Workshop Agenda

Participant List

Karen Villeda

Marine Coordinator

Global Marine Division

Conservation International

The 2011 Seascapes Workshop was held in the Abrolhos Seascape in Caravelas, Brazil from March 23-28, 2011. The workshop brought together approximately 40 people from CI’s marine conservation teams from Indonesia, Philippines, Pacific Islands, Brazil, Eastern Tropical Pacific, Madagascar, Hawaii and headquarters as well as a small number of representatives from partner organizations. The workshop hosted deep and lively conversations on a range of topics and provided an opportunity to share lessons learned, further refine the Seascapes strategy and discuss emerging opportunities and new directions for marine conservation.

The workshop featured special sessions with Steve Gaines from University of California Santa Barbara on marine spatial planning, and on rights-based management of fisheries. These resulted in a plethora of ideas of how these tools can be applied in our field sites. Additionally, we explored the links between the marine programs in the field and CI’s Food Security strategy and Green Economies more generally, with a particular focus on artisanal fisheries and burgeoning trends in aquaculture; and identified policy objectives that will leverage successes and connections at the Seascape level for greater effect.

Using the Seascape Essential Elements as a framework for assessing our progress, social and political support was identified as our strongest suit, while sustainable financing remains an urgent priority and something that will see considerable attention in the coming year and beyond. Our external participants were particularly impressed that the Seascapes team is not content to rest on our considerable laurels, but is eager to explore new tools and approaches, and how these might inform our work going forwards.



The waters off of Brazil's Bahia state are thought to contain the most diverse concentration of marine life in the South Atlantic. The vibrant corals and extensive mangroves shelter hundreds of species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Watch the video above to further explore this region.

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PHOTO CREDIT © Luciano Candisani/ iLCP

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