Welcome on www.spaw-palisting.org,
This page aims at providing information on the SPAW Listing process.
If you are an MPA manager who wants to prepare a presentation report with a view to submit one or several Protected Areas for listing under SPAW, and if you have been given an access code, please proceed to the following page using the Restricted Access box. You'll receive additional technical information on the web tool and how to use it once logged in.
If you are a SPAW Focal Point who wants to check and send a presentation report and if you have access codes, please proceed as well to the following page using the box below.
About this website
According to Article 7 of the SPAW Protocol, the Parties shall establish a list of protected areas to create a regional network of protected areas and develop cooperation programmes.
The purpose of this List is to identify those areas that are of particular importance to the Wider Caribbean region, that are to be accorded priority for scientific and technical research pursuant to Article 17, and that are to be accorded priority for mutual assistance pursuant to Article 18, and to protect the listed areas from activities that would undermine the purposes for which they were listed.
Nominations to the List must be supported by documentation demonstrating that the nomination fulfils the common guidelines and criteria on matters adopted by the Parties and established pursuant to Article 21 as set forth in this document.
Protected areas selected to be listed will thereby enter a programme intended to assist these protected areas in complying with all the operational/management requirements as stated in this list.
The First Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP) to the SPAW Protocol (24-25 September 2001, Havana, Cuba) agreed to develop guidelines and criteria for the evaluation of protected areas to be listed under the SPAW Protocol. Those Criteria and Guidelines were adopted at the COP 5 in September 2008.
The Parties also decided at that time to initiate the listing process through a pilot project to help assess the guidelines and criteria, as well as the format for listing.
In order to assess the compatibility of Caribbean protected areas with SPAW Protocol requirements, the pilot project aimed to test the applicability of the criteria and of the proposed format for reports before inviting countries to submit their protected areas to be listed under SPAW.
In this context, Parties members of the E-group ("PA Criteria" group established in 2007 under the leadership and coordination of the SPAW Regional Activity Center in Guadeloupe). were consulted on the approach to develop and undertake such pilot project to test the criteria and the initial annotated format
The pilot project started in September 2009. With nine proposals of Protected Areas from five countries accepted for participating in the pilot project (from Belize: - the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and the Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, from Colombia: - The Sanctuary Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta, and the Regional Seaflower Marine Protected Area " in San Andrés, from France: - the Grand Connétable Island Nature Reserve (French Guyana) and the Guadeloupe National Park – (Grand Cul de Sac Marin), from The US:- the Florida Key National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), from the Netherlands Antilles: - the Bonaire National Marine Park and the National Park the Quill and Boven on St. Eustatius).
Parties through their PA managers and with the support of the working group completed the initial annotated format for their respective proposed PA, providing as much as possible of the data required in the different fields of this format, as well as information regarding the time needed to fill the format, potential redundancies inside the format, and difficulties to understand or give requested information.
All the reports with comments (suggestions, criticisms, difficulties) were transmitted to the PA Criteria working group for compilation and review necessary to improve the initial annotated format, to become a more simple and a user-friendly tool that provides a real guidance according to the criteria, but without losing any pertinent information. The main goal was to include priority information needed to support the listing requirements. This to alleviate the burden, but also to ensure a core of comparable contents.
The final report was transmitted to the Secretariat with the revised draft proposal of the annotated format to be presented for approval at the COP 6 in October, 2010 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. For further details, please read the report of the working group on protected areas (www.car-spaw-rac.org/?Protected-areas,80).
In addition to the implementation of the pilot project itself and the consequent proposal of a revised annotated format, the group also discussed the relevance of developing a specific database to store the data contained in the submission report with a webtool. It was considered essential to develop a tool that would store the data provided through the reports, compile them and allow for specific statistics and analyses. It was recommended that a dedicated database be developed and managed by the SPAW-RAC. This web-based tool present fields corresponding exactly to the sections and information requested in the annotated format and allows for transmission of attachments as well.
Given the large number of Protected Areas potentially as candidates for listing under SPAW, modern tools, and the existence of a PA database that would be worth using to prepare the reports required for listing under SPAW, the SPAW RAC with the approval of the SPAW Secretariat has developed a web based tool so that PA managers and SPAW Focal Points can prepare and submit their reports on-line. The interface developed is extremely close from the annotated format mentioned above, as the data requested in the two tools are exactly the same, and are fully consistent with SPAW COP 6 decision.*
The use of the web tool is only an option, and Parties through their managers and the national Focal Points can use the annotated format in its Word form if they prefer.
According to the content of the annotated format, this web tool will allow access to different type of data on the protected area, such as the site description, ecological data, cultural and socio-economic data, management, monitoring and evaluation, usual stakeholders, implementation mechanism... The web format report is divided into 10 chapters with various types of data to be entered as numeric, text, tables to fill. Additional documents can be uploaded by the manager.
Guidance and comments are provided all along the interface's sections, and reference documents can also be downloaded on the left menu as one goes along the tool to help the managers.
The listing process is the following:
The manager of the protected area creates a presentation report using the interface, includes the necessary supporting documentation and submits to the national SPAW Focal Point for approval .
Once the Focal Point has checked the report and asked for modifications if appropriate, he/she validates the report that is then sent to the SPAW-RAC.
Upon reception of the report and after an overall assessment of its completion, the SPAW Secretariat with the support of the SPAW RAC conducts a standard evaluation process which includes external review, in order to determine whether the submitted protected area is consistent with the guidelines and common criteria adopted by the SPAW Parties. The results of this review are presented to the SPAW Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for discussion and decision, and a consolidated tentative list of Protected Areas is established for presentation at the next meeting SPAW Conference of the Parties for final adoption.
Please note that this will be an on-going process and it is expected that a revised list will be proposed to every upcoming COP of SPAW, new Protected Areas being proposed and reviewed in the meantime.
This webtool will also allow us to extract synthesized data on protected areas (e.g the mean surface among all protected areas that have been submitted, the ecosystems/species dominant in those PA, etc), compile them and allow for specific statistics and analyses.