Seaflower Marine Protected Area

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Chapter 6. MANAGEMENT

a - Legal and policy framework (attach in Annex a copy of original texts, and indicate, if possible, the IUCN status)

National status of your protected area:


The MPA was declared in 2005 by the Minister of Environment, Housing, and Territorial
Development (Resolution 107/05) (see Annex 1). The same year, three management sections
and multiple-use zones (five zone types) were designated by CORALINA in Accords 021/05
and 025/05, respectively. Artisanal fishing zones were established by the San Andres
Department fishing authority (Junta Departamental de Pesca) in Accord 004/05.

IUCN status (please tick the appropriate column if you know the IUCN category of your PA):


unknown

b - Management structure, authority

Minister of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Development

c - Functional management body (with the authority and means to implement the framework)

Description of the management authority


Zoning agreements were signed with stakeholders prior to legal designation.
MPA declaration:
- Minister of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Development Resolution 107/2005 –
declared the Seaflower MPA
- CORALINA Accord 021/2005 – defined the MPA Northern, Central, and Southern
administrative sections
Other relevant national laws include :
- Congressional Law 99/1993 – defined the national environmental framework,
establishing CORALINA and declaring the San Andres Archipelago a Biosphere Reserve
- Congressional Law 165/1994 – defined the National Biodiversity Policy
- Congressional Law 136/1994 - declared mangroves protected areas throughout the nation
- Minister of Environment Resolution 1426/1996 – declared the archipelago’s coral reefs
special management areas

Means to implement the framework


MPA declaration: - Minister of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Development Resolution 107/2005

– declared the Seaflower MPA

– CORALINA Accord 021/2005 – defined the MPA Northern, Central, and Southern administrative sections

 

Other relevant national laws include :

- Congressional Law 99/1993

– defined the national environmental framework, establishing CORALINA and declaring the San Andres Archipelago a Biosphere Reserve

- Congressional Law 165/1994 – defined the National Biodiversity Policy

- Congressional Law 136/1994 - declared mangroves protected areas throughout the nation

- Minister of Environment Resolution 1426/1996

– declared the archipelago’s coral reefs special management areas

d - Objectives (clarify whether prioritized or of equal importance)

Objective Top priority Comment
Stakeholders Yes Implement effective adaptive management in collaboration with stakeholders and in accordance with the IMP.
Financial mechanisms Yes Design and implement sustainable financial mechanisms for the long-term funding of MPA management.
Economic activities Yes Render key economic activities in the archipelago compatible with the objectives, guidelines, and regulations set out in the IMP and associated plans.
Monitoring an analysis Yes Implement a management-oriented monitoring and analysis system that supports adaptive management and informed decision-making.

e - Brief description of management plan (attach in Annex a copy of the plan)

The Seaflower MPA and Integrated Management Plan (IMP) were developed in collaboration with local stakeholders, especially those who live off the marine resources such as artisanal fishers and watersports operators, along with other institutions with jurisdiction in the marine area. Not only were stakeholders consulted and involved every step of the way, but they had final decision-making power; meaning that they reached consensus and signed formal agreements on MPA objectives, zoning, and management structure.

The general goal of the new project is to fully implement the MPA’s Integrated Management Plan (IMP). The project’s specific objectives are: 1) to implement effective adaptive management in collaboration with stakeholders and in accordance with the IMP; 2) to design and implement sustainable financial mechanisms for the long-term funding of MPA management; 3) to render key economic activities in the archipelago compatible with the objectives, guidelines, and regulations set out in the IMP and associated plans; and 4) to implement a management-oriented monitoring and analysis system that supports adaptive management and informed decision-making.

- Draft Seaflower MPA Integrated Management Plan (IMP), Parts I (background), II (management), and III (operations) completed and under participatory review by stakeholders and technical experts

- Key Species Conservation Action Plans (shore and sea birds, lobster, sharks, and conch)

- Seaflower MPA management structure in place, including Stakeholder and Institutional Advisory Committees with formal agreements 2005

Management plan - date of publication

: not specified

Management plan duration

: not specified

Date of Review planned

: not specified