Improving marine conservation in the São Paulo State Marine Protected Areas Network
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are often advanced as a conservation solution that can benefit both people and ecosystems. But their effectiveness usually depends on engagement from local stakeholders, who are often left out of protected area design and decision-making processes.
Leandra Gonçalves will work with stakeholders of the São Paulo State Marine Protected Areas Network, which is in a highly populated and industrialized region of Brazil, to test methods for improving local participation in MPA management. Using an analytical tool known as “Nature’s Contributions to People,” which enables diverse stakeholders to understand and quantify how nature benefits humans, Gonçalves will collaboratively produce maps of marine ecosystems in the MPA network, including their condition and the ecological services they provide. She will also investigate the role of social relationships in promoting marine conservation. This information will be shared through a series of workshops with stakeholders and decision-makers and an online toolkit of best practices for stakeholder-driven methods of improving MPA management.
To learn more about Gonçalves, read her bio.