How is Your MPA Managed? 
A Training in MPA Management Planning

An Interactive Training Workshop

March 16-20, 2015

Santa Margherita Ligure, Genoa, Italy

Scope of the training event

Training workshop is designed to bring together MPA practitioners working within a similar bioregion to share their experience of developing management frameworks for their sites. The purpose of the training workshop is to share lessons learned between MPAs on what's working on what is not, both in terms of the process for developing MPA management plans, and successful implementation. The training also provides an opportunity to learn from an internationally recognized standard for the management plan development process. By understanding and exercising each process step, each training participant will have an opportunity to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their plans. Through interactive engagement between MPA sites, the training is structured to allow ample time for peer review and input at key stages of the management plan development process. With knowledge of this process and the valuable input from colleagues, managers would return home with a work plan (implementation plan) to develop or complete a management plan for each of their sites. Read more...

Participation is limited to maximum 20 very motivated people. Each has to bring his/her own laptop computer, whatever operating system MacOS, Linux or Windows.

Download the annuncement in printable PDF

Organization commitee

Carlo Cerrano, Polytechnic University of Marche

Giuseppe di Carlo, WWF Mediterranean

Giorgio Fanciulli, Portofino Marine Protected Area

Martina Milanese, Studio Associato Gaia s.n.c.

Massimo Ponti, University of Bologna



Sunday evening March 15


Monday March 16

Pre-Planning Process - Defining the legal framework; MPA planning methodologies; building; defining the future state; engaging stakeholders

Tuesday March 17

Front End Assessment - Identifying targets; threat identification analysis, and prioritization; developing management objectives

Wednesday March 18

Impact Assessment - Impact assessments, sensitivity analysis, cumulative impacts on target resources

Thursday March 19

The Planning Process - Developing management strategies; strategy analysis; stakeholder impact analysis; pulling the pieces into a model; planning tools

Friday March 20

Zoning as a Management Tool - Using zones to address areas of conflict and incompatibilities; designing networks of marine reserves to achieve specific results such a fisheries replenishment and building climate change resilience

Saturday morning   March 21



Lesson time: 9-13 / 14-18

Coffee break mid-morning and mid-afternoon


Detailed program in PDF





Anne Walton
Anne Walton has been with NOAA/Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 1997 and working on marine protected areas (MPAs), both domestically and globally, for more than twenty years. 

Since it's inception in 2004, Anne has been Program Manager for the NOAA/ Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' (ONMS) International MPA Management Capacity Building Program. In partnership with international NGOs and governments, the capacity building program focuses on building the management capacity of regional networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) through peer-to-peer learning experiences to support sites in moving towards more effective marine resource management. To date, the program has worked with MPAs in 36 countries. The current portfolio includes: Western Indian Ocean (9 countries and island nations), SeaMED (5 non-EU countries of the Mediterranean), Coral Triangle (3 programs across 6 countries); Latin America (4 countries); Kiribati (SW Pacific); Vietnam; Mexico; and the APEC Training Center in Xiamen, China. Each of these multi-year programs (minimum commitment from NOAA of 3 years) offers a range of capacity building activities including training, site exchanges, site support in management planning, and mentor development program (ToT and leadership). 

Prior to running the international capacity building program, Anne oversaw multi-stakeholder management planning processes for 4 of NOAA's national marine sanctuaries on the west coast of the United States.

Anne has graduate degrees in both marine resource management, and education. Read more...




Becky Shortland
Becky Shortland serves as the Resource Protection Coordinator for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary overseeing the Sanctuary Advisory Council, marine resource protection actions and other management plan related activities. Becky joined the sanctuary in 1998 as the management plan coordinator and has been responsible for taking the sanctuary through two rounds of multi-year stakeholder-based management plan review processes, each resulting in a new management plan and accompanying environmental impact statement, all of which she was responsible for crafting and guiding their implementation. Prior to Gray's Reef Becky was Vice President for Coastal Programs with The Georgia Conservancy. She grew up in Swarthmore, PA, but has lived in Savannah, Georgia for the past 37 years learning about and enjoying the coastal and marine environment. Read more...




Hotel Jolanda

Via Luisito Costa, 6
16038 Santa Margherita Ligure (Genoa, Italy)

Registration and fees


Application form to be sent, together with a short CV, to


The course costs 600.00 (*,**) per person. This includes coffee break but does not include travel costs, accommodation and meals.



Payment should be made ​​by bank transfer to:

Reef Check Italia onlus
Banca delle Marche S.p.A. AGENZIA 4 PESARO
IBAN: IT24 F060 5513 3190 0000 0010 004
Please, in the description specify the name and surname of the participant.


or by credit card (**):

Participant name & surname


(*) VAT exemption ex art. 10 d.p.r. 633/1972

(**) The payment by credit card is subjected to a transaction charge by 3.4%, total cost is 620.00.

Important dates

Registration deadline: until places available

Cancellation deadline: 10th March, 2015

Contact information

Reef Check Italia onlus (for technical issues and payments)



Travel and accomodation info

Accomodation: Hotel Jolanda 

Agreement for participants: 

Double room € 80.00 per night (for 2 person)
Single room € 60.00 per night
Prices include buffet breakfast, WiFi connection, fitness centre, sauna and Turkish bath.

Lunch € 18,00 + VAT (€ 21.96) including pasta, salad, cake, mineral water and coffee.


How to get to Santa Margherita Ligure

By car: The nearest motorway exit is in Rapallo (motorway A12 between Genova and la Spezia) that is about 5 Kilometers far from the centre of Santa Margherita Ligure: from Rapallo follow the signs to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, going first through the centre of Rapallo, then following the coastal road that passes by San Michele di Pagana to arrive to Santa Margherita.

By train: The train station of Santa Margherita Ligure is situated along the line Genova- La Spezia: it is served by numerous long distance and local trains. All times of the trains that stop in Santa Margherita Ligure are available on the website of Trenitalia.

By plane: The nearest airport is the Airport Cristoforo Colombo in Genova and is easily accessible by highway: from the exit of Genova Aeroporto (that is 35km far from Santa Margherita Ligure) get the highway A12 until the exit Rapallo. All times of arrivals and departures are available on the website of Genoa Airport.

By Bus: From Genova Brignole station you can take bus 70/75/76 towards Rapallo (train station) and in about 1 hour, you reach Santa Margherita Ligure. Information: - tel. 010 5582414


More information can be found at the followinf links

Genoa airport

Railway stations

Bus and Metro (,8.9120273,15z)


MMMPA - Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement no.: 290056.

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