix 2. Instructor’s professional profiles ..................................................................... 20 Appendix 3. Course participants .......................................................................................... 24 Appendix 4. Course photographic collection ....................................................................... 29 Appendix 5. Course press releases ....................................................................................... 33 Appendix 6. Alumni acknowledgement letter ...................................................................... 39

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    XII EDITION OF THE TRAINERS OF TRAINERS COURSE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF

    PROTECTED AREAS IN THE CARIBBEAN

    FINAL REPORT 1. Background Under the leadership of the United Nations Environment Programme-Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP), the Spanish version of the XII edition of the Trainers of Trainers (ToT) in the Management of Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean was successfully conducted in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, with 24 participants from eight countries and 11 instructors/ speakers. The 2016 course is an outcome of the project entitled “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean through Ecosystem Based Management” funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Environment Programme of its Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS). Additional financial support was obtained from UNEP office in Haiti, The Dominican Hotel Association and Reef Check Dominican Republic. The aim of the project is to build on the success of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative and other conservation activities to scale up interventions within a more holistic approach through the application of the Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and marine spatial planning tools, such as the Decision Support System (DSS). As a consequence, participants of the ToT course learned and applied scientific information, field work trips, exchange of experiences, and a series of management tools useful to incorporate the ecosystem complexity and the connectivity concepts across the socio-economic and bio-ecological networking. The ToT course is a special programme developed by UNEP-CEP that strengthens its Caribbean Marine Protected Area Managers Network and Forum (CaMPAM) since 1998, when a course manual was initially produced. The manual, updated in 2000 and 2010, is available in English, Spanish and French. In this opportunity the modules concerning the Caribbean context, research and monitoring, communication, MPA management and participative planning available in the manual were complemented with concepts of ecosystem services, economic valuation, blue carbon, sustainable finance and ecotourism and the introduction of a DSS topics. The focus in Ecosystem Based Management of the 2016 ToT course followed guidelines provided in the Spanish version of the UNEP EBM manual (EBM manual). The overall agenda of the 2016 ToT course is presented in Appendix 1. The heterogeneous group of MPA managers completed the two weeks training phase and currently are working on finalizing the follow-up activity phase that will be conducted in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Belize, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. The success of the 2016 edition of the ToT overcame difficulties generated by development of the tropical storm/hurricane Matthew which acted as unexpected factor, and ended in having an even more united group.

    http://www.cep.unep.org/ http://www.cooperazioneallosviluppo.esteri.it/pdgcs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11622&Itemid=604 http://campam.gcfi.org/campam.php http://www.cep.unep.org/publications-and-resources/promotional-material/publications/spaw/tot-manual-english http://www.cep.unep.org/publications-and-resources/promotional-material/publications/spaw/tot-manual-es.pdf/view http://car-spaw-rac.org/?Manuel-de-formation-CaMPAM-sur-les,289 http://www.unep.org/ecosystemmanagement/water/regionalseas40/Portals/50221/UNEP_EBM_Guide_%20Espanol.pdf

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    2. Coordination Team The XII edition of the ToT course was coordinated jointly by Dr. Martha Prada and Dr. Georgina Bustamante, the CaMPAM coordinator. Dr. Ruben Torres, Reef Check DR Executive Director was responsible for all logistic aspects including travel, accommodation, field works, and the classroom conditions, among other aspects. M. Sc. Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri, the UNEP-CEP SPAW Program Officer, acted as the contacting point and the overall course supervisor.

    3. Instructors The coordination team selected a Total of 10 highly qualified instructors, and one special guest, as presented in Table 1. A professional profile of the course instructors/speakers are presented in Appendix 2.

    Table 1. List of selected instructors/ invited speakers in the 2016 ToT course No. Title / Name Agenda Module: Class topics

    1 Dr. Georgina Bustamante CaMPAM, SPAW Protocol 2 Dr. Martha Prada Module 1: Tropical coastal and marine ecosystems and

    Caribbean context; Ecosystem connectivity. Module 2: Ecosystem services. Module 6. EBM manual introduction, Seaflower MPA study case

    3 Dr. Michelle Scharer Module 2: Ecosystem threats, including climate change, contamination, over-exploitation among others. Module 3: Research and monitoring including bio-physical and socio-economic aspects. Module 6: GIS tools for MPA planning.

    4 Communication specialist Elena Crespo Module 4. MPA communication strategies. 5 Dr. Ruben Torres Module 3: Coral monitoring methods.

    Module 6: La Caleta MPA case study. 6 Dr. Jeffrey Wielgus Module 2: Economic ecosystem valuation

    Module 6: Blue carbon. 7 Oceanographer Ramón de León Module 5. MPA management 8 Tourism specialist Lucia Prinz Module 6: Sustainable MPA finances and ecotourism business. 9 M. Sc. Jeannette Mateo Module 4. Fishing management in Dominican Republic.

    10 Edoardo Scepi Module 6. Introduction of decision support system PROGES tool

    11 Marco Falcetta Module 6. Introduction of decision support system PROGES tool

    4. Participants A Total of 35 people from 13 different countries submitted applications for the ToT course in response to the call for nominations circulated through the CaMPAM list and the UNEP focal points, on May 31, 2016. An application consisted of four documents: 1) a completed form describing the participant involvement in the MPA management and previous trainings received;

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    2) A short CV; 3) A letter of institutional support; and 4) An expression of personal interest in the course. The coordinating team evaluated these applications following five criteria: 1) Applicant experience and responsibilities relative to MPA management; 2) Personal and institutional commitment to learn and conduct in-country training activities; 3) Verification of the country compromise with the SPAW Protocol of the Cartagena Convention; 4) Ability to understand and communicate in Spanish; and 5) Representativeness of the Caribbean region. This pr